mr. blackandwhite

Short and sweet: GO BRUINS!!!!!!!!!
May 10, 2009, 8:27 pm
Filed under: The B's,The Celts,The Sox

I'll keep this one short and to the point: GO BRUINS!!!!!!!!!!

Also, GO CELTS and also, though not quite as urgently, GO SOX.

Once again, GO BRUINS!!!! One shift, one period, one game at a time, lets claw back into this series!

Oh yes, Happy Mothers Day too! Bruins, all the Moms I know want you to win tonight. 

Positive Vibes: ENGAGE
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May 3, 2009, 9:14 pm
Filed under: The B's,The Celts

The Celtics finally finished off Da Bulls after 7 games, without needing an over-time for what felt like the first time in the entire series. 

Next up, Orlando. It's going to be another tough series, and no Tommy and Mike to call the games for us from this point out.. Dang. We get to hear the annoying national guys call the games now. Phhht.

The B's have finally started round 2 of the Quest for the Cup. Round 2… nice. It's been a while since the Black and Gold have been to Round 2. I'm not even close to being satisfied here, but at the same time, I'm pretty happy to be here. We need The Bruins to keep this thang goin!! 

The B's took Game 1. That also made me happy. What I'm not happy about is the fact that they're currently down 2-0 to the Whale, I mean, The 'Canes, after 2 periods in Game 2.. (And they're extremely lucky not to be down 3-0..) 

LETS GO BRUINS!!! Time to pour it on in the 3rd!!

Side note:
The other day somebody told me I must be an old hockey fan because I referred to The 'Canes as 'The Whale'. Hmmmm…

There’s too much going on
April 26, 2009, 9:18 pm
Filed under: Life in General,The B's,The Celts,The Pats,The Sox

Most weeks I kind of wonder what the heck to write about. This week, I'm in the same boat but it's because there's too MUCH going on for me to write about. 

The B's and C's in the playoffs.. The B's sweeping the extremely hated habs? How sweep was that? 1000% phenomenal. The C's.. I listened / watched today's game and I was relaxed up until that point. The C's played hard but lost a tough game in Chicago and now the series is tied 2-2. 

The Sox have had a couple wild gams vs the MFY this weekend. Two games, two comebacks. Let's see what tonight will bring.. 

The Pats are drafting for the 2009 season and are all over the board, trading out of the 1st round entirely and focusing on players in the lower rounds. If the value for the player you want is not there in the 1st round, why pay the big 1st round bucks? Bill Belichick is the man.

And there was Talledangerous this weekend too.. (That's NASCAR my friends.) Second place finish for Dale Jr. Nice.

You'd think with all this going on I'd be sitting around watching the action on the TV all weekend..


The weather we've been waiting so long for has finally arrived. It was awesome this weekend, in the 80's and I was not about to sit in front of the evil flickering box with the sun shining outside. I watched a little bit of the Sox / MFY on Fri night and I listened to the C's on the radio while I was cooking on the grill today, until the end of the game, anyway. When it started going into multi-overtimes I had to go to the evil box and watch.. I checked the Pats draft status on the computor every couple hours. 

I got a ton of stuff done and the yard is in good shape for the late Spring / Summer. Hopefully that will mean there won't be too much busting my ass during the best time of the year this year.

See ya!
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That’s great kid, now don’t get cocky..
June 20, 2008, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Sports,The B's,The Celts,The Pats,The Sox

Happy Friday everybody! I'm still enjoying the after-glow of the Boston Celtics' 17th NBA Championship. I would have loved to have attended the C's Championship parade yesterday. The weather was great and it looked like a good time was had by all. I went to one of The Patriots' parades a few years ago and it was a blast. I love a Championship Parade.

It's just a great feeling seeing the C's win another championship after 22 years, especially after the horror-show of a season they endured last year. I think I watched maybe three or four Celtics games total last season. It was just too painful to watch them lose night after night.

