My Top 5 Boston Sports Quotes

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This is a short list and usually, I hate lists, but here are my 5 favorite Boston sports quotes of recent memory. Enjoy the quick trip down memory lane, feel free to let me know if I missed your personal favorite.

1. “Malcolm go!” – Brian Flores

Two words. That’s all it took for Brian Flores’s voice to be etched in my memory forever. And to think that  I wouldn’t even be writing this sentence if the Seahawks just gave the ball to Marshawn.

I would run through a brick wall if Brian Flores told me to.

2. “But let me tell ya. Don’t let us win today” – Kevin Millar

The only thing that could make this quote better is if it didn’t include Dan Shaughnessy at all. But alas, I know I can’t get too greedy. Millar was one of many heartbeats of that 2004 Red Sox team and he couldn’t have been more on the money. If the Red Sox didn’t win Game 4, the greatest comeback in sports history never would have happened.

If the Red Sox didn’t win Game 4, the greatest comeback in sports history never would have happened. I know hindsight is 20/20, but the Yankees should have taken Millar’s advice.

3. “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEEEE!!!!!” – Kevin Garnett

This one speaks for itself. For the first time in his career, and maybe the only time in his whole damn life, Kevin Garnett was TOO hyped up. The interview is short, but it packs a punch. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up the first 100 times I watched KG proclaim, “I’m certified,” after fighting back tears, trying to grasp the magnitude of the moment. With the confetti falling and a microphone in his face, he just lets it fly.

What makes this particular quote stand out to me is it’s literally the culmination of a career-long fight by Garnett to get to the top of the mountain. I might never know how that feels, so I choose to live vicariously through KG.

The year is 2002 and some Patriots fans might have been looking forward. Quite simply, this is where it all began. The most interesting part is that Madden was right, it probably was the smart decision to take a knee and take their chance in overtime. But sometimes greatness trumps logic.

Disclaimer: that isn’t the exact quote from Madden. He was mumbling and I had to clean it up a little bit.

Bonus Quote: “I’ll tell ya, what Tom Brady just did, gave me goosebumps” – John Madden.

5. “We saw a weak team…the New England Patriots, let’s face it, they’re not good anymore!”  – Trent Dilfer

Hey Trent, you are a great analyst who is always on the money with the takes…..NOT!

Ha…got him

IMPORTANT EDIT:

THIS IS OUR FUCKING CITY. AND NOBODY’S GOING TO DICTATE OUR FREEDOM. STAY STRONG” – David Ortiz

This is the moment I decided I would take a bullet for David Ortiz, and he convinced me he would take a bullet for anybody in this city. It was before he hit close to .700 in the 2013 World Series.

I couldn’t leave this post up without including it. Ortiz transcended the game of baseball when he spoke to a city that became his home, from the depths of his heart, and dropped the most necessary F-bomb on TV in history. It’s impossible to think back on the tension and weight of the moment, but that has never phased Ortiz.

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A trip to the Sugar Bowl

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Located at 857 Dorchester Avenue on the southern edge of the Polish Triangle neighborhood in Dorchester, Massachusetts the Sugar Bowl Cafe simply gets it right.
With weekday hours of 6 a.m.-8 p.m. their regulars get a chance to grab a coffee and a breakfast sandwich to start the day and end the day with a delectable dessert, while the weekend hours of  9 a.m.- 5 p.m. are a little more laid back. the address; the website; the days and hours; whether it is handicapped-accessible; and the closest T stop.

img_20161107_115157Steve Bernath, a recent graduate of UMass Boston who has lived in the neighborhood for three years, appreciates what the Sugar Bowl offers. He said, “This place is a staple of my weekends. You can always find me and my roommates lounging in the backroom on Sunday mornings.  I’ve gotten here before the door is unlocked on more than one occasion.”

img_20161107_171901A short stroll away from the JFK/Umass Red Line station (about 8 minutes), bring your laptop and enjoy the free WiFi while treating yourself to anything from their pastrami sandwich to the hot fudge brownie sundae (which maintains a superb brownie to ice cream ratio.)

“This is a hidden gem of mine,” Bernath said as he sipped his coffee and patiently waited for his breakfast sandwich , “I always make sure to bring friends from out of town here. You can’t sit in an armchair and enjoy yourself at Dunkin Donuts the way you can here.”

