Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bean Town blues in Philly

They’re planning another parade in Boston.

As a long-suffering Philly sports fan, it’s enough to make your blood boil.

So the Celtics demolished the Lakers last night, 131-92, to capture their 17th NBA championship. The first question, based on the way the Lakers played defense in the fourth quarter, is why they bothered to waste all that money on the flight east.

Then, of course, there’s the “ref-gate” theory. That would be that the NBA is so concerned with the allegations of Delco native and disgraced former ref Tim Donaghy about a previous Game 6 being affected by the refs to ensure a profitable Game 7 that they went the other direction last night.

We have our own reasons to hate Boston, in particular the Celtics. Many of those 17 crowns they are wearing came at the expense of the Sixers.

Then there’s the fact that we had to sit and grind our teeth while the Patriots dispatched Andy Reid and the Eagles in the Super Bowl a few years back. You remember that one, and likely not for the tempest in a tea pot referred to as “Spy-Gate,” the Patriots’ penchant for taping the other team’s defensive signals.

If you’re anything like me, you remember that game more for the Eagles performance in the fourth quarter, when they managed to run out the clock on themselves, eschewing a hurry-up offense and instead going on a long, plodding, scoring drive that took all too much precious time off the clock.

So bizarre was their strategy that it caused Pats’ coach Bill Belichick to wonder if the scoreboard was wrong, if the Eagles were actually leading the game.

Then there was last night. While the Celtics were cruising to another title, the Phils were going silently into the night against that other Boston team, the Red Sox.

In fact, they were actually going a little too silent, at least on TV. That’s because Comcast lost the signal for three innings. Not that we missed anything.

The Phils got shut out, scratching out only 7 hits on the night.

The Phils need a win this afternoon to take the series. Given the fact that they are missing Boston’s two best pitchers, and that slugger David Ortiz is on the injured reserve list, is that too much to ask?

A lot of people have tried to depict this series as a preview of the World Series.

The Phils need to hold up their end of the bargain.

I don’t think we can stomach too many more parades in Bean Town.

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