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BSJ Daily Briefing 12.07.17: Did you guys know OBJ is just like Tom Brady?

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I figure out where the entertained/bored line is with this Celtics team:

?chasin.

A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

  • Yes, OBJ, the color of your skin is the only difference between you and Brady (if you ignore years of service, on and off-field track records, individual accomplishments, team accomplishments, charity dealings, and a million other things).
  • Oh, right, and this:

 

  • I'm running out of ways for OBJ to show he's a problem child.
  • BTW, related to this, whoever inherits the Giants has to deal with OBJ and the fact that owner John Mara said in the summer that he anticipated giving OBJ a lucrative contract extension.
  • For the sake of the franchise, Mara has backtracked a little bit in recent days. That's good because if he wants to hire anyone related to the Patriots (Nick Caserio, Scott Pioli, Josh McDaniels) or old-school Dave Gettleman, that OBJ contract extension is absolutely not going to happen. Or I would be completely floored if it did.
  • That Hot Stove is piping hot, huh? At this rate, I'm expecting Matt Stairs to be the new power bat.
  • The Celtics are 22-4. ... 22-4!
  • I'm not sure exactly what's going on in the picture at the top of the page. But Kevin Bacon!
  • The Bruins are healthy. Let's start moving, boys. Watch them lose at home tonight to the Coyotes. That would be typical of this group.

And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Patriots

Bedard’s Breakdown: Frustrated Malcolm Butler can still cash in with big finish
With Rob Gronkowski sidelined, could a healthy Chris Hogan provide a boost?
Patscap mailbag: Questions on Shaq Mason, Gronk and Mike Gillislee
Video: Chris Hogan on returning to practice after shoulder injury
Video: Eric Rowe talks about working his way back into the Patriots’ defense
Tom Brady among those not spotted at start of Wednesday’s practice
Numbers game: Through 12 games, 12 stats that tell the story of the 2017 Patriots

Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 97, Mavericks 90 — A short-handed rally
Video: Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum on win over Mavs
Live Coverage: Celtics 97, Mavericks 90
Completed Q&A: BRobb on Celtics/NBA

Bruins

GET YOUR QUESTIONS IN: Live Q&A: Joey Mac on Bruins (5 p.m. ET Thursday)
Analysis: Breaking down the Bruins’ suddenly healthy offensive units
Anton Khudobin disappointed in Russia’s Olympic banishment
Updated Practice Notes: Krug, Spooner miss practice

Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Farrell speaks for first time since his firing; Boone set for introduction and more

ON TAP

11 a.m.: Bruins pregame skate, Warrior Ice Arena (McDonald)
3:45 p.m.: Patriots availability.
5 p.m.: Live Q&A — Joe McDonald on Bruins/NHL.
7 p.m.: 
Arizona Coyotes at Bruins, NESN (McDonald)

PARTING THOUGHT

Happy 61st birthday to the one and only, Larry Bird. Let's drop 60 to celebrate.

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