Monday, April 21, 2008

Patriots Day - Boston Sports

The third Monday in April is the civic holiday Patriots Day in Massachusetts which marks the battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.

It's also the day of the Boston Marathon and since 1959 the Boston Red Sox have scheduled a morning home game so its end would coincide with the elite runners finishing the Boston Marathon which passes only feet from Fenway Park in Kenmore Square.

I couldn't follow all of the changes that the BAA (Boston Athletic Association) instituted with the start including sending elite women half an hour before elite men but today was the closest finish in women's history with Dire Tune beating out Alevtina Biktimirova by three seconds after Biktimirova led most of the race. It was riveting for the last 6 miles.

Marathoners know that they run twenty miles to sprint six more and at twenty miles the ladies were neck and neck which is where they stayed all the way up to 200 yards from the finish line in Copley Square when Tune's kick won the day.

Robert Cheruiyot won his fourth Boston Marathon in six years with a time of 2:07:45 thirty-one seconds behind his course record 2:07:14 but impressive given that he ran the last several miles without a challenger in sight.

The Dropkick Murphys reopened NUF CED MCGREEVY'S 3RD BASE SALOON at 911 BOYLSTON Street Boston, MA today for a special Marathon Monday Sneek Preview - Grand opening May 2008.

Sox completed a sweep of the Texas Rangers with an 8-3 win and advance to 14-7.

Celtics crushed the Hawks 104-81 last night in their playoff opener.

Better luck next year Bruins, we'd love to see you join the party; let's see some offseason moves that show a commitment to winning.

Overall a great day in Boston sports...but I'm dreaming of the 7th pick and what the master will choose.

More later,


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