Saturday, March 04, 2017


It's been nearly a week since Shank returned from the Red Sox spring training. Interest in the Celtics and the Bruins seems to be lacking for some reason, which means we get a Picked Up Pieces column! It's like that lump of dogshit you step in when you're raking the backyard...
Picked-up pieces from Houston, Fort Myers, and everywhere in between . . .

■ Boston College is looking for an athletic director in the wake of the failed five-year regime of Brad Bates, who was never a good fit for the job.
That's an interesting observation - as far as I can tell, Shank wrote about him once, never discussing his 'fit'ness for the job. The rest of that section reeks of someone else writing it, or Shank got someone to spoon feed it to him. He doesn't give a flying fuck about Boston College or college sports in general, unless it's to shit on John Calipari or Rick Pitino, the Great Destroyer of the Celtics.

I can't be bothered with the rest of it; I'll just pick two things out:
■ I still say the Celtics should have emptied the vault for DeMarcus Cousins. At the time of the Cousins trade to the Pelicans, he was averaging 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. According to, the only NBA players with similar numbers over a full season are Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
I don't necessarily have a problem with a player who's a 'head case'; I would have a problem with someone who's a proven locker room cancer, like Cousins is or Terrell Owens was. It's not just inept ownership in Sacramento that has left the Kings as a basket case of a franchise.

Your laugh of the day:

■ Margot Robbie, a stunning beauty who starred in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” has been selected to play Tonya Harding in a biopic about the former Olympic skater. This would be like casting Brad Pitt to star in “The Dan Shaughnessy Story.’’
No need to put it on film, Danny Boy - I can do it in one sentence. Shank is a petty, vindictive and bitter sports writer.

The End.

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