BOSTON -- Jared Sullinger's allegiance is to the Boston Celtics. When it comes to football, though, his loyalties go beyond New England.
The Celtics forward was on hand Sunday at Gillette Stadium for the AFC Divisional Playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans, but he wasn't rooting for the home team.
Sullinger is close friends with Texans wide receiver DeVier Posey from their college days at Ohio State and let it be known on Twitter.
Congrats to my boy @dpo8 on his first touchdown......
Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) January 14, 2013
"I was cheering for him, I'm not going to lie," Sullinger told CSNNE.com. "It's been four years since I've known him. We have the same mental mindset of the grind -- that's what we call it -- of how much we need to better ourselves on and off the court."
Sullinger's enjoyment watching his friend play came to a sudden end, however. Posey tore his left Achilles tendon with just over six minutes to play.
"I knew how bad it was since he couldn't stand on his own two feet," said Sullinger.
Sullinger stayed at the stadium following the Patriots win to see Posey. He offered words of encouragement, telling Posey to keep his head up. They spoke again on Monday morning.
"I talked to him to check up and see how he felt," said Sullinger. "He's a little sore but he has a good positive view on everything. So it looks like he's going to come back stronger than ever."
Sullinger said he will be cheering for the Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the return of Adolfo to Toucher and Rich this morning.
*Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid have received plenty of acclaim over the past couple of years as talented, young stars in the league, but Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien details how things haven’t gone ideally for either of those youngsters, or their teams, this season. Clearly, it’s not at this level yet, but just think about the hype behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin when they were drafted 1-2 back in 2010, and what they have, and haven’t, been able to accomplish in the league since that time.
*Outstanding rookie Brock Boeser credits a conversation with Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green for helping spark his game this season.
*Good video piece on the near miss of Wayne Gretzky almost playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs after dominating them in the playoffs.
*Salivating for some hockey trades? The 10 potential NHL trade deadline targets around the league as we wait for players to become available for trade later in the season.
*Hockeybuzz is asking what the NHL, and more specifically the Hockey Hall of Fame, has against goaltenders?
*For something completely different: A great piece from Drew Bledsoe on the tragic passing of former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn, and how his death came just as he seemed to be putting all the pieces of his life together.
BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins are getting closer to a healthier lineup, but it won’t be in time for the Thanksgiving Eve road tilt against the upstart New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
Brad Marchand (upper body), Torey Krug (upper body) and David Backes (colon surgery) all skated in red no-contact jerseys at practice Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena, so none of those three banged-up B’s will be making the trip to Jersey. Anders Bjork (upper body) didn’t practice and is obviously out vs. the Devils as well, but Ryan Spooner might be a possibility after making it through his first full practice since tearing his groin almost six weeks ago.
If he can make it through Wednesday's morning skate without any problems, Spooner will likely be a game-time decision against the Devils after missing the past 14 games.
The Bruins have continued to indicate that Marchand is in the concussion protocol, though it appears the Bruins agitator is dealing with both upper body and lower body issues. Marchand was encouraged by the progress he’s making while returning to practice, so perhaps the B’s could get back one of their leading scorers sooner rather than later.
“I feel pretty good. It’s good to be back with the guys and feel like you’re a part of the team,” said Marchand, who has missed five of the past seven games after returning for the home-and-home against the Maple Leafs. “It’s frustrating whenever you miss games and you miss time away from the team, but they had a great road trip and they’re playing well. It would be nice to be back in the lineup consistently and be back with the team...it’ll come.”
Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Devils based on practice Tuesday: