5 possible candidates for Red Sox manager

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5 possible candidates for Red Sox manager

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Now that Theo Epstein and Terry Francona have moved on the Red Sox are trying to move on themselves by selecting a new manager. Names like Bobby Valentine and Joe Maddon have been tossed around, but neither made the list of supposed final candidates. WGS reporters managed to grab the list from the Red Sox and here is the best of the best that they are considering.

Duff Man

Duff Man is all about relaxing, not caring, and getting down and funky with the ladies. Sure, Lackey seems to hate ladies, especially if they are his wife and are sick, but were sure hell find a way to fit in.

Charlie Sheen

After such a disappointing season and all the resulting controversy the Sox might be looking to make a splash. The Red Sox used to like to win and party and no one likes to party and win like Charlie Sheen!

But, really, if Sheen is around no one will notice that the team sucks.

The Spirit of Macho Man Randy Savage

How is it that Macho Man made his living dropping elbows and was all goosed up on steroids and never complained about this elbow, but pitchers are getting Tommy John surgery every day? It is like pitchers use the surgery as an excuse for a poor season. "Oh no! I sucked! Gotta get Tommy John Surgery dudes!"

Not on Macho Mans watch!

Quite frankly, the Sox could use a little of his enthusiasm and willingness to snap into things!

Jillian Michaels

Nobody likes her and that is exactly what this undisciplined bunch of fatties need. Get in shape for Orrs sake!

You guys are supposed to be athletes. If we wanted to watch a bunch of out of shape, disgusting, over paid pigs wed go watch Real Housewives of Orange County. Plus wed really love to see her make the bullpen cry. She is crazy. (Dont tell her we said that.)

Popeye the Sailorman!

This one is self explanatory, though we think the Red Sox might be confused about the restaurant chain.

Ghost of Ted Williams

At least hes got his head on straight.

Hiyo!

...Sorry.

Celtics force overtime, come up short in 127-123 loss to Blazers

Celtics force overtime, come up short in 127-123 loss to Blazers

BOSTON – For the second time in as many games, the Boston Celtics ran into a team that played with a greater sense of desperation.

And the result was yet another defeat as the Portland Trail Blazers, playing their second game in less than 24 hours, were able to get off their losing skid with a 127-123 overtime win over the Celtics.

Boston (26-17) has now lost back-to-back games at home, while the Blazers (19-27) snapped a four-game losing streak.

In the extra session, Portland jumped out to a 117-113 lead only for Boston’s Al Horford scoring on a bank-shot in the paint and Thomas draining a go-ahead 3-pointer for Boston.

Portland regained the lead when Al-Farouq Aminu made a pair of free throws with 59.3 seconds to play to make it a 119-118 game.

Boston soon fell behind 122-118, but a pair of Thomas free throws with 44.8 seconds to play made it a two-point game.

Mason Plumlee scored with 24 seconds to play in overtime, and an Al Horford miss – rebounded by Plumlee who was then fouled by Horford – essentially put the game away with 13.5 seconds to play.

Boston found themselves down late in the fourth quarter and seemingly headed towards defeat, only to get an unexpected lift in the final seconds from Terry Rozier.

Trailing by three points late in the fourth, Boston had one last chance to force overtime so who did they turn to?

If you were thinking Thomas which is what the Blazers and most fans were thinking, you would have been dead wrong.

The fourth quarter may be Thomas’ time to shine, but at that point in the game it was Rozier’s moment as he drained a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left that ultimately forced overtime. He finished with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench.

The Blazers came into the game with the kind of potent scoring punch in the backcourt that strikes the fear into the heart of any defense, let alone one that has been as up and down as the Boston Celtics this season.

For most of the game, Portland’s 1-2 punch of Damian Lillard (28 points) and C.J. McCollum (35 points) lived up to the lofty billing as they combined for 63 points.

McCollum and Lillard both did their share of damage down the stretch, but it was their bench – specifically Meyers Leonard – whose play kept Portland in the game early on.

He finished with 17 points off the bench.

Boston led 65-56 at the half, but soon found itself in a 67-all game after McCollum made the second of two free throws.

But Boston countered with a put-back basket by Kelly Olynyk and a 3-pointer from Isaiah Thomas to push Boston’s lead to 72-67.

Once again the Blazers fought back and eventually took the lead 74-72 on a powerful put-back dunk by Haverill (Mass.) native Noah Vonleh.

Brad Stevens had seen enough of his team getting pushed around, as he called a time-out with 5:31 to play in the quarter.

It didn’t help as Portland continued to bully their way around the rim for second and third-shot opportunities with their lead peaking at 78-72 following a put-back basket by  Plumlee.

But the Celtics responded with a 7-2 spurt capped off by an end-to-end, driving lay-up by Rozier that cut Portland’s lead to 80-79 with 2:44 to play in the quarter. Boston continued to be within striking distance as the third quarter ended with the Celtics trailing 88-86.