Archive for June, 2006

Presidential Scholarship award winner Andrew Benecke presented President Bush with a copy of John Piper’s Life as a Vapor.  This great little book (a 31-day devotional) makes a great gift.  It is a solid reminder that our days are done quickly.  As a result, we ought to find our delight in the right things.  It is a series of meditations on James.  That a Presidential Scholar gets it, is awesome.  I’m guessing he’s viewing his intellect as a gift to be used in the Redeeming King’s service.  Bone cancer has a way of doing that to you.  And so does a war.  The story is mostly about the war and politics.  The picture, and mention of this gift, is nearly an afterthought.  But it is the little things that can become the biggest things.

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Please Danny, No AI

The Hub is still hopping on the talk of Allen Iverson coming to the Celtics.  This is not a given.  Other teams are interested, such as Atlanta and Denver.  The questions are: Do they have the assets Philly wants?  Are the 76s willing to trade within the division, facing the wrath of AI often?

Well, I’m not too excited about this.  Like Jackie Mac and Bob Ryan, I see serious chemistry issues here.  He’s a great player, and a lousy teammate.  We all could be wrong, but thus far there is no evidence to the contrary.  Yes, he gets alot of assists for a ball hog.  My guess, most of those are in the open court and NOT when in the half-court offense when he tends to pound the ball looking for his shot.

Ainge said in an interview with Shira Springer that he didn’t feel the pressure to win NOW.  But this move puts the emphasis on now.  I want to win- but I right now I’d like to do with Pierce as the main man.  There are other talented guys the Celtics are considering, who would be able to work with Paul, not be the alpha dog.  AI is not one of those.  Get the brain doctor on this guy before signing off on this.

The team would certainly fill some more seats, and the ownership has to like that idea.  The Celtics would probably live on the line with the way these 2 guys draw contact and how the refs now seem to be calling games (crap, just got whistled for fouling DWade, again).  But that makes for boring basketball in my book.  Let them run the floor.

I see the potential for greatness, and a title here.  But the potential of trainwreck looms far larger.  Danny listened to my pleas concerning Redick [ 😮 ].  So maybe he’ll listen to me now [:-)].

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Make That 12 Straight

This win streak has been built on great pitching, great defense (like Coco’s catch last night, and many a play by Gonzalez) and timely hitting.  Well, for the most part they’ve just been spanking the ball.  The swept the best team in the NL (hopefully a sign of things to come).

The Sox have come together after some serious injury issues.  They have gone from behind the Yanks to being up 4.  It is great to see what this team is capable of doing- they weren’t really showing that earlier.

Now they get to visit some old friends in Florida- the Marlins, who have been playing much better as of late.

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I can be so cynical.  But there is so much goofy stuff out there that aides and abets my cynicism.  Like this church, the Pointe.

This would be going beyond contexualization to worldliness, in my book.  Christian pirates?  Isn’t that like Christian mobsters or prostitutes?  Doesn’t Jesus call us out of such sin?

  • What You Can Expect:

              A relaxed, comfortable environment where you can be yourself.
  •           Energetic music that will rock your life.           A place where you can test drive timeless truths. 

              A nurturing environment where your kids can grow spiritually.

The whole message seems more driven by culture than truth rather than truth impacting culture.  I love movies, but I don’t base my sermon series on them (or TV shows like CSI or 24).  I don’t think it’s just that I’m getting old.

HT: Justin Taylor

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Pedro pitched so well in Fenway, until tonight.  He gives us 8 runs, 6 earned in three innings, and the Sox bats are adding more.  He never had to face the Red Sox offense before.

So the Red Sox remain the only team that Pedro has not defeated.  Maybe next time…

Josh Beckett seems to be over his slump, as he has strung together a series of great starts in this 12 game win streak.  Schilling has altered his grip and has improved.  A rotation of Schill, Beckett, Wake & Lester looks pretty darn good right now.

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The Celtics sent Raef LaFrentz, Dan Dickau and the 7th overall pick (here’s where I’m not buying) to Portland for Sebastian Telfair and Theo Ratliff.

The shocker was the inclusion of Raef & Theo (not mentioned in Chad Ford or Andy Katz’s material).

Raef was primarily a perimeter player offensively, and had gotten to be a defensive liability.  Though Theo is long in the tooth, he does provide some solid interior defense.  He’ll play less than Raef did (opening the way for young guys), and has one less year on his contract.  I’ll take Telfair over Dickau anyday. 

But did we have to give up the pick???  I can see pictures of a GREAT player slipping to #7.  I figured we’d at least get a 2nd round pick. 

Update: The Celtics are rumored to have made a deal for the Sun’s pick Rajon Rondo from Kentucky,  Hmmm, another point guard who can’t shoot.  Well, unlike Greene at least he can pass.  And apparently play defense.  Not sure I’m loving this.  Dicky V. isn’t.  Sounds like Rajon is the Alex Gonzalez of basketball, maybe.

Sadly, they took Foye for the Blazers, who then traded him to Minny for Roy.  I think the Blazers, free of John Nash, are doing a good job, but my head is spinning….

Leon Powe: 6’8″ 245 lbs.  Went to CA (Oakland).  He averaged 20 and 10 at the power forward spot.  Could be a bruiser?

Katz says the Celts are accumulating assets to pursue the AI trade.  I’m not too excited about that.  But in this day & age, how do you get a $17 million dollar player for rookies?????  None of this makes a whole lot of sense to me.

The Sports Guy Draft Diary is classic Simmons!  If you haven’t yet, read it now.

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Draft Express, NBA Draft Net have the Celtics taking Roy.

Hoops Hype still has us taking Thomas.

Inside Hoops still has Foye, but will update this afternoon.  PBN does too.  The Globe’s Peter May joins the Foye chorus.  And Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy, has the Celtics taking Foye as well.

 College Hoops has the Celtics getting Alderidge.

Jeff Clark (CelticsBlog) has us taking Gay.

NBA Draft Central is the same as yesterday.

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