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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The Boston Sports-Pearl Jam Connection

Oops, one more NBA-related item. There was a nice Globe article Tuesday profiling Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck that's worth a read. Not only do we learn that Wyc is short for "Wycliffe"--I had been hoping he was "Wyclef"--but we learn about the man's musical tastes:

He likes hard rock and harder rock. Driving to and from work in his Lincoln Aviator -- vanity plate CELTIX -- chances are Pearl Jam is in the CD player.

This comes on the heels of the Theo Epstein article (I blogged the Red Sox GM winning the Globe Magazine's Bostonian of the Year honor yesterday), which told us:

Around him is a bottle of 2004 World Champions Champagne, his acoustic guitar, a framed picture of his niece, and a framed-but-not-yet-hung double platinum album signed by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

Peter Gammons and Bronson Arroyo are also huge Pearl Jam fans, playing the band's songs at the annual Sox music fundraiser. Is there some cosmic connection between sports in this town and the tone of Eddie Vedder's voice?

While I'm writing like this, I'll note the Glenn Reynolds swipe at Green Day. I wonder if the good prof is aware of their Grammy nominations? Also, while it's true these guys have opposed Bush, they have never exactly put themselves forward as policy wonks, either, from anyone who is aware of the group's public persona. "American Idiot" pretty well summed up my feeling this November, and regarding the whole election spectacle this year, in fact.