The MIT Sloan sports conference has grown quite a bit over the past three or four years. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey headlines the organizing committee and does a great job to the point where it's grown too big to be staged at MIT. I enjoyed attending last year but was unable to head over yesterday. That said, ESPN - heavily involved from the sponsorship and panel moderator side - had a number of posts via Henry Abbott's True Hoop Blog. Here's a link to one. It is well worth surfing the others. See ESPN True Hoop.
A sign of the times? See the Herald on a Celtics banner:
The Celtics quest for an 18th world championship is in high gear, but authorities are blowing the whistle on the Green’s massive banner along Interstate 93, saying the landmark 80-foot ad may have run afoul of state and city rules.
The team was issued a “temporary” six-month permit by the city - in October 2005 - to drape the sign on a vacant brick building at 131 Beverly St. across from the TD Garden. But the C’s never received a permanent permit for the gargantuan ad, which welcomes motorists into the city at the mouth of the Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. Tunnel as they cross the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.
Tough times ahead for AI. See: Philly.com - Former Georgetown coach John Thompson might be the only answer for The Answer.
My favorite Boston-area college hoops player, Matt Janning of Northeastern, had a great game vs. Hofstra in the CAA. See game report:
Matt Janning hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 45.2 seconds left in the second overtime and Manny Adako blocked Cornelius Vines' trey on Hofstra's next possession to bring second-seeded Northeastern a 74-71 win over the Pride on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
After Adako's block, Chaisson Allen hit 4 of 6 free throws for Northeastern (20-11). Halil Kanacevic missed a 3-pointer for Hofstra at the buzzer, snapping the Pride's seven-game win streak.
Janning had a season-high 26 points along with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.