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wbur.org – In Boston on Sunday night, former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders asked Democrats to pay close attention to the lessons of the election, arguing that the party needs to have a reckoning about why it lost.

“The working class of this country is being decimated — that’s why Donald Trump won,” Sanders said. “And what we need now are candidates who stand with those working people, who understand that real median family income has gone down.”

He added:

“Here is my point — and this is where there is going to be a division within the Democratic Party. It is not good enough for somebody to say, ‘I’m a woman, vote for me.’ No, that’s not good enough. What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industry.

In other words, one of the struggles that you’re going to be seeing in the Democratic Party is whether we go beyond identity politics. I think it’s a step forward in America if you have an African-American CEO of some major corporation. But you know what, if that guy is going to be shipping jobs out of this country, and exploiting his workers, it doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot whether he’s black or white or Latino.”

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Here we have a brazen if not masked admission of the upheaval the Democratic party is now in. Hillary lost the election, yes, and a large part of that, like for sure – had to do with her being a woman. Absolute banannaland to me that so many white women voted for Trump after the Billy Bush tape and the fallout. In any event – that’s the past, and here Bernie makes a point noted by many a Trump supporter over the past ten months that the Democratic party was largely too arrogant to take into account. That Hillary was a pretty bad candidate given the political landscape and that the slogan “I’m with Her” proved to be interpreted as a cop out to her most likely unstable and obviously chauvinistic and creepy adversary.

This should not be a revolutionary statement, but unfortunately it’s where one has to start after being plotted against by his own party – we’re talking about a guy who gives a shit. Sure socialism is insane, college will never be free in this country, but I mean, fuck – this is essentially a ’80’s era democrat undressing  HRC’s fatal flaws in less than a paragraph. Trump may be a cocksucker but holy moly does this show how poorly the media handled him.

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Kevin Durant Sweepstakes Time! Let’s Pitch Him the City of Boston as Best We Can

Kevin Durant Sweepstakes Time! Let’s Pitch Him the City of Boston as Best We Can

by Shaun (@slough44)

Boston is now in the front of the line for one of the biggest free agent signings in the past couple decades.  Kevin Durant.  My goodness, wouldn’t that be nice?  May not happen, though.  The Celtics now have some cap space, but so does half the league, given this notorious spike in the NBA salary cap.  So the odds might be slim, but the biggest surprise to me has been, quite frankly, that they even have a chance.  They’ve never had that before.

I didn’t feel like going to hunt for old articles to link to this post, and if you Google “Boston Celtics bad free agent market” you cannot even sniff what you’re looking for because the news is too packed with the fact that they are a big player in 2016.  But historically, Boston has not been the best place to come play for an NBA free agent.  Gun to my head, you ask me “Miami, Los Angeles, or Boston?” and it’ll take me quite a while to give you an answer.  And that’s just chubby old me.  Now imagine being an NBA superstar.  It just is not going to happen.

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 09: (CHINA OUT) NBA player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder reacts during a meet and greet with fans at South China Agricultural University on July 9, 2011 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

But now here we are!  Very exciting times.  Now that it is the first of July, free agent season begins.  So what will the Celtics pitch to Durant during their interview?  God only knows, but we need to come up with some good ideas.  There are plenty of things to pitch to an NBA all-star about this city.  So rich in culture, food, the arts, history.  You name it, Boston has it.  I have put together a list of things that we can use to lure in Durantula.

COME TO BOSTON.  WE HAVE:


Whale Watching

Long Wharf is beautiful.  Especially if you have children, Kevin.  Do you have children?  Ahhh it doesn’t matter – either way, between Legal Sea Foods, Tia’s, or the site-seeing at the end of the wharf, you’re going to love it.  But here is the thing, Kevin – they have boats!

For just like $12 or something – not really sure – you can hop on one of the New England Aquarium’s cruise ships and head out of Boston Harbor and into the Atlantic to see some of nature’s most mystical creatures.  Humpback whales, I think.  They are lovely.

Now I’ll admit, I haven’t seen one in about six years.  I think it was when I was chaperoning my kid’s field trip.  But when I saw it, it was amazing.  The whale blew water in the air.  Then his tail came out of the water.  ELECTRIC stuff.  So much action over the course of like an hour and a half.

