When Paul Pierce was at the free throw line last Friday night Mike Tirico mentioned that Pierce had been with the Celtics forever, since 1998. Eleven years in the bank.

That stuck with me for some reason. Tirico was right. In sports now, to stay in one city for 11 years is pretty near remarkable.  Look at 1998 from a Boston sports perspective. How long ago does some of this stuff seem?

1998 Red Sox:
Jimy Williams. The Duke. Way Back Wasdin made 45 appearances. Reggie Jefferson and Darren Bragg.



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In the world of sequels the second part of this list falls somewhere between “The Substitute 2: School’s Out” and Dick Gephardt’s run for President in 2004. But we move on…



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We win.

That’s right, folks. Starting today the d-bag mailbag is going back to a weekly posting schedule, not the bi-monthly exercise in free speech suppression that comrade Bradford instituted following the football season.



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Plop me in the middle of the wilderness, like the Fells or the Blue Hills, and I’d probably die lost and alone after eating poison berries, yet within walking distance of a supermarket or major interstate.

Plop me in the middle of your Super Bowl festivities, and I’m like a Navy SEAL, sneaking behind enemy lines to dig up intelligence on each team, while fattening myself on the bounty of the land and living to fight another season.



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I went an entire season without doing it, but in this week’s d-bag mailbag I finally lose my temper. Maybe it has something to do with Rob Bradford cutting us back to twice-a-month, or maybe I’ve just endured too many attacks on my binky, Deion Branch. But today I finally let the fan-boys have it. I’ve got to be honest: it felt good.



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The Defensive Hog Index we use over at Cold, Hard Football Facts.com is the steely-eyed sniper of postseason pigskin analysis, so accurate that we let it shoot beer cans off the heads of our children.

In fact, it’s accurately identified 18 of 19 winners over the past two postseasons. So we felt compelled in the interest of pigskin-kind to share it with WEEI Nation.



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January just doesn’t feel the same around these parts with the Patriots watching the games at home – just like you are – for the first time since Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan were in high school.

But if you take some time to look at the postseason, it’s a pretty wide-open and exciting field: with the exception of perhaps Arizona, every team remaining has a legitimate shot of winning it all. It’s rare that you can make that kind of claim in the divisional round.



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Pretty self-explanatory, just one rule before we get started.




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As we sit in the front entrance to 2009, it is difficult to predict a championship for any Boston pro team. Sure, there is optimism with the Celtics and Bruins each living life atop their respective divisions, and the Red Sox figuring to be at least competitive in the upper-echelon of Major League Baseball's power rankings.

But until that next title comes our way, it is the memory of the Celtics' playoff run of 2008 which we will have to bask in for now. Who would have thought?



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Give me some names.

Sorry?

I’m in the finals. I need to win. And I don’t want to hear about Matt Forte and Jay Cutler. Stop living off those guys.

No problem. I’ve got a lock for 100 yards and a TD Sunday.

I like it. Just don't give me Lance Moore. Three weeks in a row you've hyped him and he has a whopping 10 catches for 77 yards combined.

No problem. Well, a little problem. I really like Lance Moore this week.



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