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02/06/2012 - 4:07pm
Pierce named East Player of Week

After leading the Celtics to four straight wins, Paul Pierce was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA. Pierce averaged 22 points, 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Celtics as they beat Cleveland, Toronto, New York and Memphis. The Celtics have now won nine of their last 11 games after starting the season with a 4-8 record.

San Antonio's Tony Parker was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.

For more on Pierce, visit the Green Street blog. For more Celtics news, go to the team page at weei.com/celtics.


02/06/2012 - 1:13pm
Super Bowl draws 47.8 rating, ranks third

The Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Giants on Sunday night drew a TV viewership rating of 47.8, a tenth of a point off last year's game and the third-highest overnight rating in Super Bowl history. The Giants-Broncos Super Bowl in 1987 and last year's game between the Packers and Steelers both posted overnight ratings of 47.9.

A rating equals a percentage of households with TVs in the market that were tuned into the game.

Sunday night's game peaked at a 51.8 from 9:30-10 p.m., when the Giants drove down the field for the game-winning touchdown.

Boston had the biggest overnight rating of the 56 markets included, posting a 56.7, the best-ever number for an NFL game in the Boston market. New York was 18th at 49.7, the second-best ranking in history for the Big Apple.

The halftime performance featuring Madonna got a 48.1, up 1 percent over last year's show that was highlighted by the Black Eyed Peas.


02/06/2012 - 10:35am
Esiason on D&C: Brady was hurt on sack

The day after the Patriots again fell short to the Giants in the Super Bowl, Boomer Esiason joined Dennis & Callahan to break down the game and where it all went wrong for the Patriots in their failed quest for a fourth Super Bowl title.

After Tom Brady went on a run in which he threw 16 straight completions, the quarterback's play and health was affected after he was sacked by Justin Tuck in the third quarter, according to Esiason, something that was enough to help decide the final outcome of the game.

"I think he definitely hurt his left shoulder, I think his accuracy was off after that play and I know many people would think that Wes Welker should have made that catch," Esiason said. "My sense is that it was kind of like the [Rob] Gronkowski play in the game against the Ravens. I just think he missed him, and there were a couple of other times -- Deion Branch in the second-to-last series and then of course on the last series...

02/06/2012 - 8:32am
Mashup: UMass riots after Super Bowl

To no one's surprise, there was a riot on the UMass campus following Sunday night's Super Bowl. Despite a request earlier in the week from Giants receiver and UMass alumnus Victor Cruz for students to "watch the game, be safe, enjoy the parties, and don't hurt anybody or anything," thousands of students assembled in the Southwest Plaza and the situation quickly turned ugly, following a pattern of behavior seen after major sporting events involving area teams.

According to MassLive.com, students smashed bottles, set off fireworks and fought with each other. A school spokesman said 13 students and one non-student were arrested and charged with either failure to disperse or disorderly conduct, although no injuries or damage were reported.

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02/06/2012 - 1:51am
Brandon Jacobs: 'We decapitated them'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Following the Giants' 21-17 win in Super Bowl XLVI, running back Brandon Jacobs made it clear he thought the Patriots' reign has come to an end.

"We decapitated them," he said. "They can't wear that crown no more."

The Giants running back rushed for 37 yards on nine attempts, but it was teammate Ahmad Bradshaw who ran in for the game-winning touchdown. When that happened, Jacobs was confident his team sealed a Super Bowl victory.

"They're not a big-play team," Jacobs said. "I don't think their offense is like Green Bay's. I think Green Bay's offense and wideouts are definitely better."

The two-time Super Bowl champ went on to say he wasn't worried that the Giants offense left too much time on the clock for Tom Brady to drive down the field.

"They've got more big-play players on Green Bay's team, so really, we weren't really worried."

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