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Manny, JD, Papi, Lester and the NBA Finals.

June 9, 2008

Game 2 with the kids Gabby texting (not a boy btw), Gehrig watching the Celtics dancers and Dad explaining to him, well, dad things….

Manny hits 500, wow. 500 of anything means you’re good. Be it walks, hits, runs, anything, but 500 home runs, while it can be argued is not the milestone it once was, is still an incredible feat. The thing about Manny is this. Those 500 homers come with other even more impressive numbers that make his 1st ballot HOF selection a lock. His consistency year in and year out are astounding and in some cases unprecedented. I’ve said before, when you do something in a game that is more than a century old, for the first time, or only time, you’ve truly done something. Congrats to Manny and here’s to him hitting 600 here at Fenway.

Papi goes down and JD steps up. Nothing good comes from being in a hard cast. David having to be that way for a few weeks could be a season ruining event were we not as deep as we are, and were it not for guys like JD stepping up. No world championship team in any sport is ever built around 1 player and certainly not this one. Don’t mistake that for a devalue of what he means to this team, not at all. But this team and this game is always about depth and consistency. We lose 1 of the 2 best bats in the game and now we need others to step up. We don’t need one player to hit 15 homers and drive in 45 in his place. We need starters to pitch a bit better, the bullpen to pitch a bit better, someone in the lineup to do something a bit better, on each night. Each night will see one or two guys in the lineup that might not be, need to do one or two things right, or better, to makeup that difference. The main change, the bigger impact, is David’s lineup presence. No one on this team is as affected by David’s absence as Manny. The reason that’s perfect for us is that Manny NEVER allows things like that to change his approach. He’s done what he’s done, the way he’s done it, for that very reason. Manny hits and Manny approaches his AB’s in his way, every day.

Who isn’t blown away at the Jon Lester story? I know I am. I won’t belittle the off the field events, they are Hollywood in and of themselves. They are the reasons the world took notice a few weeks ago. Our advantage as his teammates was in already knowing what you all got to see. His character, his integrity, his Faith and his spirit are born of his parents and on display with him daily. From day one he was a kid that gets it. Total respect for the game, and his teammates, and a burning desire to be perfect. Having a ring side seat to the professional maturation part of this has been incredibly rewarding for me. I am by no means his mentor or anything like that, though I am comfortable in saying we have a fantastic relationship and I’d like to think I’ve helped him a bit. This has been all about Jon Lester and John Ferrel. He’s done so many things since coming to the big leagues, right and wrong, but at every turn there’s a hint of recognition on his part, that he’s learning, that his drive only increases with each bad day or game. I just think you can’t go through what he went through and not be able to put the game, your career goals and everything else into a nice little box and in better perspective, and benefit from it.

Manny vs. Youk, round 1. Trust me, this was a TOTAL non-issue and an event that happens far far more than you ever see or hear about. Many times, most times, events like this play out in clubhouses and no one outside the team ever knows about it. Bottom line is that 99 times out of 100 these are never personal, just like this one. The analogy I used was this. Most teams, most non-world championship caliber teams, have things like this crop up later in the year. For pretenders it happens in August, September, the “Dog Days”. It does so because there is an awareness or belief that games, ABs, innings are somehow more important now, and the intensity ratchets up. That’s not what happens here. Due to an organization wide commitment to winning the world series every year, and a fan base that will accept nothing less, we open the season, be it in Japan or Anaheim, and play 162 games with that approach, that intensity. Things happen when you have that level of intensity and our level of talent on a daily basis. It happens, punches might get thrown, and it ends, and we move on.

Ok, so I get some ridiculously good tickets for Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night. This was the 2nd chance to see the Celts up close. A few observations.

I had ZERO idea that the NBA game was that physical. Damn. The big boys are getting after it on every play.

Kevin Garnett, and not that this needs to be stated, but I’ll say it anyway, is as focused and locked in as any athlete in any sport I’ve been around. From pre-game shoot around to last seconds on the clock, this kid is legit. The intensity and reputation are there, wow. His eyes are on the floor, or the ball, all game. What an incredible pleasure it is to watch and be a fan of. I am blown away in that he came out of high school, something that can be a huge disadvantage, and has ALWAYS maintained who he was purported to be.

The first game I saw from these seats the Coach for Washington was basically taunting KG when he was at the line, saying a bunch of things, KG was ignoring him for the most part until he said something that must have been a bit too much, KG pauses, looks over and basically tells him to go piss up a rope.

Last night KG goes to the line, Lamar Odom (who I became a fan of last night) is saying “Hey KG why don’t you help on the ball down here?” Pointing to the paint, and I am guessing he’s referencing the fact that KG wasn’t down in the paint mixing it up. He says it again, loudly, KG doesn’t even acknowledge him, and sinks both. Impressive, total focus.

One thing I did learn was that in addition to not having one ounce of athletic ability, being white, and having no vertical, and only being able to dribble right handed, I couldn’t play in the NBA because about 43 times last night I heard things being said that would have made me swing at someone. These guys talk MAJOR trash on the floor, and the great part is that most of the times I’ve seen it the guy on the receiving end usually doesn’t respond much, if at all, and just plays the game, schooling the guy who feels like he needs to talk to make his game better.

Paul Pierce is friggin good. What a game. Who on the Lakers can defend him?

I always wondered about the bitching and moaning of NBA coaches and players with regards to officiating and last night I was literally on the floor to see and hear it first hand. Things I heard and saw.

1) KGs first quarter Technical. I heard EVERY word of his exchange with the ref. It’s nice to know that they share the same problems some players do with MLB umpires. He was giving a technical because he said the F word, period. He did NOT call the ref a name, he was bitching about a non-call and said “C’mon, what the F am I supposed to do” and got the T. Now I watch both Pierce, and I think Allen, talking to this ref and he shoots back to Paul this little tidbit. “I can’t let him talk to me that way.”

What? Dude, your an NBA official, not the stinking Pope. Not one person in the arena paid 1 cent of their ticket to see you, ref the game and shut your pie hole. These guys are playing for a world championship, they are as amped up as you expect the best players in the world to be, they are grown men, there’s going to be some PG-13 language, and you are giving a T to a guy for dropping an F bomb? Stupid.

2) Every SINGLE play up and down the floor has MULTIPLE fouls being committed by multiple players. These guys are in close, every play. They are beating the crap out of each other, and the refs see it. That makes me think that the game is called and paced exactly how the refs want it to be. I wondered aloud, a few times, how in the hell calls weren’t being made against the Celts on a ton of plays in the paint where there was some serious pugilism being committed. There were a ton of ‘non-calls’ in my incredibly amateur opinion.

3) Phil Jackson knew it. Early in the game, Farmar comes to the bench during Celts free throws and asks about the next series, Jackson says “One thing I do know is we’ve got to stop !@#$&@#%$#&*()@ fouling these guys” Farmar asks what he says and he repeats the line.

4) I don’t know much about the NBA beyond some of the star players and the famous teams. I heard that the Lakers got Gasol in a horrible steal of a deal and that the league should have investigated the trade for some sort of punishable crime :) I saw a 7 footer last night who grabbed like 4 rebounds and spent the entire game whining about getting fouled.

5) Kobe. This one stunned me a little bit. Who doesn’t know Kobe Bryant right? I only know what I have heard, starting awhile back with the entire Shaq debacle. I don’t really have an opinion one way or the other on or about him other than to know that people feel he might be one of the 4-5 greatest players to ever lace it up. What I do know is what I got to see up close and hear, was unexpected. From the first tip until about 4 minutes left in the game I saw and heard this guy bitch at his teammates. Every TO he came to the bench pissed, and a few of them he went to other guys and yelled about something they weren’t doing, or something they did wrong. No dialog about “hey let’s go, let’s get after it” or whatever. He spent the better part of 3.5 quarters pissed off and ranting at the non-execution or lack of, of his team. Then when they made what almost was a historic run in the 4th, during a TO, he got down on the floor and basically said ‘Let’s f’ing go, right now, right here” or something to that affect. I am not making this observation in a good or bad way, I have no idea how the guys in the NBA play or do things like this, but I thought it was a fascinating bit of insight for me to watch someone in another sport who is in the position of a team leader and how he interacted with his team and teammates. Watching the other 11 guys, every time out it was high fives and “Hey nice work, let’s get after it” or something to that affect. He walked off the floor, obligatory skin contact on the high five, and sat on the bench stone faced or pissed off, the whole game. Just weird to see another sport and how it all works. I would assume that’s his style and how he plays and what works for him because when I saw the leader board for scoring in the post season his name sat up top at 31+ a game, can’t argue with that. But as a fan I was watching the whole thing, Kobe, his teammates and then the after effects of conversations. He’d yell at someone, make a point, or send a message, turn and walk away, and more than once the person on the other end would roll eyes or give a ‘whatever dude’ look.

Let me reiterate that this is from a complete basketball newbie, so for all I know this could be exactly how these guys play this game and interact with each other.

The contrast though, for me anyway, was watching KG and Allen, Pierce, as the game went on. I was literally ON the Laker bench so I could only watch the celts on the floor, and it was just different. it was all about who has whom, who goes where, what’s up next. That could have been a direct result of the officiating and flow of the game though, more than anything.

It was just amazing to watch a game where the Lakers came out, completely set the tempo in the first few minutes and TOTALLY dominated the final four minutes, and in between the Celtics completely dominated them.

Anyway, what a rush and a total enjoyment to be a part of. Celtic fans were damn impressive. Oh and one more thing. I think it’s fantastic that there seems to be this mutual support thing going on here in NE. You fans are being treated to your third World Championship appearance since last October and that’s awesome. But at each one there seems to be a crossover, Celts and Sox at the Super Bowl, Pats, Bruins and Celts at the World Series, and last night Sox and Pats all over the place. Cool stuff.

180 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2008 7:38 am

    Wow lots to cover today.

    Yes Manny in 500 was great, i wish he had done it at home tho.

    Drew has been stepping up lately, and this is the kind of performance we were expecting last year. Good to know he’s getting his swing back.

    Curt, do you ever get jealous at all these young pitchers throwing no hitters, and to think you too could have been part of the no hitter club that Red Sox fans have seen lately? I mean, you were 1 pitch away.

    Youk and Manny was a very weird situation, and i kind of expected you not to write about the real issue or what Youk said to piss Manny off, but i’m still intrigued by it. Good to hear it’s a non issue in the clubhouse.

    As for the Celtics, saw you on TV last night. I was worried in the 4th and thought the Lakers were gonna pull a comeback like the Celtics did in 02. Youtube videos below if you ever want to check it out. It was legendary.

    (all fourth quarter)

    Part 1 (Nets 74- Celtics 53) – http://youtube.com/watch?v=3MI3sj3XKrQ
    Part 2 (Nets 76- Celtics 64) – http://youtube.com/watch?v=2c9pklLtkeE
    Part 3 (Nets 85- Celtics 74) – http://youtube.com/watch?v=YSfIAb8G0_I
    Part 4 (Nets 89- Celtics 82) – http://youtube.com/watch?v=MRkqWMX-Y7E
    Part 5 (Nets 90- Celtics 93) – http://youtube.com/watch?v=m2D19TpKQJ4
    FINAL (Nets 90- Celtics 94)

  2. bigguyd permalink
    June 9, 2008 8:34 am

    Fantastic inside scoop on the Celtics and Lakers game. I also agree that the Lakers should have gone to the line more. But hey, I’m a huge C’s fan so it’s all good!

    Kobe will drop 50 at home on Tuesday. Celtics will get NO calls.

    C’s in 6.

    Beat LA!!

  3. fusion27 permalink
    June 9, 2008 8:43 am

    Very cool blog entry, Curt. Thanks for posting.

  4. June 9, 2008 9:21 am

    “No world championship team in any sport is ever built around 1 player and certainly not this one.”

    That’s why this team is so fun to watch.

    There’s a lot of chance and luck throughout a baseball season. Weird things can happen that take a potential Championship contender down into the basement and wreck promising seasons. It’s a testament not only to the players stepping up, but to the management and ownership that have been such terriffic custodians of this franchise that these players were in place to step in and fill the breaches. So when you’re heaping praise on your teammates (rightfully so), don’t forget all the nameless, faceless people whom the fans will never know who are putting all these great kids in a position to succeed. From the rookie leagues to Pawtucket, your ownership, development crew and management have done a brilliant job.

    I’ve been a Sox die-hard since about ’81, and it took 20 years of watching some really bumbling, ego-driven teams flail about before Boston fans received an ownership group worthy of our respect and admiration. I’ll tell you now it was all worth it to get to this point, where we can look with pride on this franchise, and know that come whatever may, each and every year this team will make the best decisions possible to ensure putting their best foot forward on the field each and every day. It’s a tremendous, tremendous treat.

    So, whatever happens – whether you go to the playoffs or not, whether you end up playing .600 or .500 ball – seeing how this team has prepared for adversity and dealt with it when it came has been worth the price of admission. Wherever the season goes from here, this team has done its fans proud.

    Oh, and I think Manny would totally have whipped Youk’s ass. Even if Youk DOES look like a biker.

    On a side note, I read that you’re doing well with your rehab. Great to hear! Being one of those guys that exemplifies all of the positive stuff I said about this team, here’s hoping you don’t hit any walls and we can get to watch the master do some more of his work this summer.

  5. karazekevin permalink
    June 9, 2008 9:33 am

    thanks for the insight from courtside. good read!

  6. June 9, 2008 10:19 am

    Great post, Curt. I’m only gonna comment on the basketball part because Manny… oh man, I love that guy. LOVE HIM.

    One of the reasons I dropped following the Celtics and NBA ball in general was the thuggish behavior of the players. When Bird and McHale were playing all those years ago, there wasn’t that feeling of ghetto basketball like there is now. The game has drastically changed, and you got to see up close and a bit too personal how that plays out now. But I gotta ask: How did you sit there with your kids and listen to that language and watch that kind of prima donna behavior, especially from Kobe (who is not a favorite in this house)? Wasn’t it uncomfortable? How do you explain to your kids the full body contact, the screaming, the belittling, and the lack of team spirit? That, at least to me, isn’t what good sportsmanship is about.

