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Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  November 25, 2010 12:37 PM

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finngarntett.jpg.jpgFirst things first: Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I ate so much bird I was beginning to think I'd turned into John Madden. Then I remembered I still can't stand Brett Favre.

Anyway, as you may have noticed, there's no chat today. (No, I'm not just later than usual.) However, I'll gladly chat if we happen to bump into each other at the Museum of Science in a couple of hours, where I'll be spending this off-day with the wife and our pair of mini-beasts. (Speaking of being a dad, absolutely loved this blog post by Esquire's amazing Chris Jones.)

Today's media column, featuring a conversation with Bill Simmons -- I've been told he will also answer to "Sports Guy" -- about ESPN Films' and NBA Entertainment's upcoming five-part behind-the-scenes series on the Celtics, can be found here.

I've taken my jabs at Simmons many times, but he was a blast to talk to, and there's lots of good stuff that I couldn't shoehorn into the column. At one point, I asked if he agreed with my perception that the Celtics' Game 7 loss to the Lakers -- and the crushing way it came about -- hasn't damaged the perception of that team as much as it would if it had been the Patriots or Red Sox blowing a late lead in a championship game.

"Yeah, I think that's because they won two years before, [Kendrick] Perkins got hurt, they had to play Rasheed [Wallace] 35 minutes in Game 7," said Simmons, who said he still thinks about that game frequently. "There’s still some things I can’t figure out. I can’t figure out why Nate [Robinson] played only three minutes.I just feel like if we had to do that game over again, I don’t know if the rotation would have been the same . . . Rasheed never should have played 35 minutes, because he was just out of gas in the fourth. They kind of went for the knockout punch in the first three quarters and in the end, it didn't work."

The aftereffects from the loss and the Celtics' drive for redemption this season will be an underlying theme in the ESPN series, as Simmons explains in my column. The first half-hour episode of "The Association: Boston Celtics" debuts Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m., leading into ESPN's NBA pregame show. It should be insightful stuff, so set those DVR's and TiVos now.

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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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