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Bob Ryan Not Impressed With Paul Pierce Pre-Game Speech

Posted by Mike on October 29, 2008

Boston Globe columnist, Bob Ryan who is always ready to smack a woman in the face, is someone who wasn’t impressed with the pre-game speech that TNT didn’t capture on TV last night, that Paul Pierce gave the Celtic crowd. These are speeches that each team asks their captain to do before opening night. It’s no big deal. Just kind of like a welcoming of the crowd. Pierce never claimed to be Barack Obama, he just kind of got caught up in the moment. This wasn’t a prepared speech, it just came off the cuff. But, Ryan writes that it was just embarrassing:

Paul Pierce, who was here when the team was an irrelevant part of the Boston sports landscape, fought back tears as he accepted his piece of jewelry. It was a touching moment.

He also addressed the sellout TD Banknorth crowd of 18,624 with a rambling, embarrassing, self-indulgent speech. That was not a touching moment. You kept wondering why he didn’t hear the music and see the lights flashing.

Maybe, Curt Schilling was right about Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy. Conversely, fellow Globe writer, and Celtics beat reporter Frank Dell’Apa writes this about Pierce’s speech:

Paul Pierce delivered an emotional speech from center court before the Celtics’ season opener last night against the Cavaliers.

“I never knew this day would come,” Pierce said. “It’s a dream come true for me, raising the banner to the rafters. I thank you for supporting me, I thank people for sticking with me the whole time. Moments like this I enjoy sharing with my closest friends and family.

“My worst year, I wanted to quit, to be traded. It wasn’t going well – an 18-game losing streak.”

Pierce named his high school coach first and concluded with his mother and Red Auerbach.

“Red is somewhere with a cigar looking over us,” Pierce said. “One thing he would say is: ‘Let’s go Celtics.’ “

Yeah, that sounds real embarrassing and irrelevant.

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