Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Breakfast With the Hysterics

*The Celtics beat the Knicks, 110-101 last night, saved by a game-clinching three pointer by...Brian Scalabrine? The fuck? I'll have more coverage of that game and others in this afternoon's "Celtics This Week" post, but C's fans should be generally worried about the team's performance last night, suspended KG or no. They let an inferior Knicks team come back late in the game, and Pierce and Allen shot a combined 10-25 from the field. It was, strangely enough, the C's low-post game that saved them, as Perk, Powe, Scal and Big Baby stepped up huge in KG's absence, killing the Knicks underneath (the low-post scoring was something like 50-22) and blocking eight Knicks shots. That said, the C's will have to play MUCH better on Thursday against Detroit.

*As we mentioned here yesterday, Dustin Pedroia won the AL MVP award, a pick that earned criticism from ESPN's Rob Neyer among others. While I penned an opus to Pedroia's MVP status yesterday, I'll also be the first to admit that Pedey won the award in a relatively weak class of MVP candidates, and probably wouldn'tve finished in the top five in most other years. But the fact is, there was no one standout MVP candidate that rose above the rest, either because they played on non-playoff teams (Morneau, Mauer), got hurt or faded down the stretch (Quentin, Hamilton), played positions that don't generally win MVP awards (K-Rod), or spent most of the year sticking their penis inside aging pop singers (A-Rod). Therefore, Pedey won the award from a BBWA that desperately sought to fill the "gritty short guy who plays the game the right way" void left by the Corpse of David Eckstein. MH correspondent SmartyBarrett has penned a much less cynical tribute to our beloved Pedey, scheduled for noonish today.

*Your Boston College Eagle basketball team raised its record to 3-0 by defeating the St. John's Red-faced Firewater Drinking Casino Owners, um, I mean the "Red Storm." Troy Bell 2.0 Tyrese Rice scored 28, but I was most impressed by paesan Joe Trapani, the Connecticut-born 6-8 Sophomore whose name sounds like everyone who ever graduated from Everett High. The sweet-shooting Trapani is averaging 17.3 points per game so far, including 6-12 from behind the arc. Now that's a spicy meat-a-ball!

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