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Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  May 18, 2010 07:15 PM

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20778700101.jpg6. One of the reasons sports appeals to us, of course, is that the improbable often happens and wonders never cease.

An affable backup outfielder steals a base and alters history. A sixth-round pick becomes one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. A gangly kid from Northborough takes the nation for a joyride during the baseball summer of '76.

But of all the improbable things that have happened in my fortunate life as a sports fan, two of the more unexpected are taking place with the Celtics right now:

Kevin Garnett, tentative and creaky kneed for nearly a full year, suddenly has the ol' Farragut spring back in his step.

And Rasheed Wallace has actually become -- and I really can't believe I'm writing this -- likable and a pleasure to watch.

Who knows how this stuff happens. But we're smart enough to savor it when it does.

7. I'm not sure if it's scary or simply disheartening to realize that LeBron James and Dwight Howard could actually become significantly better than they already are if they just dedicated themselves to the Bird/Magic/Jordan mentality of trying to add one more trick to their repertoire each offseason.

If LeBron ever developed a post game, it's game over for the rest of the league. In Howard's case, a single dependable post-move (the lefty heave-hook does not count) would go a long way to helping him avoid "robotic" (his word) disasters like what happened in Game 1.

8. I'm really trying not to believe that titillating rumor about LeBron, his mom, and Delonte West . . . but when the bizarro former Celtic is involved, why is it that the famous words of Kevin Garnett keep rattling through my head:


Can you imagine the reaction if Ladies Man West the reason LeBron leaves Cleveland? He'd better load up the weapons and get on that motorcycle, pronto, because the pitchfork posse will be in fast pursuit. And Earnest Byner thought he had it tough.

9. I always forget to promote this, but for once I'm remembering. So please check out this week's Globe Sox podcast, in which yours truly and the great Peter Abraham discuss last night's Hindenburg Redux by Jonathan Papelbon, among other sunny topics.

10. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card (back by lukewarm demand!)


Awesome name, awesome mustache, and he played for the Sox. You could call that the CRBC triple crown.

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Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.

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