A few thoughts while trying to recuperate from the jet-lag of a quick but fun trip to the City of Angels....
- Celtics fans have officially replaced Red Sox fans as the most fickle fan base of the four New England major sports teams.
The C's entered Saturday's game against the Pelicans on a modest three-game losing streak, but were still third in the tightly-bunched Eastern Conference.
An NBA season has its ebbs and flows, but that doesn't stop fans of the Green for using their phones and keyboards to demand Danny Ainge ship Gordon Hayward packing for a center. Detroit big man Andre Drummond is a name that has been used in comment sections frequently.
The Celtics are just fine. And is any GM going to take Hayward's monstrous contract? Probably not. What the Celtics truly need is a scoring contributor off the bench, a la Eddie House/James Posey. Enes Kanter and Daniel Theiss are holding down the frontcourt fort just fine.
Drummond is not coming to Boston. At least I haven't seen the words "back to the basket post player" from Celts fans. Then I'll raise the red flags.
- Further proof that the University of UMaine hockey team's weekend victory and tie against NCHC foe Omaha was impressive?
The Mavericks followed up their subpar Pine Tree State showing by ending top-ranked North Dakota's 17-game unbeaten streak with a 6-3 in Grand Forks.
The NCHC is clearly the deepest, strongest college hockey conference in the nation, and while Omaha, like Maine, is a middle of the pack team, the Mavs are no slouch, and their win over arguably the nation's best team makes the Black Bears' win and tie even more impressive.
- A huge congratulations to Presque Isle girls basketball coach Jeff Hudson on reaching 400 wins recently.
Hudson embodies what it takes to get the best from his players in an intense yet connecting manner.
His teams always play hard, and Hudson is one of the most well-respected coaches in this state. He teaches his players about much more than X's and O's. And form a journalism standpoint, he's one of the best to chat with following a game.
You can always count on the people of this Aroostook County shiretown following their Wildcats to Bangor come February, and this winter may not be any different, as Hudson has his team in the upper echelon of Class B North once again.
- Anyone else think the voting process for the NBA All-Star game is ludicrous?
I love Tacko Fall, but let's be honest. Jayson Tatum deserves to be showcasing his talents in Chicago next month.
- Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers in just about a month, in case anyone has a case of the winter blues. Anybody planning any road trips to see the Sox play at Wrigley this summer? It's on this writer's bucket list.
- Being a longtime Notre Dame football supporter, I'd kill to have Dabo Sweeney roaming the sidelines in South Bend.
That said, I think the Tigers from Clemson repeat as champs in a shootout. Sorry LSU fans, but Clemson is a little bit more impressive than Solari's Sooners, whom LSU steamrolled in its playoff semifinal.
P.S., anyone else think Trevor Lawrence bears a slight resemblance to Sunshine from "Remember the Titans?"
- Tom Brady's Patriots will meet Drew Brees' Saints in next year's Super Bowl.
You heard it here first.
The Pats will reload and give TB12 some weapons. Especially a tight end. The Saints won't get victimized by officiating for once.
We all deserve one Brady/Brees Super Bowl before one of them hangs it up.