Sunday, September 23, 2007
Fear and Trepidation at the Outset
Ah, there's nothing finer than seeing KG jet ski joyfully off the shore of Revere Beach...seriously, though, some of you might be wondering why I have not been writing about the Celtics recently. I mean, since when did Andre fucking Miller become more important to this blog than the fact that Larry Brown was almost Glenn's assistant? Well, the answer is simple - kind of. While most C's fans seem genuinely gilled up with excitement over the soon to be visible sight of the triumvirate playing, I am full of trepidation and anxiety. As you would probably expect, this has nothing to do Ticket, Paul, or Ray, and everything to do with Glenn and the inevitable mediocrity he will bring. How exciting will it be when we are 8-8 on December 3rd? How quickly will Glenn point fingers? How many scapegoats will be hectored before the real culprit is called out? These things scare me, damper my enthusiasm, wallow my spirit on a clear September day.
And I am very excited about the season. I hungrily bought tickets as soon as I could this week. I eagerly read Paul's chat on the Celtics website. Hell, I reveled in watching Ray Allen charm us at a FSN TV promotional dinner, for chrissake. In a way I'm as pumped as anyone. And the first month (you know, before we actually play a real game) should only heighten these feelings. KG will jet ski in the Gulf of Naples as Paul and Ray praise how awesome Rajon looks. Glenn will stand in back of it all, the perfect mouthpiece of cautioned optimism. You will feel the excitement. But...
Because it's still Sunday, let's use football to illustrate what I'm trying to get at. Imagine if Randy Moss didn't have 403 receiving yards and five touchdowns already; and imagine that the Patriots weren't actually scoring 38 points every game. Let's say instead that Randy had like 13 catches and that the Patriots were 1-2. Going into the season that seemed highly possible; Moss missed all preseason and the Pats had to play the Jets on the road and then the Chargers. Anyway, let's say this happened, and let's say after a close loss to the Chargers, in which Randy was okay but not spectacular, he said something a little spicy to the media. How quickly do you think the Boston media would pounce on him? I'd expect instantly, and with no real justification.
Now I know KG and Allen enjoy much better public images than that of Randy's, but I think my point is rather clear. When shit hits the fan this season, I see no possible scenario where the triumvirate get fair judgement from the mainstream media. The theory that "these guys are way too good for even Glenn to fuck it up" is much too prevalent. Still the majority of my fellow fans seem to hold this belief. And that is why everybody is so ga-ga. But where it smells like shit, there is usually shit.
So I am going to be a voice of restraint when it comes to getting jiggy in October over the Celtics. Believe me, I am quite aware of how special this season could be. It's just in my mind there seems to be an equally good chance that it will be special for completely horrific reasons. When and if Glenn is fired this year, I will lobby hard to get our site banner photo of Paul taken down with the line "It Ain't Easy Being Green..." In it's place will be KG jet skiing with the line, "We Got KG, Bitch!" But there's a reason that hasn't been switched yet. It still ain't easy being green. You know why.
Posted by Tim Grimes at 8:27 PM