C's Christmas Present
The Boston Celtics recently gave their fans a nice Christmas present by knocking off the Orlando Magic on Christmas Day, without their captain, Paul Pierce, who is resting after minor knee surgery.
This is a big win for the Celtics because Orlando has been a thorn, the one team in the Eastern Conference that the new Big Three (Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen) have a losing record against over the last two-plus years.
Tony Allen started in place of Pierce and did a great job filling in with 16 points and four rebounds, however the Christmas star on this holiday afternoon was the point guard play of Rajon Rondo, who torched the Magic for 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.
With Pierce not on the floor and Garnett just coming back from a bruised thigh, Rondo stepped up and took control of this nationally televised game for the Celtics, leaving no question that the Boston brass (finally) made the right choice in signing their point guard to a long term contract.
Who, by the way, already has one championship ring in his pocket.
Although still a young, raw talent, Rondo is arguably the fastest player in the NBA (with great hands) and who also leads the league in steals.
He is a phenomenal passer who is beginning to understanding the offense and is becoming a better point guard with each passing game.
However, what sets Rondo apart from most other point guards is his uncanny rebounding ability (on both ends of the floor) and his stifling defense all over the court.
Rondo still needs to improve his outside shooting, although it's noticeably better this year and has a field goal percentage within the league's top 20.
He also needs to improve upon his free throw shooting, which may begin to haunt him if teams start pulling a "hack-a-Shaq" routine on him if they feel he cannot hit his free throws on a consistent basis.
Then on cue, Rondo loses a game by missing two free-bees against the Clippers.
If Rondo can somehow develop a good outside shot, which is certainly possible, because after all, he is only in his third year in the NBA, then the rest of the league better look out because this point guard is going to be hard to stop.
Undefeated No Longer
In NFL news and as football fans know, the Indianapolis Colts finally lost a game, falling to the Jets after a 14-0 start to the season.
The loss leaves the 1972 Miami Dolphins as still, the only undefeated team in NFL history.
This Indianapolis loss was a strange one though, as Colts head coach Jim Caldwell pulled quarterback Peyton Manning in the third quarter with just a five point lead, and the Jets came back and won the game.
Needless to say, the Colts fans were not happy, roundly booing the decision to remove Manning (and about a half dozen other starters) from the game when they were just two wins shy of a perfect regular season.
So what, exactly, is the right decision to make? Preserve your star players for a post season run, or go after history and a perfect season?
Whatever the answer, the '72 Dolphins are safe for another season... 37 years and counting.