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Legendary Boston Celtics Coach Red Auerbach Dies at 89
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,226085,00.html ^

Posted on 10/28/2006 6:50:38 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

BOSTON — Red Auerbach, who coached the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships in the 1950s and 1960s, died Saturday. He was 89.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: auerbach; bostonceltics; redauerbach

1 posted on 10/28/2006 6:50:39 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

Have a cigar. R.I.P. coach.


2 posted on 10/28/2006 6:52:16 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

Was just about to post. More from Boston Herald site:
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Celtic president Red Auerbach died today in Washington, D.C. The franchise patriarch was 89.
Team officials were preparing a release on the matter, but all that is known at the moment is that the franchise patriarch passed away suddenly, according to his daughter.
Auerbach had battled healthy problems regularly the past few years, but had always managed to bring himself back from the brink of the most severe trouble.
In compiling a 938-479 record, Auerbach coached the Celtics to nine NBA championships, including titles in his last eight seasons on the bench.


3 posted on 10/28/2006 6:52:44 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Holy crap. I didn't think that this guy was even mortal.

It's ridiculously windy tonight (I didn't even know he was here in DC) but I'm lighting up a cigar.

RIP Red

4 posted on 10/28/2006 6:55:21 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: battlegearboat
I loved to hate the Celtics in the 80s, but I'll light one for Mr. Auerbach tonight.
5 posted on 10/28/2006 6:55:24 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (The UN did such a great job with Oil for Food in Iraq, let's let them run the whole country)
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6 posted on 10/28/2006 6:55:34 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: battlegearboat

RIP Red! Good job!


7 posted on 10/28/2006 6:58:48 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

" loved to hate the Celtics in the 80s, but I'll light one for Mr. Auerbach tonight."

early 60's childhood memories ...new england ...autumn ...burning leaves in the gutter ...celtics of the b&w motorola ...tommy heinsohn ...bob cousy ...bill russell ...john havliceck the 6th man ... and red ...THAT was basketball as they say ...


8 posted on 10/28/2006 7:01:20 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
I loved to hate the Celtics in the 80s, but I'll light one for Mr. Auerbach tonight.

Parrish.Bird,McHale and DJ...names that struck fear in the hearts of Celtics foes during the 80's.

9 posted on 10/28/2006 7:03:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: sushiman

forgot to mention k.c jones and sam jones ...


10 posted on 10/28/2006 7:04:19 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
Noooooooooo!

Red is gone? I can't frikken believe it.

11 posted on 10/28/2006 7:05:30 PM PDT by zarf
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To: Gay State Conservative
"Parrish.Bird,McHale and DJ"


The guy I feared most was M.L. Carr. That guy swung one mean towel. :)
12 posted on 10/28/2006 7:06:23 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (The UN did such a great job with Oil for Food in Iraq, let's let them run the whole country)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

How sad, prayers up for a true legend.


13 posted on 10/28/2006 7:07:17 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: DCPatriot

Rest in peace Red. Have smoke with the Man for me.

14 posted on 10/28/2006 7:08:12 PM PDT by zarf
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

Wow. Three sports figures in one day. Red, Joe Niekro and Trevor Burbick.


15 posted on 10/28/2006 7:12:47 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: buccaneer81

Joe Neikro died?

Man.


16 posted on 10/28/2006 7:14:58 PM PDT by brothers4thID (Being lectured by Ted Kennedy on ethics is not unlike being lectured on dating protocol by Ted Bundy)
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To: battlegearboat

Heaven's in trouble...


17 posted on 10/28/2006 7:17:39 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Howlin; onyx; Clemenza; Petronski; GummyIII; SevenofNine; martin_fierro; veronica; Xenalyte; ...

ping


18 posted on 10/28/2006 7:18:24 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: buccaneer81
Yes, very weird but I'm not mourning Berbick. The guy was a criminal:

He was convicted in Florida of raping a family baby sitter and was sentenced to four years in prison.

n 1991, Berbick was convicted of misdemeanor assault for attacking his former business manager, who testified the boxer put a gun to her head...

He also was convicted in 1992 of second-degree grand theft for forging his ex-wife's signature to get a mortgage on a home
19 posted on 10/28/2006 7:19:22 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (The UN did such a great job with Oil for Food in Iraq, let's let them run the whole country)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

I must admit I thought he had long past. I presumed his famous "bench statue" had been placed outside Faneuil Hall when he died.


20 posted on 10/28/2006 7:20:02 PM PDT by Petronski (CNN is an insidiously treasonous, enemy propaganda organ.)
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To: zarf

Nice post. I'm going to go fire up a Fuente Don Carlos Doble Robusto in his honor....


21 posted on 10/28/2006 7:21:04 PM PDT by clintonh8r
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22 posted on 10/28/2006 7:21:33 PM PDT by Petronski (CNN is an insidiously treasonous, enemy propaganda organ.)
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Red Auerbach, who coached the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships in the 1950s and 1960s

That's nine championships in ten seasons, including eight in a row.

23 posted on 10/28/2006 7:24:27 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: billorites

Maybe Al Davis is sick and be foursome soon


24 posted on 10/28/2006 7:25:29 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: wagglebee

Red was a player's coach. He was a leader who instilled in his players the meaning of hard work, teamwork and love of the game. When one thinks of pro basketball the name Red Auerbach always comes up. What a coach he was and who can ever forget Red and the old Boston Garden. RIP Red and thanks for the memories!


