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Boston Celtics Daily Dish: First Football Friday Edition!

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Good morning, Celtics fans!  It’s Friday – rejoice!

Make sure you’re good to yourself this weekend – but not TOO good, as you do have to go back to work Monday.  I’ll be checking in to make sure you don’t play hookie!

Well, we’re not a football blog . . . and I’m not a Patriots fan . . . but still!  It’s opening weekend for the NFL and the New England Patriots!  Here’s a fun fact:

As far as the world of basketball goes: the easy part is over for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup.  Now, everyone moves onto single elimination games . . . which means there is now a 1% percent chance that the USA might lose before meeting up with Spain in the gold medal game.  Here’s a breakdown of what went down yesterday in Spain, and where teams will play in the elimination round.

If you find Team USA’s romp  through  Pool Play boring, here’s some drama: Australia is being accused of fixing its game yesterday against Angola:

A completely forgettable FIBA World Cup group stage game between also-rans Australia and Angola took a sharp turn into the theatre of the absurd on Thursday, as the Aussies rested their key players and appeared to tank away the contest, drawing accusations that they were trying to manipulate the standings and achieve a more favorable match-up in the knockout round of the tournament.

Angola’s 91-83 victory — achieved only after Australia blew a double-digit lead in the second half by playing passive offense and totally neglectful defense — opened the door for Australia to fall to third place in the Group D standings, thereby delaying a potential match-up with tournament favorites USA. Had Australia remained in second place in Group D, it would have been on track to face USA in the tournament’s quarterfinals. By falling to third, Australia doesn’t have to face USA until the semifinals.

So the Aussies blew a double-digit lead just to avoid USA for a few games?  Dude – you’re still going to get shredded!  Why delay the inevitable?

We all kind of have a handle on who the best tw0 players in the NBA are, right?   But what about number three, man?!?

Finally, I missed this Wednesday, but I’m glad I found it today: a great Larry Bird story, as shared on You Tube by David Wesley.

Enjoy!

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