Archive for 2007

WE HATE LA – Celtics Win 110-91



Andrew Bynum definitely will get his – chump turned one Jordan Classic performance into a License to Hack. Lamar you too – don’t think we don’t personally know about you and your Alaska ThunderF**k Connections at the ol’ URI and don’t think of even thinking about running your mouth off around Boston, you don’t wanta get the old wrench upside the head. Trevor Ariza, you are an absolute waste of human life and we feel sorry for those in your family who feel it necessary, at this festive time of year, to break bread with such an everloving d-bag like you. Kwame Brown, we sat next to your mom at the Shaw Pro Summer League. We’re gonna tell her how much you suck.

What Beef is thankful for: A Beef Stallone Commentary

As I look back on the year 2007 there are a lot of things that I realize I have taken for granted, and since this is the last day of 2007, I might as well share them with the rest of you.

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Hey Tom Ziller, we’re 24-3 and you’re not


Hell yes we’re obnoxious but you would be to…If you didn’t live in Sacramento

I was almost content to let this load of bullshit fly, considering it’s the season of forgiveness and all. But, there’s just a little to much crying going on over at the Sactown Royalty for our taste.

It appears that Tom Ziller — who runs the aforementioned rag and who moonlights at the corporate rock of blogs, the fanhouse, (which is basically a collection of self righteous douches) — is starting to take pot shots at our beloved big man, team, and fans. This of course after we shed his beloved Kings, for the second time in two weeks, like a bad case of the squirts

Let me tell you something Ziller, and this is straight from the heart. You don’t know squat about basketball, basketball fans, or Kendrick Perkins. I assume since you collect your rent checks scribbling about these types of things you would be required to do some homework before trashing people, but apparently you just like to shoot from the hip. Well, let’s shoot this one from the hip. We are winners and you are losers. When you are 24-3 then you can gloat, point fingers and talk, but until then, your team stinks, you have Mikki Moore, and that bald idiot who spent the entire game screaming behind Mike Gorman. In fact, you’re a lot like your team, you try and play dirty, you try and act like a tough guy, and ultimately you end up getting waxed because frankly you’re not talented enough to run with the big boys.

We’d devote some more ink to your suckiness, but I’ve already grown tired of the subject. Screw you and enjoy watching us in the Finals.

Friday’s Links

Herald
A happy new year for the Celtics

Magic returns for the Celtics

West: No hard feelings

Five key Celtics moments in 2007

Doc rewrites prescription for Garnett’s passion play

Where in the world is Celtics icon Gino?

Globe
Celtics win one for Allen

West left with no hard feelings

Presti Sonics boon

Celtics 17
C’s at Sonics live blog

LOY’s Place
Celtics triumphant in Ray’s return to Seattle

Celtics 24/7
Celtics match 2006-2007 win total

Yardbarker
Rondo’s blog: West Coast

Seattle Times
Green fails Sonics history exam

Allen had it all wrong, Sonics made the right deal

Too much star power for Sonics

Deadspin
Blog fight

TDN.com
Now wearing Celtics Green Allen returns to Seattle

Sports of Boston
Pierce shines in Allen’s return to Seattle

Celtics four point play

Worcester Telegram
Allen’s riding high but Sonics struggle.

Seattle PI
Big welcome and then subpar game for Allen

A Picture is worth a Thousand Words

Pic courtesy of 100% injury Rate

Thursday’s Links


Just a squirrel trying to get a nut.

