These aren't fun times


These aren't fun times

By Michael Felger

Having fun yet, Bruins fans?

Felger, It's the middle of the second period and the Bruins just failed on another PP. Another PP that Seguin saw no part of, but started with Recchi, Peverley, Ryder. Even if the Bruins make it to the Cup finals, even if they win the Cup . . . Claude needs to be fired. How he can refuse to play Seguin on the PP is beyond comprehension. The only two things I can think of: (1) he thinks putting Seguin on PP will result in a SH goal, so he'd rather not score, or (2) he has an attitude of "I know better than everyone else.'' Either way, I don't want this guy coaching next year. Hell, fire him in between second and third periods. Marc Malden

To me there is no excuse for the following:

In 17 playoff games, Mark Recchi has played 45:54 of power play time. Rich Peverley has played 34:14 on the man advantage.

And neither has registered a point. Not a goal, not an assist. Nothing.

And both were on the power-play unit for full shifts on Wednesday night.

Did Doc Rivers keep playing Big Baby Davis in the playoffs after it was clear he wasn't right? No. Did Terry Francona play Coco Crisp over Jacoby Ellsbury in the playoffs in 2007 after it was apparent the rookie was more effective than the veteran? Nope. Does Bill Belichick EVER play the lesser of two players when it matters most, regardless of age or experience? Absolutely not.

Claude is the only guy in town who does this.

Hey Felgy, I can't watch it anymore . . . Claude (Schultz) has sucked all the fun from this playoff run. I can't sit there and watch one more wretched power play with Recchi and Kaberle, or seeing Seguin on a line with Campbell and Paille. Tampa Bay just tied the game at 2-2 and I shut off the TV and don't care if they win or lose. They're doing it without me. If the Bruins win, its in spite of Shultzy NOT because of him! Jay Hanson

This is what I mean when I say being a Bruins fan isn't fun. These playoff games are enthralling, gripping, intense. They are the best that sports have to offer. But I would never describe this experience as "fun.''

(I am so irrationally angry that I can barely think. If they blow this I won't rest until Klink and Schultz are both canned. Below is the best I can manage without writing SCREW YOU KABERLE! over and over for 9 pages). Felger You DB! After last night's debacle there really isn't that much to say. It's for all the marbles tonight. I don't want to hear anymore bitching from Claude because Frenchie McGashface worked the refs for some makeup calls. I don't care about Steve Downie trying to swap spit with Andrew Ference. None of that matters tonight. Tonight it's all about who wants it more. Who wants to be the next Stphane Matteau. Which team wants to look back at this series for the rest of their lives without being haunted by the specter of chronic, gnawing regret. On the surface, the Stanley Cup playoffs are designed to crown a league champion. In actuality, the playoffs are a physical and mental meatgrinder. They expose the strengths and weaknesses of all involved and the team that hoists the Cup is much more a survivor than a winner. Nowhere is that more evident than a Game 7. All I want tonight is a Game 7 worthy of this league's heritage and a performance from the Bruins that indicates they want to make history and not become a footnote in it. I only have one piece of advice. Adalius Tomas Kaberle should probably fly out to Vancouver regardless of the result. Mike Attleboro

Don't you wonder about Downie? Like what happens if Ference stands there and puffs out his lips just a little bit? They would actually be kissing, full on. I'm serious. Is this what Downie wants? I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, of course. I'm just saying.

Mike, You harp on that stat about close out games, the Bruins being 3-7. It's a bogus stat. 4 of those 7 losses occurred in one series vs. Philadelphia last year. Aside from that ONE series, they are 3-3, which is pretty good, really. Mike

Come on, babe. That's sort of like saying that other than the Super Bowl, the Patriots had a pretty good playoff run in 2007.

Felger, I can't take watching Kaberle anymore. Is Claude really going to let the other 20 guys sink with this February (they got him before the Perkins trade, for God's sake) import? The other Bruins (mostly) have been grinding since September and if you are not going to provide anything like Kelly and Peverley have as late season add-ons, then send him upstairs to the Marc Savard sidecar seating section!! And the 4-on-3 with Recchi (love the dude but man he looks S-L-O-W) and Kaberle in Game 5 was like Grady Little staying with Pedro. Seriously!!!?? Dan Chicopee

Seriously, Dan. Baring any surprises tonight, Claude is going to let this team sink or swim with Kaberle and Recchi on the ice. And I'll tell you what, even if Kaberle and Recchi score tonight, it doesn't justify how Claude has handled it.