    Oh, and I agree that the crossover between sports in Boston games is awesome. I love seeing different sports personalities watching and enjoying games as fans. It’s humanizing and it makes you look like regular folk. Except you get to sit on the Laker’s bench and the rest of us get to sit up in the nosebleed seats! If we’re lucky.

    Glad you enjoyed the game despite the weirdness. Your daughter looks totally enthralled by the whole experience. Texting. Ugh.

  7. mattingly23 permalink
    June 9, 2008 10:49 am

    Why are you calling them Boys? Curt I know you have a big mouth, but calling them boys is even bad coming from you.

  8. firefligh permalink
    June 9, 2008 11:00 am

    I saw the excerpts of Curt’s take on Kobe at Dirtdogs and was impressed by them – lifelong Sox fan but first time I have read this blog. The observations on leadership ring true, and we all know the nature of the game – hoops, baseball, field hockey – doesn’t matter. Leadership qualities remain the same, and it will be most interesting if the favored Lakers go down even in part to Kobe’s behavior.

    Good read. i also enjoyed Curt’s take on the Youk-Manny thing, both here and as televised on NESN. Schilling has been far from my favorite Sox player, but oddly I have become fonder of him lately, sympathetic over his injury and rehab, and empathetic with his situation. Sometimes fans read players wrong, and I emotionally and misguidely long held Schill in someway at least partially responsible for the lack of respect Pedro was shown here in his final years. I also disliked him for publicized past interactions with and about Manny, especially the warwick ri ‘divulgement’ in 2006 – seemed to me he was anxious to shepard Ramirez out the door as well. It’s good to see him now in this new, saner light – Schilling does merit the player spokesman mantle I formerly resented him ‘usurping’

    and margalitc – so do I! :)

  9. dmartin17 permalink
    June 9, 2008 11:03 am

    I was right behind Curt (and family) as they were walking out last night. How come they make you guys walk out into that crowded stair well? If it wasn’t for Russell walking out at the same time I think you would’ve been mobbed. I had to nudge my sister several times before she figured out who you guys were. I was trying to keep it low key so you could get out with out a scene.

    But man, seeing Russell that up close. That was something special.

  10. gomermaid permalink
    June 9, 2008 11:23 am

    Hey Curt -
    Good review on Celtics game
    How are you doing? What’s the progress? Any return date yet? Sox are so quiet about you and we all know you are working hard to get back into line-up. I had rotator cuff surgury in January and am pretty much back in shape (my fast ball is up to 22.5 miles an hour – not too bad for 71 years).
    Keep the faith and come back soon!

  11. June 9, 2008 11:54 am

    Firefligh,

    Understandable, I suppose. As far as Pedro is concerned, I never really saw him as disrespected at all – like Manny, the club put up with a serious diva complex for years with gritted teeth and a forced smile. It was easy to love him, but harder to respect him. If there was a media obssession with Curt when he signed with Boston, that wasn’t Theo Epstein’s fault. The bottom line was that Pedro was in obvious decline at that point, with a shoulder attached by bubble gum and baling wire, while Curt was still near the top of his game (and proved it with a stellar ’04 campaign). In the end, the club didn’t “lowball” him, as many perceive – they made what hindsight shows was a generous offer, knowing that a physical breakdown was preordained. They were right.

    In regards to Curt, some people are put off by candid talk. I personally find it enormously refreshing when a celebrity actually has something sunstantive to say rather than just spitting out the same old tired cliches night after night after night. I don’t always agree with everything he might say, or every position he might take, but at least I get to see the working mind of an interesting person, not robotic responses spit out ad infinitum in an attempt to avoid offending any of America’s tender, politically correct sensibilities.

  12. davidgabrielsen permalink
    June 9, 2008 12:13 pm

    Ok, so it’s been a month since you started throwing again and there is virtually no news. Heard that you threw 25 pitches. Did they reach the plate? Where are you in the process?

  13. illictantumvos permalink
    June 9, 2008 1:01 pm

    Good stuff, I am a Celtics fan and although I was not at the game, I watched it on tv in HD, so the feel was good. I saw you on tv actually, the cameras focused on you showing your ring lol.

  14. dmartin17 permalink
    June 9, 2008 1:43 pm

    Glen Ordway is ripping schilling on WEEI today for commenting on the things he saw as a fan. Pretty much calling Curt a hypocrite for saying these things after his past complaints about the media.

  15. teamrap permalink
    June 9, 2008 1:51 pm

    I remember having Celtics floor seats many years ago (probably early 1990s) … the thing I still remember most, is how frigging huge these guys are … the average person has no idea if they haven’t seen an NBA game from that vantage … Curt’s right … the swearing, trying to get under the opponents skin, the subtle punching … unbelievable … oh yeah, and when you have floor seats, you constantly are getting the players’ sweat splashed on you … it’s almost like setting up your lounge chair right on the hash mark of an NFL game, looking down the line of scrimmage … intense !!!

  16. June 9, 2008 2:11 pm

    That is some insight from a basketball newbie. Maybe next time you can get the seats behind the Celts bench.

  17. June 9, 2008 2:33 pm

    @ dmartin17

    Ordway is a f@@kin’ dunce…

    we’re talkin about a guy (and his entire team) who predicted the Patriots to blow out the Giants (even after their near defeat in week 17).

    Ordway rarely brings up good points in discussion and he also was in favor to give up Lester and Ellsbury for Santana… I wonder keeping them is working out for us…

    D&C are the only ones worth listening to on that station. And the first 30 minutes of Planet Mikey isn’t too bad too.. i enjoy the theme song.

  18. thedoctorx permalink
    June 9, 2008 2:48 pm

    Great description!

    I think RS fans got concerned about Youk and Manny partly because it has been a total pleasure to see a team the last few years that is not a collection of hired assholes. These things happen.

    –J.D.

  19. June 9, 2008 3:11 pm

    @14 – Ordway is just “stirring the pot” as he always does. I think it’s great that Curt posted this stuff…Long live the internet!

  20. mitchum22 permalink
    June 9, 2008 4:38 pm

    As Bugs Bunny would say: “What a maroon!”

    A horrible steal of a deal, huh? Aside from Gasol getting 17 points, 10 boards and 4 assists(and 82 muggings) — how in the world does that trade compare with Kevin McHale selling out his own CURRENT team with the KG dump?

    Cannot wait for the day when Barry Bonds kicks your ass.

  21. thoulejr permalink
    June 9, 2008 6:35 pm

    Great blog today!!! More informative that ESPN or EEI. Tell’em for $13m you’ll be the best damn sideline reporter sports has ever seen!! Telling fans whats going on in our language. I check this site weekly and never expected to comment but todays writing was GREAT! Thanks for thinking of us fans and taking us places where we will never get a chance to experience. Thanks for sharing!!

  22. ngruk permalink
    June 9, 2008 7:35 pm

    What, no mention of Perkins? The guy was absolute dynamite in Game 2, outshining KG and even Allen (at least in my eyes). He deserves a Curt Cookie at least as much as those you mentioned.

    On the topic of baseball: What are your thoughts on Masterson and his role in the Red Sox? Is he to be the Jacoby Ellsbury of pitchers this season, or is it possible that he earns a permanent spot in the line-up before the ’09 season? Lester’s no-hitter is a Cinderella story and Matsuzaka is having one incredible season, but Masterson’s consistency and poise is what has me really excited for the Red Sox pitching line-up.

  23. June 9, 2008 7:58 pm

    Kurt,

    Great post!

    Will be linking to it shortly.

    All the best to you.

    PS. Your son’s got a cool first name. :-)

  24. June 9, 2008 7:59 pm

    Curt,

    Sorry about the typo in your first name. :-)

  25. tbombs1031 permalink
    June 9, 2008 8:06 pm

    hey curt
    i left my comment on the wrong blog in response to this one. on my friend. hope you check it out. hope to see you on the mound healthy and ready to win another ring at some point this summer

  26. erod86 permalink
    June 9, 2008 8:35 pm

    I just want to say how ridiculous it is for Kurt to examine this game and PRETEND there is no judgment.

    The Lakers were getting killed in the finals. If you went around a few years ago in game 2 of the Yankee-Red Socks series in the 8th inning, and then tried to say the way the guys were acting was interesting…come on!

    You can’t pick the most pressure packed moment of these guys lives, when things are going terrible and decide that’s who they are.

    How about watching the previous 90 games and choosing moments to define them. Will you pick from some of the dozens of times Kobe had his arm around guys teaching or picking up, will you pick a time to observe when things are going great, or will pick the finals when the Lakers are getting killed to try to see what kind of guy Kobe is?

  27. backinboston permalink
    June 9, 2008 9:04 pm

    It was incredibly interesting to read this — fun to get insight into the game from a professional athlete from a different sport. I admit I’m one of those who have just jumped on the Celtics bandwagon, I’m much more of a baseball fan. Partly that’s because of players like Kobe, who just strikes me as despicable however great a player he may be. But these NBA playoff games have been great and I have a newly discovered appreciation for players like Garnett, Pierce and Allen.

  28. lyss99 permalink
    June 9, 2008 9:38 pm

    Curt – your honesty and candor are refreshing.

  29. amy4kids permalink
    June 9, 2008 10:03 pm

    Wow, Curt. That was a great read…thanks so much for the insight! And your kids are adorable. We have 3 boys and 1 girl, too, and yes, they just love to text, don’t they? You know, I was watching the game out here in CA. and noticed that every time the cameras showed Kobe on the bench, he did look pretty pissed off. I figured it was the obvious, for the majority of the game it was the C’s dominating, but to hear how he goes after his teammates like that, really speaks volumes, IMO. You know first hand how important team chemistry is…my husband coaches baseball for our twin boys, age 14, and it can make or break a team, even at a young age. Thanks again, Curt, for the awesome blog entry. I’ve been waiting for a new one! And of course, the insight into the Sox is so appreciated and loved. Take good care, God bless you and your family. All the best- Amy

  30. skinnyman2007 permalink
    June 9, 2008 10:09 pm

    Hi Curt This is far you BEST BLOG!!!!!!!. Great INSIGHT from the Celtics Game. Hope you will be pitching sometime after the All Star Break. Curt You are really cool person!!!!!!!. I wish I could talk to you and say You are great and and a great player!!!!!!. Curt How could I volunteer and Help ALS? I would like to Volunteer. Curt who is your favorite player on the Celtics and why? I hope your shoulder is doing better. God Bless you.

    Jeff

    DUDE!!!!!!!!!

  31. danieldel permalink
    June 9, 2008 10:44 pm

    Great writing Curt, your impressions of Kobie were really spot on. I picked it up all the way out here in Las Cruces. Think its hot back home?
    Thanks for all your work for the Sox, you and the family are really becoming Boston fans eh?
    I’m from Walpole, if you ever do have the opportunity to visit the family emporium, look up give a wave to rest of the D’s (last name in there somewhere), and tell em’ that Dan said hello….
    That’s a joke shill, you have to know Common Street.

    Dan

  32. ctballfan permalink
    June 10, 2008 7:21 am

    To comment 1 dukefrukem: Manny’s 500th was truly a great shot, I’d made the road trip to Baltimore (yet again) for the weekend series. It had just gotten dark and the number of camera flashes going off on every swing was distracting – probably just one more indication of Manny’s focus while hitting. I’m happy to see Eddie Murray — always a real class act of a guy — coming to Fenway to honor Manny, because I thought the Baltimore stadium management was so low-key about it as to be insulting — just a couple of lists on the scoreboards like “500th homeruns hit at Camden Yards”. You think they could have put up “Congratulations” at least? No. [So, to get even, every fan should make it a point to join the Red-shirted throng at Camden Yards. It's so easy to get to (by train, plane, or automobile) it's ridiculous. Maybe you'll see #600].

  33. soxfan61 permalink
    June 10, 2008 7:59 am

    Curt,

    I know you’re “preaching to the choir” here in Red Sox fantasyland, but I thought your comments regarding the Lakers were pretty unfair. The Celtics took 26 of the first 28 free throws of the game and 38 of the 48 for the entire game. Powe took 3 more free throws than the entire Lakers team despite playing just 14 minutes.

    You pretty much admitted that there was a foul on every play, so I’d like to hear your opinion on the reasons for the disparity? It couldn’t possibly be that the NBA gods wanted to ensure a seven game series, could it ($$$$$) ? Nah, that’s too Oliver $tonish.

    Then again… On Sports Center, I saw one play where a Celtics player was grasping on to Kobe’s shirt and pulled it back when there was a loose ball. The official was RIGHT THERE looking directly at the play and he didn’t call a thing! And I thought the NBA got rid of Tim Donaghy!!!

    If you threw 75 strikes in a game and the umps called a ball EVERY SINGLE TIME, do you think you’d be “pissed” like Kobe, or “whine” like Kasol. Dame straight you would. Fortunately for us Sox fans, that’s never going to happen, because unlike the NBA, the umpires don’t have 100% control over who could win and lose a game.

    Is Kobe supposed to be happy and giddy because he had three immediate foul calls, two of which were obviously of the “ticky-tacky” variety, considering the physical nature of the game?

    In the 1984 NBA Finals Larry Bird called his team a bunch of “sissies,” challenged their heart and character after a poor effort. He was heralded as a great teammate and motivator (and rightfully so) despite throwing his whole team under the bus.

    His teammates have consistently praised Kobe’s leadership and every single one of them was at his MVP press conference to show their solidarity and support. Going to one hoop game and trashing a guy is a little “over-the-top,” don’t cha think? Cut the guy a break. The Lakers were getting royally screwed by the officials and he was rightfully pissed off. What true competitor wouldn’t be?

    Also, how about giving the guy some credit for leading his team from a 24 point deficit with 7 minutes left down to a two point deficit. Seems like his approach couldn’t have been too far off. How about his 30 points and 8 assists which should have been 45 points and 15 assists if the officials called the game straight and his teammates actually hit open jumpers!

