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On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
| June 25, 2010
Luis's Lost Years
It had been nearly half a century since Luis Tiant stood on the Cuban soil where he was born, and where he first learned the skills that would see him become one of the greatest and most beloved pitchers in Red Sox history.
After five decades of exile, Red Sox great Luis Tiant journeys back to Cuba
| April 24, 2009
Last of the Redskins
The Scarborough School Board changed from “Redskins” to the “Red Storm” eight years ago, at a time when high school and college teams around the country were trending away from using Native American mascots.
What can sports mascots teach us about Native American relations today?
| November 26, 2008
The intersection of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street, in the hours before, during, and after a Red Sox game, is not unlike a trading floor on pre-crash Wall Street: it’s chaotic, teeming with people, and everyone’s trying to make a buck.
Cross the Mayor of Lansdowne Street at your peril, Sox fans: you might be jinxing your team in the process
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| October 01, 2008
Bought and paid for
Boston haters will say that the Celtics purchased their 17th championship.
Balls and pucks
| June 18, 2008
The O'Reilly factor
Letters to the Boston editor: June 6, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| June 04, 2008
‘Great’ is definitely the wrong word
When I come across an obvious factual error in a book, my initial inclination is to wince in sympathy for the soon-to-be-embarrassed author. Unless, that is, the mistake is infuriatingly egregious, in which case I’m more apt to throw the book up against
Richard Bradley’s fact-challenged book on the Sox-Yanks’ ’78 season finale is filled with Buckner-esque errors.
| May 28, 2008
When NESN periodically broadcasts a historic Red Sox game during the off-season, the vast swaths of empty seats are enough to cause a sharp sense of wistfulness for many fans.
Fans are paying the price for the Sox success: inside the Fenway fiasco
| March 10, 2008
You could look it up
This article originally appeared in the February 8, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The all-star alternatives
| February 07, 2008
No matter what happens over their next two games, the Patriots will not have gone undefeated in 2007.
After decades of curses and calamities, Boston’s sports fortunes are at an unprecedented high. So can we stop the whining?
| December 19, 2007
When rushing the field was considered charming
Rushing the field to help your favorite team celebrate a pennant or championship used to be as de rigueur as the spraying of sideline reporters with Champagne.
| October 24, 2007
Home of the Braves?
Fifty years ago this fall, a Boston team beat the Yankees in the World Series.
50 years after the Boston Braves' departure, it’s worth asking: did the wrong team leave town?
| May 09, 2007
Play ball, Rhody-style
Baseball fans in New England view spring’s wispy introduction through a different lens.
Nine innings’ worth of stuff you don’t know about Rhode Island and baseball
| April 06, 2007
Off-color TV party
A lot of cash is a requirement for an FCC broadcast license, but there are a few other hurdles.
One of WLNE’s new would-be owners has a checkered past
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| March 21, 2007
The curse of the grackle
In September of 1969, the NL East division–leading Chicago Cubs were playing the New York Mets at Shea Stadium when a black cat bolted onto the field and ran past the Cubs’ dugout.
| August 23, 2006
The Red Sox’ summer of discontent
Slowly, steadily, with every latest setback or miscue, it feels as if the Red Sox’ aspirations for 2006 are inexorably slipping away.
The Sporting Life
| August 17, 2006
To BB or not to BB
It took a hell of a long time, but 2006 finally has its first college-jock-randomly-shoots-pedestrian-with-BB-gun offense.
Sports Blotter: Red Rider Edition
| June 14, 2006
This is the type of story that gets Yankee fans’ blood boiling.
Building the best team money can buy
| May 18, 2006
Wild and Crispy
When Johnny Damon took a $52 million deal in December to join the New York Yankees, it cut through Red Sox Nation like a rusty knife.
Yes, Damon’s departure changes the Sox, but they won’t be wanting for charisma
| April 11, 2006
The daughter also sets, too
Plus college hoop trouble, and a guy you should never call "Joey."
More apples falling near trees
| February 22, 2006
The body electric
Oliver McCall’s career as a sports criminal is almost without peer or parallel; he makes Lawrence Taylor seem like Ann Romney.
Why tasers and athletes don't mix
| January 26, 2006
Dodgers win the Series! Bird plays H.O.R.S.E.! Congressman Canseco! We have seen the future of sports (and its name is Tony Graffanino).
Our 2006 predictions for New England's teams
| January 06, 2006
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