On Monday night, over 17,000 fans enjoyed two exciting NCAA Hockey match-ups at the TD Banknorth Garden for the first round of the 2008 Boston Beanpot Tournament. In the evening’s first game, Harvard University got out to a quick start scoring three goals in the games first eight minutes en route to a 3-1 victory over cross-town opponent Northeastern University.
The nightcap featured a battle between city rivals Boston College and Boston University. The two teams had faced off in the Beanpot Championship game four out of the last five years and many looked at this match-up’s winner to be the heavy favorite in next week’s final. BC prevailed in a thrilling 4-3 OT win in a game that featured three ties and four lead changes.
The ninth-ranked Eagles (13-6-7) reached the championship game for the fifth time in six years, ending BU’s long run of Beanpot success.
The Terriers (8-14-4) had won three straight Beanpots and 11 of the past 13. Since 1983, they had advanced to the final every year except 1994.
The 2008 Beanpot Championship game featuring BC vs. Harvard will be played on February 11, 2008 starting at 8pm at the TD Banknorth Garden. The consolation game will be played prior to that at 5pm with the match-up of BU vs. NEU.
Tournament Notes: BC’s Nathan Gerbe scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the first round contest. BU’s goaltender Brett Bennett made 30 saves in the losing effort.
Harvard has not been in a Beanpot final since 1998, and has not won the tournament since 1993. Northeastern currently has the longest title drought, last winning it all in 1988.
Super Bowl XLII was one for the ages. The New York Giants shocked the world and the New England Patriots by winning the game 17-14 on a last minute drive by Eli Manning. Eli sealed the game with a touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with under a minute to play. The Giants were huge underdogs but never seemed fazed by the 18-0 Patriots. Eli Manning won the Super Bowl MVP one year after his brother Peyton won the same honor.
This year’s Haltime Show was quite a treat as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performed a great set of hits such as Free Fallin, Running Down a Dream and American Girl. Tom Petty tickets are set to go onsale on Monday 2/4 for several dates throughout North America for 2008. Among the shows onsale will be their 6/13 show at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden.
It’s been a long time since anyone has been able to say that the Boston Celtics are the best team in the NBA and believe it. Over the past two decades, the franchise has endured some tough times that hurt their chances to win their 17th NBA Championship. Len Bias died 48 hours after being picked second in the 1986 draft from a cocaine overdose. In 1997, the Celtics had the top spot in the NBA Lottery draft and were ready to select Tim Duncan with the number one pick, but the ping-pong balls did not bounce in their favor, and the Spurs ended up with the one pick while the Celtics had to settle for the third. Bad trades, numerous coaches, and even the demolition of the historic Boston Garden have all taken place since the last time we’ve called the Celtics the NBA’s best team.
Luckily for the city of Boston, the Celtics are once again the best team in the NBA, and the quest for their 17th Championship is in motion.
Halfway through the 82-game season, the Celtics find themselves with the NBA’s best record of 34-7. Already they have surpassed last seasons win total of a dismal 24 games, and hope to win 60 games for the first time since the ’85-’86 Championship season when they won a record high of 67 games. This year’s team will challenge that mark and hopefully finish with the same end result, a title.
How is it possible for a team to have such a drastic turn-around from one year to the next? Two words, Kevin Garnett.
KG joined the Celtics in an off-season trade that sent a lot young talent to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 12-year NBA veteran. The Celtics parted ways with talented players such as Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, and Sebastian Telefair. So far the deal has made Celtics general manager Danny Ainge look like a genius, and will make up for the countless number of awful deals he has made in the past.
The Celtics also acquired 11-year NBA veteran Ray Allen during the off-season. Allen is 2nd all-time in career 3-pt field goals made (2,016), only behind retired SG Reggie Miller (2,464), who the Celtics had actually expressed interest in after the 2006-2007 season came to a close. Miller decided to stay retired, and is probably regretting the decision since he was never a part of an NBA championship team.
The team chemistry this year is very strong, especially on the defense end of the floor. The Celtics have been holding opponents to a league low of 88.2 PPG. Newly hired assistant coach Tom Thibodeau preaches the concept of team-defense, and the Celtics have all bought into it averaging almost 9 steals a game, and forcing 16.6 turnovers a night.
Offensively, the team has also excelled at scoring averaging 99 PPG. The ‘Big Three,’ Garnett, Allen, and Paul Pierce average 57.6 points a game. You will not find a more dynamic scoring trio anywhere in the league. Garnett will beat you with his low post game, if Allen is a few steps inside of half-court it is in his shooting range, and Pierce has one of the quickest first steps in the game which is so hard to defend off the drive.
