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Gladwell's theories help explain the Celtics' recent success

Gladwell's theories help explain the Celtics' recent success

I recently finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, which I would highly recommend.  In the book, Gladwell looks at how some of the most noteworthy athletes, businessmen, and musicians have achieved success.  While talent plays a big factor, other influences such as age, family history, and opportunity all play even larger roles.  For example, while many talented computer programmers have existed throughout the years, the most noteworthy ones (i.e. Bill Gates), were all born around the same time.  When computers really started taking off, people with talent like Gates were at the perfect age to jump right in and eventually start successful companies.  An article by J.A. Adante of ESPN looks to apply these similar concepts to last year’s Boston Celtics. Continue Reading

In an ad that our colleague Ryan would appreciate, Kevin Garnett visits the UCLA locker room.  The video is part of a new ad campaign from Adidas that also features Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, and T Mac, 3 other guys that skipped college to join the association.  KG finds a #5 Bruins jersey and hypes us up for a little March Madness.  For Celtic fans though, something seems a little off.  I realize that UCLA isn’t necessarily affiliated with the Lakers, but it is the same city.  Couldn’t they have at least sent him to BC? BU? Holy Cross?  Maybe even Illinois since KG played his high school ball nearby.  Seeing any jersey that has both “LA” and “Garnett” on it just feels dirty.

While your grandparents may still be listening to the music of their youth and disregarding anything recorded after 1950, others have stepped up to the challenge of understanding modern artists.  I draw your attention to Breakfast at Sulimays: a Youtube series in which elderly people review modern music.  While the premise sounds hilarious, the series offer some  poignet social commentary, especially in regards to race (And we all know how insightful old people can be when it comes to that subject).  In this episode, Ann, Joe, and Bill review tracks from Young Jeezy and Animal Collective.

While Ann appreciates the hot beats that Jeezy gets down on, Joe wants to examine the bigger picture.  He mentions that while African Americans have made great progress, rappers like Young Jeezy may destroy such achievements.  Perhaps he should go on The O’Reilly Factor to debate such issues.  Meanwhile, the Animal Collective song, “My Girls,” gets negative reviews all around, as the panel finds both the music and lyrics too repetitive.  I can’t help but express my dissapointment in such a review, as I spent some considerable time endorsing the album on this site.  However, I think that the deep, sonic textures used by the Collective may just be a little too hard for this panel to hear.

Big Baby is the latest Celtic to go down

Big Baby is the latest Celtic to go down

All sports teams are forced to deal with injuries throughout the course of a season, but injuries to this year’s Celtics team are piling up at an alarming rate. The latest injury to Glen Davis leaves the team with five players out, including two starters. The C’s have battled injuries before and found players willing to step up, but this recent string could be too much to deal with. Doc Rivers has put a positive spin on this, stating that he would rather have a team that’s 100% for the playoffs, even if it means giving up home court advantage. Furthermore, Doc has suggested that these injuries give the new Celtics an opportunity to get some playing time and learn the system. Although Doc is showing some optimism, should Celtics fans be worried about the possible implications of these injuries? Continue Reading

Sorry Kobe.  It's the King's turn this year.

Sorry Kobe. It's the King's turn this year.

I’ve seen quite a few of these articles around and figured I’d weigh in with my own thoughts.  It’s been an interesting season thus far, whether it’s been the reemergence of Dwayne Wade, The dominance of Lebron, or The Celtics pursuit of another title.  Since we have about a month an a half left until the playoffs, it’s time to make some picks for the year end awards.   I encourage everyone else to comment with their own choices. Continue Reading

Cassell and Pioli look to rebuild a crumbling franchise

Cassel and Pioli look to rebuild a crumbling franchise

I need to start off by saying the acquisition of Stephon Marbury is horrible.  Marbury is the second most selfish athlete in professional sports (the first being team obliterator). I know the first game for Marbury was great and he did contribute against the lowly Pacers, however when playoff time comes around, do you really trust a primadonna who only cares about himself and his personal image?  I don’t and that’s why I believe if Marbury is still on the team come playoff time, the Boston Celtics will not repeat as NBA champs!

Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs isn’t surprising considering Pioli is the VP/General Manager.  I’m not sold on Matt Cassel but for the Chiefs to only give up a 2nd rounder for his services as well as Mike Vrabel, is shocking.  With that being said, Bill Belichick does love his 2nd round picks and throughout his tenure with the Patriots, the contributions of 2nd and late round picks have paved the way for a Patriots dynasty.