Salut les Boys, Last night watching game with 2 friends. Montreal not play but we love hockey and watch the series we do every year and we love again and again is ridicule Julien! Not know if know but people in Quebec say "fait pas du Julien" if you have freind or famille person that look like heshe maybe about do something very stupid . . . rough slang translate like US people say . . . "don't pull a Julien"! So after watch him play Mark Recchi for again 43 minutes of game (Boston fans so happy he keep play Recchi on PP because he produce so much!!!) I share top things we talk about last night . . . things that make Julien . . . well Julien! Need say more? 1. Wannabie Frenchie: People in Quebec not have love for "Tete de Patate" (think Mr. Potatoe Head) because he is a . . . in English wannabie frenchie, you know? He not born in Quebec but because he have last name like Julien and can speak french (if you from Quebec you hear stupid Ontarion accent and you know he not real..other people no tell, like Tony with NY accent, you know?) he make people believe he French . . . we no want him!!!!!! 2. La tete monstrueux: Look at size of that Big Head!!!! 3.Head Games: Now trying play games in head wGuy Boucher . . . Boucher very young coach but already he better coach then Claude! Julien talking about referees, how Tampa should worry about themselves not Boston . . . he react to what Boucher say. This is what Boucher want, play games with Claude, distract him. Boucher know already Claude over his head coach NHL team, now he try and play games in the head . . . much too much for Claude to process. Soon Claude head cook all the way and you have a "pomme de terre cuite" behind Boston bench. 4. Blind River Ontario: He born in BLIND (make all joke here) River, Ontario. 5. Bag of used pucks? : Claude traded and team no get money, players or picks in draft for him . . . see article. Only can happen to Claude! 6. "L'entraneur de Marionnettes": When he change some things in serie this year not his idea or wish it only because somebody like Neely or maybe Chiarelli make Claude do it or when no choice like wSequin play because no Bergeron. He is an "l'entraneur de marionnettes." Sometime see strings from bench all way up to suite with Neely and Chiarelli. 7. "Pince de Noisettes" USslang translate mean Cheek Pincher you know? Claude so tight now because NeelyChiarelli tell him what to do, Guy Boucher play with him, Game 7 tonight, can't play 5 lines, etc. . . . you put a quarter in there and you get 2 dimes with nickel few minutes after. 8. Fired?!?: My other freind say "He know he fired if he lose serie wTampa" then after few seconds all 3 us look each other and agree he to stupid to figure out that. Even Boston win Coupe he no coach next year, no fire but Neely "promote'' or give him nice big title maybe like Vice President of Developmental Hockey Operations & Logistics (Then make him go to 162 Tier 2, Junior B and College Division 3 games so he never around team or front office). Claude then think he upper management and very important then maybe Winnipeg hire him and make big splash because hire Coupe Stanley winner coach. That is what 3 of us think happen. Salut, Jean

I post this e-mail to show that feelings on Julien's ineptitude transcend nationality, language and culture.

Mike, Was Belichick an ass clown for not pulling Bledsoe in 2000 for Brady? Then I don't think Claude not playing Seguin is as fire-able an atrocity as it seems to be painted over the past few days. I'd say Claude's rep as a stubborn, defense-first system guy who never takes ice time from veterans is more the issue than anything. I've heard you say even if Mo Lewis didn't happen, Belichick was starting to think about pulling Drew, so even though we can never know, Bill never took a beating for not making that change. Both Bledsoe's and Bergeron's injuries resulted in a positive team outcome. The only difference being; If Bergeron NEVER gets hurt, Seguin NEVER plays this postseason based on Claude's history whereas if Bledsoe NEVER gets hurt, MAYBE Brady still replaces him later in that season based on what we know about Belichick. We're now debating a conjecture and not a result. In other words eventually Belichick intended to replace Bledsoe with Brady whereas Claude had no intention of plugging in Seguin to spark their scoring or power play. I just don't think this is some sort of revelation or black mark on Claude's jacket. It is an NHL playoff miracle that happened to highlight one of this coaches already present flaws. Regards, Jake Boston

Fine. Can I still blame him for the power-play numbers?

Hey Felger, You always said talent wins in this league. The Bruins have a handful of very good players. Tampa has a handful of Elite players. This could be a long summer. Alex Salem

Tampa has more talent at forward. They don't have more talent at defense or in net. The Bruins should win tonight.

Felger, Do you think that the only chance the Celtics have to be a contender for the years to come is to sign Dwight Howard when his contract is up? What is the possibility of this happening? Zach Middleboro

Zilch, Zach. Zippo.

Hey, Felger, After Game 4 of the Bruins collapse, we come to find out that a friend of ours shaved his beard sometime between periods 1 and 2. He said he shaved it because he was sick for three days and it had a "coating" on it. We personally blame him for the loss, regardless of his condition. In your opinion, is there any legitimate reason for shaving a beard during an NHL playoff run? Mick Nashua, NH

Yes. Tom Caron.

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Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 


The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.