Doc: Election night 'was a lot of fun'

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Doc: Election night 'was a lot of fun'

BOSTON Like many Americans, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on pins and needles as the votes were being tabulated in last night's presidential election between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts.
Several news outlets declared Obama the winner after he surpassed the necessary 270 electoral college votes needed.
"That was a good evening last night if you're a supporter of the president, which I am," Rivers said. "So that was a lot of fun."
But with the election expected to be a nail-biter between President Obama and Mitt Romney, Rivers tried his best to take his mind off the election.
No such luck.
"Went to a movie, and couldn't take it anymore," Rivers said. "I was getting texts from people. They were telling me what was going on. I didn't trust that. I was turning into Karl Rove. It was unbelievable."
Rivers went to see Argo, but admitted he didn't see it to the end.
"I got a text in the middle of it that he won, so I left," Rivers said. "But it was terrific. So I have to go pay again which if you know me, really pisses me off, have to pay twice."
And yes, Rivers knows how the movie will end.
"But it's like Titanic," Rivers said. "Yeah, I know ending of that too. It's still a good movie."

Bennett: 'Put my pants on the same way' for preseason or regular-season games

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Bennett: 'Put my pants on the same way' for preseason or regular-season games

FOXBORO -- There seem to be some differing opinions inside Gillette Stadium as to the feel of the third preseason game. Is it a good dress rehearsal for the regular season, or is it just as vanilla as any other preseason matchup?

Example No. 1 comes from coach Bill Belichick's WEEI interview earlier this week: 

"In terms of playing time it might be a little different, but in terms of game-planning and strategy, what we see in the regular season compared to what we see the in third preseason game, I don’t even think you’re in the same universe," he said. "We’re still running our basic plays and we’d expect our opponents would run their basic plays.

"You get to the opener and start to get to game-planning and scheme, I mean you’re in a totally different ballpark, in my opinion. I don’t see any comparison at all. It’s too far away, I don’t see how you could compare them, from that standpoint. One-on-one matchups, letting the players play, yeah, I would say you have a better matchup of guys like that, but it’s nothing compared to what we’re going to see in the regular season from a total scheme situation standpoint."

Example No. 2 comes from Martellus Bennett, who opted not to meet with reporters last week when the Bears, his former club, came to town for joint practices. 

"All my snaps are full speed," Bennett said when asked about this week's game with the Panthers. "I don't slow down. I just go full speed the whole time so it's just a regular game for me . . . It's always the same whether it's the regular season or preseason. Put my pants on the same way. Put my shoes on the same way. Tie them the same way. Same gloves, same face mask."

Truth is, both can be right.

For players who are given plays and asked to execute assignments, a preseason game played at full speed may very well feel like a regular-season game. For coaches who are coming up with the plays and assignments for said players to execute, the difference between the regular season and preseason is vast. 

The third preseason game might then be the closest thing teams experience to a regular-season game this month, but it's still not close.