On one channel, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers saw the Boston Red Sox take a 2-0 lead over the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. With the press of a button, Rivers kept tabs on the second-ranked Boston College football team as it put together a stunning rally to overtake Virginia Tech. It was a perfect night to be a sports fan in the region, and the fact the overpowering New England Patriots have steamrolled to a 7-0 start makes this the place to be.
He sat at home Thursday night, remote control in hand, and watched the drama unfold on two fronts.
On one channel, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers saw the Boston Red Sox take a 2-0 lead over the Colorado Rockies in the World Series.
With the press of a button, Rivers kept tabs on the second-ranked Boston College football team as it put together a stunning rally to overtake Virginia Tech.
It was a perfect night to be a sports fan in the region, and the fact the overpowering New England Patriots have steamrolled to a 7-0 start makes this the place to be.
Next Friday night, the Celtics will get their chance to join the sports party when they open a much-anticipated season against the Washington Wizards.
With the area abuzz over the Red Sox, Patriots and undefeated BC, the Celtics are ready to ride the wave with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen bringing hope to what was a struggling franchise.
"It's just nice to be part of the city," said Rivers before Friday night's preseason finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the TD Banknorth Garden.
"We have to do something to be part of this, so there's a big difference. But it's nice to being in Boston right now because it's pretty cool right now. It was a sports town before all of this happened, so it's almost like it's a good thing because these are people who like sports. It's a perfect fit."
The excitement is sure to continue when the Celtics get rolling, and that was evident in the preseason finale. For the first time since moving into the building in 1995, a capacity crowd of 18,624 was on hand for a preseason game.
Red Sox owner John Henry was seated in the front row to watch the Celtics play the Cavaliers, and Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas was courtside as well.
The Celtics have been flying under the radar this month as they've gone through training camp and the preseason schedule.
They opened in Rome and London, playing a pair of games, and haven't been in the spotlight since returning due to the success of the Red Sox and Patriots.
The Celtics have kept a close eye on how wild and crazy things have been, and they know some of that can come their way this season if things fall together as planned.
"It's great," said Pierce of the atmosphere. "I'm a big fan of sports. I follow the Red Sox, the Patriots, now Boston College is doing their thing. It's great to be part of this.
"Hopefully, we can get into that groove once the season rolls around. I think Boston is the No. 1 sports city in all of America. It's good to be a part of it. People are always excited about Boston sports."
Pierce attended the first two Patriots' home games and went to some regular-season Red Sox games.
Everywhere he goes, Pierce hears about the high expectations for the Celtics, thanks to newcomers Garnett and Allen.
The lean years that have dominated his career in Boston could radically change this winter and next spring.
Around the NBA, though, there is skepticism with Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas and Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace downplaying the Celtics' chances.
"I have a saying," Pierce said. "The more that we're hated let's me know that we made it."
Whether the Celtics will make it this season won't be know for a while, but there will be plenty of anticipation leading up to next Friday's nationally televised game that is sold out.
"We're 0-0," Rivers said. "We're one of the other undefeated teams (in Boston) right now."
The Celtics have spent the past month getting to know one another, building chemistry and getting Allen, Garnett and Pierce acclimated to a new situation. The three are on this week's cover of Sports Illustrated, and Rivers has been chosen by the magazine as the likely coach of the year.
-- The Enterprise