    On another note, good luck on your rehab Curt. Can’t wait to see you on the mound again.

  34. jctilman permalink
    June 10, 2008 8:00 am

    Good insight into the Celtics’ game. It affirms what we hear, that Kobe is a tyrant who thinks he’s the coach; even Phil Jackson admitted 4 years ago he couldn’t stand the guy. Meanwhile, the Celtics are a team of which to be proud. These guys epitomize personal sacrifice for the team.

    As for some of the reader comments, man, pretty embarrassing. I’ll correct a few of you imbeciles.

    First, Ordway is just filling airwaves. Schilling qualified all of his comments numerous times as hs own personal observations, and they’re pretty intelligent & insightful, and at least they’re coming from a professional athlete.

    Sports is about entertainment. The same people who criticize Schilling for speaking out are probably the same ones who complain when we hear the same old thing: ‘We’ll take it one game at a time’, ‘Wow, Kobe is really good’, etc. Schilling speaks his mind and is entertaining.

    Second, “Mattingly23″, leave it up to a Yankees’ fan to look for an angle to attempt to fabricate a racial issue. Totally pathetic. Society uses “boys” and “girls” still for adults in an endearing manner, especially for someone younger than them. Really, get a life….

    Third, “Mitchum22″, Bonds is done, in case you haven’t been paying attention. And Gasol is eaten alive by the likes of Leon Powe. Learn the game a little to see what’s more valuable, offense or the ability to assist n a lock-down rotating defense. Some players, such as KG and Pierce, do both.

    Fourth, “EROD86″, a guy doesn’t have to witness every moment of a person’s life to pass judgment. I’ve never met O. J. Simpson but I’m pretty sure I don’t like him. Some people can come to reasonable conclusions on character without living with the guy if you use your brain and have a small degree of common sense. If I see a guy beating his kid on the street, I don’t need any more information on the guy to make an assessment; it’s obvious the guy’s a jerk. Same with Kobe.

    It’ll be sad the day that Schilling succumbs to the imbeciles and folds up his mouth. I’m guessing that day will never come, thank God.

  35. chrisneedham permalink
    June 10, 2008 8:35 am

    Curt you were getting lambasted yesterday on radio and TV (Ordway on WEEI and Gresh on FSN) for your comments about Kobe. I just had to read your post to see what the fuss was about and I can’t see what those guys are even talking about. Seems like you wrote an interesting but fair and non-judgemental piece.

    I guess some media hosts seem to think they’re the only anointed ones when it comes to expressing an opinion about sports in this town. Keep up the good work and ignore those bloviating yahoos. I think I see your second career just waiting to come out here.

  36. burkely permalink
    June 10, 2008 8:39 am

    I am extremely disappointed that you would promote public profanity at a sporting event, particularly one in which your own kids sat within earshot.
    In my opinion, there’s no excuse for it whatsoever and those who do should be fined and suspended/removed, fans included.

    Being paid millions of dollars to play a game in front of the whole world does NOT give you the right to corrupt those young ears that are always listening and repeating what adults are saying. In fact, athletes should be held to a higher standard! The word PROFESSIONAL is defined as exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace. Act like it!

    But my big question is why do you feel the need to not only publicly approve of but promote this type of behavior? It just continues to contribute to the ongoing moral decay of our society.

    I suggest you step back and re-evaluate your thinking on this one.
    Very disappointing…

  37. dileepp permalink
    June 10, 2008 8:51 am

    Curt thank you for this outstanding blog. Your recaps are more insightful then lifelong Celtic fan Bill Simmons. The red-headed step child should be worried-I think you could have his job if you wanted it upon retirement.

  38. sflaker permalink
    June 10, 2008 11:56 am

    jctilman – get off of Kurt’s lap and Kurt learn some objective reporting iof your going to blog. Oh ya, how can you be objective if you are wearing a celtcis jearsey.

    LA will win game 3 and you both should just go away.

  39. rsox34 permalink
    June 10, 2008 12:03 pm

    Curt, I think you deservedly got lambasted yesterday on the WEEI Big Show. You were commenting/criticizing things that you saw/heard in the Celtics game that you would get all over any news reporter for airing such observations in public.

    Then you act like every other FANBOY by criticizing the officials for assessing a technical foul against KG. I am a basketball official and it is illegal to use foul language in all levels of basketball–particulalry when it is directed at the officials. KG directed his F-bomb toards the official, and the official correctly assessed a T. The Ref did “officiate the game.” KG is an adult who should be able to control his emotions–he deservedly got the T.

  40. June 10, 2008 12:07 pm

    Dropping the F-word is not what is causing the moral decay in our society. If only it were that simple.

    Seems to me this was one man’s post regarding a game that he watched. He said he noticed calls weren’t being made, he talked about his view on what he saw. Not once did he claim that he was a professional sport announcer or reporter. He said it was one persons view on the game. Lighten up, relax. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You don’t like it, don’t read it.

  41. June 10, 2008 12:44 pm

    @ burkely

    WTF are you talking about? Promoting? Did you read his blog? Professional athletes are human, which means they are competitive, get frustrated, and curse just like you or me. Has nothing to do with how much they get paid or who is endorsing them and it sure as hell isn’t portrayed in Curt’s blog as being a good thing in sports. And now that i’m reading your post I may have jumped off on the wrong foot because I just read the part about how you think fans should be removed from the game for profanity so you must be just kidding. Ha… good one.

  42. majorheadache permalink
    June 10, 2008 1:33 pm

    Hey Curt
    Could not agree more.. 500 of ANYTHING is huge at least when it comes to records.. Now in terms of Money.. Well for me it’s still huge :-) thougvh I’m working on it.

    Last year I took my daughter and sat behind the Timberwolves bench. KG IS the real deal. At 10 I’m not sure she understands the business end of sports and we never talked about the good players we lost to make the team better, but she was THRILLED when I told her he was coming to Boston. and after completing fer first year of AAU basketball is beggining to understand what it takes to take your game to a higher level

    This has been unrealist last few years being a Boston fan. starting in 2003 (yeah I know the RS lost but I think it all began there). Players wanting to stay around after their season is over or spending time watching other teams in the area really show us fans that we are ALL on this magical ride together.

    PS..

    BEAT LA

    and I hope to see you pitching soon

  43. Son of Bill Brasky permalink
    June 10, 2008 1:38 pm

    great insight on the Finals game. I completely noticed that about Kobe too.. there was a point where he sat next to Gasol…didn’t even look at him…and just smacked his leg as if to say “what the hell are you doing out there?!”

    His incredible game aside..considering his “trade me” act in the off season I’m guessing he’s not a favorite with the rest of his teammates.

  44. pudge3398 permalink
    June 10, 2008 2:27 pm

    Was that a serious post? Corrupting young ears, haha you gotta be kidding me. It’s all in the intensity of the game! Like you’ve never dropped an f-bomb when you shanked one into the woods playing golf or something like that, which is one of the most “professional sports” (to your standards). Love it Curt keep it up, and hope you get back out on the hill soon!

  45. pugmets permalink
    June 10, 2008 2:52 pm

    A really informative post. Appreciate your insights.

    Wake up call to all the fans out there who think profanity is new to the NBA. As an ex-sportswriter, including NBA beat writer, the profanity is hardly new. Trash talking is an art practiced long before the current batch of players were even born. In fact, ask any star player from 10, 15 years ago who the best trash talker of all time is, and guarantee Larry Bird is in that conversation. The guy was an assassin with the basketball and his mouth and by the way, I mean that entirely as a compliment.

    I got to know a lot of the old school players and they will tell you the game was just as physical back in the day, perhaps more so in that they were allowed to get away with a lot more “dirty” play.

    And as someone who sat courtside for more 300 games, I can tell you profanity in the stands is MUCH worse than on the court. So let’s all get over ourselves, shall we?

    Very insightful take on Kobe’s behavior. While he has fashioned himself a leader in the mold of Michael Jordan, I think there’s a disconnect in his execution of said leadership in that he thinks just yelling at guys is the way to do it. Jordan knew the importance of never kicking your teammate when he was down, of encouraging him to be special in that very moment when he was struggling to find a way to be special. While I think Kobe an amazingly gifted ballplayer, I don’t think he has natural leadership ability and his ego is way too big to accept this flaw in his own character.

    Kudos to Jon Lester. I’m sure he hears every day how much his struggle inspires people, but I can’t help but add my thanks to the list. I’m a Cancer survivor, was once told I had five years to live. That was almost 20 years ago and every time I see a guy like Lester get back onto the field, my heart swells with pride. When he was shown on the t.v. during halftime the other night, it was a great, great moment.

    I enjoy your blog. One of my favorite sports moments of all time was the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees. So thanks for being part of that.

  46. farhad73 permalink
    June 10, 2008 4:05 pm

    very cool insight, thanks

  47. June 10, 2008 4:11 pm

    Great insight on “Prince Kobe”. You confirmed what I have thought all along: He’s a petulant whiner who alienates rather than inspires.

  48. yorkroberts permalink
    June 10, 2008 4:17 pm

    Thanks for the insight Curt.

  49. ominousred permalink
    June 10, 2008 5:03 pm

    This is my first time visiting this blog and I was surprised. I thought I was the only one who noticed Kobe’s negative demeanor. When they showed him in the pregame warm-up, he was sitting on the bench stone faced and looked to be either very focused or upset. Then as the game went on, you could see he was clearly upset. He does a good job of trying to positive in Press conferences though. But you can almost get a sense that Odom is in pure hell when he gets interviewed out of the locker room. Almost like he got chewed out by Phil or Kobe or he was just very tired from the game. I wish more pro athletes blogged because it is nice to get an opinion from someone who reporting what they are witnessing instead of trying to put a spin on the matter. Sure it might be a little biased, but that’s understandable.

    One thing I am worried about is the Lakers realizing that Kobe will get triple teamed and that they must get open. When you watch the highlights and clips you see Kobe Goes aroung the first defender, then around a second defender to be challenged by a third defender. At this point he either has to make a tough shot, or pass it to someone.

    Where I get worried is that the first 2 defenders get caught watching Kobe instead of making sure his options are cut off. Kobe goes around Allen, then around Pierce and then has to shoot over Garnett. Well, Allen and Pierce are watching Kobe instead of cutting off his passing lanes.

    In the 3rd game, I think the Lakers will exploit that and do a few things. Kobe will put the ball in the air for Gasol or Odom since all of the defenders will be watching Kobe instead of anticipating the pass. Or Kobe will pass it out for a 3 pointer because Rondo, Allen and Pierce are not anticipating the pass to an outside shooter.

    If the Celtics hit Kobe with 3 strong defensive stops to keep him from reaching the basket, he will either have to shoot or pass and the Celtics just have to defend both. Get in Kobe’s path to the basket, challenge his shot and make sure you anticipate the pass. Everytime the Lakers hit a 3, watch what his defender, Allen, Rondo or Pierce was doing…..

    ….watching the game instead of playing it.

    I am praying for a sweep. Go Celtics.

    One last thing, every play the Lakers run against the Celtics, the Celtics can mirror and do the exact same thing. They need to understand that.

  50. grenierk permalink
    June 10, 2008 5:03 pm

    burkely,

    I’m sorry, but this is professional sports, specifically basketball, and a majority of the passion of NBA basketball comes from competitive trash talking. In the heat of the moment, a common way to express this passion is through profanity. What do you suggest, that the Coaches/NBA staff keep some soap court-side to wash their mouths with?

  51. lakers24 permalink
    June 10, 2008 5:57 pm

    Curt,

    Although its your opinion and obviously its the first time you’ve seen Kobe Bryant, I have to disagree with your statement. I went to the first game of the 2007 season and I recall, you got shelled by the Kansas City Royals. Again, you have to realize the situation of the fact that they are in the NBA Finals and they’ve come to far to just lose.

    Maybe on your next blog you can question the Red Sox clubhouse and blame the captain on why Coco Crisp and Kevin Youkilis began their altercations. Aight big guy, lets see you question Jason Varitek and why he is letting this happen in his clubhouse.

  52. ryphilli permalink
    June 10, 2008 6:27 pm

    Hey Curt, love the blog. Just wanted to respond to what you said about Kobe’s interaction with his teammates. I grew up with a current Laker and know him well. I’ve recently talked to him about Kobe and his complete attitude change this year – being more positive, helping his teammates, befriending them, being involved, etc. He says the change is completely genuine and Kobe is now a phenomenal teammate. He still gets down on guys from time to time but that’s no different than any other star in the NBA when he has to carry his team. The other night I believe he was frustrated because he knows they can play better and he knows what his teammates can do and they simply weren’t doing it.

    Also, all that angry yelling and stuff is the same thing Jordan used to do back in the day. In fact, it’s probably where Kobe learned it. Some guys take to it, some guys find motivation from it in an “I’ll show you” way and some guys hate it. Scottie Pippen, for one, hated it. At one point he and Jordan didn’t talk off the court for nearly two years.

  53. bmwjarod permalink
    June 10, 2008 6:47 pm

    Wow! Curt, you obviously don’t know much about basketball, you didn’t’ need to reiterate that your a newbie to the sport. Kobe got the MVP award for a reason. He’s a great athlete and great team leader. I’ve been to many Lakers games and Kobe has always been one to give positive criticism and lead his team. When your team isn’t playing well you must try all types of condemnation! I do believe you are bias. Kobe does have 3 rings (KG, Paul Pierce, & Ray Allen a combined 0) and that’s not just because he’s the best in the world that’s also because he helps his team come out on top. His team does respect him, and he respects them. Maybe you should visit Staples Center (you know… the Lakers stadium) tonight and see if any of the Celtics curse when they get there asses handed to them. Another thing… what’s wrong with cussing?

  54. mattingly23 permalink
    June 10, 2008 7:16 pm

    Can you imagine if there was a basketball player sitting near the red sox bench, telling the world what goes on on the bench in Fenway?

    schilling your big mouth would be lambasting him. You complain about the media not staying out of the”clubhouse” and you pull this crap??