One noteworthy quirk is that the Sugar Bowl is a cash only establishment. But don’t worry, they have an ATM inside.

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A Day at the Phantom Gourmet

The 2016 Phantom Gourmet Food Festival had it all. There were creampuffs, meatballs, clam chowder, and endless bags of Utz potato chips. There was a dance contest, a costume contest, and even a VIP party for the friends of Ernie Boch Jr. Rumor on the street was it had everything you’re looking for.

 

 

 

 

Trade Deadline Red Sox Reset

The 2014 Boston Red Sox are one of the most frustrating teams to watch in recent memory. I almost feel guilty critiquing them after the 2013 championship run, so I have chosen to give them a pass, and put my trust in the ownership group. It’s silly to critique an ownership group like the John Henry trio. They are always putting a plan in motion, in a way they are a lot like the Celtics with Danny “Trader Danny” Ainge at the helm. While franchises like the Patriots and Bruins have a rock solid structure, the Celtics and Red Sox are constantly adapting to trends.

Maybe they are packing it in this year. The things that went well for them in the 2013 World Series season (Nava / Gomes platoon being ultra effective, Victorino playing way above his pay grade, Buchholz not throwing extended batting practice every fifth day) have blown up directly in their face.  Brock Holt has been a catalyst for this lineup, which is great and horrible at the same time. You can’t rely on Holt to be Jacoby Ellsbury at the top of the lineup. Eventually he will turn back into Brock Holt. Don’t be surprised if he hits below .275 the rest of the way out. He might finish the season at a respectable .285, but it will be due to the inflated first half. Obviously, Holt isn’t the problem. The Legend of Brock Holt is one of those tall tales that would be way cooler if it was taking place during a season when we weren’t relying on it to keep us hovering seven games under .500 all season. Jake Peavy left the Sox with nine losses, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. In all nine of his losses he received more than three runs of support zero times. He let up five earned runs or more in four of those losses. However, he had five no decisions with two earned runs or less.

It doesn’t matter how you look at this season. Anyway you slice it, has been bad. The team has been easy to root for, but tough to watch. That almost makes it harder than a season like 2012 when you could choose to not watch the games as a form of rebellion. Last year was supposed to be a bridge year but it ended up being a championship season. It wasn’t a fluke by any means, it was just a perfect storm of overachieving player’s, beards, and chemistry. Maybe this year is the real bridge year.

The Red Sox have a plan, and it should involve Jon Lester. Don’t say, “They need to stop acting like they are spending on a Minnesota budget” because they aren’t. The Lester debacle is unique in that they took “hometown discount” to a new level with the low-ball 4-year $70 million offer in Spring Training. That was nearly disrespectful, yet he remains loyal to the city of Boston. Lester continuously says this is where he wants to be. As a skeptic of any quotes that comes from an athlete’s mouth during a contract year, I wholeheartedly believe Lester.

There are guys like David Ortiz who you love because he is an entertainer. He is a larger than life character who will crush a fastball, flip his bat, and drags his nuts around the bases going at a snail like pace (I’m looking at you Chris Archer).

You love Jon Lester because he is the kind of guy you would want your son to emulate in Little League. A very abbreviated version of his story goes something like this. In 2006 Lester was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a treatable cancer. He returned during the 2007 season only to became the third starter in baseball history to get his first postseason win in the clinching game of a World Series, which is kind of admirable.. But most of all you are drawn to Lester because he seems genuine when he talks so glowingly about the Red Sox franchise. Maybe he has a different outlook on life than most athletes who haven’t come back from a bout with cancer. Boston was there for him during what was likely his lowest moment. Outside of his role on the 2012 “Bobby Valentine Variety Show” Red Sox, he has been everything a fan, a teammate, a coach, or an owner could want. Regardless of what happens in the next two days I firmly believe Jon Lester will be in a Red Sox uniform in 2015.

Optimism as a Red Sox fan is still new to most. Three World Series’s in a decade should have done a lot to change that, but it hasn’t. Be patient, wait until next year, because this offseason should be huge. Giancarlo Stanton will be on the market, there are a few big arms set to hit free agency, and Ben Cherington should be making serious moves. After the 2015 season the Red Sox don’t have any big money left on the books other than Pedroia, Ortiz, and Buchholz. If there is a player out there that they have their eye on, they won’t hesitate to open up the check book.