The boat is great, too.  The cruise ship doubles as the public transportation ferry that commutes from Hingham and Hull – you probably will never visit there but that’s okay.  So essentially, you get to maybe have a 1/6 chance of seeing a whale while sitting in the same booth someone prepared for a morning meeting in.  So relaxing.

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South Boston

Kevin, these people will love you.  Imagine the biggest Kappa Sigma frat party you ever attended at Texas.  You probably walked through the back door, or hung out in the driveway, took a hundred pictures, and then left after one of your boys took a bottle of vodka out from behind the bar.  That sounds like my ideal college party, by the way.

Okay, so take that, and multiply it by 2,000 people.  THAT is Southie.  You will fit right in, I promise.  A 6’10”, nearly-30-year old, African-American from Washington D.C.?  You are basically a regular there!  It is a match made in heaven.

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See, Kevin?  PERFECT crowd to spend your Thursday night with.

You made it to Southie in the 21st-century as well, which will benefit you.  It used to be all Irish people.  Not only did they barely speak English, but they weren’t exactly… well they just weren’t very friendly.  Nowadays, though, you have thousands of 25-year old former high school baseball studs that now work at State Street Financial as associates and voted for Trump because he “speaks his mind.”  It is SO much more refreshing there now!

And the girls are top notch, too.  You ever had Fireball Whiskey before?  No?  Well you will learn soon.  Just don’t cheer openly for the Redskins or the Capitals or Texas or pretty much any athletic team on television ever when you’re at Stats Bar & Grille.  We don’t need to be dealing with any concussions.


By the way, when you go to the beach, do you like water slightly above freezing?  No?  Alright let’s move on.


Ski Resorts

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The Greater Boston Metropolitan area has them by the boatload.  My two favorites are Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford, and Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton.  The snow is so fluffy, and the views are gorgeous.  At Nashoba, my favorite view is of the snow-covered outdoor tiki bar that is only open in the summers when you won’t be here and you’ll be at your house in Los Angeles.

You are an athlete.  We all know that.  So skiing will not be an issue at all.  You can even get some snowboarding in the mix – trying to drag some knuckles and shred gnarly pow pow, man?  Nahhhh, I’m just kidding.  You know I’m kidding – this guy, he knows I’m a joker.  That’s what we do here, we like to work hard and play hard here in Boston.  You don’t get 17 banners in the rafters without working hard.

But anyways, back to skiing.  It’s basically a smaller Breckenridge.  It’s Aspen with some attitude.  Boston loves to ski in the winter.  Or just skitch on a trash can off the back of a bumper on a Subaru down Beacon Hill.  Either way, find a way to enjoy the snow, because your entire season will be under snow cover.  Oh, it doesn’t snow in Los Angeles or Miami?  Didn’t know that.


The Freedom Trail

There is something truly awesome, like in the truest sense of the word, about wandering through a cemetery and seeing headstones and graves of some of the nameless founding fathers of this nation.  I mean, these guys created this nation, and they died 230 years ago, so the cemetery isn’t in great shape – but still, just imagine it in your brain.  And then you get to walk through the city, on broken cobblestone, for several miles, while you look at old churches that are really just bars and nightclubs now but at least the foundation is still in the ground.

Remember Paul Revere from history class?  Yeah, he was captured like 15 miles from here in Concord but we can stand here in the middle of the street while our tour guide tells us the story.  You won’t see it at all, but then again, you haven’t seen any of it.  None of the Freedom Trail actually exists anymore.  But it is still so wonderful to follow.

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Okay, so that’s my pitch to Kevin.  Four lockdown talking points to lure him here.  I don’t think he can say “no,” frankly.  If you have any other awesome ideas, share them with us.  I can send them along to Danny Ainge because we both sat courtside at a Boston College basketball game one time so I basically have his e-mail address.

And by the way, for my money, I’m thinking Kevin Durant stays in Oklahoma City.

