Karl Dillinger's Page

Celtics Week In Review-December 25th-Jan 1st 2012(Video)
Karl on the Kayak-Episode 1
Celtics Crushed by Hornets 97-78(Recap)
Prepare to get Rondo'd
All I want for Christmas is an injury free season and a DD gift card
Being Realistic Doesn't Make You a Bad Fan
All I Want for Christmas
Celtics Talk on the Potomac River
Why The Chris Paul deal should happen
Merry Christmas-The NBA is back!
What the Penn State Scandal Tells Us About Society
The Lockout Gives the Celtics a chance at Banner 18
The Best Job Ever
Low Risk, High Reward....That is the Patriots Way
Worst possible timing
What I'll do if there's a lockout
Temporary Bandwagoning is a good thing
Losing is part of being a sports fan
Celtics lose in overtime to Heat 98-90 (Recap)
Game 3 means nothing without Game 4
Who will be this year's Leon Powe or PJ Brown?
Heat Fans are deuchebags
Celtics-Knicks Series In Review (Video)
Happy Easter! Let's get the Sweep!
Celtics come up big in the clutch again, beat Knicks (Recap)
Real Men Wear Larry Bird Aprons
Celtics Week In Review. The Final 2 Weeks (Video)
We Need to Move on
The Regular season is way too long
Celtics Week In Review March 27th-April 3rd(Video)
Celtics Week In Review March 21st-25th
March 13th-19th(Week In Review)
Celtics Week In Review March 6th-11th
Celtics comeback falls short in loss to Clippers(Recap)
Celtics hold off Bucks(Recap)
You Can't Buy Chemistry
Celtics Week in Review February 28th ( Video)
Celtics hold off Suns 115-103 (Recap)
Celtics Week In Review(Perk Tribute Video)
Celtics Week In Review February 13th-19th
Once injury prone always injury prone
Celtics Week In Review February 6th-10th
Sit Shaq
We may never see another KG
Celtics Dominate Kings to complete 3-1 road trip
Celtics Week In Review January 25-30th
Celtics Blow out Cavs in Perk's Return
Celtics Week In Review January 17-22nd
Celtics Week In Review January 10-15th(Video)
Celtics Week In Review January 10th
Celtics Week In Review January 2nd(Video)
Rondo's 22 assists lead Celtics over Spurs
Celtics Week In Review December 22nd(Video)
Winning close games is the sign of a true champion
Celtics Week in Review December 15th(Video)
The Turkish wonder leads Celtics to 12th straight(Game Recap)
Celtics Week in Review December 8th(Video)
Garnett's Lay in lifts Celtics over Sixers(Game Recap)
Happy Birthday to the Legend
Celtics Week In Review November 30th-December 5th(Video)
Celtics Week In Review November 22-26th(Video)
Don't Forget Perk!
Celtics beat Raptors 110-101(Game Recap)
I am Thankful for Danny Ainge
Celtics Week In Review November 15-21(Video)
Celtics lose to Durantless Thunder
Celtics Week In Review November 8-14th(Video)
Celtics beat Heat again 112-107
Celtics Week In Review November 3-8th(Video
Celtics win another overtime thriller 110-105
Pierce hits milestone as Celtics Beat Bucks in OT
Celtics Week In Review October 26-Nov 2nd(Video)
Its Just One game
Second Unit Leads Celtics to victory over Nets 96-92
The Future is Now
You Will Miss Scal
Why I love this game
Reality Check to all you Heat Bandwagon Fans
Don't Blame Lebron, blame society
Pierce is coming back
I'm not a fan of the dog days of summer
Thanks for the ride Celtics
Leave it all on the court tonight
Pierce steps up as Celtics defeat Lakers 92-86
Ray Will Bounce Back
Ray Ray's Historic Performance help Celtics hold off Lakers 103-94
The Celtics toughest test yet
The Kobe/Jordan debate is ridiculous
What in the Nate Robinson?
No need to panic
Magic beat Celtics In Overtime to Avoid Sweep
Celtics need to have a sense or urgency
Don't let the final score fool you
Ubuntu is back
Celtics hold on and steal home court advantage
Celtics Week in Review(Video)
Lebron showed us why he'll never be like Mike
This series is far from over
The Captain needs to right his ship
Celtics Week In Review(Video)
Rondo turns in historical performance in Celtics win over Cavs
The Celtics finally play up to their potential
Celtics Week In Review(Video)
Bring on the King
Play Glen Davis and see you in Cleveland
Celtics Week in Review(Video)
Keep up the good work Doc
Ray and Big Baby lead Celtics to win over Heat 106-77
The Garnett Suspension Might be a good thing
Celtics Week In Review(Video)
We Miss you Eddie
