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My plea to the Celtics: winning is what matters

February 23, 2010

Carry the fire.

Carry the fire.

Dear Celtics,

From the moment the ball is tipped, to the closing seconds of the game, fans live and die with every possession. While that may seem incredibly creepy, obsessive, freaky, or even pathetic, I think it’s important to know that this happens because fans care. Perhaps fans care too much. Perhaps fans have nothing else better to care about. But regardless of how our passion manifests itself, at least we care. Think about franchises that are holding fire sales because staying in business is more important than winning. Luckily, we don’t have that kind of organization. Danny never wants to live through another 2007 season, and Wyc has too much money to know what to do with: a beautiful combination for GM and owner.

This is the emotion I want to see after grinding out a win.

This is the emotion I want to see after grinding out a win.

You play for a city that loves sports, and fortunately for us all, we’ve seen each of our four major teams at least make a run during the playoffs to be a legitimate contender. For three of those teams, we’ve seen a title hoisted during a championship parade in the last 6 years.

Play to piss off the other team.

Play to piss off the other team.

But really, only one of those teams really matters. And that’s you. You have the richest history out of all of the Boston teams. You have the most titles in its respective sport, but also the most championships in our fine city. This automatically puts the Celtics up on a pedestal, whether you like it or not. I like to think that you are the standard for winning teams.

Look, I am not asking for you to win every game. Would that be nice? Of course. Would it feel great to see you walk all over every team you play against? You bet it would. But when it boils down to it, I want to see that all of you care. I want to see you never give up on a play. I want to see you get a technical because of a bull shit call. I want to see you demand the ball when you’ve got the hot hand. I want to see you listen to your teammates when things aren’t going well. I want to see hands clapping during a momentous turnaround. I want to see the fire in your eyes never go out, whether you are down by 20 or up by 20. I just want the intensity. I want the grit. I want the scrappiness. Because of how intelligent you are, and because of the talent we have, we can win so many games if the intensity, grit, and scrappiness is there. The missing piece is to get rid of cruise control as a possible option. From the get go, we need to be in the fifth gear and find the sixth one when necessary.

Do whatever it takes to win. Pretty or not.

Do whatever it takes to win. Pretty or not.

I saw this kind of effort during the first three games of the four game road trip out west. Critics are doing what they do: criticizing. Criticizing the fact that it was Sacramento. Criticizing that it was a Kobe-less Lakers. Criticizing that it was a Portland team without half of its starters and even less of their bench. Criticizing that the Celtics were still giving up big leads at times, or showing some flat play. Well, let them criticize. I’d rather have an ugly win than have another tick in the loss column. I think we have to all realize that our aging team isn’t always going to play pretty. When many of the players on your team can’t rely on pure athleticism to keep you in a game, then you resort to doing anything necessary in order to win. You foul. You call. You hustle. I love winning ugly games because it shows how physically and mentally tough you are. If you win an ugly game, the opposing team won’t forget it.
It shows that the passion is still there, and winning is what matters.

Winning is what matters.

Winning is what matters.

Winning is what matters.
Winning is what matters.
Winning is what matters. By any means necessary, make sure winning is what matters.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Celtsfan33 permalink
    February 23, 2010 2:30 am

    Damn right!! I’ve been wanting to see that fire and passion for winning all year. We started to see it on the road trip. It has to be there the rest of the season.

    • February 23, 2010 2:32 am

      From here on out: it’s GOT to be there. Winning is what matters.

  2. February 23, 2010 3:52 am

    LOVE IT! Very well done, the pics bring it all together very nicely!

  3. February 23, 2010 6:33 am

    Very good piece-best one I’ve read from you yet.

    • February 23, 2010 11:52 am

      Best you’ve read since? Damn, son… Have fun at tonight’s game.


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