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Win Now? Really? — Relax Celtics Fans

Win Now? Really? — Relax Celtics Fans

Boy, Celtics fans were pissed last night. After a day full or Woj bombs and Marc Stein reports, the Celtics failed to land Jimmy Butler or local product Nerlens Noel. Fans booed the selection of Jaylen Brown. BleacherReport basketball heads such as Howard Beck and Ric Bucher declared the Celtics as the losers of the draft. Bucher’s reasoning focused on the Cs need to cash in on these picks and land a superstar, which they did not. (For what it’s worth, Bucher also declared the T’Wolves to be losers because they didn’t land Butler, despite drafting the top point guard of the draft). All of this must be frustrating for fans. Personally, the only thing I found frustrating was the lack of insight from these basketball pundits. The Celtics are in win now mode? Not a chance in hell and here’s why.


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  1. The Team is Young

The average age of these Cs is 25. Olynyk, Smart, Rozier, Young, Hunter, Brown and the other 2016 picks are all on rookie contracts. Shot blocker in the making Mickey is also on something resembling the rookie scale. At 25, Bradley and Crowder are still a year or two away from beginning their primes. IT4 is legitimately the only Celtic currently playing in his peak years and even he too is just sniffing maximum performance. Hell, even free agents Sully and Turner are 27 and under. This team was not built for now, they are just exceeding expectations so we want them to win now.

  1. Assets

Next year’s draft is stacked. Sure, we say that just about every year however, I must admit that the scouting reports look pretty damn good on these prospects. And guess what, the Cs have the Brooklyn pick again. You know, that team that got worse last night and will continue to get worse once they ship Lopez out of town. If Brown hits (which he will, his floor is what Jae Crowder is now) then Crowder becomes expendable in a future trade. The Cs could draft one of the plethora of elite point guards next year (Ball, Fox Smith, Fultz,!)  and package Crowder and IT4 for a star. It does take two to tango, I understand. But if anything, this draft has demonstrated that teams are willing to trade stars. Oh, and if you think Boogie stays in Sacramento for the entire upcoming season, you’re on drugs. Like, Ric Bucher drugs.

  1. Now is Simply not the Right Time

The NBA just saw a team win 73 games. Then, we watched as the Thunder put them on the ropes. Next, we fawned over the Cavs beating that aforementioned 73 win team. For the next 2-4 years, the league will be owned by Curry, James, Durant and Kawhi. Would a lineup of Thomas, Bradley, Butler, ? and Amir Johnson beat the cavs? No Replace Johnson with free agent names such as Whiteside, Horford or Biyombo and the answer is still no. Forget the KD pipedream, Presti just robbed Orlando and got the ever elusive two guard he needed. Even if the Cs added Boogie, they still couldn’t beat the Cavs..and they shouldn’t want to. The Warriors/Cavs/Thunder/Spurs era will be ending just as the Celtics/Minny/Denver/Philly one is rising. Why push for a title now when it won’t happen?

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How the Celtics can bring Kevin Durant to Boston

How the Celtics can bring Kevin Durant to Boston

The NBA finals start tomorrow but the offseason has already begun. Yesterday, it was reported by multiple sports outlets that Kevin Durant’s people informed the Celtics which players the MVP would like to play with. Are the Celtics the only team told this information? Probably not. Still, as a Cs fan, I have to know the names on this list. So, I took it upon myself to think up some logical candidates.

What kind of criteria did I use for making this list? Appropriately, I decided to take the perspective of KD; abandoning the viewpoint of Ainge and co. Despite what many pundits say, Boston is not in win now mode. They have one of the youngest teams in basketball and their core (IT4, Smart, AB, Olynyk, Hunter, Rozier, Crowder) have not hit their peak yet. All of this is moot, however, when discussing Kevin Durant. He wants a title as soon as possible. Therefore, the Cs will be attracted to some players they may have been starting to cool off on. For instance, I was one who always questioned the reported Horford rumors. He is past his prime and will be declining when the Celtics will be looking to progress. While he is an incredible player, he does not really fit the Celtics timeline. But, if Kevin Durant wants him, the Cs do too. Simple as that.


So here is my criterion: KD needs > Celtics needs

 

I started my list with 2016 Free Agents. In other words, these are players the Celtics would not have to trade for.

 

Al Horford – Here he is again. Horford was in KD’s draft class and I am assuming that bond has some legs in a Lebron/Carmelo fashion.

Joakim Noah – See above.

Hassan Whiteside – Miami is rumored to be hesitant in signing Whiteside to a max due to cap issues. He is signable and Durant knows the value of a rim protector. Throw Bismack Biyombo in this one too.

