Picked-up pieces while waiting to see what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve for next Thursday night . . .Shank also learned a new word this week, so he can give the appearance of being cool and hip (which he ain't):
■ The NFL is mandating that the Patriots wear numbers on their jerseys during organized team activity practices. Serious stuff there. A self-important league continuing its battle against a self-important organization. The Patriots want us to think they go numberless for “team building.” We know it’s really so that reporters can’t tell who is who.
What I love most is that Patriots fans — the folks who are most hungry for information about their team — are the same ones who madly applaud the team’s paranoia and insistence on secrecy.
■ I want both David Ortiz and Madison Bumgarner in the Home Run Derby. Bumgarner can rake.UPDATE, 6/17/2016, 2:05 PM - Bruce Allen piles on:
Bill Simmons is wildly rich and famous. So why does he have to keep playing the diva and crying about past slights?
This from the guy who got snubbed at a breakfast 20 years ago and has used every opportunity since that day to take it out on the Krafts.