25 posted on 10/28/2006 7:29:38 PM PDT by tuvals (America First - Support Our Troops!)
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To: SevenofNine

"Maybe Al Davis is sick and be foursome soon"

That's sick. Funnier than $#!+, but sick. :)


26 posted on 10/28/2006 7:30:59 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (The UN did such a great job with Oil for Food in Iraq, let's let them run the whole country)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

Hey I saw Al when they induct John madden at Hall of Fame he don't look good

Man that reason why Raiders sucks this season Al Davis been sick


27 posted on 10/28/2006 7:36:21 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: SevenofNine

I'll never forgive Al Davis for what he did to Marcus Allen.


28 posted on 10/28/2006 7:37:32 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (The UN did such a great job with Oil for Food in Iraq, let's let them run the whole country)
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To: SevenofNine

And yes, he is looking like he's getting ready to tee off with Trevor, Red and Joe. :)


29 posted on 10/28/2006 7:38:25 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (The UN did such a great job with Oil for Food in Iraq, let's let them run the whole country)
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Thanks for the memories Coach. You will be missed!

30 posted on 10/28/2006 7:42:07 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

Yeah he could hardly walk I remember that without walker he look bad SEE it not mess up asking how Al Davis doing


31 posted on 10/28/2006 7:48:09 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Gay State Conservative

"Parrish.Bird,McHale and DJ...names that struck fear in the hearts of Celtics foes during the 80's."

Amen. I used to love watching them and the Lakers shoot it out back in the day. It was amazing to see the sheer talent on both teams.

RIP Coach.


32 posted on 10/28/2006 7:49:13 PM PDT by jgilbert63
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To: sushiman
tommy heinsohn ...bob cousy ...bill russell ...john havliceck

You added the Jones boys -- don't forget Satch Sanders, Don Nelson, Frank Ramsey, Bill Sharman, Jungle Jim Luscotuff, Willie Naulls, Bailey Howell, Larry Siegfried. Red Auerbach was truly one of the great coaches in all of pro sports. What a great tradition he built on the shoulders of the incomparable Russell. RIP, Red.

33 posted on 10/28/2006 8:02:38 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
R.I.P. Red



34 posted on 10/28/2006 8:09:27 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

Auerbach is easily one of the top 5 coaches in sports history. In fact, I'd even put him at #2 or #3, after John Wooden and maybe Vince Lombardi.


35 posted on 10/28/2006 8:13:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Red Steel

Drafting Bird as a junior in 1978 was a brilliant move by Red. They had a to wait a year for him to join the Celts, but I'd say it was worth the wait.


36 posted on 10/28/2006 9:00:03 PM PDT by Norman Arbuthnot
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
I don't mind all that other stuff - but mortgage fraud is going too far! Burn in Hell Berbick!
37 posted on 10/28/2006 9:23:22 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better; potlatch; PhilDragoo; devolve; bitt

When my Dad retired at age 80, his co-workers asked what his sports fantasy would be. Dad said he'd like to interview Red Auerbach. He never expected this dream to come true. Red was gracious enough to allow the interview, and permit a local TV crew to tape it. Dad was flown to Washington, did his fantasy interview, and was able to see it televised in a 2-part feature on the local sports broadcast. He was given the tape of the full interview. Red gave Dad an hour of quality time. Whatever he did in the world of basketball, for me, this was the measure of the man.


38 posted on 10/28/2006 10:23:31 PM PDT by ntnychik
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What a wonderful story. Not being a sports fan I am unfamiliar with him.


39 posted on 10/28/2006 10:32:47 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: speedy
He died just three days after receiving the Lone Sailor Award on Oct. 25th ....
40 posted on 10/29/2006 1:25:42 AM PDT by sushiman
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Wow, Red looks pretty good in that picture, considering the timing. He looks like he could still have given the refs an earfull!


41 posted on 10/29/2006 4:50:15 AM PST by speedy
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To: battlegearboat
Have a cigar. R.I.P. coach.

Funny you should say that...

I emailed my dad who grew up in Boston and asked if Red ever smoked his cigars during the games. He said, "Only when he thought the Celtics were going to win... and if the game was a blow out, very early in the game."

42 posted on 10/29/2006 7:25:52 AM PST by John123 (As a tribute to Red, I will light a cigar for every game the Celtics win this season...)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
The guy I feared most was M.L. Carr. That guy swung one mean towel. :)

The GUY I feared the most was Tree Rollins. He tried to bite off Danny Ainge's thumb...

43 posted on 10/29/2006 7:28:52 AM PST by John123 (As a tribute to Red, I will light a cigar for every game the Celtics win this season...)
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better

I can just imagine Red is sitting down with Johnny Most up in Heaven to relive the old days. Thanks for everything, coach.


44 posted on 10/29/2006 9:07:21 PM PST by Reaganesque
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
R.I.P. Red


45 posted on 10/31/2006 12:42:23 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Karl Rove you magnificent bastard!)
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To: Red Steel

I remember when Auerbach drafted Bird when he was a junior in college because he wanted Larry to play in Boston, because he could see the potential in Bird.


46 posted on 10/31/2006 12:45:50 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Karl Rove you magnificent bastard!)
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