For the love of the game

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For the love of the game

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

Wicked Good Sports is often bombarded with Letters to the Editor. So often, in fact, that these letters are rarely read, except when providing an escape during staff meetings.

The following is a letter written by a nearsighted American who lost her glasses and unwittingly owns a television stuck on mute and ESPN. Normally, this letter would be ridiculed and tossed in the trash along with candy wrappers and used paper plates -- yes, even the candy wrappers are ridiculed. But hers is an underrepresented group in today's society, and that's just really sad.

For the love of the game

I am saddened by the passing of Brett Favre.

The hours and hours of highlights broadcast on television have brought comfort, knowing his contributions to American society were many in number and high enough in importance to merit such television coverage. No matter which channel I select, Brett Favre is there.

Countless people have stood up on television to eulogize him, and they all are very nicely dressed. Though doubtful, one can only hope they emphasize the amount of fun he had playing football, and steer clear of the scandals. My grandchildren have informed me sending pictures is his latest faux pas; guess that's why they no longer send me their school photos.

Regardless of how inappropriate it is to mail a photograph to another, scandals have no place in a time of mourning. The human soul requires time to heal, and picking at old wounds is counterproductive.

So let us join forces with the television and broadcast our appreciation for Brett Favre. We may not have the massive amounts of footage -- if it weren't for how many years he played, I'd say he posed for the camera after every play -- but we have our memories. And our credit cards.

"For the love of the game," indeed.

Sincerely,

Anonymous

Post Script: I also express sympathy to the family of that baseball player who died. His highlights shared the broadcast with Favre, an honor his family must hold dear.

If they awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Letters to the Editor, that'd be Top 5 easy.

Tiger Woods arrested for DUI in Jupiter, Florida

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Tiger Woods arrested for DUI in Jupiter, Florida

Tiger Woods, recovering from his fourth back surgery in the last three years, was arrested on DUI charges Monday morning in Jupiter, Fla.

Woods, 41, is the winner of 79 PGA tournaments in his career (including 14 majors). He was stopped this morning at around 3 a.m. and booked at 7:18 a.m. He was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m.

Physical problems have plagued Woods in recent years, but he said last week "unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again." However, he will need months to recover from his most recent surgery.

Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

BOSTON –  Terry Rozier was having a rough stretch where his minutes were limited and when he did play, he didn’t play particularly well.
 
Among the voices in his ear offering words of encouragement was Avery Bradley who knows all too well what Rozier was going through.
 
For all his time as a Celtic, Bradley has let his work on the floor do the talking for him.
 
But as the most tenured Celtic on the roster, his leadership has to be about more than just getting the job done, but servicing as a vocal leader as well.
 
For a player whose growth from one year to the next has been a constant, being a more vocal leader has been the one dynamic of his game that has improved the most during this past season.
 
And it is that kind of leadership that will carry into the summer what is a pivotal offseason for both Bradley and this Celtics franchise which was eliminated by Cleveland in the Conference finals, the first time the Celtics got that deep in the playoffs since 2012.
 
He is entering the final year of the four-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2014. And it comes at a time when his fellow Tacoma, Wash. native and backcourt mate Isaiah Thomas will likely hit free agency where he’s expected to command a max or near-max contract that would pay him an annual salary in the neighborhood of $30 million.
 
At this point in time, Bradley isn’t giving too much thought to his impending contract status.
 
Instead, he’s more consumed by finding ways to improve his overall game and in doing so, help guide the Celtics to what has to be their focus for next season – a trip to the NBA Finals.
 
While Celtics players have said their focus has always been on advancing as far into the playoffs as possible, it wasn’t until this past season did they actually provide hope and promise that Banner 18 may be closer than you think.
 
It was an emotional time for the Celtics, dealing with the unexpected death of Chyna Thomas, the younger sister of Isaiah Thomas, just hours before Boston’s first playoff game this season.
 
And then there were injuries such as Thomas’ right hip strain that ended his postseason by halftime of Boston’s Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland.
 
But through that pain, we saw the emergence of Bradley in a light we have seldom seen him in as a Celtic.
 
We have seen him play well in the past, but it wasn’t until Thomas’ injury did we see Bradley showcase even more elements of his game that had been overlooked.
 
One of the constant knocks on Bradley has been his ball-handling.
 
And yet there were a number of occasions following Thomas’ playoff-ending injury, where Bradley attacked defenders off the dribble and finished with lay-ups and an occasional dunk in transition.
 
Among players who appeared in at least 12 playoff games this year, only Washington’s John Wall (7.9), Cleveland’s LeBron James (6.8) and Golden State’s Stephen Curry (5.2) averaged more points in transition than Bradley (4.7).
 
Bradley recognized the team needed him to be more assertive, do things that forced him to be more front-and-center which is part of his evolution in Boston as a leader on this team.
 
“It’s weird but players like Al (Horford) definitely helped me get out of my shell and pushed me this year to be more of a vocal leader,” Bradley said.
 
And that talent combined with Bradley doing what he does every offseason – come back significantly better in some facet of his game – speaks to how he’s steadily growing into being a leader whose actions as well as his words are impactful.