Bradley Beal – Sure, he is restricted. Yes, he has injury issues. Yet, giving the dearth of outside shooting in OKC, Durant may be intrigued by the guy who once drew Ray Allen comparisons.

Demar Derozan – DD doesn’t provide the same spacing as Beal but he has gotten better each year and putting him in a small lineup next to KD would be nuts.

*I excluded names like Dudley, Anderson, Afflalo, Lee and Batum for a multitude of reasons. But, the commonalities they share are that all of these players are either past their prime or, their primes won’t be enough to bring home a championship.


The second part of my list is composed of players who must be traded for.

 

Paul George – Yes, I understand that they play the same position. Regardless, PG13 is wasting away on a borderline playoff team. Him at the 3 and KD at the 4 can work.

Jimmy Butler – He is arguably the best fit here. The Bulls are not officially in rebuild mode. But, once Noah and Pau leave, they can be tempted. Butler’s “I’m here to win, not make friends” mentality meshes very well with the demeanor of KD.

Myles Turner – His inclusion on this list in not obvious. Consider this. Turner is a Texas alum and can be an effective stretch 5 next year while also protecting the rim. His trajectory coincides perfectly with where the NBA is headed. I believe KD is savvy enough to know that.

Demarcus Cousins – If Boogie was on OKC this year, he would have forced Ezeli or Bogut to stay on the court for defensive purposes. There are two dominant offensive centers in the league. The other one just won the Rookie of the Year award and isn’t budging…

Kris Middleton – Another surprising name, I’m sure. Still, Middleton is a player that analysts forget about but players remember. He is 6’8” with long arms, can legitimately defend 4 positions and has gotten better each year. At 24, Middleton had his best year yet, shooting 39% from three on nearly 5 attempts and displaying his facilitating skills by posting over 4 assists. He won’t be slept on for too much longer.


So, who can the C’s realistically obtain in order to sign KD?

Beal can be ruled out. The wizards will match any offer for him. Derozan won’t see himself as a good fit in Boston and head to LA or stay in the North. Whiteside can be gotten however, Miami still has a slight contract edge and will probably offer him the max anyways. Biyombo has shown his desire to remain in Toronto. Horford and Noah make the list but only by a hair. It is much more feasible to draw Noah to Atlanta than it would be to have them both move to Boston.

Despite the Larry Bird connection, Paul George isn’t going anywhere but, Turner could be gettable. It would be unlikely but the C’s have the assets to overpay if KD says so. Boogie is obtainable, just not this offseason. Take him off the list. The Bucks would have to entertain a package for Middleton. Same goes for Chicago. I envisage Middleton being more expendable.

What do we have left?

Horford, Noah, Turner and Middleton.

In my opinion, the former Gators aren’t coming. Turner and Middleton are upgrades at center and shooting guard/small forward. Are they enough to bring over an MVP…I’m depressed already.

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Red Sox Recap — Big F’ing Papi

Red Sox Recap — Big F’ing Papi

Boston Red Sox 5, New York Yankees 1

David Ortiz hit two home runs last night, leading Boston to a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees. With the win, Boston moves to 18-13, and find themselves a half game back of Baltimore (18-12) for the lead in the division. With winning 2 out of 3, the Yankees move to 11-18, good for last in the division, where they belong. You thought this was going to be a formal article didn’t ya?

Big Papi, while I want to be cliche and say “please do not retire after you hit 40 home runs in a season,” I will refrain from doing so. You know why? If Ortiz leaves after a season where he MASHES, like the one he is currently having, we will be left with fond memories of a player at the peak of his powers. If he came back, hit maybe 20-25 dingers and averaged around .240, we would be a little disappointed. You want your guy to ride off before you have to watch him suffer. That is why I LOVED Danny Ainge’s trade of Garnett and Pierce before we had to watch that sad ass shit they did in Brooklyn firsthand.

