Report: Welker missed game because of death in family


Report: Welker missed game because of death in family

Wes Welker said on Monday he missed Friday's game against the Buccaneers because of a "personal issue."

The Globe's Greg Bedard was on Sports Tonight later Monday to report that Welker was telling the truth. It was a personal issue. Welker wasn't sitting out because of his contract situation or because he was being a malcontent.

On Tuesday Bedard said the reason Welker missed Friday's game was because he had a death in the family for which he had to attend his native Oklahoma.

The "personal issue" Wes Welker said he was dealing with was a death in the family that required his travel back to Oklahoma. Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) August 28, 2012
Watch the video above to see what the Sports Tonight guys think about Welker's future in New England.

Ainge: McHale's clothesline on Rambis was 'sweet'


Ainge: McHale's clothesline on Rambis was 'sweet'

If you know anything about basketball in the 1980s and early 1990s, you know it was a physical game. And in the playoffs, that physicality multiplied.

The Boston Celtics were no exception to that. There are countless highlights of Celtics players getting into it with their opponents, but perhaps the most famous incident was when Kevin McHale clothelined the Lakers' Kurt Rambis in Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was a member of that team, and discussed that play on Thursday morning with the guys from the Toucher and Rich Show.

“I remember that we were at shootaround the morning of the Kevin McHale / Kurt Rambis clothesline incident,” Ainge said. “They had just beat us by 30 . . . it was Hollywood showtime Lakers all the way and we were humiliated. We came to practice the next day and we had some guys chirping about that, like, ‘We have to take some hard fouls. We cannot let these guys fast break over us and dunk on us in transition. We have to take some hard fouls.’ And I said to the whole team, I like screamed at them, I said, ‘Hey listen, I’m booed in every arena in this league because I’m the only guy who takes hard fouls. I need some of you guys to take some hard fouls. And sure enough Kevin clothelined Kurt Rambis and that was sweet.”