five name-brand actors who would have been a better casting choice than jack nicholson to play frank costello in "the departed:"
hell, daniel day lewis with some makeup
and speaking of boston, rip red auerbach. although i was too young to see him as a coach, i do remember watching the ceremony in 1985 when the celtics retired his number and my dad telling me stories about red.
reading the obituaries i am struck not only by the humor of the red stories but also the humanity. for every tale of him being thrown out of an arena, or punching somebody in the face, or the bravado of the famous cigar, there is a story of his undying love and support for his players, his insistence on a team-based strategy, or his groundbreaking hiring of black players and coaches. boston has lost a legend.