Celtics lose meaningless game to Bucks 106-95
Bulls Backcourt dominates in win over Celtics 101-93
Avoid Dwayne Wade at all costs
Give some Respect to Big Baby
What in the Earl Barron? Celtics lose to Knicks 104-101
Celtics Week In Review(Video)
The Easter Bunny Hates Lebron, Celtics hold on to beat Cavs 117-113
Boston, we have a problem
What If The Celtics Had Kevin Durant
Is Less More?
Celtics Week In Review(Video)
Does enjoying watching someone play count for anything?
Celtics crunch Nuggets 113-99
Why we love the Underdog
The TRUTH of the Matter
There Will Never be another Larry Bird
Celtics Week In Review(Video)
Celtics fall apart in 2nd half and lose to Cavs
Celtics get much needed win against Pacers
Step it up Doc!
Celtics lose Heartbreaker to Bucks
What Kind of Sports Fan Are You?
Celtics Week In Review
Why this win streak is important
Welcome to Boston Nate!
Celtics Don't Blow Second Half Lead in Win over Bobcats
The Celtics forgot about Ubuntu
Celtics Week In Review(Video)
It's a shame games aren't 2 quarters long
Picking Potential over Proven Winners
Celtics Week In Review(Video)
Denver is Legit
We Will Miss you Eddie
Hopes for the 2nd Half
Celtics Week In Review(Video)
I Prefer the Glass Half-Full Approach
Why Boston isn't a hot spot for free agents
Peyton Manning isn't that clutch
Celtics Week In review(Video)
Celtics struggle,  but pull away in 4th to beat Nets(Live Blog)
The definition of a role player
Celtics Finally close out game to beat Heat
Athletes are human too
The Thin Line Between Winning and Losing
Celtics Blow Another 4th Quarter Lead in Loss to Lakers(Live Blog)
Week In Review(Video)
Why I hate the Lakers
KG Should not Play in the All Star Game
Big Baby should concentrate on his name, not his nickname
The Real Question is, Who is the better fit?
Week In Review(Video)
Celtics get much needed win in KG's return
At the End of the Day it's still just a game
How Healthy Does KG Need to Be?
Change is needed
Week In Review(Video)
The Amazing Rajon
Bulls trample depleted Celtics in Boston
NBA All Star Voting is a Joke
CelticsLife Week In Review(Video)
Patriots fans deserve an apology
Subtraction by Addition?
Doc and Rasheed need to be put in time-out
A Golden Opportunity for Sheed
Do the right thing David Stern
Want to coach a professional sports team? No, thanks.
Err on the Side of Caution
One Goal in 2010:Banner #18
Dream Decade for a Boston Sports Fan
The Scariest Trio in the NBA
Celtics Drop 2nd in a Row on West Coast Trip
Road Warriors
How Big of a Problem is Rondo's Free Throw Shooting?
Big Baby is Back
CelticsLife travels to the Garden
I was wrong about TA
Celtics Friday curse continues as win streak ends at 11
Artest Calls Tiger Woods "a perfect role model" for his sons
Treat Teammates Like Family
Celtics or Lakers?
Rondo Leads Celtics to Ninth Straight Victory
KG is officially back
Rondo Outduels Jennings as Celtics beat Bucks
Perk Should Be An All Star
The Decline of White American NBA Player
The Tiger Woods Scandal: A Microcosm of Society
Celtics roll over Thunder to complete road trip
Garnett Leads Celtics to sixth straight victory
Ron Artest Being Ron Artest
KG and the Beast lead Celtics to fourth straight victory
Iverson will be back
All I Want For Thanksgiving is a Celtics Blowout
Unrealistic Expectations
The Captain Comes Through
Live By The Three....
Where is that Celtics Pride?
I'm Lebron James and I'm kind of a Big Deal
Celtics lose 2nd Straight to Feisty Pacers squad
Calm down everyone!
The Curious Case of Rasheed Wallace
Sometimes Less Is More
Down with the Haters
Just Awful
Suns Scorch the Celtics
Nasty Nash vs. Rondo
Big Baby;Future NFL Star?
What about Marquis?
No one plays like Rondo
I Belong in Boston
Sometimes you have to win ugly
Do the Celtics Need Big Baby?
The Celtics Second Unit Will Win them the title
Thankful to be a Celtics Fan
The Celtics Biggest Obstacle to Banner #18.....is not the Lakers
The Big Ticket is backWho should get cut?
When Did People Start Hating On The NBA?
What about Doc?
Are You a "Bandwagon" Fan?"
Do the Celtics have something to prove this year?
Why we are sports fans
Bleeding Celtics Green
Who is this years James Posey?
Rasheed Wallace is NOT a bad guy
Concerned about Rondo
I love Leon Powe
The Death of the Pick Up Game