Anyways, point remains. Boston continues to churn out wins behind good performances from David Ortiz. The story has not changed for a decade now. Last night, the Red Sox really did not generate much besides Ortiz. Steven Wright pitched a hell of a game, picking up his 3rd win of the season. Below is the box score from last night, courtesy of mlb.com (Click to Enlarge)

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Previewing Tonight’s Game

The Sox begin a 3 game series at home against the Oakland Athletics, beginning on Monday. All 3 games will be 7:10 starts on the east coast. Oakland currently sits at 14-18, right in the middle of the AL West. This series worries me because of who Boston is set to trot out to the mound tonight (Clay Buchholz) and the emotion step down of a series with Oakland without a days rest following a Yankee series. This series with New York had all of the emotion that a rivalry should have, coupled with a few questionable calls and some ejections. Coming back from that, settling in nicely at home, and welcoming a west coast team just seems too relaxed a way to approach anything. Couple that with the back end of your rotation pitching the duration of the 3 game series, and you could be looking for trouble.

I think the Sox, somehow someway, find a way to take 2/3 from Oakland at least in this upcoming series. I expect a good Clay tonight, following a very solid outing last time out. A win tonight, and a win for Porcello on Wednesday could be enough to keep pace with Baltimore, who begins a 3 game set with Minnesota tonight.

(Writer’s Note: My friend, Max, thinks the Sox win 100 games this season. So, whenever I write a Sox article,  I will countdown for you all. If it happens, Max, good for you man)

Red Sox — 18 down, 82 to go. 

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Why You Should be Watching the 2016 Boston Red Sox

Why You Should be Watching the 2016 Boston Red Sox

If you haven’t gotten on board with this season’s Boston Red Sox team yet, this is my call for you to do so.

With a record of 16-11 the team is currently leading the American League East, and playing some great baseball at the moment. Last night, they defeated the team with the best record in the American League, the Chicago White Sox, 5-2 behind some usual heroics from a familiar name. David Ortiz supplied the go ahead home run to propel Boston to an eventually comfortable victory, hitting his 6th of the season (a 2 run shot) in the 5th inning to flip the one run deficit into a one run lead.

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 04: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches his two-run homer against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning on May 4, 2016 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 04: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches his two-run homer against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning on May 4, 2016 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)


 

The Red Sox are currently seeing a steady stream of offensive productivity from all parts of their lineup. Xander Bogaerts, the shortstop Boston has been begging for since Orlando Cabrera, is leading the team with a .321 batting average. Dustin Pedroia has continued his unbelievable career with a .310 batting average so far this season, adding 3 home runs to his stats as well as 17 RBI so early in the season. David Ortiz, may he never retire, is hitting .311 with 6 home runs to his name, leading the team. The lineup is rounded out by perennial folk hero MOOOOOOOOKIE Betts (4 HR and 17 RBI), Brock (the Brock-Star) Holt, Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw, and even Jackie Bradley Jr. (JBJ) is hitting well.

In the pitching staff, Boston at least has an ace to rotate around this season in David Price. His numbers, while unflattering, do not tell the whole story. He has alternated between dominant starts and duds, causing his numbers to reach a median of…mediocrity I guess. He will come into his groove as the season progresses, as great pitchers find their way back to the norm. Elsewhere in the rotation, Rick Porcello is 5-0, Steven Wright has a 1.67 ERA through 5 starts, and Craig Kimbrel has 9 saves out of the bullpen.

The biggest sign that this season could be special is the morale that the players seem to have. In their last title run in 2013, the players had the marathon tragedy to unite and drive them towards a common goal. This season, the same unity can be found, but for many different reasons.

The David Ortiz retirement takes some heat of the press off of other players. Pablo Sandoval, with his surgery due in the coming weeks taking him out for the season, will no longer be a media target or distraction. The young players have the morale and flair to captivate the casual fan. It is all there. The pieces seem to be coming together baseball-wise, the city is ready for another run behind the David Ortiz story-line, and their is a feeling of optimism in Fenway Park this season.

I am excited to continue to see what happens. If these first 27 games are any indication, watch out for this team as the season rolls on.

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Episode 41 — Celtic’s Season Recap

Episode 41 — Celtic’s Season Recap

Celtics drop Games 5 & 6 to get eliminated from the postseason by the Atlanta Hawks 4-2. We discuss what went wrong in their first round series for the second consecutive year. Plus what’s next for Danny Ainge this offseason as Lottery and Draft Night are just around the corner. We take a trip around the NBA with the latest news and playoff talk as we celebrate our second Birthday on this episode of the Causeway Street Podcast. Enjoy. (By Causeway Street Podcast)

 

 

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