Herald
C’s do it the hard way

Bounce back is Big Baby’s game

Powe’s a family man

Happy return for Allen

To tell the Truth

Globe
Kings’ reign over Celtics over

It was a full house on Christmas Eve

Sonics to thank Allen and he’ll return the favor

LOY’s Place
Celtics begin road trip with 89-69 win over Kings

Celtics 17
Arco demons exercised

Seattle PI
Allen’s return bitter, not sweet

Sonics working to fill up seats

SacBee
Cut late by Celtics, Jones reflects

No holiday cheer for Kings

Post game musings

Newsday
Celtics fans expect more than just a fast start

Full Court Press
Celtics report card for week of Dec 17-23

All Hip Hop
If the Glove fits

Hoopsworld
Celtics Allen makes return to Seattle

BostonSportZ
Celtics Christmas Giveaway game 4

Celtics Christmas giveaway, final chance to win

RallyTown
West coast trip will be measuring stick for Celtics

Seattle Times
Sonics ex-Celts search for roles

Sports of Boston
C’s dethrone Kings

Sonics Beat
Opposing view 12/27 vs Boston

Str8Hoops
Player nicknames

Boston Magazine
Playing through the pain

Hoopsworld
Celtics facing true road test

ESPN
The Celtics rise fuels feelings of old times

Shamrock Headband
Real monarchy

Connecticut Post
Celts sock Sac hacks back

Celts Hand Sactown A Royal Flush

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Aces high baby

Considering the Queens pulled every dirty trick in the book, I should be happy we got out of there without anyone getting hurt. However, the NBA should be ashamed of itself at how poorly that game was officiated, particularly Jack Nies who whistled the team for an astounding three technical fouls. Three Jack? You oughta be ashamed of yourself. Now, as Perk told us Sunday night over dinner and drinks at Abe & Louis, sometimes KG earns the T’s with his acid toungue. However, Nies seemed to have his “keep em’ close” NBA blinders on last night. For example, how was Brad Miller not whistled for two face rakes to Garnett? How is Ron Artest allowed to approach an opposing teams huddle and not be punished? How is Francisco Garcia allowed to hack and scowl and flail without fear of reprisal? I know I shouldn’t be pissed considering we whupped up on them pretty badly but this sort of shit sets a bad precedent.

Anyhow, big ups to the team for keeping their cool during that ferocious third quarter run and still managing to win it going away. The only drawback is that Big Baby didn’t get enough run. Speaking of the l’enfant grande, check out the Herald story on Glen and his journey to the NBA.

‘Tis the season for beasting

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

From Max, Beef Stallone, Mr. Extraordinary, and the Minister of War we wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and general holiday season.



A Preview & Pairing: Orlando



There are a few subjects blowhard sports commentators have recently
been silent on, but no lack of praise looms larger than the empty space
surrounding that flash in the pan, that mickey mouse parade from central
Florida, the Orlando Magic. Perkisabeast.com loyalist, do not think we
would ever mislead you, especially when describing Orlando Magic fans
as sweaty, pale, paunched imbeciles living in shabby suburban
developments with above ground pools, as people who read USA Today and buy
Pontiac cars, or when we suggest that Dwight Howard will soon fade into
obscurity.

We welcome the reeling Orlando Magic into our house tonight, and we
shall summarily roll over them in the most demeaning way. On Hedo, On
Jameer, On Dwight, Rashard, On Keyon, On Carlos, On JJ, On Keith — Merry
Christmas, We own the east.

On this cool winter’s evening, two days after the solstice, and one
night to the far side of the full moon, drink a chilled Sancerre with a
Nicoise Salad and enjoy the game with friends or a cherished lover.
Sancerres are inimitable expressions of Sauvignon Blanc produced on the
banks of the Loire River. We suggest a 1992 Edmund Vatan Sancerre Clos La
Neore for a rich montage of herb, fig, melon with crisp acidity and
finesse. If you’re buying to drink tonight, we suggest a wine from the very
good 2005 vintage, such as the Domain Thierry Merlin-Cherrier
Sancerre, or the Gerard Morin Sancerre Cuvee Ovide.

Please take the time to check out Beef Stallone’s post game interviews.
He is fast developing a distinguished style. You go, Beef!

