With their win in Game 6, the Philadelphia 76ers became just the fifth eighth-seeded team in NBA history to upset a No. 1 seed.
If you think it seems like a more common occurrence these days, you're right; the Sixers are the third team to do so in the past five years. So, instead of the hyped match-up against the Chicago Bulls in the second-round, the Celtics get a young, speedy and athletic bunch instead.
Don't think it makes it any easier for the C's chances, as the young bodies of Philadelphia like to run the fast-break, which can cause defensive problems for the aging Celtics. Nevertheless, it should be an exciting series to watch.
When Beckett was approached by the media after he was roughed up for seven runs in two innings by the Indians, he displayed nothing but an ignorant and defiant attitude. He constantly kept saying "We get 18 off days a year, I think we deserve a little time to ourselves." It sounds like Mr. Beckett is taking the $15.75 million he is making this year and running. For a guy that only pitches an average of 30 times per year, it gives Josh very little leverage to gripe. Maybe all that fried chicken and beer he had last year is leading to his declining fastball, which is really the underlying problem here.
No Girls Allowed
An Arizona Catholic school decided to forfeit a championship baseball game because there was a girl playing for the opposing team. Our Lady of Sorrows, a fundamentalist Catholic school, opted to forfeit the state championship game against Mesa Preperatory Academy because Paige Sultzbach is a member of the Mesa team.
Our Lady of Sorrows cited a school policy prohibiting co-ed sports. But don't blame Mesa — regardless of the forfeit, a championship is still a championship.
— Compiled by correspondent Jeff Lander