    You are the biggest hypacrite in pro sports. don’t get me wrong I think Kobe is a me me me person but he fits right in with you!!!

    Nice going Scurt.

  55. tbonetaylor permalink
    June 10, 2008 7:19 pm

    as a Spurs fan and an Astros fan, I couldnt agree more w/ what you said about John Lester and Kobe Bryant. Great blog!

  56. gbrett permalink
    June 10, 2008 8:06 pm

    Curt,

    I can remember you in the 1993 World Series carrying on in the dugout every time your teammate Mitch Williams came into save a game. The cameras panned to you several times making less than supportive gestures about the performance or lack thereof aimed at your teammate.

    Why don’t you cut Kobe a break and remember what it is like to be caught up in the emotion and competitiveness of the moment. Surely, you can relate.

  57. llb33 permalink
    June 10, 2008 8:08 pm

    My father played professional basketball in the Michael Jordan era, and Kobe is NO different than Mike used to be with the “role” players who often made the most mistakes. He is like the father of the team, and when you do not do what you should the father will correct. Not to mention it is the NBA Finals, what would a lact of passion do for a team that is not producing…making them get embarrassed even more!!!! Kobe has definitely earned the right to be the Captain of his team and once they take heed to want he is saying they will play a lot better as a team!!! He can’t play all 1 on 5, and now he attempts to involve teammates they need to produce at the high level that is expected…it is the FINALS for Pete’s sake not regular season

  58. June 10, 2008 8:33 pm

    Hi Curt –
    Wow, this was such a fun one to read.
    Let’s see. First off — great shot of you and the kiddies. :)

    Manny/Youk: you know, at first it was exciting/drama – but then the next day after I thought about it, it makes sense. Truly, we (non professional athletes) put you guys on pedestals and expect you to be perfect human beings. Truth of the matter is that boys are boys – and with energy, excitement, frustration and of course testosterone flowing, there’s bound to be issues within any group. Kids in LL don’t always get along, why would pro teams be any different? Part of being a good, and cohesive group is probably to be comfortable enough to be that way with each other anyway. Thanks for the insight on it. And for the record, I love love love Manny and his whole not feeding into the frenzy over all of this. :)
    Moving on…

    Your thoughts on the game were pretty funny, and it was cool to hear from the perspective of being courtside which most of us won’t get to do. I totally thought that Kobe was very, miserable? But I thought maybe it was just the times the camera caught him, and that it might have been out of context. He just didn’t seem like the “leader” kind of player I thought he would be. So to hear that he was behaving that way as well supports what I saw on tv. Sad, huh?

    Anyway, no need for me to write a book. Just wanted to comment briefly. :)
    Have a good one!
    Go Celts! ;)
    (watching right nowl Bos 16, LA 17)

  59. gotti202 permalink
    June 10, 2008 9:40 pm

    CURT SCHILLING IS TRASH!!! haha
    look at him in that pic with that tight a$$ jersey on :D

  60. mmh119 permalink
    June 10, 2008 11:13 pm

    HEY CURT

    I was just wondering did KOBE wear a towel over his head when he was sitting on the bench yes or no???

  61. gymnastics08 permalink
    June 10, 2008 11:48 pm

    Paul Pierce was every bit the way Kobe was the last four years but Schilling is pretty oblivious to being fair minded so his obnoxious comments should be expected.

    Kobe has a right to be pissed. None of his teammates have shown up this series. I hate when people make me defend the Lakers.lol Thanks a lot Schilling.

  62. phenix621 permalink
    June 11, 2008 12:56 am

    Wow. You calling out Kobe after what you did to Mitch during the 93 Series? At least Kobe never sold out a teammate on National TV. Shaughnessy is right, you’re nothing but a big blowhard.

  63. wicked411 permalink
    June 11, 2008 1:02 am

    Hey Curt, I just wanted to say that your basketball insights were interesting, yet disappointing. As a Boston fan, I wanted the Celtics to win. However, I have a great amount of respect for the MVP Kobe Bryant. I’m sure plenty of people would call out the role players in large games especially if you were the best in the game like Kobe Bryant. He was able to bring the Lakers to the NBA Finals through the various ways he got his teammates to focus and play whether its through constuctive criticism or straight up criticism.
    It would seem to me that as you rooted for the Celtics and claimed that they weren’t getting any foul calls, the Lakers were clearly not getting any either. As a basketball fan, I was looking forward to watching a great matchup only to see it spoiled by the referees. This series would be so much better if the Lakers had won that game fairly, instead of the Celtics receiving it on a silver platter to only almost drop it.

    As a baseball fan, I would love to hear someone sit inside the dugout and post a blog about what they hear in your dugout. I’m sure with Manny and Youk there’s a lot of interesting comments made during games. Especially with your interesting take on certain events. I’m also sure it wouldn’t be too pleasing for the ears.

    Good Luck this year with the Red Sox. The Yankees seem to be slowly, but surely creeping up and the Rays seem to be an everyday threat now.

  64. hisairness permalink
    June 11, 2008 2:20 am

    Is this a Joke? If you ever saw Jordan play in person you would think Kobe’s actions were tame. I had a few chances to sit behind the bulls bench during their trips here against the Lakers and Clippers and let me tell you He constantly criticized his players. Toni Kukoc was the recipient of some of those criticisms but no one talks about that i guess since there was no blogging!. Dude it’s the championship game WTF do you expect? Ohh I forgot you play baseball, the least athletic team sport in the world!

  65. skidoosh permalink
    June 11, 2008 2:39 am

    Curt, I am a big fan of yours. I appreciate all that you’ve done over that last decade for the sport of baseball and I especially love that fact that you’re a gamer. I am not going to be an idiot and say that I have a problem with you supporting the team of the city you’ve made your home to and have thrived in and won 2 world championships in. The only thing I’m going to say, is that if the umpires in either the world series that you pitched in were half as bad or incompetent as the refs have been in this NBA finals I know you’d be leading the charge at the press conferences and wouldn’t care about what fines you’d have to pay to get yourself heard. I’m not saying this as a Laker fan, because I am the first to admit that the Lakers simply didn’t seem to want to win games 1 and 2 bad enough and their play showed it those two games, but the officiating was just awful. I’m all for letting the guys play, but when 1 player on one team has 3 more free throw attempts than the whole other team combined… that’s just stupid. It would have been the equivalent of Jeff Francis or Ubaldo Jimenez throwing at multiple batters in last years series and you being the one that gets tossed for throwing in retaliation. So don’t go blaming the players for being pissed off on the sidelines when the calls don’t go their way. No one is happy when the calls (or lack thereof) don’t go their way.

  66. thedoctorx permalink
    June 11, 2008 7:34 am

    gotti202

    Your Mom wants you to clean your room.

    –J.D.

  67. mannyramirez1 permalink
    June 11, 2008 8:09 am

    I’m glad everything has been smoothed over with Manny and Youk. I really hate that it was caught on video.

    As far as basketball goes I’m clueless. Kobe, from what I’ve read, sounds like a dick all the way around, personal and professional.

    Seems like your rehab is going really well. I’m very excited to see you back on the mound soon.

    Great blog as usual, Curt.
    Peace

  68. asc14 permalink
    June 11, 2008 8:23 am

    Great post Curt.

    I will be in Cincinnati Friday night and hope to see you there.

    Don’t forget how much you helped mentor Brandon Webb too.

    I know, he is a friend of mine and he told me the impact you had on his career.

  69. bobthis permalink
    June 11, 2008 9:13 am

    Hey Kurt…Your blog concerning the Laker bench was another “National Enquirer” moment for you. It really dosen’t mean much coming from a guy who poured ketchup in his shoe to gain attention in a world series. The ENTIRE sports industry considers you a freakin’ joke. You need to just go away. I’m sorry you didn’t get your 15 minutes.

  70. tuck6778 permalink
    June 11, 2008 9:21 am

    Curt,

    I can appreciate your insight from the sidelines. However, it is clear that your basketball knowledge is non existent…I love how you are always trying to get in the news with your comments. You and Jesse Jackson are the two biggest media whores. Good luck with rest of season!

    Go Lakers!!

  71. jerdonovan permalink
    June 11, 2008 9:29 am

    TJ Simers from the LA times is a complete moron. He goes on and on about how you have no right to an opinion and how “there’s no bigger sissy than a hit-and-run blogger.” Are you kidding me? If anything, you did your best to soften what was a wholly unimpressive showing from Kobe on every level. You reported what you saw and consistently referenced how it worked for Kobe. This douchebag took personal shots and went as far as he could to villainize you as much as possible. It’s obvious that this Simers guy has never played team sports, or at least never did in a way that his teammates would like or respect him. Otherwise he could never defend Kobe’s actions in this series. It’s obvious the pressure of the Finals has reverted Kobe back to the chemistry-slayer that he has always been. Simers goes on to brag about how he gave Phil Jackson a hard time at a pregame press conference.

    My question: We all knew the annoying kid in middle school who tried to get attention by bothering everyone, but why would you hire him to represent your newpaper?

    PS – I’m an Orioles fan ($%&#ing Glenn Davis?) and I’ve never read this blog before following the Kobe link from Buster Olney’s blog, so I’m not some Schilling apologist. I just can’t stand BS reporters trying to get readership by making themselves the story. At least get Kobe to talk back so we can get an opinion that’s relevant, not some jackass reporter.

  72. lincolnadmirer permalink
    June 11, 2008 11:08 am

    Sir,

    I have a tremendous amount of respect for you and what you’ve done in MLB. That speaks for itself. Yet your blog on how you perceived the events of game 2 of the NBA Finals calls for a retraction of sorts. The blog bordered on irresponsible. Because of your celebrity, especially that of a well known professional athelete, you have to be as responsible with your writing as you would be with your words in front of live television cameras. Too many are swayed and influenced by your actions be they positive or negative. Did your blog contribute anything positive in the great scheme of things going on currently? Does the impact of it promote any good at all? Please apply a more thought out criteria before submitting something that might be controversial and not in the best interest of anyone. Good luck with your recovery and the best of luck to your team during the season.

  73. jctilman permalink
    June 11, 2008 11:13 am

    SFLaker, wow, there’s some good insight from you there, about the equivalent of a 3rd grader. Does your mom know you’re using the computer? Yeah, you’re obviouslyreal objective with that screen name.

    Fact is I threw out a bunch of facts and you threw out, oh, let’s see, 3rd grade insults. You’re ignored, loser. Get a life instead of spending it perusing the Internet looking for rhetoric to spew against Boston.

    What a clown.

    You have losers like MATTINGLY23 on here with absolutely nothing but pounding his fists against the wall crying because his teams rots. I thought these comments were screened and approved? Why are the ignoramuses’ comments posted?

    As for the language, well, nearly everyone in baseball is not close enough to the players to hear them, unlike basketball. At least I give props to Kraft and John Henry for making Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park places where you can take kids now. Sullivan Stadium had a horrible crowd previously, and just watch the video of the Lakers fans ganging up on a Celtics fan in L.A. with no security in sight. What class.

    Pull up YouTube crowd fights and they’re usually NY or Chicago or Philly, as expected. Boston not only has the best teams but the best places to go to games.

  74. scurtsucks permalink
    June 11, 2008 11:30 am

    SCURT,

    It’s funny what happens to a person when they win a few championships and move to Boston. (Celtics fans already Curt?, didn’t see you court side last year…)

    You’re so busy trashing Kobe…but I remember a time…oh that’s right 1993 World Series. Mr. Classy (Curt Schilling) treated his teammates with TONS of respect and was SO cool headed. Has been said more than once that you are an awful teammate.

    Let’s put a fan in the dugout or the mound and write about your talk.

    You’re a chump. Always will be. Without the “ketchup” sock your place in the hall wouldn’t exist.

  75. June 11, 2008 11:31 am

    tuck6778 – “coming from a guy who poured ketchup in his shoe to gain attention in a world series” ?!? you’re patheic if you really believe that

  76. alexboston permalink
    June 11, 2008 12:16 pm

    God, we are truly blessed to be part of your world Curt. A sure HOF pitcher, a political activist, sideline basketball reporter, first class known it all. Please send me an invite when Yavapai College dedicates a wing to your “greatness”.

    Warmest Regards….

  77. brcs78 permalink
    June 11, 2008 12:30 pm

    Great post Curt. Really good stuff and I am a huge Yankees fan. I don’t however hate everyone who loves the sox. I am one of those that believe everyone can’t love the same team.
    Yeah, the NBA refs have a plan in their officiating and I’m sure that they ref according to that plan.
    Good stuff on Kobe, he looks like he is demonically posessed to me.
    Steve
    Lexington, NC

  78. whoofmyspace permalink
    June 11, 2008 2:49 pm

    Curt,

    I’m a Red Sox fan, and I like you as a player. I can’t stand your politics, but I would defend your right to voice them with my last breath.

    You know ESPN sent all these people to your blog, right? I think it’s just some BS how they try to make something out of nothing. There is no story here. In regards to basketball, you’re just the same as all of us, and I thought you made that pretty clear.

    If you saw the body language you say you saw, and it was directed at players and not just general frustration, then he is NOT a leader. When his teammates are rolling their eyes at him, then he is not communicating anything that is conducive to winning. Period.

    Heal up, and don’t sweat all the haters.

  79. June 11, 2008 3:02 pm

    @ skidoosh,

    you know he’s a Steelers fan right? And yet he knows what the fans want to see, and that’s him going to Gillett and waving to the crowd in a Patriots jersey. No big deal.

  80. June 11, 2008 3:19 pm

    @ ctballfan

    Sorry I missed your post. I’m jealous you got to see him hit it. I was planning on going to every home game until he hit it, just so i could be there to witness it. I would have expected the crowd to be the most electric EVER at that point.