With the 2008 NBA finals being a Celtics / Lakers throwback to the 80's, it's been funny to look at the old pics from the '86 Championship celebration and see all the people wearing those painters caps and Ray Ban Wayfarers (I still have some of those actually).

I remember when those painters caps were the big thing. You were fully in style if you were wearing the painters cap, Wayfarers and high-top Nikie sneaks with the Sony Walkman headphones jammed in your ears. Ha! Pretty funny.

Now that the C's have won it all, as happy as I am about it, I have to admit to you, I'm almost as relieved as I am happy. It's going to feel nice to be able to just relax for a few months! All these championships are great, but man, they are extremely stressful! My sports related stress-o-meter has been through the roof! I need a break!

I need to decompress a little after the Red Sox World Series, The Pats chase for a perfect NFL record and Superbowl, The B's taking the #1 seeded (and #1 hated) Habs to seven games in the Stanley Cup playoffs and The Celts playing more playoff games than any other team in history en route to their 17th Championship. Whew!! I wonder what my average blood-pressure has been these last few months.

Now it's just nice, soothing Red Sox baseball on a warm summer night and the occasional NASCAR race till Fall, when the pennant race heats up and, hopefully for Sox fans, October, when the MLB playoffs begin.

Let's do it all again (except let the B's and Pats win at the end this time.)

Oh my goodness am I ever spoiled, or what?? Yes. I know it. Hey, at least I openly admit to it! I'm not ashamed of it, but I admit to it! HA.

One of the things I've been reading a lot lately is that the C's winning the championship has eased the pain of the Patriots loss in Superbowl XLII. I have to go along with that. That Superbowl loss was pretty tough. I've thought about it, painfully, for months. Seeing the Celtics get #17 has definetely helped put The Patriots' Superbowl loss where it belongs, in the past.

As Angela's Dad said, 'The Sports Gods couldn’t give up Super Bowl 42 because they were holding out for the Celtics #17.'

Makes sense to me.

Would I trade the C's 2008 Championship for a Pats' win in Superbowl XLII and an undefeated NFL season? Do me a favor and don't ask me that question ok? It makes my brain hurt a little to think about that question.

Ok fuck it, I'll answer it. The answer is no, even if I could, I would not trade it. I love The Pats, Sox, B's and C's and even though The Pats are head and shoulders at the top of the list, I would not, could not wish away one of my team's successes for the betterment of another. Besides it's impossible anyway so why waste time thinking about stuff like that? If I'm gonna wish for something, I'm gonna wish for a paid off mortgage and a swimming pool. And world peace, of course.

The thing that is really great is that The Pats, Sox, B's and C's are all built to remain contenders year after year. That's right Boston haters, the chances are pretty good that we'll be back again for more in a few months. Till then, enjoy your vacation from us!

(Oh yeah I AM spoiled.)

C’s in Six. I hope, I hope, I hope.
June 17, 2008, 12:34 pm
Filed under: The Celts

A 17th NBA Title for the Celtics would have made a really great Father's Day present last Sunday. Unfortunately, as we all know, it didn't happen.

Despite being down by ridiculous amounts of points throughout the game, with a chance to win the NBA Championship on the line, I really thought the C's were going to pull another come-back win out of their collective hats for Game 5.

Much to my very sleepy chagrin on Monday morning, The Celts missed their chance at wrapping things up in La-La Land by a couple of missed free-throws and a turnover.

Just think, if Kevin Garnett didn't miss those 2 free-throw attempts in the final minutes of Game 5, maybe I'm not even writing this. Maybe I'm at a parade instead.


Since the moment my head hit the pillow some time after 12 AM-ish on Monday, there has been only one thing in the forefront of my mind: A Celtics win in Game 6.

Let's end this thing tonight C's and BEAT L.A..

(Please, I'm beggin' ya Celts. I think I might have a minor breakdown if this thing goes to 7 games.)

I'm hoping The C's come out en-fuego tonight, grab a big lead early in the game, and don't let up off of the gas until the last second has ticked away from the game clock.

