GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

July 22, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Home Finale

The Boston Lobsters will be playing their final home game of the regular season tonight against the Springfield Lasers (7:00 p.m.) at the Manchester Athletic Club’s Joan Norton Tennis Center.

The matchup could not be more important for Boston, who is fighting for the second playoff fight in the Eastern Conference. The two-time defending champion Washington Kastles have already clinched first place in the East for the regular season, but the second playoff spot is still up for grabs as the Lobsters, the New York Sportimes and the Philadelphia Freedoms all have identical records with three games to play.

The Lobsters finish up the regular season this week with a pair of matches on the road against Philadelphia and Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Spell Check

The Milwaukee Brewers wore throwback uniforms on Saturday in honor of the 1923 Milwaukee Bears and there was a glaring error on the old jerseys, Milwaukee was spelled incorrectly. The jersey of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke read Milwakuee.

KG’s tribute

It hurts to see Celtics legend Kevin Garnett in a Brooklyn Nets jersey after the recent trade from the C’s. But at least there is a worthy story to his number.

KG will be wearing No. 2 in honor of his late friend and former Minnesota teammate Malik Sealy, who was killed on his way home from Garnett’s 24th birthday party in 2000 when his car was hit by a driver on the wrong side of the road.

Garnett wore No. 5 with the Celtics, a number that is unavailable for Brooklyn since it was worn by Nets legend and current coach Jason Kidd.

Early bird burn

NFL fantasy football magazines have to publish earlier and earlier to compete with their internet counterparts, which tends to lead to inconsistencies come the season due to trades, injuries and such. But this past month has proved rather problematic. Who did a recent NFL magazine call the biggest value in a fantasy draft?

Aaron Hernandez. Oops.

It’s not really their fault since it hit newsstands before the former Pats tight end was arrested. But they might be well advised to issue a new edition sans Hernandez.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru and David Willis