This picture is of the driveway at Stately Thornton Manor on Monday morning at the time I’d ordinarily be driving my freshman son to his high school. I say “ordinarily,” because school was canceled. Sunday night, at around 8 o’clock, we got the robocall saying school was shut down, hours before the first flake fell.
I mean, look at that scene. Maybe three inches of snow. Bare blacktop in the areas where the branches overhang. The kind of snow that if you had to get somewhere important — your job, a hockey game, dinner reservations, “10 Cloverfield Lane” — you’d simply brush off the car and go. But God forbid we make our precious, delicate little snowflakes get on buses to get some life skills drilled into their heads.
What the hell is becoming of us? Are we all Brandon Spikes now? Where’s the Delta I used to know, huh? Where’s the guts? We’re frigging New Englanders. We used to take pride in how we can deal with anything and laugh at cities that shut down over a dusting. The ability to endure the worst the elements can throw at us used to be a badge of honor. Now we freak out over the most mediocre storm like we’re Atlanta or somewhere.
In 1776, a bookseller named Henry Knox lead a team of men and oxen from Lake Champlain, Vermont, hauling all the British ordinance captured at Fort Ticonderoga all the way to Dorchester Heights. Through one of the worst winters on record, Knox’s “noble train of artillery” hauled the 60 tons of cannon through swamps, across semi-frozen rivers, over hills and through forests, arriving on March 17 in order to drive the British out of Boston and give Suffolk County hacks a day off to get drunk. Two hundred forty years doesn’t seem like much time on the evolutionary scale. But in that much time we’ve gone from men who could suffer through the worst conditions imaginable to pull off the impossible to a generation that’s being told to stay home and play “Fallout 4″ rather than pick up a shovel.
Bear in mind, I live in the same town that canceled one day last year because it was too cold. The roads were dry. School officials just didn’t want the kids to be chilly walking from the bus into the heated building. On the theory apparently that coats and hats no longer exist. And now they’re canceling any time a pair of boots would come in handy. I weep for my people.
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Hornets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Grizzlies at Suns, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
NIT: George Washington at Monmouth, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NIT: Georgia Tech at South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NIT: Washington at San Diego State, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Flyers at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Cardinals, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: White Sox at Indians, 4:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Reds at Padres, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
The 11th-seeded Panthers led third-seeded Texas A&M by 12 points with 44 seconds remaining — and 10 with less than 30 seconds left — before they suddenly could not stop turning over the ball under their own basket.
Texas A&M took advantage and came up with some big baskets to force overtime, then went on to win in double OT.
“We knew it was kind of impossible, man, but we just said that we were going to fight until the end,” said A&M’s Danuel House, who was scoreless with 5:14 remaining in regulation but finished with 22 points.
Said Aggies coach Billy Kennedy: “I’ve never been a part of a game like that, never saw one. [I] still really don’t know what happened.”
Northern Iowa had won its first-round game against Texas on a halfcourt buzzer-beater by Paul Jespersen, but this time the Panthers had no magic, committing four turnovers in the final 44 seconds — the last allowing A&M’s Admon Gilder to score a layup with 1.9 seconds left for the tie. It didn’t help that primary inbounder Matt Bohannon was sitting at the end of the bench after hurting his knee.
“It’s just tough,” Bohannon said. “It’s the NCAA Tournament, though, that’s what happens.”
Meanwhile, as the UNI-A&M game was wrapping up, Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig delivered a fallaway 3-pointer at the buzzer for a win over Xavier (much to the dismay of actor Bill Murray, whose son is a Xavier assistant coach).
“In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA because they ride on the coattails of the men, They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky,” BNP Paribas Open director Raymond Moore told reporters after Sunday’s final. “If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.”
Responded top-ranked Serena Williams, who lost in Sunday’s final to Victoria Azarena: “Those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate. … Obviously I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that.”
Said Azarenka: “What women do best is rise above those comments. You don’t hear complaints or bad comments towards men. If we rise above that and keep working hard in everything we do, we’re better. We’re better at taking opportunities and being graceful. It’s our duty to keep just working hard through whatever comments there is. We’ve got to rise above that.”
Moore, a 69-year-old South African, also commented on the looks of some young players, noting, “They are physically attractive and competitively attractive. They can assume the mantle of leadership once Serena decides to stop. They really have quite a few very, very attractive players.”
He later issued a written apology.
“I made comments about the WTA that were in extremely poor taste and erroneous,” he said. “I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologize to all the players and WTA as a whole. We had a women’s final today that reflects the strength of the players, especially Serena and Victoria, and the entire WTA. Again, I am truly sorry for my remarks.”
— Brewers outfielder Rymer Liriano is recovering after being hit in the face by a pitch from Dodgers reliever Matt West in the eighth inning of Sunday’s spring training game in Phoenix.
The pitch went just under the brim of Liriano’s batting helmet and hit him on the left side of the face. Liriano fell to the ground and rolled around in pain as trainers raced out to assist him. He was strapped to a backboard and taken off the field and to a hospital for testing and observation.
The 24-year-old Dominican made his major league debut in 2014 with the Padres, spent last year in the minors and was traded to the Brewers two months ago.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 21, 1991, the Bruins peppered Quebec Nordiques goalie Ron Tugnutt with 73 shots — 10 short of the NHL record set by the B’s in 1941 — in a 3-3 tie. Which Bruin set an NHL record with 19 shots in the game?
John Tomase calls in and joins Ken Laird to talk about the latest on Pablo Sandoval, David Price's simulated game and everything else Red Sox.
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All things Patriots talk in this chat between Butch Stearns and John Tomase, talking about the Chandler Jones trade and signings of Chris Long and others
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John Tomase and Butch Stearns discuss a Pablo Sandoval outburst in the Red Sox clubhouse and whether reporters should have written about it
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Butch Stearns and John Tomase are joined by former Patriots OT Matt Light to discuss the Adam LaRoche situation and the recent Patriots signings.
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Butch and Bradford are talking Red Sox and what worries them heading into the season besides Hanley and Pablo. They get into Pablo fighting for his starting gig against Travis Shaw. Also, Sam Travis has been on fire.