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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wyc Grousbeck to Boston Celtics fans: Wait until next summer

Alan Greenwood

This just in from Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck:

His ballclub will take the “patient route” in returning to NBA relevancy. ...

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This just in from Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck:

His ballclub will take the “patient route” in returning to NBA relevancy.

Wow, Wyc. And C’s fans have been under the impression that they took the first step down that foggy path last summer. How silly of them.

Grousbeck dropped that bombshell into the notebook of a Boston Globe scribe at the Basketball Hall of Fame shindig Friday night. Amazingly, none of the Boston TV outlets interrupted their scheduled programming with news bulletins.

As for that remark Grousbeck made earlier this summer, indicating that the Celtics might generate some fireworks by way of a free agent signing or trade, that was off by just a tad.

The reality in which the Celtics still find themselves is hardly surprising. There were reports after the Kevin Love trade from Minnesota to Cleveland that Boston engaged only in a slight flirtation with the Timberwolves, making it clear that they are willing to remain within shouting distance of low-range mediocrity for at least another full year.

However, after the Celtics improve from 25 wins to, say, 32, dropping deeper into the pack of have-nots in the draft lottery, Grousbeck indicated that there really, truly, will be a chance for free agent fireworks next summer.

Hallelujah!

Maybe Rajon Rondo will be on the open market!

EVEN DUMBER: Listening to late-night sports radio talk last Monday, one of the yapmeisters engaged in some instant analysis of new Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who had just finished going 1 for 7 in his first two games. The murky critique ended with the host declaring, “It might be a little too soon to judge him.”

If there had been something in the tone of those words to indicate sarcasm, it might have inspired a brief chuckle.

That there wasn’t is one more indication that sports radio execs should order their on-air personalities to say something intelligent at least 25 percent of the time.

And I need to listen to more music on the ride home.

MORE PROGRESS: When Lowell Spinners owner Drew Weber and his staff began working to found the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, they may have been the only folks in New England who believed that within five seasons it could gain the sort of credibility it now enjoys. Prevailing wisdom promised that it would never reach the acclaim enjoyed by the Cape Cod League, and would never even escape the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s shadow.

Well, the 12 teams in the NECBL reported an announced paid attendance of 192,906, covering its 242 openings this summer. The 10-team FCBL announced a total paid attendance of 260,052, coverings its 252 openings.

In the state, the Nashua Silver Knights sold an average of 1,375 tickets per game. The NECBL Keene Swamp Bats sold an average of 1,242, and the Laconia Muskrats sold an average of 350.

Seems like the FCBL is casting a longer shadow.

TIME TRAVEL: Aug. 10, 1944 – As the Allies engaged the Nazis for control of Paris, the sports page provided a report on Red Sox ace Tex Hughson’s 18th and final win of the season, 9-1, over the White Sox at Fenway. After the game ended, Hughson was off to begin his hitch in the United States Navy.

The St. Louis Browns held first place in the American League, 61⁄2 games ahead of the second-place Red Sox.

Once the war ended, of course, Major League Baseball restored order. The Red Sox won the American League pennant in the first full post-war season.

And the Browns were well on their way to slipping back into baseball oblivion before being reborn as the Baltimore Orioles in 1953.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-6427 or agreenwood@nashuatelegraph.com. Also,
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