    I’ve been to a lot of playoff games (including the WS last year), but the game with the loudest applause ever, was when Pap made his first career start, and Manny was on the trading block… and he came up to pinch hit… and ended up knocking in the winning run. It wasn’t even a playoff game and it was the loudest I’ve ever heard Fenway.
    http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/Headline_Archives/MR_7.31.jpg

  81. davewah3 permalink
    June 11, 2008 3:51 pm

    Whomever the user was that said that Michael Jordan inspired rather than alienated, making him a better leader than Kobe Bryant has clearly not been following basketball for a long time. Obviously, you weren’t watching basketball when Michael Jordan got into an actual fight with his teammates during practices (Steve Kerr anybody?).

    I have seen Kobe in real life and on the TV, and in this series, with the way Pau and Odom are playing, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “when is Kobe going to put his foot in their @$%! and make these guys start playing on the level they need to be?” These guys did not come this far to the Finals to just lay down and die and let the Celtics run all over them. Clearly in game 3, Gasol had clearly ran out of motivation for the game of basketball. I say use your “constructive criticism” but if these guys stop responding to it, you’ve got to kick somebody’s tail, like Jordan did.

  82. ddamack permalink
    June 11, 2008 4:10 pm

    Hi Curt
    A few thigns to say so I apologize for being long winded in advance.
    i appreciate and respect that you do this blog. this is truly a service for the fans and above and beyond the call of duty.
    As someone who oficiates and is a fan of Basketball and Baseball I must take issue with some of the comments expressed here.

    *Firstly about the player using the “F” word on the court and the Ref saying he cant talk to me like that. I know on the amatuer level and I assume in the Prefessional level that word is not tolerated. In basketball on every level itis known that the use of the word gurantees a technical foul call.
    On the diamond in baseball it gurantess that you can be thrown out the game. to say that people come to see the stars etc is missing the point. There must be order in the game and if people are disrespecting the officials there is no order and things can get out of hand which can lead to fights and other incidents of violence. for a refereee to have a player talk like that and not punish him is a serious error. that referee is asking for problems. the most likely scenario is that when Kobe said this he was trying to get a technical. That is actually what one of the announcers said. this is no different than when the manager intentionally gets himself thrown out of the game.

    *The NBA is a much tamer and less physical league than it was in the 80′s or even the 70′s or 60′s. the games are called much tighter and there is less trash talking. People need to remember that Larry Bird and the mid 80′s Celtics were the biggest trash talkers in the league and they were hated by many teams.. We need to look beyond media portryals as the media is in the buiisness of creating,sensationalism good buys and bad guys.
    there may have been a small number of calls missed but that is what it is when you have that much action with guys that size and only a few sets of eyes. Refereing had nothing to do with the disparity of foul shots in game 2.
    You dont get fouled when you dont go to the hoop. Other than Kobe the lakers all shot jumpers.

    *I hope baseball fans can appreciate the job that MLB umpires do. Granted there is less action but It is extremely rare to have a MLB umpire miss a call. Despite the grumblings of players and fans. Those guys are like machines.

    *Its actually pretty riduculos when a fan in the seats is questioning a ball or strike call when they are 300 feet away but that is the culture we have today. People are always complaining about officiating because thats what they see on TV and hear on the radio. there is usually only one or two people on the field who are in postion to give a valid opinion on any call in a baseball game.

    *The trash talking in basketball is nothing its just people trying to get an edge. With the way that Basketball is set up now with all the travel teams and AAU most of these players have known each other since they were 15 years old. Its just a bunch of guys who have known each other since they were kids trash talking.

    *Its great that Manny hit his 500th and did it in a REd Sox uniform. It seems like he is finding his comfort zone in Boston. I always felt that this was the best place for him. he gets the appreciation form the biggest baseball fans in the world and his supreme concentration allows him to tune out any distractions.

  83. June 11, 2008 4:32 pm

    Curt,

    I like you alot, but I do think you’ll find most NBA superstars do what Kobe did with his teammates. I also am glad you confirmed to me that the Lakers were getting jobbed with the foul calls as it looked like on TV… only worse.

    Also, seems like you have a lot of homers on your blog making comments. I guess New Englanders gotta stick together, despite reason and common sense.

    Keep up the good work.

    Tim
    Chattanooga, TN

  84. kjzebra permalink
    June 11, 2008 5:15 pm

    Thank goodness for the New York football Giants.

  85. Jeffrey permalink
    June 11, 2008 5:15 pm

    Come on Big Boy. You criticize Kobe like there are no baseball superstars who bitch, complain and criticize their teamates? The list goes on and on. Let me refresh your memory with two names…Jeff Kent and your old teamate Randy Johnson.

  86. isolemnlysweariamuptonogood permalink
    June 11, 2008 5:17 pm

    Curt.

    It’s simple man; you’re not a good, observant or insightful writer.

    The: “Kobe. This one stunned me a little bit…”

    Lazy and gutless writing. If you really had the stones to call Kobe out, you would have.

    What you should have written was: “I’m ashamed to be an athlete because of guys like him…”

    But no, you went out, put on your little green dress and flirted with being tough.

    And when someone states: “Let me reiterate that this is from a complete basketball newbie…” No way. That’s cowardly and you’re deflecting any criticism that may come your way because you supposedly don’t know any better. Wrong.

    If you really don’t know about something then why write about it?

    This faux shock and feigned ignorance is typical of people who have opinions but nothing more to offer.

    Your musings are unsubstantial and trivial, at best.

    I’m curious what your teammates (past and present) have to say about you.

    Next time you write, put on that bloody sock of yours and cowgirl up.

  87. broomy111 permalink
    June 11, 2008 5:40 pm

    Dear Mr Schilling,

    Your comments in your blog are both uninformed and judgmental. Although you admit to not knowing much about basketball, you sure take many liberties in passing judgement when you admittedly have no idea what you are talking about. You being a self professed Christian, I take offense at your rush to judge and accuse others based off your limited knowledge. That my friend, is very hypocritical. You cannot be a Christian and act in an un-christian manor.

    Now back to the real topic. Did Paul Pierce learn of the fake injury concept from you and your fake bleeding ankle? ” Do it for johnny”
    What about Rondo? Did you also teach him how to fake a injury to inspire a team that is way out of their league?

    Stick to baseball and shut your FAT obese mouth about basketball, I wish you would come to the Staples center in a paul pierce jersey so the fans can do to you like they did to the other loud mouth celtic fan( please see youtube.com) Looks under the catergory (laker fans beat celtic fan)

    I wish you and Bill Simmons would go back to writing for the Boston globe because the national news readers dont care about you people in Boston, in fact we hate you all and wish terrible things in terms of sports. IE Patriots collapse

    Thank you for your time

  88. ketchupinmysock permalink
    June 11, 2008 6:20 pm

    You go to 2 games, sit in some nice seats that the rest of us will NEVER be able to afford to sit in, and suddenly you think you’ve noticed something that the rest of us have been missing for the last ten years? YOU SUCK at sports journalism. Go away. You look like some homeless guy in that photo, just coming off a weeklong bender. Are you in injury rehab or drug rehab- did you just buy those celtics jerseys for you and your kids? Or were they gifts from some celtics VIP fluffer? I can’t believe this- a professional athlete like you, is no more than a bandwagon fan, suddenly discovering your town’s basketball team after being stationed there for how long? Yet you think you have something important to say about something you think that everyone else is missing- evidence of your GIGANTIC yet flawed ego. You got 15 minutes of fame by putting ketchup in your sock, that attention flamed out, just like you, and now you’re jealous because Kobe, a real athlete (as opposed to some stupid ball chucker who can’t run even run 100 feet without getting winded, such as yourself) is getting a break from the media over his intensity. Just because some mentally handicapped pink sox fans want to read your ridiculous daily musings, DOESN’T MAKE YOU A JOURNALIST! Go away.

  89. larry8659 permalink
    June 11, 2008 7:45 pm

    What Curt has now just done is take Kobe out of his game. I’ve lived in LA for awhile and every time someone of any stature says something negative of Kobe, he acts in the opposite manner the next few games. Celts will roll in Game 4 thanks to the uproar from this blog.

    Nice job Schill!!!

  90. jonnybaltimore permalink
    June 11, 2008 8:31 pm

    You know a blog is a place where someone can leave their thoughts, feelings, fromtheiown observations. i for one like, and agree with your persepective Curt. Kobe has always been a selfish, me first player and it doesnt suprize me he is bitching at the rest of his teamduring timeouts, and I agree it is WRONG! I am glad he actually acknoledged your blog today and said “go yankees”. Thats ok kobe is a typical yankees fan anyway. Hoe you are feeling beter soon!

  91. jmankman permalink
    June 11, 2008 9:14 pm

    Schill, great blog. I have been an NBA fan my whole life. I have grown up in New York as a die hard Knicks fan. We dont have much to root for these days except for the G-men, as they took down your fellow New England athletes in the super bowl. I have always liked the Red Sox (except in the movie fever pitch) and as a big Mets fan, glad they have recently this century have given the Yanks trouble during the season as well as the post season. I would like to disagree with you on the Kobe situation. As a recent observer to the NBA like you said you were, you noticed that Kobe isnt a “team” player by giving compliments and pumping them up when they are down. I think its tough in such an intense game and environment that Kobe expects his teammates to show up and not make those logical mistakes. They have had trouble rebounding the whole series and thats something that Pau and Odom should be taking care of. Pau is complaining about fouls, taking bad shots, and not boxing out. This is unacceptable to a player of bryants caliber, as a top 3 player to ever play the game. When I was younger and involved in high school sports I notice that when you’re winning, the players always tend to compliment each other, and when you’re down, every one starts pointing fingers. However, as a born leader, Kobe should not stoop to this level but it is very understandable that he does do this. If you pitched in the world series this year, pitched a perfect game but you didnt get run support and it at the end of 9 it was 0-0, and ultimately lost the game, would you point fingers to your star players such as manny for not doing his job? It can always go both ways but I think its understandable for kobe. Lakers in 7

  92. lakerrayray permalink
    June 11, 2008 10:04 pm

    Oh I hadn’t read some of the comments before sending my post in. People relax it’s Curt Schilling. You all know how he is missing a couple of wires up there.

  93. lakerrayray permalink
    June 11, 2008 10:38 pm

    The fact that Curt hated on Radny Johnson and Pedro Martinez stunned me way more than Kobe trying to keep this youing guys on their toes.

  94. nickollesss permalink
    June 11, 2008 10:52 pm

    So I was watching the game with my friend and we could not figure out for the life of us who this “Guy” with three little kids was with the greatest seats in basketball. Honestly we thought this Guy must be a loaded exec or he is sleeping with Phil Jackson to get those seats. Well the fact that it was neither is hillarious. Kudos on blending into the crowd and looking like just a fan, I think alot of people lose sight of the fact that you as athletes have the same need to be entertained as the rest of us. Now with the knowledge that it was Curt Shilling in Boston it makes alot more sense. However it was still fustrating to see your daughter texting during the game but working as a teacher I understand even the NBA finals cant keep most kids interested. Great post.

    And by the way who was that contact to get those seats?
    just curious

  95. lifan23 permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:06 am

    Hey Curt, what is it to you how Kobe talks to his teammates in the middle of a high intensity game? Just because you play a sport where you throw a few balls and see action once every 30 min doesnt mean it gives you the right to pass judgement on Kobe. Kobe is a real competitive athlete that cares about winning and I see nothing wrong with him being pissed off by the way his teammates was playing. If I was as competitive as kobe I would be f%$King pissed off too. Why dont you stick to you sissy sport and keep your opinion to yourself. If you are such a team player, why dont you fork out $120K to show appreciation to your teammates like Kobe did. Yea he is tough on his team but if he wasnt maybe the lakers wouldnt be playing for a championship. Keep your mouth shut and stay out of other athletes business. You are not even in the same universe as an athlete as Kobe bryant is. I wouldnt be suprised if you are trying to throw a curve ball to Kobe like the freaking officials do in Boston.

  96. showdownvc permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:15 am

    Another commenter wrote:
    “Jordan knew the importance of never kicking your teammate when he was down, of encouraging him to be special in that very moment when he was struggling to find a way to be special.”

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Read what he did to Kwame Brown, or some of the comments he made about his Bulls teammates.

    In this respect, Kobe is EXACTLY like Jordan. Not that that’s really anything to be proud of.

  97. ltcolgwmurrayusmcretired permalink
    June 12, 2008 4:30 am

    Mr Schilling,

    Be careful. I wouldn’t let my daughter in the same time zone as a scoundrel like Bryant, who remains a most disgraceful role model for young people around the world.

    I’ve written to several prominent sports-writers asking why they don’t investigate how guys like him still receive lucrative endorsements after “”allegedly being involved in a sexual assault.

    Don’t understand why they just don’t get their hands dirty and get the hospital reports on extent of the injuries sustained by his “alleged”” victim.

    It’s understandable the NBA is a business and team owners have a responsiblity to make a profit. Sporting goods manufacturers and sports writers have other options, which would include anything short of eulogizing weasels like Bryant.

    Figuratively speaking, I wouldn’t put him out if he was on fire.
    Semper fi.

  98. johnlongbeach permalink
    June 12, 2008 9:23 am

    Schilling,

    I have to give you high fives for your comments. Kobe is a bully to teammates and refs. He should have more technicals and/or be throw out of games. I’m sorry but touch the refs and asking them about fouls is bullying them. Why is it in the NFL if you touch refs you get kick out on the game? Maybe I don’t like other guys touching me, but if Kobe patted me on the stomach like he did in game three. I would have T him up for his second. That makes me wonder if refs do have to close of relationships with the players. I wonder if I touch the next cops like that during my next speeding ticket, how would he react?
    Kobe is the worst superstar since Tyson.

  99. June 12, 2008 9:31 am

    First time I’ve checked out your blog. Quite enjoyable to read, and this is a Mets fan talking.

  100. dlks56 permalink
    June 12, 2008 9:37 am

    Maybe Kobe should have put a little red dye on his sock to motivate the rest of the team. Curt, lose the Celtic jersey, you look silly.

  101. bopbizz1 permalink
    June 12, 2008 9:55 am

    Its funny how you comment on Kobe’s leadership style with his teammates and then on the other hand say its a “non-issue” when guys on your team are taking swings at eachother in the dugout! Stick to pitching once every one or two weeks and let Phil Jackson handle any issues on his bench!