Nicoise Salad



Salad Niçoise (pronounced nee-suaz) is essentially a French
composed salad, much like our American Cobb salad,
but with tuna, green beans, and potatoes, instead of chicken, bacon,
and avocado. Salad Niçoise hails from Nice, on the Mediterranean Sea,
though like so many foods we enjoy here of French origin, has changed a
bit to adapt to our tastes. According to the Wikipedia
the Niçoise salads are always made with raw vegetables and served with
anchovies. Nicoise salads that are served in America are typically
served on a bed of lettuce and include cooked green beans and potatoes.
According to our Paris insider,
the Niçoise salads there are all made with canned tuna. Depending on
the establishment here, I’ve had them either with canned or with
freshly grilled tuna. Like its American Cobb salad cousin, the Salad
Nicoise takes some time to prepare, given all of the ingredients. This
is one dish where setting up your mise en place (all ingredients
chopped and ready to go) will help the salad come together smoothly.

    Vinaigrette

    1/2 cup lemon juice

    3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

    1 medium shallot, minced

    1 Tbsp minced fresh thyme leaves

    2 Tbsp minced fresh basil leaves

    2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano leaves

    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salad

    2 grilled or otherwise cooked tuna steaks* (8 oz each) or 2-3 cans of
    tuna

    6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and either halved or quartered

    10 small new red potatoes (each about 2 inches in diameter, about 1 1/4
    pounds total), each potato scrubbed and quartered

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    2 medium heads Boston lettuce or butter lettuce, leaves washed, dried,
    and torn into bite-sized pieces

    3 small ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into eighths

    1 small red onion, sliced very thin

    8 ounces green beans, stem ends trimmed and each bean halved crosswise

    1/4 cup niçoise olives

    2 Tbsp capers, rinsed and/or several anchovies (optional)

      *Marinate

    tuna steaks in a little olive oil for an hour. Heat a large skillet on
    medium high heat, or place on a hot grill. Cook the steaks 2 to 3
    minutes on each side until cooked through.

      1 Whisk lemon juice, oil, shallot, thyme, basil, oregano, and
      mustard in medium bowl; season to taste with salt and pepper and set
      aside.

      2 Bring potatoes and 4 quarts cold water to boil in a large
      pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and cook until potatoes are tender, 5 to 8
      minutes. Transfer potatoes to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon (do
      not discard boiling water). Toss warm potatoes with 1/4 cup
      vinaigrette; set aside.

      3 While potatoes are cooking, toss lettuce with 1/4 cup
      vinaigrette in large bowl until coated. Arrange bed of lettuce on a
      serving platter (I used two serving platters, shown in the photos). Cut
      tuna into 1/2-inch thick slices, coat with vinaigrette. Mound tuna in
      center of lettuce. Toss tomatoes, red onion, 3 tablespoons vinaigrette,
      and salt and pepper to taste in bowl; arrange tomato-onion mixture on
      the lettuce bed. Arrange reserved potatoes in a mound at edge of
      lettuce bed.

      4 Return water to boil; add 1 tablespoon salt and green
      beans. Cook until tender but crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain beans,
      transfer to reserved ice water, and let stand until just cool, about 30
      seconds; dry beans well. Toss beans, 3 tablespoons vinaigrette, and
      salt and pepper to taste; arrange in a mound at edge of lettuce bed.

      5 Arrange hard boiled eggs, olives, and anchovies (if using)
      in mounds on the lettuce bed. Drizzle eggs with remaining 2 tablespoons
      dressing, sprinkle entire salad with capers (if using), and serve
      immediately.

The Last Nice Thing We’ll Say Today About Florida – The Loyalist Perspective


There’s a great article worth reading over at The Loyalist’s. We too lament the fact that so few people watch basketball games and instead tend to generate their opinions from stat sheets.

FlCeltsFan:

    I see a lot of posts on different boards talking about how Perk is the weakest link. They saw his missed shots and turnovers, but they didn’t watch him without the ball. Sometimes we just seen what he does when he has the ball. But, you have to watch how hard he works on defense and what he is doing all the time when the ball isn’t in his hands to realize how important he is to this team’s success. KG and the others get their rebounds because he boxes out and clears the way for his teammates to get the rebound. He sets picks on the offensive end and he defends and changes a lot of shots in the paint on the defensive end. He does the dirty work and all the little things that the team needs for everyone else to get their points and rebounds.