- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 10, 2008

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This could be an NBA Finals preview, as the Spurs visit the Celtics. Chs. 7, 2, 1 p.m.

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Outlet: Mike Jones will check in with some news from out west on our Wizards blog.

TWT FIVE MOST UNLIKELY SUPER BOWL MVPs

In honor of former Redskins washout Desmond Howard, who was inducted into Michigan’s Hall of Fame yesterday:

1. Desmond Howard, Super Bowl XXXI: Flamed out with Washington, landed in Green Bay as a special teamer … and the rest is history.

2. Joe Namath, Super Bowl III: They weren’t supposed to win. Period. Few saw this one coming.

3. Dexter Jackson, Super Bowl XXXVII: Intercepted two passes in the first half, but the Buccaneers’ defense grabbed five in all. Then Jackson disappeared again.

4. Eli Manning, Super Bowl XLII: Brutalized by national and New York media for years, Eli was the last quarterback standing in his Super Bowl matchup with Tom Brady.

5. Kurt Warner, Super Bowl XXXIV: Purely from a big-picture view. Consider this guy wasn’t far removed from bagging groceries.

ONLINE EXCERPT The Sports Biz Blog

Tim Lemke spent yesterday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the second annual MIT Sloan Sports Business Conference and filed this blog entry:

The keynote speech came from Wyc Grousbeck, the managing partner and chief executive officer of the Boston Celtics. I was expecting wonky points about analytics, ticket data and marketing, but Grousbeck actually spoke more about emotions and gut feelings.

He began by playing a promotional video featuring Celtics highlights. Dunks by Kevin Garnett. Flashy passes from Paul Pierce. More dunks by Kevin Garnett.

“I’ve seen that 60 times … I love that video,” Grousbeck said.

He then read an article by John Updike published after Ted Williams’ last game with the Red Sox. Williams, if you recall, hit a home run in his final at-bat, leading Updike to opine on the often illogical way fans believe they can affect the outcome of a game or “will” something to happen.

“We’re all searching to be that part of history,” Grousbeck said.

Grousbeck said his decision to keep Pierce was made largely from the gut.

“I just looked at Paul and said he’s a Celtic. I loved the guy,” he said. “Data is a tool. It’s not a replacement for your own intuition.”


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