The Celtics have hit a little mid-season snag, only going 5-5 in their last 10 games but they have also not been 100% healthy. Garnett and Allen have both missed multiple games due to minor injuries or flu-like symptoms. Once the team gets back to full strength they will get back to their dominant ways and roll off another ten game winning streak.
Head Coach Doc Rivers has done a decent job of handling his team this year. It’s always easier to coach talent, than it is to coach developing talent. We saw that last year, but one thing Doc has done a nice job at is working in bench players in the middle of games to make sure that the starters are well rested and can go at full strength late in games.
If the Celtics can stay healthy, knock on wood, they should finish the regular season with the best record in the NBA. The Eastern Conference playoffs could feature some interesting match-ups, especially an Orlando vs. Celtics final. The teams have already met three times this year with Orlando taking two of the three games.
Make sure to contact Ace Ticket today so that you can be apart of history in the making as the Celtics make their push towards Green-17! Go Celtics!
One of Boston’s main entertainment entrepreneurs, Patrick Lyons, has decided to sell two of his clubs located on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park to the House of Blues Entertainment company name. The two clubs formerly known as Axis and Avalon are currently undergoing a $14-million dollar renovation, but will open as one new club under a new name and owner. (more)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have curbed their usually hectic touring schedule for the past two years. 2008 however is shaping up to be a big year for the group. A Summer tour is now in the works with dates set from May through August with dates covering most of North America. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tickets are set to go onsale a day after the band plays the Super Bowl XLII Halftime show. Demand for this tour is expected to be great especially on the heels of their Super Bowl appearance and the 2007 release of the Peter Bogdonovich directed documentary of the band, “Running Down A Dream”.
Dates that have been confirmed for the 2008 Tom Petty Tour are listed below. Joining Tom Pettty & the Heartbreakers on this tour will be special guest Steve Winwood. Winwood is scheduled to open for the band throughout the tour. Ace Ticket already has Tom Petty tickets available for several stops on this 2008 tour.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 2008 Tour Schedule
May 30- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
May 31- The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
June 03- Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
June 05- Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
June 08- Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
June 10- Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
June 11- New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT
June 13- TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
June 14- Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA
June 17- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
June 18- Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
June 21- Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
June 22- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 25- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
July 02- United Center, Chicago, IL
July 03- Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 08- Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 09- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Atlanta, GA ****
July 11- Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
July 12- Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
July 15- BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 16- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
July 19- TBD, Denver, CO ****
July 20- Quest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 22- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
July 23- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
August 07- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
August 09- MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
August 11- Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
August 12- Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
August 15- The Gorge, George, WA
August 16- The Gorge, George, WA
August 20- Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ ****
August 22- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
August 23- TBD, San Francisco, CA ****
August 26- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Selma, TX
August 27- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
August 29- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX
Recap: The Boston Bruins may be this year’s sleeper team in the East because they have nothing to lose but more games. The Boston fan base is so distracted with the Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox madness that there is absolutely no pressure on the Bruins. If they can keep their cool they will be a playoff team and once its playoff time, anything is possible in Boston. (more)
As the NHL nears the halfway point of the season, the Boston Bruins find themselves in position to make a playoff run. Despite their better than .500 record (22-18) the Bruins are struggling to garner as much attention as their fellow Boston professional teams. Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox tickets are all selling at record paces while Bruins tickets are lagging a bit. (more)
Boston’s 56th annual Beanpot of Hockey will be held on 2/4 and 2/11 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. This treasured college hockey tradition features Boston University, Boston College, Harvard and Northeastern in a two round tournament. The winner gets Boston bragging rights and the Boston Beanpot Trophy. (more)
In 82 games last season the Boston Celtics won a total of 24 games. The 2007-2008 Celtics have have also won 24 games, however it only took them 27 games to reach that mark. The Celtics rallied behind the strong effort of Paul Pierce beating the Sonics 104-96 in Seattle for the win. (more)
With the dominance of the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots… it can be easy to forget the other major team in town. After the locked out season of 2004-2005, the Bruins fielded two mediocre teams that never got above .500. It was only the second time since 1967 that the B’s did not make the playoffs for two consecutive seasons in a row. The Bruins currently hold the 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, and will be looking to avoid their longest playoff drought since before the oldest players in the league were born.