How Ross Ventrone spends his time off (and on and off)


How Ross Ventrone spends his time off (and on and off)

By Justin Aucoin

Ross Ventrone is quickly becoming a cult figure in New England, which is funny since he has only one recorded tackle this season. In fact, hes been released more times than hes seen games this year.

In some ways, Ventrone has the best job in the world. He gets signed for a few days and then released for a few more, only for the cycle to repeat itself a few days later. The guys getting paid to work, like, two days a week.

On the other hand, it kinda sucks that he keeps getting signed-released-signed every week. Does he even get a meeting with Belichick about being released and re-signed, or does he just know when he should walk about the door? And do the Pats save him a locker knowing hell be back come Monday morning?

Some of these questions we might never know the answer, too. But what we do know is how Ross spends his off-time, away from the game.

In the morning, Ventrone eats breakfast, brushes his teeth and takes a shower just like the rest of us normal folk. The only difference is when Ventrone takes a shower hes really practicing for future shampoo ads.

Troy Polamalu, eat your heart out.

Later on in the morning hell listen to one of his favorite musicians -- Weird-Al Yankovic.

No idea if this is true

Of course, being a refined man, hell catch up on the latest literature andor study for the next time hes re-signed by the Pats.

Depending on what he on the docket for the afternoon he might pose for upcoming romance novel releases. With hair like that were sure hes high on demand.

After dinner hell sit down on his couch and play some Madden only after creating himself as a player, of course, and boosting his stats to max. A mans gotta dream, right?

Youll make it full time one day, kid maybe.

Side note: Were kinda bummed that the Patriots website doesnt have replica Ventrone jerseys in stock or at all. Wed buy those in a heartbeat. Make it happen, New England.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics surge at end of second quarter

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics surge at end of second quarter

BOSTON –  For the second time in as many games, the Boston Celtics were hosting a team eager to get off a losing skid.

But a strong surge near the end of the second quarter gave the Celtics a 65-56 halftime lead over Portland which came into the night having lost four straight.

Boston opened with a 12-4 run capped off by a 3-pointer by Jae Crowder – his second within the game’s first couple minutes.

But the Blazers were being carried by C.J. McCollum, half of the most explosive backcourt in the NBA. His 12 first-quarter points were crucial to keeping the Blazers within 28-26 at the end of the quarter.

McCollum continued to out-perform everyone else on the floor, even Isaiah Thomas who had a quieter than usual first half.

But the 5-foot-9 Thomas continued to make all the plays needed to put the Celtics back on top courtesy of a 12-3 run that put them ahead 57-49 with 1:55 to play in the half.

From there, Boston was able to maintain control of the game.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Saturday’s game.



C.J. McCollum

While there’s still talk about whether Damian Lillard will be an All-Star this year, McCollum has played well enough to where he’s at least worthy of a mention in the All-Star conversation. He certainly carried Portland in the first half with 26 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

Isaiah Thomas

As usual, Thomas drew a considerable amount of attention from the opposing defense. And slowly but surely, he found cracks that he could exploit. At the half, he had 17 points, four assists and three rebounds, one of which was an offensive board that he put-back in for a lay-up.



Jae Crowder

He put the Celtics on a good path from the outset, knocking down a couple 3’s in the first couple of minutes. He finished the half with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting which included a trio of 3-pointers.

Meyers Leonard

He was 3-for-4 in the first half which included a pair of powerful dunks over Boston’s Jordan Mickey. At the half he had eight points and two rebounds.



Damian Lillard

It was a rough half for the two-time All-Star, tallying just three points on 1-for-5 shooting. A big part of his problem? Foul trouble. He played just 10 minutes in the first half due in large part to having three personal fouls.