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I was fortunate enough to have stayed in Cambridge, Mass. the last year and a half and through either fate or by deductive reasoning (Tavern In The Square? I’ll take a crab juice) I found myself a regular at Parlor Sports.
Yes it was here, Inman Square’s own Cheers but for sports heads, that I became a part of NBA Nerd Night, as christened by bartender Garvey Solomon and cartographer-and-sports-data-visualizer and Grantland contributor, Kirk Goldsberry. 
In his preview of the Boston Celtics 2013-2014 season, Paul Flannery has this to say about “Boston’s Best Sports Bar”:

It’s there that I’ve met attorneys, academics and teachers from all over the city. Women and men from all walks of life and backgrounds who are united solely by their devotion to the sport and the promise of a safe haven to talk usage rates and knock back a couple of High Lifes. People I never would have met otherwise have become fast friends, united by a common language that runs deeper than post-ups and isolations.
Where does it come from, and why does it bind us through the interminable 82-game season that never seems to end and the playoffs that stretch on for months? Except for the chosen few, it can’t be the promise of winning that sustains us.

Truer words have not been spoken. Not just of this particular bar and its locals, but of the “real” fans, aka “nerds”.
That is not to say your local sports dive or elsewhere is any less of a sports haven, but rather, it is defined by this congregation of fans.
Be it at a bar, the barbershop, in the bleachers, your sofa, your Tweetdeck feed, an SB Nation blog comments thread, your fantasy league discussion board, your niche Skybox card collection Tumblr, the League Pass Broadband you secretly hate because it freezes all the time, or the bootleg livestream that you have to click out of the many dating site popup ads because you can’t afford League Pass, we are a collective that understands it’s more than just brainless cries of, “sports!" at a TV screen.
Sure, the city of Boston might have its share of egregious homers as would other cities. However, it is in Boston and Cambridge that I personally witnessed this camaraderie amongst sports fans that places themselves as fans of the game over fans of their team.
In his preview, Paul discusses Boston’s bleak outlook with local Celtics fan and Parlor/NBA Nerd Night regular, Joel Strachota.
I mean yes, it is easy to lose faith in a team that has all but completely gutted its 2008 championship roster, coaching staff included, and whose idea of their next savior is a dude that looks like the lost fourth member of the band Hanson. 
I too, have seen my Orlando Magic rise and fall and remember the nights when its starting lineup once consisted of Tyronne Lue, Andrew DeClerq, Keith Bogans, Juwon Howard, and DeShawn Stevenson. 
BUT!
Despite your team’s shortcomings, either hometown or adapted, we all come together, united as FANS.
As Paul puts it:

We are fans of teams, yes, but also players. We like the strategies, the highlights and the postgame press conferences. We revel in the nonconformity of a league where the superstars truly are bigger than the sport, and we seek comfort in a well-executed pick and roll.

Concluding with:

The game is back and we are once again captives under its spell. We have no choice but to watch and believe in the promise of a brighter day.

Sadly, I have joined Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in jumping ship from Boston to Brooklyn (booo hisss). So I can no longer participate in NBA Nerd Nights at Parlor Sports.
However, if you find yourself in the Inman Square area in Cambridge/Somerville, be it on a Wednesday night or any other night, then do please make your way in, have a few drinks, some food (order a Goldsberry basket) and make sure to find yourself into a discussion, or seven.
- Mark

I was fortunate enough to have stayed in Cambridge, Mass. the last year and a half and through either fate or by deductive reasoning (Tavern In The Square? I’ll take a crab juice) I found myself a regular at Parlor Sports.

Yes it was here, Inman Square’s own Cheers but for sports heads, that I became a part of NBA Nerd Night, as christened by bartender Garvey Solomon and cartographer-and-sports-data-visualizer and Grantland contributor, Kirk Goldsberry

In his preview of the Boston Celtics 2013-2014 season, Paul Flannery has this to say about “Boston’s Best Sports Bar”:

It’s there that I’ve met attorneys, academics and teachers from all over the city. Women and men from all walks of life and backgrounds who are united solely by their devotion to the sport and the promise of a safe haven to talk usage rates and knock back a couple of High Lifes. People I never would have met otherwise have become fast friends, united by a common language that runs deeper than post-ups and isolations.

Where does it come from, and why does it bind us through the interminable 82-game season that never seems to end and the playoffs that stretch on for months? Except for the chosen few, it can’t be the promise of winning that sustains us.

Truer words have not been spoken. Not just of this particular bar and its locals, but of the “real” fans, aka “nerds”.

That is not to say your local sports dive or elsewhere is any less of a sports haven, but rather, it is defined by this congregation of fans.

Be it at a bar, the barbershop, in the bleachers, your sofa, your Tweetdeck feed, an SB Nation blog comments thread, your fantasy league discussion board, your niche Skybox card collection Tumblr, the League Pass Broadband you secretly hate because it freezes all the time, or the bootleg livestream that you have to click out of the many dating site popup ads because you can’t afford League Pass, we are a collective that understands it’s more than just brainless cries of, “sports!" at a TV screen.

