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The worst and best of Boston sports in 2010

The Patriots are 12-2, the Red Sox won Hot Stove season, the Bruins are skating off skeins of wins thanks in part to the pickup of an 18-year-old Wunderkind who may be the second coming of Jesus on ice skates, and the Celtics have twice dunked the Heat.
Jock strapped
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 24, 2010
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Riot squads

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?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010

Bandwagon fans gear up

Only after buying a "Beat L.A." T-shirt, methodically checking ESPN for World Cup updates, and watching every installment of the NBA Finals with a religious fanaticism, has the hard truth settled in: I am a bandwagon fan.
Benchwarmers
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 18, 2010
Lamar Odom knows what's up

Lamar Odom knows what's up


In what may prove to be one of the smartest moves by an NBA player in recent memory, Lakers forward Lamar Odom is contemplating leaving...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  June 02, 2010

L.A. Times retracts Paul Pierce stabbing reference from "Guide to Hating the Celtics"


It was all over the 11 o'clock news tonight: LA Times blogger Ted Green's "YOUR GUIDE TO HATING THE CELTICS" -- not much to write...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 31, 2010
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White losers rejoice: Fletch celebrates 25 years

This holiday weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Fletch , the uneven but wildly enduring 1985 Chevy Chase comedy about a wisecracking reporter embroiled in a potboiler mystery.
Thrill of the Chase Dept.
By PETER HYMAN  |  May 28, 2010


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Ten years of great sports

Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their ho
Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009
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Blount's blunts

Let’s just say it’s been a while since we’ve seen a pound-worthy entry to the annals of pot busts, as we did this week.
Sports blotter: "Gone to pot" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 17, 2008
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New Mexico

According to news reports, Lavender was drunk and disorderly on the streets of Cincinnati on April 6 when cops asked him several times to move away from an intersection.
Sports blotter: "Marcus Vick and more" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 25, 2008
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Bad sports

When historians trace the rise of the blog as the dominant journalistic form of the 21st century, they’ll pay close attention to two recent developments.
While old and new media are mending many fences, they’re still squaring off in jockland
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 18, 2008

Bought and paid for

Boston haters will say that the Celtics purchased their 17th championship.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2008


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Skell of the year

Much less funny than usual, was 2007.
Sports crime: 2007 in review
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 18, 2007
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Can't drive 55

This past week, we snared an early candidate for the next Justin Miller Award, given to the athlete who most bollockses up his professional-draft status with an avoidable pre-draft arrest.
Sports blotter: "Sammy Hagar" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 12, 2007
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Do mess with Texas

The Houston Texans are like the soy cheese of the sporting world.
Sports blotter: "Houston has a problem" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 05, 2007
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Bob's your uncle

When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007
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Bonds away

This Barry Bonds thing is going to be a big story, no doubt, but trust me: even bigger news is probably coming.
Sports blotter: "Barry's indictment" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2007


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Tennessee two-step

Tough week for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where two football players were busted within a span of three days.
Sports blotter: "All offensive linemen" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 14, 2007
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Pure idiocy

We’ve had some real winners light up the crime blotter this year.
Sports blotter: "Genius of the year" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 07, 2007
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A leafy, green substance

Just when you thought the “supernaturally large quantity of marijuana” sports bust was a thing of the past.
Sports blotter: "Copious amounts of pot" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 31, 2007
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Off point

Lots of class being shown this year by New York–area point guards.
Sports blotter: "Celtics fans still hate this guy" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 24, 2007
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Surely you can't be serious

Early nomination for collegiate crime-dweeb of the year goes to Fresno State defensive lineman Jason Shirley.
Sports blotter: "Don't call me Shirley!" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 17, 2007


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Brown out

A few years ago it would have seemed unlikely that former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown would leave any legacy at all, but that situation has clearly changed.
Sports blotter: "All people named 'Brown' " edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 10, 2007
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Fly the friendly skies with the Pope

The Pope didn’t ask me for any marketing tips for his new airline venture linking Rome to pilgrimage sites like Lourdes, Fatima, and Czestochowa.
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By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 05, 2007
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Minnesota dreaming

If you're a die-hard sports fan, you’ve undoubtedly had moments where you view your obsession from the outside, like an anthropologist watching a painful circumcision ritual for the first time.
As a steady stream of Twin Cities sports superstars relocates to Boston, a hoops-crazy reporter asks himself: What price fandom?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 20, 2007