Boston Celtics Off-Season: Marcus Smart and the Pedroia Principle


One player that could be gone by September is restricted-free-agent and human 5-hour-energy-shot Marcus Smart, a player I love and who probably symbolizes the ’17-’18 Celtics wonderful, flawed, cringe-inducing, joy-inspiring team better than anyone else. As a restricted free agent, Smart can sign with the highest bidder, but the Celtics will have the opportunity match the offer sheet. Smart is looking for a payday that might not be realistic in a icy free agent market this summer, but he would probably be wise to look to another gritty icon of the Boston sports world and ink a deal that will keep him in Boston long-term at a discounted rate. Smart needs the Pedroia Principle, (or how I learned to stop worrying and be Rich-As-F#*K)… Read More Boston Celtics Off-Season: Marcus Smart and the Pedroia Principle

NBA Playoffs: The Boston Celtics and the Season of the Weird


Tonight the Boston Celtics continue their playoff run against the Philadelphia 76ers, playing the role of underdogs despite home court advantage and the superior regular season record. They are underdogs because their best player, point guard Kyrie Irving, will not play this spring following knee surgery. Their game-one win, like the rest of their improbable run… Read More NBA Playoffs: The Boston Celtics and the Season of the Weird

The Old College Try: A Season Watching NCAA Baseball


This is my experiment. I will spend the 2018 NCAA baseball season following St. John’s baseball team. I hope it will be fun. I hope it will teach me something about baseball. Whatever happens, I will be writing about it here, channeling a strange experiment about a silly obsession into what promises to be a bizarre read of minimal import.… Read More The Old College Try: A Season Watching NCAA Baseball

What We Are Drinking: Raphael Estate Merlot 2015


The 2015 Estate Merlot is deep ruby in color and the nose is bright with notes of cassis, blackberry and cedar with a hit of alcohol that signals the youthful bit to come. The fruit up front is tart. Blackberries and sour cherry run ahead of sharp tannins that could do with some mellowing over time. The finish is arid with a hint of black pepper a key flavor in many of the Long Island reds. … Read More What We Are Drinking: Raphael Estate Merlot 2015