Dan Shaughnessy

Picking up where we left off

By Dan Shaughnessy
Globe Columnist / February 10, 2010

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Picked-up pieces while wondering whether Bill Belichick plans to name himself Patriots special teams coach and strength and conditioning coordinator before the start of two-a-days.

Across the nation, the 2010 Super Bowl goes down as the story of the rise of the Saints and the rebuilding of the city of New Orleans. Typically, our take is a little different here in Greater Boston, where the game will be remembered as the night Peyton “A-Rod’’ Manning choked and coughed up the win.

Got to love Colts general manager Bill Polian. In a lengthy (pre-Super Bowl) Q&A with the Indianapolis Star, Polian was asked if Manning might be the Johnny Unitas of this era. Polian answered, “No question about it. He maybe eclipses Roger Brown.’’ I called Bob Ryan to check on this and it turns out Roger Brown was an ABA legend with the Indiana Pacers. Manning no doubt will be flattered to learn that he’s almost at Roger Brown’s level in terms of Indiana fame. Brown died in 1997.

Inexcusable for the free-falling Bruins to stand still (gotta love those draft picks) while Lou Lamoriello puts together a package for Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Pontiac Silverdome sold for $583,000. That’s a lot of history for a mere $583K. The Silverdome played host to Super Bowl XVI. Pope John Paul II said Mass for 90,000 at the Dome in 1987. The Lions and Pistons called it home. Elvis left the building after performing at the Silverdome in 1975. Wish I’d gathered some rich friends and made a bid for it.

It’s a disgrace that Marvin Miller keeps failing to win election to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

ESPN has no video of Tiger Woods in those commercials begging you to watch the first two days of the Masters on the Worldwide Leader. Did you know that Tiger made the front page of the New York Post for 20 consecutive days after Thanksgiving? The previous record was 19 consecutive days dedicated to the 9/11 attacks.

It never will be possible to appreciate or comprehend the dominance of UConn women’s basketball. How can you be that much better than everyone else? The Huskies win every game by 40 points, even when they are playing top-10 teams. In a rematch of last year’s NCAA championship game, the Huskies beat Louisville, 84-38, Sunday. They’ve won 62 in a row, threatening the NCAA record of 70 straight. The record, of course, is held by Connecticut.

Nomar auditioned on ESPN and MLB Network yesterday. What a fraud. Nobody hated the media more with less cause than our guy Nomie.

Globe movie critic Wesley Morris made me laugh when he described John Travolta in “From Paris With Love’’ as a character who “looks like the illegitimate child of Freddie Mercury and Charles Barkley.’’

I take it all back. Jose Offerman turned out to be a pretty good guy, after all.

Grant Desme, a 23-year-old outfield prospect for the A’s, quit baseball to become a Roman Catholic priest. A second-round pick in 2007, Desme hit 31 homers and stole 40 bases in A ball last season.

Sean Payton had numerous conversations with mentor Bill Parcells in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.

According to, Bob Kraft addressed the Kentucky Wildcats after a win over the Florida Gators. The website claims Kraft said, “Spending time with Coach Cal, we share a similar philosophy. If you want to win, it’s about having good people around you.’’

Speaking of Kentucky, DeMarcus Cousins is pretty good, no?

Any Kevin Garnett sightings in your neighborhood? We don’t know him and we never will. Has there ever been a more invisible superstar in the Hub? Seriously, how does a 7-foot black man spend three years playing for the Celtics without a single random appearance in a local establishment? It’s as if KG goes to and from work in an underground tunnel.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Basketball coaches and announcers need to stop saying “length’’ when they are actually talking about “height.’’ A player is not 7 feet long. He is 7 feet tall.

Former Red Sox owner/gadfly Les Otten is running for governor of Maine. As a Republican.

Bet Gene DeFilippo was rooting for the Jets to beat the Colts. DeFilippo’s son, John, is the Jets quarterbacks coach, which puts him in charge of Mark Sanchez and Erik Ainge, nephew of Danny Ainge.

The Patriots announced last night that Bill Belichick has assumed duties as director of public relations and game-day music presentation.

Did Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman sign with the Cincinnati Reds because he thinks they’re communists?

I want Bill Hall’s agent. Really. Take a good look at the Sox utility infielder’s contract.

Derek Jeter’s full name is Derek Sanderson Jeter. Got to get to the bottom of that.

A statue of Bud Selig will be dedicated outside Miller Park in August. The punch lines are endless.

You will enjoy Steve Buckley’s “Wicked Good Year.’’ Also Jeff Pearlman’s book on Roger Clemens, “The Rocket That Fell to Earth.’’ Meanwhile, Needham’s James Hirsch has done the impossible, getting Willie Mays to cooperate for his 600-page tome, “Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend.’’

Former Cathedral and Don Bosco legend Kevin Mackey is scouting for Larry Bird’s Pacers. Mackey’s great fame came when he coached No. 14 seed Cleveland State to a victory over Bobby Knight’s third-seeded Hoosiers in the 1986 NCAA Tournament.

The Sox are going to miss scouting director Jason McLeod.

Doc Rivers’s son Austin scored 41 for Winter Park (Fla.) High School in a nationally televised game last weekend. USA Today ranks Winter Park No. 12 in the nation.

The Mets cut 8 feet from the top of the center-field wall at Citi Field.

Who would have believed that “Dwight Freeney’’ and “Baba O’Reilly’’ would ever be mentioned in the same sentence?

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at