Karl Dillinger's Profile

For anyone who has not seen HBO's "Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals" please do so immediately. Most of us Celtics fans know Larry's story, but it is fascinating to see how the relationship between Magic and Bird grew through the years. It seemed Magic always wanted to be close friends with Larry during their playing days, but Bird didn't want to be pals with his fiercest rival.

It was only after their playing days were over, and especially after Magic announced he had HIV, that their relationship really bloomed. Still to this day they don't talk that often, but will always be connected. One of my favorite parts was when Magic said about Larry's private nature, "He’s very private, but if he’s your friend, you got a friend for life. And Larry Bird is a straight shooter. He’ll tell you when he doesn’t like you. That’s one thing I wish I could have that he has that I don’t have.”

The documentary was full of amazing quotes from Larry. You can see why he is one of Boston's most beloved athletes ever. There is nothing fake about Larry Bird. He was all about winning and didn't care about anything else. He embodied the tough, gritty, honest attitude of New England sports fan to the tee. Can you imagine Lebron saying, " I hope it killed him, I hope it ate him up inside" if Kobe lost to him in the finals. That's what Larry said about Magic and you know it's the truth. Players these days are all friends and Larry didn't believe in that.

Bird never sold out. Sure, he did a few commercials, but even then he made the commercial crews come to his hometown of French Lick to film it. If you haven't seen that commercial please YouTube immediately. Classic 80's right there. The guy even mowed his own lawn. Hell, the downfall of his career started when he hurt his back building his mom's driveway.

Basketball wise no one played like Bird. Last week Jeff Van Gundy (like the idiot he is) said Lebron was the best passing forward ever. Obviously he hasn't watched any Larry Bird clips lately. The guy saw the court like a point guard. I'd argue he might be the best passer ever period in terms of pure court vision. He dove for every loose ball like he was a guy on a 10 day contract. He played with a flare and passion for the game that only a handful of players ever have. He was one of the most clutch players ever and knew it. He got in fights with Dr. J, Kareem, and basically the whole Lakers team. He didn't back down from anyone. There will never be another person that plays like him again.

One of the most interesting parts of the show was how race played a factor. One memorable quote was Magic asking a black man from Boston why he was rooting for the Lakers and the guy saying," I'm not going to root for that white boy." It's sad that race has to always be an issue when it comes to basketball. Magic and especially Larry didn't care about that. I do think it may have motivated him to be the best because there is a perception to this day that whites aren't as good as blacks at basketball. It's sad but that is the reality.

By the way, I will never respect Isaiah Thomas or Dennis Rodman ever again. Both claimed Bird was overrated because he was white and that if he was a black player he'd just be average. Are you serious? If not for a back injury that literally made him peel over in games, Bird's numbers would be even more ridiculous. He won 3 titles and got to 5 finals in an 8 year span.

Being the first day of the NCAA tournament I think it's a good time to recognize the most impressive NCAA tournament run ever. Larry Bird taking Indiana State to the finals is the equivalent of taking Cornell to the finals. If there was ever such thing as a one man team that is it. I truly believe to this day it is one of the most underrated sporting accomplishments ever.

The most touching part of the documentary was Bird's reaction to Magic's HIV diagnosis. The pain in Larry's eyes was real and you could tell he lost passion for the game of basketball after he heard the news. I think that might have been the first moment Larry saw Magic as a friend rather than a competitor. It's sad that both of their careers ended too early. Bird talked about how he should've retired after the 1988-1989 season but his comepetitive drive kept him going. I think we tend to overlook that a lot with athletes. We hammer them( I am guilty of this) but don't think about how truly hard it is to walk away from a game that has meant so much to them their whole lives.

All in all a truly amazing documentary for both Magic and Bird fans. For those Lakers fans(and I hope there aren't many) there was a lot of very interesting information on Magic's life outside of basketball and his experiences after the HIV diagnosis. It was also great to see the clips of Magic and Bird playing together on the 1992 Dream Team which is still the greatest sports team ever assembled. For us Celtics fans let's not be sad there will never be another Larry Bird. Rather, let's be thankful that Larry was a Celtic. The memories of him will always be with us.