Reader No. 1, responds to everything
: Reader No. 1 has a lot of good points on today's blog items. By the way, you might be asking: Who is Reader No. 1? Besides being evil (along the lines of being the No. 2 to Dr. Evil), he is also an old, brilliant, should-have-been-a-journalist-but-thank-God-he-isn't-because-he-has-two-beautiful-kids-to-support friend (and he consistently keeps Hub Blog in check). Anyway, he wants to stay anonymous, for now. With that out of the way, here are Reader No. 1's observations to Hub Blog's points (see items below):
On the Celtics being sold to a VC group(s):
"Let us not forget that the new buyers gave no evidence yesterday that they have any less concern for the bottom line than the despised Gaston the Younger. (Not that they shouldn't!) I also think you hit a nail that no one else will, re: the Larry Bird mania. Personally, I think he would be a great addition owing to his basketball acumen. (Look at the Pacers before and after Larry... recall that Larry tried several times to get Pitino to trade Antoine Walker, one small thanks we owe Rick ...) But the idea that one Savior from the Glory Days will make all the difference is just sentimental bunk (Shaughnessy's stock in trade) and symptomatic of how nostalgia cripples this region."
On Ted Kennedy's speech against the upcoming war on Iraq
: "I can't go along with you on Ted Kennedy and Iraq. It seems to me there is a world of difference between acknowledging his frankly irrational contradictions and admiring his guts for going out on a limb. He really has nothing to lose by going out on a limb -- his incumbency and emotional appeal are assured for eternity -- that's not exactly my idea of a Profile in Courage."
Postscript postscript: Good point on Ted Kennedy's comfortable political status in Massachusetts, and how it's safer for him to uncork on Iraq. After all, after a few months of debate over Iraq, why did it take until the issue was all but settled for him to speak out? Still, Hub Blog shares some (but not all) of Kennedy's concerns, as do a lot of other Americans.