Ryan Hudson, devout Boston-area sports fan and fellow RCS editor, lacks the obnoxious arrogance characterized by much of his Mass-hole brethren. Nonetheless, in contrast to his usual low-key, mild-mannered behavior, he has, for the past week or so, used his instant messenger profile to tout the combined undefeated (24-0) record of the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics since October 16. So while the Patriots were smearing the seemingly impotent Bills, I took great pleasure in highlighting and emailing him the AP story from the Celtics first defeat:
The Boston Celtics' big three - and big 3-point attack - come up short Sunday.
The NBA's best-shooting team, the Celtics found themselves uncharacteristically down 20 points and still trailing after three quarters. They came back and made it close, but Paul Pierce missed an off-balance jumper with time running out and Orlando dealt Boston (8-1) its first loss, 104-102.
"We're not perfect," said Kevin Garnett, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds. "We didn't think we were going to go 82-0."
And thank goodness for that. In 2007, it seems that us less fortunate non-New Englanders should cherish these small victories.
It should also be noted that I sent Ryan the AP clip summarizing the New England Revolution's 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo in yesterday's MLS Cup. To which he correctly responded, "New England has a soccer team?"
(Boston fans - and to a far lesser extent, MLS fans - please feel free to send me angry emails. Although, it won't change the fact that you're not perfect.)