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Sports Ball Thoughts 7.

1. The Celtics look like a 47 win team.

2. The math is starting to take on interesting historical dimensions with the Red Sox. If they sweep--I am not saying I think they will--then 108 regular season wins and 11-2 in the postseason--including defeats of two 100 win teams--puts you in the conversation of best all-time teams.

3. The Red Sox would not have won the World Series in 2013 if the Dodgers had not bailed them out in 2012 by taking problem players Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Adrian Gonzalez.

4. I cannot see the Red Sox losing this series.

5. I do not think they are one of the best ever teams, even if they sweep.

6. Close to shocked that Drew Pomeranz is on the World Series roster.

7. Kyrie Irving is so overrated. Not a Hall of Famer.

8. Manny Machado is a dick, but he's good at being a dick, and he enjoys being a dick, which can be problematic for the opposition.

9. The five best teams in terms of the total package of history, success, and fan base are the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers. The next tier: Tigers, Cubs, Pirates. Next: A's, Orioles, Braves. Isn't it remarkable how lackluster the history of the White Sox has been? They've basically been around since the beginning, but there's so little there. The 1959 team was cool, the 1983 team was loaded but didn't get far, no one much remembers or talks about the 2005 championship team.

10. The best baseball team ever is the 1927 Yankees. Second, the 1929 Philadelphia A's. For hockey I would take the 1983-84 Oilers. For football, the 2004 Patriots. For basketball, the 1995-96 Bulls.

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