CromartieHasselbeck: Use fists, not tweets, guys


CromartieHasselbeck: Use fists, not tweets, guys

By Mary Paoletti

Antonio Cromartie and Matt Hasselbeck are fighting.

Well, kind of.

They've actually got more of a he saidhe said thing going on Twitter right now.

While several people are blowing this and similar arguments out of proportion, I'm more of the mind that the whole thing is painfully dumb.

It's a Twitter fight. It is name-calling... on Twitter.

Yeah, Matt, Cromartie did call the union leaders "aholes," but he calls everybody aholes. He probably thinks his mom is an ahole. That daughter whose name he couldn't remember? Ahole: her name is Ahole Cromartie.

I'm pretty sure that he doesn't even know what the word means, he just heard someone else use it. Kind of like "CBA". You're right that Cro doesn't understand the term. But why even dive into that list? It's runs too deep.

Just don't engage.

But if you choose not to take my advice and tweet-fight anyway, at least take Cromartie's advice and be a man about the situation. Does that mean mounting and trying to impregnate it? No, that doesn't even make sense. It means that you shouldn't back down once you've shoved a guy; don't delete your tweets. I'd even take the thing a step further.

Fist fight.

Yup, holster your iPhone, kiss your wife andor baby mamas goodbye, and take it outside. I probably solve 90 of my own conflicts by proposing a fist fight. Sometimes, I even try to solve other people's problems by offering to throw down for them.

One of a few things usually happens.

1) My opponent, after carefully evaluating my obvious lack of physical strength, becomes so confused that the conflict is dropped. I win.

2) My opponent, after carefully evaluating my obvious lack of physical strength, assumes I'm crazy and the conflict is dropped. I win.

3) My opponent, after carefully evaluating my obvious lack of physical strength, assumes I'm kidding and starts to laugh. I win.

4) My opponent agrees to brawl. Turns out, my obvious lack of physical strength only hides my wily scrappiness. The conflict ends because I kick ass and win.

No. 4 has never actually happened, but I can only assume that I'm right about the outcome. (If you don't agree, we can fight about it. With our fists.)

Hasselbeck should have challenged Cromartie in the same way. My guess is that a combination of the first three on my list would have happened as a result. Either way, it would have been better than this back-pedaling, passive (then) aggressive nonsense that's clogging up my tweet stream.

Point goes to hockey.

Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study


Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study

If your team makes a goal-line stop in the fourth quarter, but you can't see it on the All-22 tape, did it even happen? 

Bill Belichick said the fog that hovered above the Gillette Stadium turf on Sunday night didn't impact the play on the field, but it did make its imprint on the game in other ways. First of all, spotters and coaches up at the press level had some difficulty relaying information to coaches on the sidelines. Video on the hand-held tablets for sideline use -- as well as the old-school still-frame pictures Belichick prefers -- was also obstructed. 

Then on Monday, as coaches tried to digest the film, the fog butted in on the process again. 

"It affected us a lot this morning because it’s hard to see the game," Belichick said during a conference call. "The fourth quarter is – I don’t know – pretty close to a white-out on the sideline film. The sideline cameras are at the top of the stadium, so that’s a tough shot.

"The end zone cameras are a little bit lower and they get a little tighter shot, so the picture is a little bit clearer. But, on that shot, a lot of times you’re not able to see all the guys on the perimeter. It’s kind of an in-line shot.

"Yeah, the first half, start of the third quarter, it’s all right. As they get into the middle of the third quarter and on, for those of us with aging eyes, it’s a little strained to see it, and then there’s a point where you can’t really see it at all, especially from the sideline. So, yeah, it affected us."

Belichick re-iterated that the fog didn't do much to the product on the field (other than maybe making life difficult for kick and punt-returners), refuting Julio Jones' claim from late Sunday night. When it came to digesting the film, though, that was another story.

"It was more, I’d say, just tougher for, whether it be our video camera or the fans that were sitting in the upper deck. It’s just there was too much interference there," Belichick said. "It was probably hard to see the game. I know when we tried to look at the pictures in between series – you know, I don’t look at the tablets, so I won’t get into that – but the pictures, it was kind of the same thing. It was hard to really be able to make out exactly what you were seeing."

Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut


Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.