, Gloucester, MA

January 26, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Respectful Garden

Was a little nervous that Ray Allen was going to be booed out of the TD Garden Sunday when the Heat visited the Celtics, but fortunately Celtics fans in attendance gave the former C’s star a nice ovation when a video tribute was shown on the Garden jumbo-tron.

Allen did a lot for the Celtics in his five years with the team, sure he left to go to the enemy but the Celtics basically gave his spot to Jason Terry, who has turned out to be a huge disappointment.

Banner No. 17 would not have been hung in the Garden rafters without Allen on the team, it’s good to see the fans recognize that, even if they did boo when he entered the game. That was the right way to handle it.

Ferriero debuts

It didn’t take long for the New York Rangers to call up Benn Ferriero, whom they acquired in a trade last Thursday. On Saturday Ferriero was called up from the Connecticut Whale of the AHL and made is debut in a Rangers uniform that night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Essex native skated for former Boston College teammate Brian Boyle and Carl Hagelin. He recorded a shot on goal in 12:40 of ice time.

Stats for losers?

According to, Pats star Wes Welker led the NFL by dropping 15 catchable passes in 2012. That came in 133 catchable targets, or a 11.28 drop rate.

Reason for concern, maybe. But one drop behind him was Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, who set the NFL record 1,964 receiving yards this fall. He had 14 drops on 136 catchable targets.

Three-point inspiration

Step aside LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the best story in basketball is eighth grader Owen Groesser of Rochester, Mich.

The 13-year-old with Down Syndrome hit two long 3-pointers on Wednesday after receiving the chance to play for the eighth grade basketball team he serves as manager for. A night later, he got to play again and hit two more baskets.

His baskets became a viral sensation, and he was even interviewed on SportsCenter.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

and David Willis