February 5, 2011 |
LAKERS AT BOSTON Thursday, 5 p.m. PST. TV: TNT. They should get John Madden to help do the color commentary on this one, as in: "OOF! BIFF! SOCK!" The Celtics, the roughest team around before going from fireplugs to thundering herd, barely got physical with the Lakers last Sunday while outrebounding them by 13. So if the Lakers aren't ready, this might not be pretty ? and if they are, it still might not be pretty. Of course, ferocious as they are, the Celtics are no longer embattled and the Lakers, casual as they are, are. The problem is, as it was in Thursday's loss to the Spurs when the Lakers played hard, that one team was coherent and one was not. However, it's true: You're never as good as you look when you win or as bad as you look when you lose.
February 9, 2012 |
When: 5 PDT. Where: TD Garden. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 14-11, Celtics 14-10. Record vs. Celtics (2010-11): 1-1. Update: After a dreadful start, the Celtics have won five consecutive games and nine of their last 10. They are averaging only 90.8 points, 25th in the NBA, but giving up 86.5 points a game, best in the league. The Celtics haven't been dominant at home, going a pedestrian 10-6, including losses to Phoenix and Cleveland.
December 16, 2010 |
It's a scene that gives the phrase "getting shelled at Fenway" a whole new meaning. In the crime thriller "The Town," a local heist crew attempts one of the riskiest jobs in recent memory: taking down the cash room at Fenway Park, home of Boston's beloved Red Sox baseball team. After FBI agents are tipped off to the caper, automatic weapons bark as violence spills from the stadium's bowels out onto the city's historic streets. The action sequence's well-known location certainly heightens the stakes of the heist (isn't it a cardinal sin to loot the Cathedral of Boston?
September 28, 2013
Re "Garcetti's goal: online yardsticks," Sept. 26 It's interesting that this article appeared in the same week that Boston held its primary election to replace longtime Mayor Tom Menino. Menino is my former student at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His undergraduate degree in community planning was earned in 1988. Among other things, we used to talk about how to improve city services and how to measure progress in this regard. The fact that Los Angeles is looking to Boston for guidance in measuring departmental effectiveness is appropriate just as Menino is leaving office after 20 years with a 70% approval rating.
March 13, 2012 |
Much of Boston lost power Tuesday night after a three-alarm fire in a transformer sent noxious smoke billowing into the streets, officials said. The blaze, around the corner from the posh Back Bay Hilton, was reported at 6:27 p.m. Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald told the Boston Globe that it was unclear how the fire had started, but that to fight it firefighters had to shut off electricity to thousands of people. Affected areas included "Back Bay, Chinatown, the Theater District, Kenmore Square and parts of the South End," NStar utility spokesman Mike Durand said.
October 12, 2009 |
The Boston Red Sox were in agreement: They do not like Bobby Abreu. It was the ultimate compliment for the veteran right fielder, whose fingerprints were all over the Angels' three-game American League division series sweep of the Red Sox. "I can do without Abreu," Boston third baseman Mike Lowell said. "I felt like he was on base the whole damn series. I mean, I like the guy, but I don't like him that much." Next to Lowell in the losing clubhouse was reliever Billy Wagner, who gave up a leadoff double to Abreu in the eighth inning, the hit that sparked the comeback that gave the Angels a 7-6, series-clinching win in Fenway Park.