  102. June 12, 2008 10:03 am

    Wow, there are so many ridiculous comments towards Curt’s observation at the game. What you people don’t get is he’s stating exactly what he did… He notes that he’s not avid basketball fan, comments on the facial expressions and tone Kobe uses with his teammates, and then actually says he could be wrong. What part of this is gutless? Is he stating that he’s a professional sports journalist? He’s he trying to come off as better than Kobe?

    The answer to all three is no.

    Why do we come to 38pitches.com? To read the thoughts about baseball (and other sports) through the eyes of a professional athlete; For entertainment; For an inside look at the clubhouse;

    It’s a blog. Get off your judgmental soap boxes and read for content and enjoy it or get lost.

  103. vv777 permalink
    June 12, 2008 10:06 am

    Hey CURT
    I think KOBE had a great response to you; I would like to second it !GO YANKEES!
    If the CELTICS win ,i will send you a six pack of LOWENBRAU light.
    ?WHAT DO THINK/vv777

  104. ephoph permalink
    June 12, 2008 10:08 am

    Are we realy to believe that this a non-biased view, from a Boston athlete? Eph you and you’re self righteous attitude.

    “Let me reiterate that this is from a complete basketball newbie, so for all I know this could be exactly how these guys play this game and interact with each other”

    This should have been the internal dialogue that prevented you from typing this poor excuse for a blog in the first place.
    Kobe is the MVP, the leader of the Western Conference Champion Lakers…who are you to criticize the way he communicates with his teammates during timeouts? I’m sure if we heard some of the conversations you had with managers at the mound when you were getting lit up those wouldn’t be too flattering either.

    “hey let’s go, let’s get after it”- I think the last time I heard that as little league. Come back to Earth Curt.

  105. June 12, 2008 10:10 am

    Curt,

    You are right about Kobe’s antics…his actions were classless. Kobe justifies his actions because they “motivated” his teammates. What an exceedingly weak argument.

    There are many things that push people to perform in the short-term…fear, control, bitterness, resentment, etc…but none of those things push people the way that genuine unselfish relationships do.

    Putting others before yourself is the best way to play sports and the best way to live…

    Peace,

    Neil

  106. 88dueces permalink
    June 12, 2008 10:15 am

    Curt,
    I commented on my blog about what you said, you are correct in that Kobe complains, but Im pretty sure every athlete has something to complain about. It is just the Nature of the beast.

    That doesn’t mean that you should get reemed for your comments!

  107. majenna permalink
    June 12, 2008 10:26 am

    Curt, dont you feel bad that you are getting paid for another year of work and yet you are not even there at the game supporting your team…you are rubbing it in that you are on the bench at the NBA finals????? What ever happened to PITCHING for YOUR TEAM???

    -confused in New England and hopeful that the all and mighty Schilling makes a comeback!!!!

  108. irishmom91562 permalink
    June 12, 2008 10:27 am

    Yankee fan AND Curt Schilling fan here (living proof that you CAN be both ;)

    It seems that Kobe has posted a “witty” reply to your blog entry, taking the “manly” approach he’s known for and calling you a “sissy”.

    Let’s be clear here: Kobe Bryant isn’t fit to clean the clay out of Curt Schilling’s cleats on, his best day coinciding with Schilling’s worst. Can’t for the life of me understand how this fella has the time to respond, since from what I’ve read about the recent antics of his head case of a wife Vanessa, his time would be better spent getting her the psychiatric help she obviously needs.

    Yes, Bryant escaped a rape conviction that was rightfully his. Does this mean he didn’t do it ? Um……NO. He is who HE IS, and WHAT that is certainly is not good. He’s got two daughters and he and his ever-scorned wife are setting a really lousy example for them. Their atrocious behavior is enough already. No wonder this guy isn’t winning friends and influencing people all over the sports world.

    Curt, your politics are also as sharp as your arsenal of pitches, so care to lay money on Kobe supporting “the Big O” ? Oh yeah, Obama too, right along with Winfrey. (LOL)

    Kobe the Keystone Klod needs to just zip it. Antics like his are best reserved for the circus that his home life has GOT to be.

    Take care Curt. You’re outstanding. Best to your family.

  109. wingsagain permalink
    June 12, 2008 10:34 am

    Great blog Curt. Thanks for the “newbie” perspective. But I wish people wouldn’t hate because you made an observation about someone or something you saw. Oh well, good luck.

  110. thingfish permalink
    June 12, 2008 10:47 am

    Good Point on Kobe Schill…We need more guys who support their teams through positive actions, like throwing a towel over their head because they can’t bear to watch, say, in a crucial World Series game.

    Try not to be such a hypocrite, huh Schill..

  111. 82cleeve permalink
    June 12, 2008 10:55 am

    Schill should really talk when he’s made these “observations” about Kobe’s demeanor towards teammates, and how “they rolled their eyes at him”, and all the “bleeps” he had to yell…… word routinely surrounded Schill in Phoenix as one of the most unliked players on the DBACKS roster, not to mention how arrogant he came off speaking to Congress.

  112. soxgotrings permalink
    June 12, 2008 11:01 am

    Wow, looks like a lot of frusterated new yorkers have made their way to this blog thanks to ESPN. This is someones blog people…he was just reporting his own observations and thoughts. If you don’t like Curt then why are you here reading his blog?! Dont read it if you don’t like it. Hope to see you back on the mound soon Curt.

  113. seeger2 permalink
    June 12, 2008 11:01 am

    I am a Red Sox fan and one of the reasons is because I perceive the organization as being a progressive one by utilizing such persons as Bill James.

    I am not a Lakers or Kobe Bryant fan and am pulling for the Celtics to win the championship (although not if due to home reffing which always taints a championship regardless of the team).

    I read your comments about Kobe Bryant and once again you have shown your ignorance. Basketball is a team sport which calls for a lot of player interaction. Do you think the Lakers would have made it this far if there was bad team chemistry?

    I am not surprised though that you have exposed your lack of intelligence once again. I remember during a World Series celebration you made pro george bush statements during an election year. You probably still have a favorable opinion of him because you obviously still have a thick head. You and bush; two peas in a pod.

  114. alandale permalink
    June 12, 2008 11:01 am

    Curt…
    SHUT UP!
    I’m a Chicagoan who unfortunately had to live in Arizona for a decent length of time.
    The state where you graduated from high school.
    A state where they have the 2nd WORST education in the country…for decades.
    A state where their sheriff is Himmler to a District Attorney’s Hitler…and the people STILL vote for them.
    A state where they blame all their problems on LEGAL Mexicans even though we have been a violent nation BEFORE their large influx.
    My point?
    YOU ARE FROM THERE.
    You are a BASEBALL player.
    You are not an educated man to the point you believe you are.
    And you are also the biggest hypocrite alive.
    You call out players in the entire sports of baseball (albeit for steroids) and you get on Kobe for pushing his teammates?
    Tough.
    Aren’t you the same guy in 2004 that before Game 1 of the LCS you said you can’t wait to “shut up” an entire Yankees’ Stadium and then bombed???
    You may have had a decent career Curt, but lets be honest, you’ve written the coattails of loaded teams and like most Arizonan players…you lack heart (take a look at professional roster Curtsy…not many studs hail from there even with a top 5 sized populated city), and have too big a mouth for your own good.
    Talk baseball.
    Leave other sports to people who know it.
    But in your mind you know everything.
    Pass the ketchup.

  115. mainesportsgal permalink
    June 12, 2008 11:04 am

    To all those dopes who are griping about Curt’s lack of objectivity in this post…hello, people, this is a BLOG, not the friggin’ New York Times. He has no obligation to be unbiased, and he clearly is not claiming to be a basketball genius. If you don’t like what he has to say, either a) stop reading, b) get your own blog, or c) get a new hobby (or better yet, get a job).

  116. sherp permalink
    June 12, 2008 11:16 am

    do you ever shut up schilling? who gives a crap what kobe said to his teammates or what YOU think about it? god am i sick of you and your all encompassing ego, and i know i’m not the only one. shut up for once.

  117. seanpd5 permalink
    June 12, 2008 11:55 am

    Curt, I know that this article was from your experience at game 2, but there is no way you can tell me that you werent at game 1. There is no way that Paul Pierce fakes an injury, leaves the court, comes back to a glorious ovation with no limp at all, without you having something to do with it. Did he refuse the fake blood? Anyway the article really was great. First Barry Bonds , now Kobe Bryant… I am really looking forward to your article on Brett Farve and how his passionate love for the game and childish celebrations are tearing apart the game. I do find it ammusing that Manny M and Kevin Youk get into an all out brawl in the dugout .. which according to you is normal and that when your on a championship caliber team , every at bat matters. So basically you would have no problem with Kobe punching or pushing a teamate during the game , just not yelling. Or maybe I just dont know baseball and there is more emotion during a june baseball game then the NBA championship. Either way , im really looking forward to your next article…who will it be next? The anticipation is killing me………….

  118. booyor permalink
    June 12, 2008 11:59 am

    I think it’s funny that one commenter said “Go Away”. Did he realize he was on your blog and not vice versa?

    Thanks for writing your opinions (whether we agree with them or not) and keep blogging. Lots of fun!

  119. June 12, 2008 12:20 pm

    Curt,

    I heard about your Kobe “criticisms” through various news sources first. So I checked your blog.

    I couldn’t find a criticism of him anywhere. I realized that these people didn’t read your blog, or they at least didn’t read it with any comprehension. All I saw was that you reported how Kobe acted. You did nothing but bend over backwards to refrain from making a judgment on his behavior. And heck, earlier in your post you even defended the guy!

    I just find it funny.. and all too typical. All you did was basically record what you heard and saw and say that it surprised you because you haven’t seen any leaders in baseball inspire their teammates that way, but did you know, maybe it was just different in the NBA. And now people are saying you took a swipe at Kobe.

    It’s the truth that hurts Kobe, and if he doesn’t like how that makes him look, then maybe he should take a look at himself.

    Anyway, nice to see you at the game.

    Julia

  120. integritystudent permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:21 pm

    As a father and as a “celebrity” curt shows very little common sense by making comments of which he knows very little about and also by exposing his children to the vulgarity that might appear in situations such as the NBA Finals. Maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about, maybe the vulgarity is a common occurence at home so its no big deal to him.

    ltcolgwmurrayUSMCretired- This Marine’s comments represent the Navy very well. You’ll let someone burn because he was suspected of a crime? what is this world coming to? Is this what the Marine’s are all about? I hope not.

  121. yanksrbetterperiod permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:22 pm

    Hey curt maybe you should recognize the fact that kobe is one of the greatest to ever play the game and he ignited a fire under his team that had them fighting hard for what would have been an upset for the ages. Yeah I wasn’t there to see the so called eye rolling or whatever you heard but kobe’s a leader like him or not and if he whispers or barks you better listne. It’s to bad you only had one of our three rings on at the game, I am sure it would’t look so good next to Phil Jacksons eleven. So call a press confrence, retire, give the redsox back their eight million dollers, wash your bloody sock so you can have some clean laundry for when the Lake show beats theceltics in 6!

  122. oldetoys permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:37 pm

    Funny stuff on the comment exchange between Schilling and Bryant. At least Kobe didn’t mention anything about going on national TV and endorsing GW Bush, the worst president in the history of the nation. He’s set the United States back 50 years!! And endorsing that moron is what stands out in my mind to this day.

  123. andysoprano permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:59 pm

    Referring to the opinions about Kobe Bryant— Who the HECK cares? It’s sports, and it’s called tough love.

    So what about people like Bobby Knight who get into the Hall of Fame? You’ve really overlooked who the real hot heads in this game are.

    It looks like this is a job for the…
    [IMG]http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk277/TunedAgainst/wahmbulance.gif[/IMG]

  124. elley72 permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:01 pm

    just as i shouldn’t be talking about ur kids without really knowing them, you shouldn’t be talking about kobe without really knowing him.

  125. rdepaul permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:07 pm

    Curt:

    You have some valid points and include an interesting perspective from your vantage point at the Garden. You have some valid points and include an interesting perspective from your vantage point at the Garden. I find a few things worthy of ‘correction’ or possibly just a different perspective. Everybody replying to this blog is obviously a Celtic ‘fan’…so I figured delivering a perspective from an ‘enthusiasts’ point of view is more credible than a ‘fans’ point of view.

    In response to “who can defend Paul Pierce?”… well, clearly Kobe can. Kobe wanted the responsibility of guarding Paul because of his rampage of dropping buckets from all over the court (the fact that calls going your way on your home court also helps). But when the series shifted to Staples Center and Kobe wanted the assignment of guarding Paul…how did Pierce do? Pierce in Game 3 was arguably as bad as a superstar can play. Pierce shot a horrible FG percentage, and even he acknowledged that defending Kobe, and trying to shoot against Kobe, is truly a tough pill to swallow.

    You also must understand Kobe’s frustration in Games one and two. Surely in baseball it’s a little different, but you cannot blame him. In baseball you can have superstars like Pujols, Guerrero, Rodriguez…etc. but one player cannot impact the game as much as one player in a basketball game. That is not opinionated…that is strictly fact. (Offensively).
    The Celtics have guys who have been around a long time (Garnett, Pierce, Allen, Cassell, Brown, etc). The Lakers have… Fisher. Surely you can understand the “instruction” and “frustration” demonstrated by Kobe. When it’s all said and done, Kobe will be arguably the greatest player to EVER play the game. Ask those who lace up against Kobe…ask those who have played…and currently play with Kobe…ask an analyst. It’s not rocket science…

    Good luck with your recovery Curt.

  126. ohplease33 permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:25 pm

    You know Curt, Manny is a great baseball player. No question about that. However, he can never be as great as he thinks he is. He makes Barry Bonds seem modest by comparison. It’s hard to cheer for a guy that is so incredibly full of himself. He and Kobe share that quality. That’s why outside of Boston and LA, nobody likes these guys.

