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A team even an enemy fan can love

Eric Neel was bred to hate the Celtics. But this team, this big three, is creating a problem for him. Story

Updated: November 27, 2007, 6:04 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2

I hate the Celtics. I hate the green. I hate Bill Russell's mannered little goatee. I hate Red's cigar. I hate Bird's mullet. I hate the leprechaun. I hate the stupid floor. I hate Don Nelson and his lucky bounce. I hate M.L. Carr and his towel. And I hate Danny Ainge and his pout most of all.

My grandfather hated them before me. They were arrogant, he said. They stunk of smug champagne celebrations and street parades. Rooting for them, he said, was worse than rooting for the Yankees, worse ...

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