Truck Day is kind of pointless

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Truck Day is kind of pointless

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Last Tuesday was Truck Day, the most boring exciting day of the year. For many Red Sox fans this snooze fest signals the unofficial start of baseball season.

Basically, a bunch of fans head down to Fenway to watch some Red Sox staff members load a truck full of Red Sox equipment and umm.oh wait, that's it. No players are there. Theres nothing but dudes loading a truck full of boxes. Why, just thinking about it makes us.

zzzzzzZZZZZZZzzzz.

Oh, um, where were we? Right, Truck Day! Woo! Is it quite possibly the most fun a person can have outside of watching grass grow or watching your grandpa take a nap.

Pink Hats everywhere look forward to Truck Day as well so they can head down to Fenway, talk about how Josh Beckett is the best second baseman in the MLB and wonder when Manny Ramirez is going to show up to spring training.

We sent our ace reporter Patrice Purrgeron down to Fenway to check out the action. Heres a clip we have from last Tuesday:

Riveting. Look at that one guy wheeling that box up the ramp! Oh. My. Gosh! Most fun weve had since the last funeral we went to. Maybe next year Sleepys should sponsor Truck Day.

What could possibly be more fun that Truck Day!? you ask.

Good question.

Not many things are more fun that watching guys move things into a truck. Quite honestly, the entire Wicked Good Sports Crew LOVES to drive around on a Saturday until we find a house with a moving truck out front and then we just stop and cheer them on.

If youre still wondering what could possibly be more fun than Truck Day, heres a short list we came up with:

Getting hit by Johnny Boychuk.

Getting kicked in your special no-no place.

Receiving a singing telegram from the Black Eyed Peas.

Watching a Pittsburgh Pirates 2010 Highlights DVD.

Getting your spleen cut out.

Competing with Rex Ryan at a buffet.

Hoodie shopping with Bill Belichick.

Listening to Ben Stein narrate an 1840s themed adult film.

Sorry, Sox fans. It is just a truck. ...With boxes.

Felger: Bruins have no choice but to overpay for defenseman

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Felger: Bruins have no choice but to overpay for defenseman

Yes, four first-round picks for Jacob Trouba is crazy.

Yes, two firsts and David Pastrnak for Kevin Shattenkirk is stupid.

And, of course, Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson is ridiculous. (Remember Bruins fans: As bad as it's been, it could be worse. Peter Chiarelli could still be here.)

No one is disputing that the asking price for good, young defensemen across the NHL has gone haywire. If you're acquiring one of those players, you are likely going to lose the deal, and that's no way to run a franchise.

But here's the question for the Bruins: What's the alternative? Do the Bruins want to try and win in the Patrice Bergeron window or not?

That's what it comes down to for the B's. Bergeron will turn 31 in three weeks, and while he may have plenty of seasons left, his time as one of the best two-way players in the NHL is certainly more finite. He will likely be out of that elite status by the time anyone currently in the B's system develops into the type of No. 1 defenseman the team so desperately needs -- if there's even anyone who fits that description in the first place.

In other words, if the B's want a top-pairing defenseman anytime soon, they're going to have to pay for it. Or overpay for it. Draft picks. Players. Offer sheets. Whatever. Something unappealing is going to have to go out the door.

If there's another way, I'd like to know what it is. There's virtually nothing to choose from in the unrestricted pool. And everyone on the current depth chart is either too old, too young or too crappy.

So four first-rounders and a $7 million annual cap hit for Trouba? That's an impossible price to wrap your head around, until you consider the alternatives.

Ideally, the B's are using that Jets offer sheet threat as a leverage play, an attempt to create options in hopes the Blues lower their ask on Shattenkirk, or the Ducks lower their price on Cam Fowler. Maybe the B's have been trying to work a trade with the Jets for Trouba himself and are just bringing a hammer to the table. Lower your demands or we'll offer sheet him. Perhaps that offer sheet isn't even a realistic consideration and is nothing more than noise.

I have no idea. The only thing I know is that the B's still stink on D.

The players they have drafted the last few years may not be any good, and if they are it will be a half-decade before they're capable of playing the kind of playoff minutes necessary to contend for a Cup. The Bruins keep saying they want to contend now, which is pretty much impossible given the personnel on the blue line.

So what do they want? To wait for the kids and blow the rest of Bergeron's prime? Or give up an exorbitant price in a deal they'll very likely lose?

I'd probably lean towards the later, but there's really no right answer. It's called Bruins.

Email Felger at mfelger@comcastsportsnet.com. Listen to Felger and Mazz daily from 2-6 p.m. The simulcast runs on CSN.

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Report: Durant will be meeting with Celtics on Saturday

Report: Durant will be meeting with Celtics on Saturday

Kevin Durant’s weekend of free agent visits has come into focus on the final day of June.

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Boston Celtics will be meeting with the free agent superstar on Saturday.

After meeting with Durant on Saturday, the Celtics should have a better idea if they will need to waive Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko before Sunday's July 3 deadline. Waiving the duo would create additional salary cap space to potentially sign Durant and another near max-salaried player.