Sometimes there is the need for some translation when sports figures discuss certain things. I ran across a few examples this week…
— Patriots owner Bob Kraft spoke with reporters down in New Orleans and was asked about getting Wes Welker signed to a new contract. “I’d love for him to be around. He’s a great guy. Like I’ve said all along, it takes two to make a transaction. We have to manage the lawyers and agents that they don’t mess it up. It’s just a matter of whether both sides can be intelligent.”
Translation…Kraft thinks Welker and/or his agents are idiots asking for the amount of money/years they’re asking for. The Pats have done it before and will do it again – move on without a key player. Hey, we’re the Patriots.
— Celtics Star Kevin Garnett spoke with reporters after beating lowly Orlando and winning three straight games without Rondo in the lineup. He brought up coach Doc Rivers’ comments a few weeks ago when he said his team was soft. “We have a lot of fight in us. I know Doc made his bull*** comments about us being soft, we’re a team that will fight and we are a team that is very competitive and is very prideful.”
Translation…KG loves Doc but even he( Doc) says some things out of frustration. Don’t ever, ever, ever call me (KG) soft.
— Bruins Coach Claude Julien met the press after the game against Buffalo. His enforcer Shawn Thornton was pummeled by Sabres enforcer John Scott in a first-period fight. Thornton ended up getting a concussion and is out of the lineup for 7 to 10 days. “That’s just part of the game. Scott did his job for them. Shawn did his job for us. Those things happen, you win some and you lose some.”
Translation…Even Claude couldn’t believe what he saw. Thornton wins every on ice brawl and to see him knocked down like that – well, circle Sunday February 10th on your calendar. That’s the next time the B’s play Buffalo.
— Former Sox Manager Terry Francona spoke after Sports Illustrated came out with its story containing negative excerpts about Boston ownership. “That’s not what the book is about. I’m smart enough to know if that’s what helps sells them (the books) then I’m glad. But at the same time, that’s not what the book is about.”
Translation…Tito is no dummy. He gets a free shot at John Henry,Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner for all the aggravation they caused him and he can say “hey, it wasn’t me, it was the publishing company.”
ITEMS FROM THE DUFFEL BAG
— Robert Nkemdiche…never heard of him until the other day. He’s the number one high school football recruit, a 6-5, 298 pound defensive end apparently bound for Mississippi or LSU. Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. he declares his school choice live on ESPN. Then comes 11 hours of coverage on other kids. Must be nice to be Robert Nkemdiche.
— Former Dirigo HS standout basketball player Thomas Knight is getting his chance to shine with Notre Dame. Knight has been a starter for the last three Irish games and ND has won all three.
— It’s happening again…I see all that green grass on TV at the early PGA tournaments and I start thinking about..The Masters. A tradition unlike any other…Hello friends, I’m Jim Nantz…
— You say you can attend just one college basketball? You might want to write down the date February 12th. UMaine Farmington at Husson.
— Among the live, local events on 92.9TheTicket this week – the Bangor vs. Brewer girls/boys basketball doubleheader Thursday night at Bangor Auditorium. Just a heads up – they will be the last Class A games ever played at the Auditorium.