Frustrating Celtics game to watch.
Initially, the way that the came out of the gate was absolutely outstanding. Quickly 9 points went on the scoreboard for Boston and zero remained for Philadelphia. That was awesome, and in what felt like the first three minutes of the game, we scored 15 points. Then the rest of the half played out, and things slowed down a lot. They scored 38 total points in the first half, which was nothing compared to the opening minutes.
Then the rest of the game played out and it stayed close, Philly took a 10 point lead entering the fourth quarter, and the game was the C's climbing back. But when the game got tied at 69, thats where the fireworks happened. It was as if the players on both teams decided to play as if they were on fire in NBA Jam. Entertaining as hell to watch, but scary to watch when Boston was on defense.
Side note: How weird was it to watch Rondo play with a headband again. It's been years ever since that whole dispute where he would ear the headband with the upside down NBA logo and the league got pissed about it. Just an interesting side note.
Looks like Wes Welker isn't planing a hold out, which is awesome. It goes without say that Welker is extremely necessary to the team and personally, I couldn't imagine next season without him. Yes, we have like 30 receivers on our roster and we brought back players like Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth who will fit the system and know the system, but Welker has been Brady's go to guy in the short yardage for the last 5 seasons.
I'm not worried about him missing mini-camp or pre-season games. Honestly, I'd prefer it. Less opportunity for him to get injured. The last thing we need is a guy who is struggling to make an NFL roster ear-hole him in a pre-season game and give him a concussion that he is never the same from as a result, or something of the sort. He knows the plays, he is smart enough to know to keep in shape, and he will be just as effective with or without the team in the offseason.
I might make a little bit bigger of a deal that the Red Sox won 4 in a row, and that Jon Lester looked great in the process while throwing a complete game. But honestly, that would be giving this team too much credit.
Not only that, but we have the Texas tough guy Josh Beckett on the mound tomorrow, the guy who is more concerned with how many off days he has left in the season rather than throwing the ball for strikes. I wonder if he expects silence when he pitches, kind of like how golfers expect silence while they're in their backswings.
Either way, we better see the Bag Guy tomorrow night. Or multiple of them.
Close your eyes and think about this question after you read it: If you had $100,000 to blow, what would you spend it on? Don't do one of those responsible things and say that you would invest it, or that you would wish for infinite wishes. $100,00 to blow. I'd probably buy a new car, travel and see various sporting events across the world, and buy a lot of toys (no, not action figures, but other little things that are expensive but unnecessary).
For those unaware, M-1 Global is a mixed martial arts promotion based in The Netherlands. They promote their own fights and co-promote certain fighters and fights as well. You would know them best because any time Fedor fought with Strikeforce, you always saw the event titled "Strikeforce and M-1 Global present" and you saw Fedor wearing white gloves with the M-1 logo rather than the Strikeforce gloves. Either way, a lot of this is irrelevant and I am getting away from myself...
He has put the title belt on EBay and put a starting price of $0.09. Slowly, the bid started to climb and get as high as $14,000. As of the time that this piece was written, the price was $99,999.00!
Yup. That car I spoke of. The traveling that I was going to do. The sports events. The toys. Someone with $100,000 to blow is buying a bad promotions light heavyweight title fight. I would be shocked to learn that Magalhes made that much money in his four fights with M-1.
Lets put this into perspective: The UFC pay scale is 6/6, 8/8, 10/10. Basically, if a new UFC fighter who isn't a top free agent gets a contract with the UFC, they make $12,000 with their first victory ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus), $16,000 with their second victory, and $20,000 with their third victory.
A UFC fighter who won their first three fights would make $48,000, which is less than half of the price of the title belt. Anderson Silva has made $200,000 in each of his last three fights. Anderson Silva could take his latest paycheck and spend half of it on the belt.
Who the hell is dropping that kind of money on a worthless promotions title belt? Unfortunately, due to the fact that EBay keeps the bidders virtually anonymous, we probably will never know. Then again, its probably better this way.
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