CelticstownIn Dan Shaughnessy’s latest article for Sports Illustrated he writes that the Boston Celtics will beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round, backing up his opinion with a few reasons.Not only did Shaughnessy write an attention-seeking piece probably designed to piss off some people and infuriate others, but Sports Illustrated actually wrote at least one Cleveland sports blog an email to notify them of the article. I’m not even kidding. Here’s the email from Time Inc., as received by Cleveland Blog Waiting For Next Year,:

I wanted to let you know of an article that appears on today that takes a close look at the likely matchup between the Celtics and Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. contributing columnist Dan Shaughnessy believes that the Celtics can exploit Cleveland’s weaknesses despite the NBA’s reigning MVP and the Cavaliers astounding record at Quicken Loans Arena during the regular season.

Shaughnessy writes: “The Celtics have the same starting five that won the championship two years ago. OK — Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen are not better than they were two years ago, but Rajon Rando is a much better player than he was in 2008, and Kendrick Perkins is two years stronger. Glen “Big Baby” Davis contributes much more than he did two years ago and the Celtics have added veteran snipers Michael Finley and Rasheed Wallace.” If you have any questions or would like any other information, please feel free to contact me. The article is on now. Thank you.

Well there you have it. Dan Shaugnessy’s entire sorry ass existence summed up in one story. A guy whose only purpose on earth is to write inflammatory articles and then send them to the people he is trying to inflame simply to incite controversy. Doesn’t matter whether his target is Red Sox fans, Kentucky basketball fans or in this case Cleveland Cavs fans. The point is always the same. What can Shaugnessy do that will piss people off and pretend that he’s still relevant. It’s Greg Easterbrook 101. And it’s not even about whether his articles make sense anymore either. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. But it’s about honesty and integrity. It’s about reading a guy who you believe is saying something because he believes it in his heart as opposed to having an agenda and trying to manipulate people.   That’s why I feel like I need to take a cold shower after reading his shit. He’s just trying to get more clicks, more radio gigs, more publicity for himself etc.   It has nothing to do with talent and everything to do with integrity.

PS – Really Sports Illustrated? You’re really sending articles to bloggers to get a rise out of them? I’ve never ever done this in my life. Kind of juvenile don’t you think? Seriously take a cue from the Stool and try to act like a professional for once.