I want to see a big, shiny trophy wheeled out onto the parquet floor at The Garden, tonight (or, more accurately, tomorrow morning.. whatever. BEAT L.A.)


(notes > links > pics > tunes >

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Kicks own ass, repeatedly.
June 13, 2008, 6:24 am
Filed under: The Celts

Last night was band practice so I didn't watch the start of Game 4 between the Celtics / Lakers. When we finished around 10 PM, one of the guys checked the score. 'Not good' he said, 'they're down by like 20 points.'


'Well I don't want to see a massacre,' I thought. 'Hopefully they can get back the series lead in Game 5.'

So I didn't watch a single minute of last night's game. Then this morning, I braced myself, expecting the worst, and checked the final score..

97 - 91, Celtics.

What? Did I read that right? 

I checked it again and the score remained 97 - 91, Celtics, and a 3 - 1 series lead. AWESOME!!

Then a second or two later it hit me: I missed one of the greatest Celtics comeback games, evar. 

Clearly, I am a tool. 

And I'm off to kick my own ass now.

Game 3.. Dammit.
June 11, 2008, 12:14 pm
Filed under: The Celts

I'm pretty annoyed at the way Game 3 of the NBA Finals turned out, (87-81, Lakers). I'm not gonna let it ruin my day, but DAMN The Celtics let a great opportunity to put a choke-hold on this series slip away last night..

The C's were down by as much as 10 at several points during the game but they were able to battle back every time and keep things close.

The lead changed hands throughout the night and I felt like the win and a 3-0 series lead was there for the taking by the Celtics but.. it was not meant to be. That's just how it goes.

Then again, after losing two in Boston, I'm sure nobody was really surprised to see the Lakers take Game 3. It is what it is. (Yes, clichés are my forte.)

The C's need to win at least one game in La-La Land, but hopefully they can get two. That would be even better.

(I'm sometimes referred to as, 'Master of the Obvious')



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Odds n’ Ends…
June 10, 2008, 8:34 pm
Filed under: Life in General,Music,The Celts

Hey what's up everybody? Hope you're having a good week so far. Ok, it's only Tuesday, but I still hope it's been a good one.

Last week was pretty eventful around here; lots of firsts, lots of changes.

We removed the child gate from the bottom of the stairs. Our youngest is now able to get up and down well enough that we don't need it anymore. We now have free access to go up and down stairs. It is very freaky. That gate has been up for so long, I keep reaching for the handle to open it. It's like a big, wide open.. opening now and it feels very strange after having it barricaded with a gate for so long. 

There is still a gate at the top of the stairs, just to prevent any accidents, so we are not totally gate free yet, but losing the bottom one was a big step.

While I'm on the subject of gates, the youngest had the gate removed from her crib this past weekend. She is now in a 'big girl bed'. It's still a crib, it just does not have the gate on one side. She was climbing over the top to get out of her crib, so it was time for the gate to come down. It's taking a little bit of getting used to for her. She's used to having it there when she's asleep and now has to learn where the edge of her bed is. There's a big pillow beneath it in case she rolls out, but she seems to be getting the hang of it pretty quickly.

Other firsts.. last week my band played for the first time in front of people. It was at a local open mic night in a nearby bar. There were a lot of mistakes but it was fun. The bass player kicked out his own guitar cable at the start of one song, which prompted me to say, 'how about we try that again without kicking out the guitar cord this time?' Hey the same exact thing happened to Eddie Spaghetti and Jordan Shapiro when I saw them play a couple months ago. It happens to the pros so I'm not going to sweat that kind of stuff. It's all good. 

As for me, I got some lyrics mixed up and broke a string on the guitar, (thankfully on the last song and not the first). Nothing like getting every screwed up thing you can do out of the way during the first ever live performance. Now we don't have to worry about it happening again. (yeah right!)

I would rate our performance as a solid 'needs more work', but for the first time out, I was happy with how we did. I considered it a success just to get up there and play. If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do.