  127. dasgibbs permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:25 pm

    Just when I thought it wasn’t possible to dislike you anymore than I already do; you have to go and write something like this. Stick a bloody sock in it Curt.

  128. iqthepoetic permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:36 pm

    Hey young World~!

    I can really see how you people spend your time. I love the Los Angeles Lakers. I have been a fan since I can remember. But people, I just want to shade alittle light here.

    This baseball player “HAS MONEY”, Kobe “HAS MONEY

  129. xmac73 permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:40 pm

    My comment is regarding #5 — very unprofessional.

    I would expect something like that from a casual fan, not from a fellow professional athlete.

    Reverse the roles… how would you like it if a fellow athlete did that to you during a championship series?

    My image of you as a ‘class act’ has been tarnished.

  130. sumpterfied permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:52 pm

    First off, lifan23 is very correct. Kobe love and intensity for the sport gets him hyped up. And its not only him, it is other players too. So you have NO place for judging Kobe. He does what he needs to do to get his team back on track, and if you haven’t read the latest articles, he doesn’t mention them as teammates, but as brothers. Secondly, Kobe is not Jordan, and he stated that in the latest interview between him and Steven A. Smith. He also said let him be him, and stop comparing him to others; Kobe is Kobe, and thats that. Addressing the comment that ltcolgwmurrayusmcretired made, it is the finals, and a very intense rivalry at that. Ever since Shaq departed from the Lakers, it was sort of a down hill run, but now Kobe is so close to the championship, and he is trying to express the importance of not giving up. Besides, the people he is talking to are grown men, you can’t talk to them like a bunch of babies, he needs to put his foot down and wake up the team. Mr Schilling, you absolutely have no room to talk, as this basketball series is very intense, and so many emotions go through such a heated rivalry, nobody is going to just act calm. Besides, Kobe is up so high on a platform where as you can’t even touch him, especially if he is the MVP. Do not criticize him for actually caring about his team. If you have been watching lately, he has so much trust in his teammates, and it shows when it comes down to final second plays. He knew they could’ve done better in game 2, and that comeback was just, spectacular. The Lakers will win this, because the desire is much stronger than the Celtics. Watch how much fire they will come out with tonight, I guarantee you.

    GO LAKERS!!!!

    and as Kobe says:

    GO YANKEES!!!

  131. kobealcyyoung permalink
    June 12, 2008 2:06 pm

    LET’S GO YANKEES !!! YOUR MOUTH IS TOO BIG SOMETIMES CURT. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH YOURSELF ANYMORE. THANK GOD YOU WEREN’T ON THE COURT BECAUSE KOBE WOULD’VE SLAPPED YOU BIG TIME. HE IS GOING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR THE LAKERS JUST LIKE HE HAS BEEN DOING THE WHOLE SEASON. KEEP WATCHING THE GAMES BUT TRY NOT TO STAY UP TOO LATE BECAUSE KOBE MIGHT GIVE YOU MANY NIGHTMARES. DON’T FORGET YOU’RE A SPECTATOR NOW. JUST WATCH KOBE AND ENJOY THE ATHLETICISM THAT YOU NEVER HAD. LET’S GO YANKEES !!! O AND WHO IS CURT SCHILLING AGAIN?

  132. sacad permalink
    June 12, 2008 2:13 pm

    I don’t know if you are jelous about his legacy or maybe his Popularity..but to me it’s very Unprofessional for you to say such a thing….
    first of all if he’s bad teamate how would he win the MVP this year?
    use your common sense…..
    and how would you like other professionals to say such a thing about you?
    grow up man….I didnt even know who you were right before i heard you running your mouth….but grow up…

    GO YANKEES….

  133. mopatt0428 permalink
    June 12, 2008 2:29 pm

    Pardon me, I know I’m late to the party. And I haven’t read the previous comments. But Schilling calling out Kobe for his sideline rants? C’mon. My first memory of Schilling is of him in the Phillies dugout during the ’93 World Series with a towel over his head because he can’t/won’t watch Mitch Williams (who, in Schilling’s defense, did give it up to Joe Carter). So of all the people I want to hear accuse someone of being a bad teammate, 38 is waaaaaaaay down the list. And please don’t take this as any defense of Kobe, either. I’m not nearly as much rooting for the Celtics in the NBA Finals as I’m rooting against the LA Kobes. But Schilling’s comments would carry a little more weight, with me at least, if they were coming from somebody (anybody?) else.

  134. ltcolgwmurrayusmcretired permalink
    June 12, 2008 2:33 pm

    integritystudent,

    Please re-read my post. The thrust of it questions both Bryant’s (lack of) character as well as the (lack of) integrity demonstrated by sports-writers, who don’t have the “cajones” to do some investigative journalism into the circumstances surrounding the “alleged victim’s ER visit.

    Additionally, at least one major sporting goods manufacturer temporarily pulled their endorsement, when Bryant was accused of sexual assault. I’ve written to the board and received nothing positive.

    Athleticism is one thing, virtue is another. Unlike you and I, he is a public figure and is widely portrayed as a “role model.” I’m not saying he’s an eternally bad person who may have overcome his past.

    What I am clearly saying, he’s NOT a good role model for youth and marketing him as such, clearly sends a mixed message to boys and girls who play ball: unless you’re as affluent as he is, adapting Bryant’s personal proclivities may not produce healthy consequences.

    Do you have any daughters? I wouldn’t leave adolescent girls with him.

    Give us Tiger Woods any day as he’s a real man of character.

  135. June 12, 2008 3:43 pm

    @ ohplease33

    I don’t agree with this at all. Manny is out there for the fun of it, not because he holds himself at a higher standards. Manny has absolutely zero worries when he’s out on the field. The Red Sox could be losing by 100 runs and Manny will say; “There’s always next time”. Look at his comments in the ALCS last year, after being down 3-1 against the Indians, Manny:

    “It doesn’t happen, so who cares? There’s always next year. It’s not like it’s the end of the world.” — 10.17.07, Manny Ramirez

  136. June 12, 2008 3:47 pm

    @ sumpterfied

    “The Lakers will win this, because the desire is much stronger than the Celtics. Watch how much fire they will come out with tonight, I guarantee you.”

    We must be watching two different series, but the ONLY reason the Lakers won in game 3 is because Garnett and Pierce went a combined 8-35… That will not happen again in the series. The Celtics lost by 6 points and I guarantee YOU, that Pierce and Garnett will have an additional 6+ points tonight. Your analysis of the game is very poor if you are basing reasons why a team will win it because you think “the desire is much stronger”. It’s been 20 years since the Celtics won a championship. Who desires it more?

  137. schillingisoldanduseless permalink
    June 12, 2008 4:20 pm

    Schilling arent u 500 years old too? “Wow. 500 of anything means you’re old and useless and cannot even throw a pitch.”

    GO YANKS! GO LAKERS!! GO AWAY Schillings!!

  138. spiderman21 permalink
    June 12, 2008 5:13 pm

    curt … shut up already. Kobe is in the championships by doing what he does. aw little baby did he hurt ur feelings by yelling. who the hell are u to knock him. hes a winner and proves it. he obviously did something right to get that 24 point comeback and almost win. go back to taking hgh or steroids or whatever the hell u obviously took and shut up

    kobe = mvp …. go lakers …. go yankees !!!!

  139. ebomb19 permalink
    June 12, 2008 5:18 pm

    I love how people hate on curt and they still take time out of their day to read this blog and then comment. what a bunch of tools.

  140. karadjordje permalink
    June 12, 2008 5:23 pm

    Mr Schilling is absolutely correct. Both Jackson and Koby are conducting themselves as plantation owners. The rest of the team are slaves. Koby is talking about brutal honesty which will be good if it was not one way, from Koby. Koby is fantastic player but lousy leader. Jackson is another arrogant so and so who does not have anything to say but to unload on player of lesser caliber than Koby. What a pair!

    PS. Koby hit Sasha once in public and nobody said a word.

    Great observation Mr. Schilling!

  141. phillysophical permalink
    June 12, 2008 5:33 pm

    Regarding Kobe’s behavior, how different is it from a starting pitcher who pitches well, gets pulled late in a game and throws a towel over their head refusing to watch second rate relievers blow saves. Talk about poisonous body language. We Phillies fans would at least watch our team self destruct.

  142. yanksrbetterperiod permalink
    June 12, 2008 6:18 pm

    You and your celts are going down schilling!

  143. hadlockslugger permalink
    June 12, 2008 6:28 pm

    Post 126 claims that Manny makes Bonds seem modest by comparison and that fans outside Boston hate Manny for that reason. He couldn’t be more wrong. I watch baseball to relax and be entertained. Every time I sit down to watch the Red Sox I thank God for Manny Ramirez. His outward appearance is one of being a happy-go-lucky kid playing in a sandlot game. His incredible talent allows him to be that way and still be one of the greatest hitters the game has seen. I know baseball fans all over the country. Many of them hate the Red Sox and Red Sox fans. Most really like Manny and enjoy watching him play. How can you watch something like the 7 – fan hi 5 – 6 -3 DP in Baltimore and be entertained?

  144. bodracir permalink
    June 12, 2008 7:48 pm

    Somebody just got owned on National TV!!!

    Lectured on leadership by no others than Mark Jackson and coach Van Gundy… maybe you should use your brain before you open your mouth or blog about leadership Curt.

  145. June 12, 2008 7:53 pm

    Interesting that a good portion of tonight’s NBA Finals Game 4 Pre-game Show was devoted to ‘counteracting’ Curt Schilling’s observations about Kobe Bryant from Game 2 (in Boston).

    That’s what I call ‘having pull’ in the blogosphere. :-)

  146. hldseward permalink
    June 12, 2008 11:34 pm

    Does anyone else find it sort of funny that Curt Schilling, who came in fourth on QQ’s “10 Most hated athletes,” list (IE: one higher than Kobe Bryant) is talking about Kobe Bryant’s issues? That would kind of be like Stalin telling us why Pol Pot was such a murdering SOB, or the pot calling the kettle black of course.

    While Kobe Bryant may indeed be a jerk to his teammates (it certainly doesn’t affect his play, him being the NBA’s best player) it is odd to have Curt Schilling, an athlete considered by most to be self-involved and narcissistic, explain why Kobe isn’t a good teammate.

    In sports it does not matter if someone is a nice guy or a “good teammate,” as Kobe Bryant and Curt Schilling have three world-championships each, and may each earn more (Kobe certainly has a great chance to earn at LEAST one more in his career. He has many years yet to go).

    While Kobe and Curt may both have issues with their teammates, there is no question that Kobe Bryant will go down ranked higher among the all-time great NBA players than Curt Schilling will amongst those who played in Major league baseball. Kobe Bryant is an all-time great while Curt Schilling may or may not be a hall-of-famer (I personally do think he should be in, but we’ll see).

    Both Kobe and Curt are not universally beloved among their teammates, but Kobe Bryant has the satisfaction of being by far the best player on his team (meaning his teammates know they are riding his talent as far as it will take them). It is comparing apples and oranges, but Curt Schilling does not have the talent or ability in his sport that Kobe has in his. Kobe may be a jerk, but that will not change his legacy in the slightest. Curt Schilling’s most famous moment (the bloody sock) will always be regarded skeptically even by completely non-partisan fans.

    There is no comparison between the two: Kobe is a legend and Curt is not. Curt, even more detested that Kobe, has no right to pass judgment on him.

  147. eighteenandone permalink
    June 13, 2008 1:24 am

    Why can’t you shut up Curt. Any fan of baseball knows that you have been a loud mouth blowhard since your days with the Phillys. Even the Dbacks couldnt stand you. It is obvious you are a BANDWAGON fan, just like most of the folks in boston.

    I was waiting to hear what you said about the Giants pounding the Cheatriots, but ofcourse you kept your mouth shut for once!

    I hope the lakers (and Yankees) come back and light your a$$ up.

    It is people like you that is making me and the rest of america SICK of your boston BS!

  148. eighteenandone permalink
    June 13, 2008 1:25 am

    If you are a man, leave what I wrote up!

  149. June 13, 2008 8:28 am

    @ sumpterfied

    You were right. They did come out with fire … too bad it dwindled down to a mere flame shortly after the 2nd half. LOL

  150. June 13, 2008 8:32 am

    @ hldseward

    What reason can you give to NOT elect Curt into the hall? His 216 career wins not good enough? 3000 strike outs not good enough? The famous red sox alone will get him in.. the mere fact that the Red Sox signed him to win a championship and in his first year with the sox, he did just that. Oh and they he won another one for us…

    so what reason would you give that won’t get him in? his blog? Or you’re just one of those people who says things for the hell of it without having any logical reason whatsoever. Kind of like most people who comment here. ROFL.

  151. June 13, 2008 8:33 am

    *edit my last entry:

    The famous red SOCK alone will get him in..

  152. bosox4eva permalink
    June 13, 2008 8:50 am

    How many rings has kobe won without Shaq? 0. How many rings will kobe get without Shaq? 0. How many times has Shonda had to stand next to a SCUMBAG of a human being and watch him defend himself in a court of law for a felony rape charge? 0. You people who defend this idiot are about as low class as kobe and MANessa. Which is pretty hard to beat. The only other names that come to mind are O.J. and Tyson. The only reason LA Fans are bitching about this blog, is because Schill is RIGHT. Curt, you keep on doing what you do best. Sitting people down whether it’s on the field or with your mouth. Just remember LA OJ was a legend. How’d that one work out for ya?

  153. soxgotrings permalink
    June 13, 2008 10:04 am

    Manny thinks he’s great?!! What about A-Rod? At least the Sox can do the job in the post season. 3-1…I don’t think the Lakers can win in six now…hope they can pull off winning all three of the remaining games in the series (<—sarcasm). So many sour grapes leaving comments here. Stop taking your frustrations out on Curt because your teams SUCK! The Yankees suck, again…the Lakers are good, but not good enough to beat the Celtics this year. Paul Pierce shut down Lebron and now he’s shutting down Kobe. We all know who the real MVP should have been now and he’s prooving it in the post season. Why don’t you frustrated Yankee fans stop giving Curt a hard time because he’s gotten the better of your team in the past…GO PUT GIAMBI”S GOLD THONG IN IT!

