Rutherford, New Jersey in late August? Like Bora Bora in the springtime. I'm ensconced in the lobby down here at the Renaissance Meadowlands getting my mind right for the preseason finale. Drove down Tuesday, stopping off in Stamford for a visit with NBC Sportstalk. Watched Hard Knocks Tuesday night in the hotel room. Kinda sad watching guys get lopped but can't help but think of the number of people who've been treated with less kindness when losing their jobs since 2008 so let's not get too maudlin. Guys'll be fine. A summary of the emotional moments from Hard Knocks in the Sun-Sentinel. One mildly amusing part was when Vontae Davis asked hopefully who he was being traded for. Instead of hearing "Andrew Luck," he was told by Jeff Ireland that he was exchanged for draft picks. Crestfallen. There were some concerns about the motor of Jets rookie Quinton Coples when New York took the talented defensive end. Seems kind of well-founded already. Favorite quote from Coples: Practice is big around here. Its something very big to the coaches. What a novel concept. After 180 minutes of football without an offensive touchdown, Jets' offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is smiling through the pain. Florio says Tim Tebow acts like Buddy the Elf. Annnd, the story of the day.
Good players want to play with other good players. If the Celtics want to lure free agents, they'll need to develop the guys already on the roster.