Speaking of playing, (amazing how all these topics blend so seamlessly into one another isn't it?) I tried to record another demo song last night but it was an exercise in total frustration. After about four hours of work I ended up with about 10 seconds that I actually wanted to keep. I'll try and fix it up tonight..

Speaking of tonight.. The Celtics and Lakers will play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. For those of you living in a cave, The Celts are up in the series, 2-0. The C's are sooo close! Half-way there! We need to win a road game out in L.A. and keep the pressure on. 

It kills me that these games go till around midnight, but I'm gonna try and keep my eyeballs open for this one tonight.

Finally, the other night I had a dream that The Pats were in the Superbowl, a future Superbowl that is, and I was on the team. That was a good dream, especially since The Pats won. It's only mini-camp time in Patriots Nation, but obviously I am looking forward to a new Patriots season. (Ya think?) 

In just a few short weeks it will be training camp time. I'm hoping to head down to at least one session. But I don't want to get too far ahead of myself here.. there's still a lot of awesome Summer weather to enjoy between now and then. I love The Patriots and football season, but I don't mind stretching Summer out as much as possible between now and September! 

Ok that's it. Have a good one and GO CELTICS!



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June 5, 2008, 12:47 pm
Filed under: The Celts


Me: Ok kids, the Celtics are in the NBA Finals against the Lakers, so we need to start practicing our chant. Ready? Beat L.A… Beat L.A… Beat L.A.!!

Kids: Dad, what's 'Bee El Ay' mean?

Wife: It's not 'Bee' it's 'Beat'. 'Beat L.A.'


Wife: Ok, a little loud..

Me: [interjecting]: But that's good, loud is good. We'll need that for the games.

Wife: [continuing] .. and it's 'BEAT L.A.', not 'Bee L.A.'.. Beat. Beat.

Kids: Ok. 'BEAT L.A!!!!'

Me: Right.

Kids: What is 'L.A.'?

Me: It stands for 'Los Angeles'. That's where the Lakers are from.

Son: Los Angeles is a large city in California.

Me: That's right! And we need for the Celtics to beat them.

Youngest [age 2]: BEE ELL AAY, BEE ELL AYY!!!! [giggles]

Me: Good job!


Wife: OH-KAY!! A little loud!!

Me: Whatever. As long as the Celtics win.

Kids: Mom, can we have some ice cream?

Wife: If you eat your carrots. WITHOUT. FUSSING.


Wife: Let's practice our chanting after dinner is finished..

[Update: I just found out that all the games in the series are starting at 9 PM. At night. No weekend afternoon games. Great planning, NBA.. Guess the kids practiced their chant for nothing.]


Celts in Six.. Yes please.
May 29, 2008, 4:58 pm
Filed under: The Celts

Last night The Celtics played The Pistons in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. I watched until early in the 3rd quarter, but could not keep my eyes open. As much as I wanted to see the end of the game, I had to shut it off and get some z's.

Of course I then lay in bed wondering what was happening in the game until I finally fell asleep. When I woke up this morning the first thing I did was to check the score, and I was relieved to see the Celts had gotten the win, 106-102.

Then it was time to exercise. Instead of walking outside I opted for the treadmill so I could get the recap and see how the game played out. The C's had a double digit lead when I turned off the TV last night, but even as I pressed the 'off' button, I knew that lead wouldn't last.

Detroit managed to cut the Celtics' lead to only one point before the C's finally shut the door for good, way late in the 4th quarter. Whew. Guess it's a good thing I didn't watch.

To be honest I didn't watch any of games 1-4 either and the teams wound up in the exact spot I expected them to be, so there you go. What can I say, I guess I am just a bad sports fan right now. I feel like I've got too much going on to just sit in front of the tube and watch sports. Even last night, I was practicing the guitar while I watched the game in the background.

So now the C's will head out to Detroit where they have a chance to end the series in six games. I sure hope they can. Between the B's and C's in the playoffs this year, I can't take any more of these Game 7's..

C's in six. Say it with me.. C's in six. Make it so.