You'll be sorry

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You'll be sorry

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

Apologies. They're the worst, aren't they?
Remember that thing I did? Really sorry I did it.

No, you're not. Nobody's ever truly sorry. But the sports world would like to think so, and we've reached DEFCON 1 as far as that goes.

Bill Belichick's not apologizing in the right manner. Maurice Jones-Drew's not apologizing -- at all. And Washington City Paper is defiantly unapologetic for making Redskins owner Dan Snyder sad.

Enough is enough. Rice is also rice, but that's not important right now.

WGS has literally spent minutes handcrafting apologies for those in sports who most need to deliver them. One can only hope and pray they actually recite these publicly. FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN, RECITE THEM PUBLICLY!

John Henry

This is all my fault. I'm sorry, but I should've gotten into soccer much earlier than this. Haven't owned Liverpool for even one year, and we've already executed one of the great public relations moves of my career; all by transferring world-class striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea for 80 million and replacing him for 13 million. Can't wait to tell my hedge fund buddies about this one. Don't want to bore you with the details, but we turned a fan favorite into the opposite, and turned ownership from that very opposite into a fan favorite. Oh, yes. Owning a soccer team club is most exhilarating.

Rick DiPietro

To all my fans, I'm really, really sorry I couldn't make it as a Rocket USA Bozo Bop Bag. He gets knocked over, but always bounces back to his feet. I have a lot to learn about becoming a Rocket USA Bozo Bop Bag. In time, I hope to prove as well-balanced as a child's toy.

Chris Bosh

Look, I'm really sorry for pretending to be tough. It was LeBron's idea, not mine. Being the original thinker he is, he said, "Hey, C-Bosh. Why don't you start acting bad on the court. The Celtics do it and they're totally awesome." I'm not proud, but I did it. So, sorry for being a studio gangster.

Yes, I had to look up what "studio gangster" means.

LeBron James

Nike erases all traces of LeBron ever suggesting such an idea to Bosh.

Mark "Nacho" Sanchez

I've been thinking about this long and hard -- between nose pickings -- and I feel bad about lying before. Turns out I didn't need shoulder surgery to throw like a real man. Sure, you all saw me fling it against the Patriots. But a doctor even told me surgery was a stupid idea. Guess Coach Ryan did a good job fooling everybody with that injury report thingy . . . OH COOL, A FIRE TRUCK!

Gabe Wright

I apologize. ESPN really shouldn't have made a big deal out of National Signing Day, because the stars are high school kids -- poorly-advised, egocentric high school kids. Like me! Ahem . . . um . . . I mean, the stunt I pulled was funny. That kid with the dog was cool, too. But maybe next year they won't give such a grand stage to these athletes, most of whom will never live up to the hype . . . Hey! Wait a minute . . .

These apologies are WGS APPROVED.

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.
 

STARS
 
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.
 
 
STUDS

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. 
 

DUDS
 
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

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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."