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Around The Boston Sports Scene

The NBA off season has quieted down as everyone is just getting ready for training camp. There’s nothing Celtic related to really write about so I thought I would go around the world of sports and just give my thoughts on a few things. This brain isn’t just filled and preoccupied with Tom Brady, the Celtics, The Office quotes, and comic book trivia, I got some real opinions on stuff. Let’s go. 

I caused a mini stir on Twitter and by that I mean two of my friends texted me about it and I was called out on the Boston Sports On Tap Podcast. What caused this was my tweet saying that within a year Jayson Tatum will be the Celtics best player. And no, I wasn’t “high” when I tweeted it. I honestly believe it. I said it all year, and it’s no knock on Kyrie. Trust me, I know how good Kyrie is but Tatum is honestly going to be better. Maybe it was a bit of a stretch to say that two years from now Tatum will be the C’s best player but it’s going to happen sooner rather than later. People talk about Tatum being a guy that could score around 30 points a game. He’s going to always be in the MVP conversation for the next decade. I don’t think people realize how good this kid is going to be. Also, the problem with comparisons like this is that too many times, people take one stance so hard that they knock the other side so hard. I’m not gonna sit here and yell and scream and type in all caps all the negatives on Kyrie Irving. I know all the credentials and how bloody good he is at his best but my Tatum take was more Pro Tatum than anything else. Didn’t know it would cause such a stir. Maybe I’m a real blogger now.

The Superfreak Randy Moss got inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night as he gave a great speech and shouted out Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft. Both Belichick and Kraft were in attendance so you can tell the type of respect Randy has with them even though he was only part of the franchise for three and a half years. If you had to dream up the perfect wide receiver, you would dream up Randy Moss. The size, the speed, the long arms, the athleticism. Randy had it all. When he showed up to the Pats in 2007, people said he couldn’t run anymore. That was quickly disproven. In that 16-0 season, it seemed like every game he made a more spectacular catch. He was truly unstoppable. If not for Tyree catching a ball on his head, he would’ve caught the touchdown to win the Super Bowl and clinch 19-0. Sadly, it didn’t happen and now I feel sad. Let’s move on. Do yourself a favor and carve out some spare time and just watch Randy Moss videos on YouTube. You won’t be disappointed.

Lastly on our tour around the sports world is the Red Sox. The Sox are on pace for what I think is 742 wins (pretty close to accurate) and they can’t be stopped. This weekend they have laid the smack down on the Yankees and have taken a commanding lead in the AL East. Alex Cora will be Manager Of The Year and Mookie Betts and JD Martinez lead the MVP conversation. The lone blemish for the Sox has been that ace Chris Sale has been put on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Obviously not having Sale around would submarine the World Series chances tremendously. He’s the best pitcher in the American League and one of the best pitchers in all of baseball so let’s hope this is nothing serious. Personally, I’m leaning on the side of that it is more of a rest trip to the DL than anything serious. The day he was put on the DL, he spoke to the media and you rarely see an injured player talk to the media. Also, this is right around the time where Sale starts to slow down and isn’t quite putting up those dominant nights start after start. Last year we saw him tire in the last couple months and I think the Sox are being smart and trying to avoid that. This Red Sox team is really, really good and he is huge key to championship dreams. Yes, a lot of teams in the MLB stink but if the Sox were just ok against those teams, people would say they aren’t good enough and play down to the competition. You can’t have it both ways. You want your team handling business against everyone and that is what the Sox are doing.

There we go. There’s a quick trip around the Boston sports scene. Who knows what I’ll write about next week. Might have to do Sports Mount Rushmore’s or all time greatest Boston games. The possibilities are endless. See you next week.

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