    Go Sox! Go Celtics!!

  154. rutkiller permalink
    June 13, 2008 10:38 am

    Are you frickin’ kidding me? You have the audacity to call-out Kobe Bryant like this, when you are one of the biggest sour-pusses in baseball?

    Curt, do you remember what happened in May, 2003? Yeah, you took a baseball bat to a QuesTec camera. Is that how a person “in the position of a team leader” should act? Would it have been better if Kobe physically attacked a NBA referee with a baseball bat? Your leadership qualities, or lack thereof, aren’t exactly top-notch either. Before calling out a fellow professional athlete like this, perhaps you should clean up your own image first.

    You’re unbelieveable. Really.

  155. rutkiller permalink
    June 13, 2008 10:39 am

    Oh, and by the way, stop wearing that Celtics jersey. You look ridiculous.

  156. iiikdubiii permalink
    June 13, 2008 11:36 am

    …about Kobe’s leadership. Will he ever be able to lead a team if he cannot maintain his composure? From what Schil said about Kobe’s “bench talk”, Kobe’s frustration yell at Odom for not coming up to cover on a 3pt shot (did you guys see that), and his AWFUL post game interview, how can anyone want to follow him….and this is coming from a closet Kobe fan. Ok, so a “canned” response to all the questions he received probably would have been boring and the same as anyone else, but the non-effect those comments would have made would be better than the whiny/complaining lack of sense he just coughed up.

    ~KDub

  157. fffernan permalink
    June 13, 2008 11:38 am

    Curt you fail to mention the Revolution Championship game. It was a nice drive drive down, bad drive back for me and my fellow new englanders that day. The last year in sports has been rediculous. 4 out of 5 teams make it to the championship game, and the Bruins & Canadiens series was more entertaining than any of the other hockey series.

    -Frank
    P.S. to all you soccer haters the Revolution average 12k fans a game, which is right up there with most pro basketball and hockey teams.

  158. gm272 permalink
    June 13, 2008 11:46 am

    curt, let me ask you something: where was your celtics jersey last year – or the year before that? I’m guessing that as soon as the red sox have a couple of losing seasons, there will be no such thing as a “red sox nation.”
    I ask, are you a celtics fan? Were you a celtics fan last year? If not, why? Maybe because they sucked?
    You’re all a bunch of front runners. You make me sick.

  159. fr1j0l3 permalink
    June 13, 2008 11:58 am

    LOL

    You go curt!

    Your opinions are your own, f, the rest of the haters.

    And where are all the laker-fans now? Cmon, I thought Kobe could guard Paul?

    LMMFAO.

    pwned

  160. billygriffin permalink
    June 13, 2008 1:32 pm

    Curt Schilling is a bigot!!!
    Ask any of the Black Red Sox players who are not on the team now….and who are not recieving any Red Sox royalites.
    This right wing Bush-Republican has a problem with Black Super Stars.
    Oh,
    it’s cool when they are quiet subservients or a third of an interchangeble trio.
    But when they are a Black world wide star standing alone, handsome, articulate, speaks three languages and sexy…they are a threat.
    Typical jealous bigots like Schilling are going to do what every right wing white guy over 40 does…..
    create or join a band wagon that tries to destroy the perception that young Anglo Saxon white boys and girls have of a black icon like Kobe Bryant.
    A typical and highly expected move Schilling!!
    Who was Kobe really chastizing Curt ??
    Sasha V., Walton or Radmonovich??
    ‘Cause we all know you don’t really care how he talks to Fisher, Turiaf, Ariza and Odom.
    It’s all about him schooling the white players.
    Isn’t that right Curt???
    But before these white players played with Kobe…what were they doing??
    Dying somewhere with less the average NBA talent.
    They certainly wern’t a part of any championship crew???
    Certainly Phil Jackson could tell Kobe to back off.
    I wonder why he hasn’t done it in the finals???
    I bet You probably wrote this blog because either your wife, sexy blonde next door neighbor or one of your daughters thinks Kobe is cute and heroic.

  161. jwnct permalink
    June 13, 2008 5:11 pm

    “You fans are being treated to your third World Championship appearance since last October and that’s awesome. But at each one there seems to be a crossover, Celts and Sox at the Super Bowl, Pats, Bruins and Celts at the World Series, and last night Sox and Pats all over the place. Cool stuff” (quote from the blog).

    I agree that the Boston area is blessed with championship teams at the professional ranks. But, lets add to that the success of local colleges as well. Boston College Men’s Hockey wins the Hockey NCAA. Harvard Women’s Hockey team wins their conference, makes it to the semis of the Frozen Four and loses only two games all year. I am sure there are other National Championships that I don’t know of. The point, Boston is awesome and full of quality athletes and championship teams.

  162. June 13, 2008 5:22 pm

    btw … FYI

    If the Celtics go on to win the 2007-2008 NBA Championship, as they are now poised to do, leading 3-1 in this series … the ‘Series Calls’ (re: Winners & Losers) I’ve made, in advance, during this post-season, will stand at 12-1 (92.3%) … which is superior to any other NBA Analyst I’m aware of who has published his/her selections this year.

    As the old saying goes,

    “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

    =================================

    Enjoy your weekend all! :-)

  163. sdl1 permalink
    June 13, 2008 11:52 pm

    What Hath ESPN Wrought?

    Looks like some nuthouse has let their residents have access to the ‘Net.

    billygriffin…you sound a lot like a certain jackass Knick fan who was wearing Yankee gear at The Staples Center (another reason I use Office Depot, Staples price-gouges you). Oh, and your movies suck too, Spike. I now expect ol’ Peanut Head Spike to proclaim Curt a racist for also a.) being white and b.) wearing a Larry Bird jersey.

    To all you Kobe ass-kissers out there. You do realize he demanded that the Lakers get rid of Shaq and Phil Jackson..and he wasn’t happy that Phil came back. Sure, Kobe himself wanted to be traded, but the bottom line is..nobody wanted him.

    Curt..what these new clowns who migrated here via ESPN don’t realize is that this is YOUR blog. YOU can say whatever you want and they should be lucky that you’ve posted their blatherings. Actually, I’m glad you have. Just shows how moronic they are.m and they are good for a laugh.

    “Go Yankees”? That the best you can do, Kobe? Hey, how ARE the Yankees doing Kobe? And that question is for you as well, Spike.

    BEAT LA! BEAT LA! BEAT LA! BEAT LA!

  164. thedoctorx permalink
    June 14, 2008 4:59 am

    Seems to be a lot of unhappy people posting emotional opinions–some in t3h ALLCAPS!!!11!!–denouncing you for . . . posting your opinions, some emotional, some critical.

    Meanwhile . . . a billion Chinese do not care.

    –J.D.

  165. bosox4eva permalink
    June 14, 2008 10:27 am

    Billy Griffin
    What a sad world your children must have. KOBE BRYANT an ICON? Well, then I guess Tyson and Simpson are ICONS too. You are a complete idiot. I am so sick of dumbass people like yourself trying to play the race card. Kobe is NOTHING without SHAQ. Anybody, that has half a brain knows that. If you want your kids too look up to a pro athlete , why don’t you point out Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Frank Thomas, David Ortiz. Those are real Men. Kobe will always be a great basketball player, but he’s the father of 2 daughters now. How would he like it if a scumbag like himself was around his 2 girls. Would it be ok as long as he was a future HOF? As for Schill being racist. That is a joke. Hey, but I guess it’s better then being an accused RAPIST.

  166. soxgotrings permalink
    June 14, 2008 12:00 pm

    @ GM272 & eighteenandone
    Wow, now people are going to start with the whole bandwagon business…
    Please…this happens when any team becomes successful, not just Boston teams…
    And the other guy who actually played the race card (it was only a matter of time before someone did it)…give the world a break PLEASE! Just because somebody says something bad about someone who happens to be a different race doesnt mean their intentions are bigotry. Racism is fueled and perpetuated by people like you saying BS like that…it’s so stupid. SOUR GRAPES!

  167. redsoxreallysuck permalink
    June 14, 2008 12:19 pm

    Curt–you lead the league in guys who should shut their pie holes. Go Kobe.

  168. made4ever permalink
    June 14, 2008 12:42 pm

    Curt Schilling,

    Cool blog about the NBA Finals. In my opinion, you are right on mark about Kobe’s attitude, and lack of leadership. He might appear happy and very cordial with his teammates when the Lakers are winning. However, when the Lakers are losing Kobe’s true character appears. The Lakers stunk last year, and before this season started Kobe was going on and on about his desire to be traded. I will admit that he is arguably one of the best, if not the best, player in the NBA right now. Unfortunately for him, talent and skill will only get him so far in life.

  169. teacupsmommy permalink
    June 14, 2008 8:50 pm

    Hi Curt,

    How’s life? I wanted to say thanks. I am an outpatient at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. I’m epileptic and spend alot of time visiting my neurologist there. I saw the sign designating the Curt and Shondra Schilling ALS Center. My friend Robin took me to the doctor and pointed it out. My friend Jill’s brother was diagnosed with ALS and only survived five months after the diagnosis. Also, I see that you are rehabbing and I wanted to encourage you to keep going. 17 years ago I had my knee caps realigned and it took me eighteen months to walk again. I had to relearn it. But I wanted to encourage you and tell you keep trying and going. I know from experience that Rehab is hard but you can do it. I sat down and listed the benefits of having the surgery versus not and went after it. It helped me to focus on the end result which was not being in pain. Be well.

    Teacups mommy

  170. sdl1 permalink
    June 15, 2008 5:36 am

    I neglected to add my thoughts about the term “bandwagon.”

    I’m 51 and as a native Bostonian (living in Hell–oops St. Pete), I can tell you that even when teams like the Pats and Celts sucked, the fans still came…even selling the venues out. I REFUSE to jump to the Bucs/Rays/Lightning/Magic bandwagon like I’m supposed to down here. Unlike what this jerk named Steve Duemig says, I do NOT subscribe to the theory that you have to root for where you live and you have to cut your ties to where you are from.

    What is with with “the beautiful people” in LA leaving early (except for Jack, I give him credit for being a real fan)???? Real fine example they set, right?

    So, is ol’ Peanut Head now a Laker fan? Hey Spike…I remember when you tried to stop a certain cable channel frim changing their name. One of my cats is also named “Spike”. Want to sue him too, you jackass?

    I wonder if ol’ Spike thinks his Knicks are racist because they fired Isiah the A-Hole.

    Go Sox! Go Celts!

    (Spike..the Knicks SUCK!)

  171. sycle permalink
    June 15, 2008 8:33 pm

    Please leave The Instance alone. You pretty much ruin the show.

  172. rw643 permalink
    June 18, 2008 10:14 pm

    curt,
    its amazing what someone does once they win a couple of world series. a person like you walks around like theyre the greatest player who ever lived. You did win some titles but, you have the big unit and the red sox offense to thank. you have no right getting on kobe like this, and letting this go public. when i heard this, it really made me think that you are the kind of guy that people would appriciate more if you didnt talk so much. good luck this year, i look forward to what you have to say next to make other people look bad.

  173. thedoctorx permalink
    June 21, 2008 2:23 pm

    It appears you were absolutely correct about Kobe.

    rw643 At least he won and attended the game. What did you do?

    –J.D.

  174. new2boston2006 permalink
    June 25, 2008 8:57 am

    At first I disagreed with Curt. Kobe should be allowed to lean his team as he sees fit. The results will show in the team’s performance. But now I must disagree. Kobe should show more leadership like Manny and punch his teammate if he disagrees with their attitude or performance.

    Sorry Curt to disagree with you.
    Michael

  175. June 25, 2008 6:22 pm

    Curt’s observations about Kobe were right on the money!

  176. irishmom91562 permalink
    July 1, 2008 10:34 am

    Wow, there are so many MORONS out there, no wonder Obama has so many supporters. Dummies. Here’s a reality check, folks:

    * Kobe Bryant is a low life and living proof that you can take the boy “out the hood (whether he grew up there or not, he still gots it in his blood)” but you can’t get the “hood out the boy.” It’s Bryant’s wife Vanessa (representing for Watts) who unleashed a tirade of expletives at a female reporter for having the audacity to write the truth, right in front of her daughters. Kobe choked in the playoffs and the Lakers fans need to eat crow.

    *The majority of problems out West are brought about by Mexicans, legal or not. Instead of denying fact, check prison stats. Then use your time productively by calling upon leaders of minority communities to curb the negative tendencies of those with a criminal agenda that victimize the decent people.

    *”Frustrated New Yorkers” ? LOL. We have the honor of living in the GREATEST Metropolitan area in the world, where every trend is set, and RIGHT is defined. Not a thing to be frustrated about, just thankful.

    *The person who said that these lowlifes who dog on Schilling for telling it like it is, should get jobs. Hey, why not call Obama and see if his campaign is hiring ? He needs all the token whites he can get.

    Wake UP, people!

  177. eviltwin436 permalink
    September 19, 2008 11:53 am

    Curt, you know what’s funny to me, is that you seem to have grown a pair now that Manny is in LA, I mean where were the comments when he was in Bean Town. When he would do off the wall things it plain Manny being Manny, now your spewing venom.

    Hey Curt just shut up and fade away.

  178. gemini99 permalink
    October 7, 2008 4:29 pm

    hey IRISHMOM don’t forget to get out the KLAN vote, you racist s-c-h-m-u-c-k

  179. Gurv permalink
    February 9, 2009 5:53 pm

    You are famous and wealthy for having the ability to throw a ball accurately!!!! Thats It!!!! Not for your intellect or opinions. I imagine you led a life with out sin and mistakes? Since you are human, i would giess thats not the case. All your critisisms of your fellow major league players will catch up with you. For you are not with out sin.

  180. Isaiah permalink
    September 2, 2009 4:53 pm

    Stick to baseball and video games Schill! There is no place for you in politics in this town. Take your rightwing political views and stick em’ where the sun don’t shine!

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