And the Red Sox trash heap gets bigger

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And the Red Sox trash heap gets bigger

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Its going to be one hell of an offseason for the Boston Red Sox.

As soon as the Sox made their implosion complete the finger pointing started. Now the mudslinging and trash heaving is in full swing.

Yesterday, Boston.com published an insight story into what was going on behind the scenes and in the Red Sox clubhouse. Minus the obvious bowing to the mighty Sox ownership, it gave some interesting tidbits into how dysfunctional the 2011 Red Sox truly were. And pretty sure the Boston.com story is a watered down of what really went down, too.

CSNNE.com reporter Mike Giardi had his own little story on how poisonous the Red Sox clubhouse was. Its maddening if youre a Boston fan.

Both articles garnered a slew of reactions from fans and media alike. Fans were wondering why these stories didnt come out earlier; they want to know how such a screwed-up organization, always in spotlight, could keep its dirty socks hidden from the public eye all season long. Media personalities finally got some answers, too.

Chicken roasts and a slew of other madness. It now seems like us calling the Red Sox the MLBs version of "Animal House" is off base. Its at least 100x worse.

From the Boston.com story:

The indifference of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey in a time of crisis can be seen in what team sources say became their habit of drinking beer, eating fast-food fried chicken, and playing video games in the clubhouse during games while their teammates tried to salvage a once-promising season.

Sounds like the Red Sox pitching staff were more geared toward playing adult softball than pitching in the MLB.

If thats their dream, maybe the Sox should let them chase it instead of stinking up Yawkey Way.

And as our buddy @gorskic said yesterday, Beckett & Co. are probably solely responsible for keeping the Boston Popeyes in business.

After a long, super hard, endoftheworld road trip, John Henry decided to bring the team onto his yacht to hang back, relax and be cool.

Boston.com:

The owners responded by giving all the players 300 headphones and inviting them to enjoy a players-only night on principal owner John W. Henrys yacht after they returned from a road trip Sept. 11.

2011 Red Sox: On a boat and out of the playoffs

Yet, that obviously wasnt enough to sooth the teams inflating egos and waistlines.

Boston.coms article also makes Terry Francona look like a cross between Amy Whinehouse and Michael Jackson. Seriously.

From Boston.com:

Team sources also expressed concern that Franconas performance may have been affected by his use of pain medication, which he also vehemently denied. Francona said he has taken pain medicine for many years, particularly after multiple knee surgeries. He said he used painkillers after knee surgery last October and used them during the season to relieve the discomfort of doctors draining blood from his knee at least five times.

Sounds innocent enough. Everyone has one family member whos a walking pharmacy. But these team sources want you to think Tito is trying out for "Scarface".

In reality, its probably more like this:

Yet for all the crap tossing by team sources and management, somehow the Red Sox owners come out of the fray without a speck of poo on their fine Gucchi suits. They claim they were generally unaware of how deeply damaged the Sox had become until after the season.

Smell that?

Listen, Francona mightve been able to keep the teams trash swept under the carpet and away from the prying eyes of the media but from ownership, too? Thats unbelievable. This hear no evil, see no evil is BS. You dont have as much money as the Red Sox have invested into its employees and not pay attention to whats going on off and on the field.

And if it is true if John Henry and his minions were completely oblivious to what was going on with their team they need to get grilled for it. They need to take responsibility. Its their team. Its their business venture. Theyre no more innocent than anyone wearing the Sox jersey.

They need a little crap on their suits, too. Which team source will help throw the first piece of dung? There seems to be plenty to go around.

Report: Celtics not one of the teams trying to acquire Cousins

Report: Celtics not one of the teams trying to acquire Cousins

The Sacramento Kings are "fully engaged" in DeMarcus Cousins trade discussions, but it appears the Boston Celtics are not in the running for the All-Star center.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Celtics are not one of the teams talking to the Kings about Cousins.

More to come. . . 

 

Davis' 52 points breaks Chamberlain's All-Star record, West beats East, 192-182

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Davis' 52 points breaks Chamberlain's All-Star record, West beats East, 192-182

NEW ORLEANS – The stars were everywhere, on and off the court during the 66th annual NBA All-Star game.

There were lots of hugs, handshakes and goody-good vibes shared by all.

And then … the fourth quarter arrived.

It’s the only time of the game when the All-Star game actually looks like a game and not an open gym full of the best players on the planet.

And as we’ve seen this season, no one is better in the fourth quarter than Boston’s Isaiah Thomas.

True to form, Thomas saw a playing time in the fourth quarter.

But his scoring prowess wasn’t enough with the Western Conference emerging with a 192-182 win.  It is the sixth time in the last seven All-Star games that the West has come away with the victory.

Thomas had 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting and 4-for-10 from 3-point range.

That’s not a bad performance, but there were others who were a lot more prolific shooting the ball.

Kevin Durant, playing in his first All-Star game as a member of the Golden State Warriors, had a triple-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, MVP each of the previous two All-Star games, finished with 41 points – one shy of tying the most points scored in an All-Star game.

Despite Westbrook’s monster game, the record wound up being shattered by New Orleans’ Anthony Davis who had 52 points which broke Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record of 42 points set in 1962.

Shooting 26 for 39 from the field, Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds.

One of the more interesting stretches came in the first half between Thomas and Westbrook.

Westbrook grabbed an offensive rebound, saw that he was being guarded by Thomas and snarled at him moments before banking in a 3-pointer.

Thomas wasn’t about to be showed up by his fellow All-Star.

On the ensuing possession, he came right back and hit a long range 3-pointer in Russell’s mug. Westbrook came back with a 3-pointer that was off the mark followed by a Thomas miss.

That sequence was about as close as we came to seeming some semblance of defense played by either team, with lay-ups, and wide open dunks reigning supreme all night.

The much-talked about “reunion” between Durant and Westbrook was very civil, one that included the two connecting on a give-and-go in the first half that ended with a Westbrook basket.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo gave the crowd better dunks in the All-Star game than the actual slam dunk contest, finishing with 30 points on 14-of-17 with 12 dunks.