In this edition of Celtics vid clips on the web, Bird, Magic, McHale, Rambis, Telfair, 1988 Boston traffic cops, CBS, Glenn Frey, the Scotch and Sirloin, Kobe Elmo, Tommy Heinsohn, and the Converse weapons all get us ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Lakers.
- With all due respect to Gino and whatnot, the Celtics ought to show this old SportsChannel masterpiece at the Garden tomorrow night. "First Time Since '69" was in advance of the 1987 hope that the Celtics could win back-to-back titles for the first time since, well, '69. Obviously the reason this song hasn't stuck around is that it never happened. Still, I'm not sure the Boston public can wait until possibly '09 to embrace this fabulous wonder.
- Seriously, if this doesn't implore how far the Celtics have come, there's no help. Just a couple of years ago, the Celtics tried to entice fans to come to the Garden by using Sebastian Telfair, who, frankly, is usually in the exact place you DON'T want to be.
Sebastian Telfair Night to the NBA Finals. That'll do.
- You used to sport the Larry Bird Converse Weapons, but c'mon, deep down, you really wanted the Magic pair. It's all right. They just looked cooler. After watching this ad for the sneakers, you have to wonder if they scaled the design for each show based on how well the particulars involved could rap their part. Which would make perfect sense as to why Kevin McHale and Larry Bird's shoes were just kinda lame.
- Here, Bird and Magic go one-on-one with their weapons of choice in French Lick. Another classic.
- Then Larry went and made this Chardon jeans ad. It's a thing of '80s beauty,
- I never played the Lakers vs. Celtics video game (imagine the uproar if a Yankees-Red Sox edition came out today?) as I was probably too busy mastering Double Dribble and Earl Weaver Baseball, but can someone explain to me why the Celtics are hosting the Suns on what looks like the Forum court?
- During a lunch break one afternoon in 1988, Pete Handelman wandered the streets of Boston and asked midday workers whether they liked the Celtics or Lakers to win the title that year. Only one guy answered, "Pistons," which of course, was the correct answer. (And can we get Boston's finest to start sporting those fine lids again?)
- Gotta love the dichotomy here. First, Kevin McHale's clothesline of Kurt Rambis
Next, Marvin Williams' hard foul on Rajon Rondo in the first round this year.
In the second clip, the ESPN crew seems intent on ejecting, suspending, fining, and generally vilifying Williams. Good ol' Tommy Heinsohn in the first clip basically comes out and says, "Well, whaddya expect?"
- Maybe this is promoting some semblance of child violence, but Kobe Bryant's likeness on an Elmo doll? I mean, what else do you teach your child to do in this instance?
- It wouldn't be playoff time without Ryan Parker needling Bostonians. Here he wants to know what happened to the Celtics and their lineup of slow, white guys.
The Lakers have some white boys, I can't pronounce their names,
So maybe Boston's white boys are playing other games,
I've looked around the city to find out what they're doing,
And I think I've figured out, they're all playing for the Bruins,
Who's this bunch of players wearing Celtic green?
- This ad from the '80s featuring various members of the Celtics remains an all-time classic. How are you going argue with "lobster?"
- Two of the best to ever play the game, and your careers are summed up to the words of Glenn Frey? Thanks, NBA.
- Who knew Captain Kangaroo was a Celtics fan?
"The term, 'Larry Bird is a nerd' didn't spring up overnight." See, you just don't get quality material like that these days.
- Although Kige Ramsey goes ahead and breaks it down like this: "These two teams are the top two seeds in the whole playoffs." So, I stand corrected. Note the intense pause. Can this man generate suspense or what?
- There's just something inherently cooler about these old-school introductions compared to the over-glossed, over-dramaticized productions of today. By the time Stuart Scott is done yakking, I feel like one of these players ought to at least announce a cure for cancer at midcourt just to justify the hype.
Speaking of hype, we gonna play a game or what here?