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Football a Touchdown for Celtics Chemistry
Posted By Jessica Camerato On October 12, 2009 @ 12:26 am In General | 2 Comments
With seconds left in regulation between Wallace’s favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs , and Perkins’ hometown club, the Chiefs scored a touchdown to force overtime. It was enough to send Perkins back into the trainer’s room while Wallace gloated in the last-second comeback.
On Sunday afternoon the Celtics locker room became an NFL fan zone following their game against the Nets (recap ).
“Everybody has their own teams and they’re rooting for their hometown,” said Michael Sweetney  while he watched the game from his locker. “Especially with ‘Sheed with Kansas City, Perk with Dallas, Paul [Pierce]  likes the Patriots , and I’m from D.C. so I’ve got the [Washington] Redskins , we all just get around and talk trash. It brings us together. We have a good time.”
For the Celtics, following football is another experience to strengthen their team chemistry. Many of the players, including Glen Davis  and Marquis Daniels , played in high school. Their passion for the sport now brings them together in the pros.
“We’re all football fans,” said Davis, a New Orleans Saints  follower. “Football’s an American sport. Every guy likes football, we like to talk about football, and everybody talks about athletes.”
According to Daniels, this game is a common thread among many NBA players. The Orlando native, who is a fan of any Florida football team, recalls friendly rivalries among teammates when he played for the Mavericks  and Pacers . In many cases a lost prediction would result in having to wear the opposition’s jersey.
Sweetney, however, has never played for a team where Sundays are so significant.
“This is my first team being around something like this, just the camaraderie, everything,” he said. “It’s just something special right now. Like I told you before — and I’m not bad mouthing other teams – the two teams I’ve been on [Bulls  and Knicks ], we’ve never done this. Guys enjoy each other, not just on the floor.”
In that moment, Wallace enjoyed himself as he continued his celebration. Even though his initial outburst was directed at Perkins, Sweetney was not exempt from the cheers. As Sweetney explained, Wallace is a “true diehard fan” who would stick by the Chiefs even if they only won one game this season.
“Yeah, Sweet, say something now, Sweet!” Wallace jokingly yelled out.
“I was talking trash to him all week,” Sweetney admitted, “and we lost today.”
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