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Boston Celtics Win 17th NBA World Championship

Posted by Mike on June 17, 2008

The basketball world was restored to normal earlier tonight when the Boston Celtics crushed the hated Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 to win their record 17th NBA World Championship. These finals were special for the three authors of this website as we grew up in New England watching our Celtics battle with the Lakers for the title almost every year. It is even more special for the generation before us who witnessed the Celtics not only battling for the title every year, but winning it. Heck, the Celtics eightpeated from 1959-1966.

Unfortunately the last two decades have not been nearly as kind to Celtics fans. After winning the Championship in 1986, the Celtics future superstar, Len Bias, died of a cocaine overdose days after being drafted. The following year, the Celtics fell to the Lakers in the finals. Then came the the sharp and rapid decline into mediocrity. There were some playoff appearances during that time, but never any real hope. What was almost as painful was witnessing the rival Lakers win Championships while our team was on the sidelines. The last two decades have not been easy.

Tonight, the wait is over and basketball is the way it ought to be. The Celtics are on top of the world, and they got there by humiliating the Lakers.

For the next week, our site will be green in honor of the Champions.

Reuters photo

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Obama Bounced

Posted by Ryan on June 17, 2008

Usually a Presidential candidate who has just received their party’s nomination gets a traditional “bounce” in the polls in the weeks following their success. 

However, Obama has not received such a bounce:  the same bounce that had Mondale up by 20 in 1984 and Dukakis up by 17 in 1988.  The bounce may be delayed, happening after the DNC in Denver this summer, but Democrats have usually jumped far ahead of Republicans at this point.  Or, using the same example of 1984 and 1988 trouncing of those candidates, maybe the polls have gotten better and these numbers will hold through the Fall. 

Obama and McCain are still within the margin of error in many polls nowadays, and Obama is still having trouble getting many SWMNBN supporters two weeks after she suspended her campaign.  Even the Lefties at ABC see this as a problem

It’s early, but McCain has an opportunity here in my opinion: a campaign which has so much internal party mending to do and even defends habeas corpus for Bin Laden is definitely not going to get a bounce from the American electorate. 

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