Wilcox pulling for Ravens in the Super Bowl


Wilcox pulling for Ravens in the Super Bowl

BOSTON -- With the New England Patriots out of contention, the Boston Celtics were not buzzing with championship chatter on Super Bowl Sunday.

Except for Chris Wilcox.

The University of Maryland alum made it no secret he is rooting for the Baltimore Ravens to beat the San Francisco 49ers.

"Ravens, Ravens," he said prior to the Celtics game against the Los Angeles Clippers. "It doesn't matter how we win, how many points, I'm not into all that. At the end of the day, up one, that's all we need."

Wilcox did not budge, either, when the Ravens faced the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. He became a fan of the team while in college and has stuck with them ever since he left school in 2002.

"I was Ravens all the way," he said. "I can't just fall and be like, 'I'll go with the Patriots because I'm here.' I've got to be loyal to the team."

Wilcox, a North Carolina native, is also pulling for the Ravens because of a hometown connection. He grew up in the same area as fullback Vonta Leach, whom he became friends with once they both entered professional sports.

He isn't fazed by having an uncommon opinion in a New England locker room.

"It is what it is," Wilcox said. "You've got a lot of people in here from everywhere, and everyone has their own team that they go with and ride it out."


Report: Celtics’ pick Demetrius Jackson gets 4-year, $5.5M deal


Report: Celtics’ pick Demetrius Jackson gets 4-year, $5.5M deal

The Celtics and second-round pick Demetrius Jackson have finalized a four-year, $5.5 millon contract, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reported.

Jackson, a point guard out of Notre Dame, was the 45th overall pick. He was projected by some as a first-rounder before the draft and the first year of his deal is likely to be guaranteed. Last year, Celtics’ second-round pick Jordan Mickey signed a four-year, $5 million deal as the 33rd pick overall.

Jackson will face plenty of training camp competition in a crowded group of backcourt players for the C’s.