Quick: What's today's subject? In the first 129 words of today's column, Shaughnessy mentions (in order) Bill Parcells, Drew Bledsoe, Roger Clemens, M.L. Carr, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
So if you guessed Tim Duncan and what life would be like had the ping pong balls bounded the Celtics way, you'd be right.
Cliche watch: "Clemens had just left the Red Sox for the Blue Jays after being told he was in the twilight of his career."
Bird watch: "[Ainge] played in many of the games in which the Celtics beat the Spurs -- 20 straight -- Back In The Day of Bird, Chief, and McHale."