Sure, the city of Boston might have its share of egregious homers as would other cities. However, it is in Boston and Cambridge that I personally witnessed this camaraderie amongst sports fans that places themselves as fans of the game over fans of their team.

In his preview, Paul discusses Boston’s bleak outlook with local Celtics fan and Parlor/NBA Nerd Night regular, Joel Strachota.

I mean yes, it is easy to lose faith in a team that has all but completely gutted its 2008 championship roster, coaching staff included, and whose idea of their next savior is a dude that looks like the lost fourth member of the band Hanson

I too, have seen my Orlando Magic rise and fall and remember the nights when its starting lineup once consisted of Tyronne Lue, Andrew DeClerq, Keith Bogans, Juwon Howard, and DeShawn Stevenson. 

BUT!

Despite your team’s shortcomings, either hometown or adapted, we all come together, united as FANS.

As Paul puts it:

We are fans of teams, yes, but also players. We like the strategies, the highlights and the postgame press conferences. We revel in the nonconformity of a league where the superstars truly are bigger than the sport, and we seek comfort in a well-executed pick and roll.

Concluding with:

The game is back and we are once again captives under its spell. We have no choice but to watch and believe in the promise of a brighter day.

Sadly, I have joined Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in jumping ship from Boston to Brooklyn (booo hisss). So I can no longer participate in NBA Nerd Nights at Parlor Sports.

However, if you find yourself in the Inman Square area in Cambridge/Somerville, be it on a Wednesday night or any other night, then do please make your way in, have a few drinks, some food (order a Goldsberry basket) and make sure to find yourself into a discussion, or seven.

- Mark

Looks like Jared Sullinger’s back is feeling much better.

It’s an exciting new era for the Boston Celtics!

It’s an exciting new era for the Boston Celtics!

"Matt Howard’s not walking through that door! Shelvin Mack’s not walking through that door! Gordon Hayward’s not walking through that door!"
(Boston Celtics hire Butler’s Brad Stevens as head coach)

"Matt Howard’s not walking through that door! Shelvin Mack’s not walking through that door! Gordon Hayward’s not walking through that door!"

(Boston Celtics hire Butler’s Brad Stevens as head coach)

Oh Brad Stevens, what have you done? Better start teaching your son about Twitter right now.
joeydevine:

THE ALPHA DOGS WELCOME YOU TO BOSTON!

Oh Brad Stevens, what have you done? Better start teaching your son about Twitter right now.

joeydevine:

THE ALPHA DOGS WELCOME YOU TO BOSTON!

oakleyandallen:

Doc Rivers vs Bill Simmons

(via sportsnetny)
Basketball never stops.
@WojYahooNBA is reporting this: that Boston would receive DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks; Donald Sterling is willing to pay Rivers at or near his current salary, and that Garnett is in for the idea of reuniting with Rivers and assistant Clippers coach Ty Lue; the Clippers are reaching out to Chris Paul for assurance that he will resign with L.A..
The potential stumbling block is that Danny Ainge wants the trade to include Eric Bledsoe. And who knows what that would mean, long term, for Rajon Rondo.
Basketball never stops.

(via sportsnetny)

Basketball never stops.

@WojYahooNBA is reporting this: that Boston would receive DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks; Donald Sterling is willing to pay Rivers at or near his current salary, and that Garnett is in for the idea of reuniting with Rivers and assistant Clippers coach Ty Lue; the Clippers are reaching out to Chris Paul for assurance that he will resign with L.A..

The potential stumbling block is that Danny Ainge wants the trade to include Eric Bledsoe. And who knows what that would mean, long term, for Rajon Rondo.

Basketball never stops.

I’m a 14-year veteran. If you don’t know who I am by now you will after this series is over with.
— Jason Terry with a postgame response to J.R. Smith.

PROFILIN’: Jason Collins

(via upnorthtrips)

NBA Playoffs Throwback: New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics, 1984, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Larry Bird’s line you ask? 39 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. This is basically Bird doing everything and against Bernard King who had scored 44 points at the Garden in game 6 and, with Bird, was one of that years leading MVP candidates (Bird eventually won MVP making it two in a row).

A new chapter begins in New York on Saturday at 3:30pm EST on ABC.

OG Birdman
This info should have been included in the original post: doublescribble:

Pick up one of these archival prints by Bobby Bernethy from the DS gallery show ‘In The Paint’ at Voltage Coffee & Art in Cambridge, MA this Friday (7-9PM).For the rest of this week all proceeds from the DS store will be going towards the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Pick up some art and help the people of Boston.

OG Birdman

This info should have been included in the original post: doublescribble:

Pick up one of these archival prints by Bobby Bernethy from the DS gallery show ‘In The Paint’ at Voltage Coffee & Art in Cambridge, MA this Friday (7-9PM).

For the rest of this week all proceeds from the DS store will be going towards the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Pick up some art and help the people of Boston.

"ILLEST-TRATIONS"

upnorthtrips:

5 Great Illustrated NBA Media Covers of the 90s.

23 straight, leaving bodies in their wake. 

23 straight, leaving bodies in their wake. 

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