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The Return of The Mayor

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The Return of The Mayor

As readers of whats left of this blog know, from time to time I like to invite Boston's esteemed Mayor the honorable Thomas Menino on board for a guest column. And with his recent earth-shattering take on the state of the Celtics, I figured the time was right to reach out again and see if the Mayor wouldn't mind offering a few words on tonight's enormous game at the Garden.

As always, the Mayor abides.

But before we get to his inspirational words, I'd be remiss if I didn't note that his latest sports take has come with a little bit of controversy. Or more, one very interesting and important question: Is there any chance hes faking it?

Is it possible that he's doing this on all purpose? That he and his office subscribe to the theory that there's no such thing as bad press, and have determined that there's no better way to get the Mayor's name in the headlines than by having him repeatedly screw up the names of local athletes?

How is it possible that he's this ridiculous of a person? Was it not a little sketchy that he knew enough about the team to mention Avery Bradley by name (unprovoked) but can't figure out how to say Rondo?

Personally, I think that's giving the Mayor too much credit, but crazier things have obviously happened. Who knows? Maybe it's all a hoax. Maybe he's been playing us like puppets all these years. Maybe Mayor Menino is actually a British actor named Allen.

But despite all the conspiracies, I can tell you this: I want to believe it's real.

So until further notice, I will.

With that, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you today's guest blogger, the Mayor:

Thank you, Mitch!

And to the loyal subjects of this fair city: Thank YOU. Now in my fourth decade of serving the hard working and devoted indivisibles of Boston, I can generally say that our city has never been better. Never been stronger. Never been more ready and welling to tackle the obssicles of the onside world and announce to anyone who will listen:

We are proud. We are ressilent.

We are Boston.

And as I type, my dear friends, there is no better imbonniment of the values and montross of this city than our guardians of the gridiron.

The 17-time Stanley Cup champions.

The Boston Celtics.

As a lifelong citizen of this community, I have seen it all with this team. The umimagible highs from Russell to Hafflechick to Fred Auerbachs vickory cigar and the harsh, harsh lows. There are still nights when I wake in a coal sweat, tortured by those years under the beleaguership of ML Carson and Petrino oh the pain. I remember sitting in the Mayors mansion on that fathomable night in May of 2007, when destiny aired her ugly head and left us with nightmares of a future with Yi G.I. Jane oh the horror.

But today, that feels like egons ago. Today, our mighty Celtics are once again on the prepoziss of greatness. They are one win away, my friends. A mere 58 minutes from an upset that will ring blessully throughout the ages.

This team has accountered so much hardship on its path to glory. The loss of Seth Green. Of Shaquille ONeal. Of Will Cox. Most recently, the loss of Avery Bradley, a 6-1 combo guard out of the University of Texas who had developed into one of the premier perimeter defenders in the league, and provided a dose of grittiness, speed, youth and athleticism that had been paramount in this teams legendary turn around.

But like you, the dear subjects of this humble mayor, the Celtics never shed never. They refused to quit. And tonight at TMZ Garden they will take the heralded arcade floor with a chance to shock the world.

And they need your help.

So thats why Im asking you to rise up, Boston. I explore you to let your voices be heard! To stand for your city, your team, and most importantly your Mayor! To be loud! To be proud! To erase any doubt that Donk, KJ, Hondo and The Proof send King Rhames and company to insuffacable defeat!

If nothing else, you must remember: This is our town! This is our team! We are Boston!

Follow my lead, loyal subjects, and I promise you we will succeed.

I promise you that when the final buzzer sounds, we will join together in vickory and serenate the rest of the world with three simple but triumpherate words:

Let's go, Bruins!

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.

MORE:

Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”

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