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Friday, October 31, 2008

Pierce's Place

Dan discusses Paul Pierce's place in Celtics history now that Pierce has won an NBA championship with the team. A fair article all things considered (outside of the Cry me a Doc Rivers line) although it meanders a bit.

This must be reflective week for Dan as he steps back and ponders the legacies of folks like Pierce and Belichick. It makes one wonder though if this will be a long winter--there is really no one in the Boston sports landscape for him to take easy shots at now. We can only hope that Schilling decides to re-sign.

10 comments:

roger bournival said...

Wow, yet another excellent and much-needed column! How does Shank manage such feats?

bunkosquad said...

Agreed. It had never occurred to me until this morning that Paul Pierce might rank with the all time greats.

dbvader said...

This may have been a good column two days ago.

More speaking for Red. We get it Dan. You knew the guy.

That photo of Pierce is just creepy. The shadows make for an odd effect.

Chris said...

"More speaking for Red. We get it Dan. You knew the guy."

Mint. Absolute mint. That sums up dan-o perfectly.

A page out of the TV color commentator playbook: "I was having dinner with so-and-so last night and he told me..."

Anonymous said...

Don't be fooled again.

Shank knows better than to venture into other sports using his hypocritical “elements of style” …. Bob Ryan knows basketball and Shank knows nothing about football so what else can the CHB do other than pussyfoot around with some generalizations.

What amazes me is how simple the Shank’s observations are. It’s as though he is preparing “talking points” for his minions.

Don’t be fooled again.

Shank is waiting for “hot stove” season so that he can get back into his element working for the Monster$$$$$$$$.

It’s the “agenda” stupid.

g

Chris said...

Speaking of 'Elements of Style,' Shank wouldn't know William Strunk unless he played for some team.

roger bournival said...

More good news about the dinosaur media:

The Washington Post Co. today reported an 86 percent decline in third-quarter earnings compared with the same period last year, as a significant loss at the flagship newspaper offset gains at the company's education and cable divisions.

For the quarter, The Post Co. had net income of $10.3 million ($1.08 per share) on $1.1 billion in revenue, compared with net income of $72.5 million ($7.60) on $1 billion in revenue in 2007.

The company's newspaper division -- which includes The Post, the Everett (Wash.) Herald and several community papers -- reported an operating loss of $82.7 million for the quarter, largely resulting from a $59.7 million goodwill impairment charge at the Herald and the small papers, reflecting their diminished value. The loss also includes $12.5 million in accelerated depreciation of The Post's College Park printing presses.

dryheave1 said...

your kidding, right?...YOU WROTE:>>>> "It makes one wonder though if this will be a long winter--there is really no one in the Boston sports landscape for him to take easy shots at now."

all it's going to take is the Patriots losing a 1 game or the Celtics losing a couple of games and Shank will be taking more "easy shots" than you can shake a stick at. Afterall, that's Shank's game. Wait until one of the local team struggles, then act like he had all the answers, all along.

Objectivebruce said...

Strunk (even after E.B. White's absurd attempt to make him relevant)

A "hodgepodge of bad grammar advice and stylistic banalities" said Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post.

Then there was Jan Freeman of The Boston Globe: "treating "Elements" as a bible of good usage is literally laughable"

Meanwhile, I'm sitting here wondering why none of the people under the delusion that The Globe is going out of business sees it fitting to comment on the much-more-ominous plummet of local and network television ratings.

Incidentally, we capitalize the word "the" based on whether or not it is in the newspaper's banner, thus it is The Boston Globe but the Boston Herald; The Tampa Tribune but the St. Petersburg Times; The Examiner, but San Francisco Chronicle; and The Seattle Times but the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Meanwhile, one wonders why there is no rabid interest in the falling "total univerise" numbers in radio and television (each of which were supposed to mean the death of the dinosaur medium of newspapers)

JJS37 said...

The article turns into "best five starters in Celtics history." Sigh.

Look, I like Paul Pierce. I never wanted him to leave, and a few times, it looked like he was outtie.

But there's on effing way Paul Pierce gets a "starting five" nod on that team.

Forgetting positions, here's ten players better than him to wear green, starting with his teammate, who also wouldn't be in the starting five:

KG, Bird, McHale, Parish, DJ, Cooz, Russell, Havilcheck, Walton, Tiny.

We could also throw in Heihnson and the Jones boys in there as well, but they might be debatable in relation to Pierce.

If you want to go starting five by position, this is easy:

Russell- 5
McHale- 4
Bird - 3
DJ - 2
Cooz - 1

No Pierce does not sneak in ahead of DJ. DJ had to defend Magic Freaking Johnson and all the other killer 2's that Ainge couldn't handle of the time and all the other smaller 3's that Bird couldn't handle (McHale handled all the bigger 3's Bird couldnt' handle).

For back-ups, you'd go:

5-Walton & Parish
4- KG
3-Havilcheck
2- KC Jones or Heinhson (and yes, nowadays, he'd be a 2 with the way he gunned the ball)
1- Tiny

There's 12 guys. You could get Pierce on the team, but he ain't starting, and unless circumstances dictate it within a fictional game, he's not even the first guy off the bench. He's most likely the 8th man.