Writing the Miguel Cabrera DUI story in 2 minutes


Writing the Miguel Cabrera DUI story in 2 minutes

By Mary Paoletti

"You guys write in the paper 'alcoholic,' that's not right," Miguel Cabrera said. "I don't know how to explain, but it's not an alcohol problem."

Detroit's first baseman said this last spring.

Less than a year later, Cabrera's back in the news talking about drinking. And by 'talking about', I mean getting arrested for.

At least he looks happy?

Alas, it seems Miggy tried to kick the habit and it kicked him in the nuts instead. The DUI arrest was made on Wednesday in St. Lucie County, Florida.

Since we've seen this with Cabrera all before, the easiest way to get a handle the new situation is to take the March 2010 story and edit a few things. It would look something like this (Additions are in red. Obviously.) :

By The Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera wants to clear a few things up....

First, hes not done drinking alcohol. And hes not an alcoholic.

You guys write in the paper alcoholic, thats not right, the Detroit first baseman said.... I dont know how to explain, but its not an alcohol problem.

The 27-year-old Cabrera spent much of not this winter undergoing counseling. He said he has not quit drinking and doesnt misses it "Like whoa."

First youve got to think about yourself. First you help yourself and then you can help everybody. And that's when you remember how much you love booze, so you have a drink. Then you have 37 more.

Having discussed his rehabilitation with reporters in Detroit last January, Cabrera arrived at spring training...hoping to resume a career that appeared briefly to be in jeopardy apparently isn't as much fun as getting wasted.

I was comfortable talking about everything because I think you cant hide it. Someday its (going to come out), he said. "Like on February 16, 2011, when I got pulled over and answered the cop's questions by swigging scotch. That's one of those times, when I slur at policemen to F off, when being drunk will be hard to hide."

Manager Jim Leyland has been used to be impressed with his cleanup hitters decision to confront the matter publicly. That was, of course, before Miggy got busted again.

He took on a challenge that he needed to take on. Thats a sign of maturity, Leyland said. "Pulling the 'Don't you know who I am?!' card after an arrest, though? That's not mature. It's really immature and it pisses me off. Seriously. What the hell."

"Its part of life to be a man and dont try to hide something if its broken." Cabrera said. "Right now, my Land Rover is broken. And my big leg bone might be, too, where the cops had to drive knee spikes into my thigh. So, that kind of hurts."

He did want to make it clear that he is not an alcoholic.

Its what you guys call it, its what you guys say. I dont have a problem with you guys saying that. Mostly because it's true. he said.

Stars, studs and duds: Celtics put on defensive clinic in second half

Stars, studs and duds: Celtics put on defensive clinic in second half

This season the Boston Celtics have shown flashes for a few minutes here and there that they were an elite team defensively. 
But what they did in the second half to the Orlando?
Boston (13-9) put on a defensive clinic that overwhelmed the Magic on every level imaginable as the Celtics cruised to a 117-87 thumping of Orlando.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has been even-keeled when it comes to discussing his team’s play, win or lose. 
But even he couldn’t contain how pleased he was to see the way his players defended in the third and fourth quarters. 
“On defense, the second half was as good as we’ve guarded all year,” Stevens told reporters afterwards. “Really focused, really urgent. I felt good about that.”
Setting the tone for the Celtics was Avery Bradley who certainly was impressive with his scoring. 
But as much as he knew the team would need a boost offensively with Isaiah Thomas (right groin) out, that wasn’t his approach to the game. 
“I had a defensive mindset coming into tonight’s game,” Bradley told CSN’s Abby Chin following the win. “Just trying to get my teammates to playing the right way so we could come out and get the ‘W’ tonight. I’m happy with how all the guys played. We all played hard, and we played as a team.”
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Wednesday night’s game.

Avery Bradley

Bradley picked up the scoring with Isaiah Thomas (right groin) out for Wednesday, leading the team with a game-high 23 points to go with four rebounds and three assists.

Jaylen Brown

Arguably the biggest spark off the bench for Boston, Brown had one of his best games as a Celtic. He finished with 13 points which included a dunk over Nikola Vucevic that quieted the Amway Center crowd and just as important, provided a nice energy boost for Boston.
D.J. Augustin

He had the hot hand at the end of the second quarter, but was a non-factor in the second half as Augustin finished with 15 points – all of which came in the first half. 
Terry Rozier

This was a great confidence-booster for Rozier as well as his teammates to see him have a big game and make the most of his increased opportunity to play. He finished with a career-high 16 points off the Celtics bench on 6-for-13 shooting with five rebounds.
Nikola Vucevic

It doesn’t matter if he starts or comes off the bench. Vucevic is always a double-double threat on the floor. He finished with 12 points off the bench along with 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double this season. 

Orlando second half defense

The Celtics got pretty much whatever they wanted, when they wanted it in the second half against the Magic defense which pulled a major disappearing act. Boston shot 61 percent from the field in the second half, and 45.4 percent from 3-point range. 

Belichick on Long's sack: One of the best defensive plays of the year


Belichick on Long's sack: One of the best defensive plays of the year

It came against a rookie quarterback. It came against an offense that averages a league-worst 15.0 points per game. It came against an offense that has fewer yards than any other. 

Still there are signs that Bill Belichick is pretty pleased with where his defense is after beating the Rams 26-10 on Sunday. One came on Wednesday when Patriots.com published its "Belichick Breakdown" for a closer look at a handful of plays from the team's most recent win.

Belichick called his team's third-and-eight stop with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter "probably one of the best good, team defensive plays we've had all year."

The Patriots show a five-man front, but linebacker Kyle Van Noy feigns a rush only to drop into coverage.

"Van Noy in here does a good job on the rush," Belichick said, "and also on the coverage on the back. Just good team defense. Good pass coverage down the field. The quarterback really doesn't end up having a lot of time, but there's no one to throw it to right away."

Belichick noted that all four rushers -- Chris Long, Trey Flowers, Dont'a Hightower and Rob Ninkovich -- all are able to pressure Jared Goff on the play. Combined with strong coverage in the secondary, the Rams nver really had a chance.

Belichick said it looked like a "tidal wave" of defenders bearing down on the quarterback.

"Long wins here . . . on the inside spin," Belichick said, "and Trey Flowers and Hightower both win on the little twist game inside. Then that's Rob with good speed-to-power on [Rams tackle Rob] Havenstein on the outside. Four good rushers. Plus a fifth guy...Van Noy getting that two-for-one on the guard and the back.

"Good team defense. That's great to see. A lot of hard work an execution on the practice field to make that happen."