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Celtic Shakespeare

the Bard I have seldom been accused of being overly cultured. I have stains on all my best shirts, eat with little to no regard for table manners, and I'm "that guy" that makes out of place comments at parties that stop conversations dead in their tracks.

However, I do hold on to at least one sophisticated acquired taste. I love Shakespeare. I've seen dozens of plays and read more than half of the Bard's works.

A lot of people simply can't stand the language and/or don't appreciate the poetry weaved into his prose. This will largely be lost on those people, but oh well. To everyone else, I hope you enjoy and feel free to chime in with your own in the comments.

This idea is borrowed from the Sports Guy's gimmick where he quotes movies and makes the connection to sports.

Remember thee! Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat in this distracted globe. Remember thee! - Hamlet

To Red Auerbach and Dennis Johnson. You are but departed in the flesh. Your memory lives on in our hearts.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers - Henry V

To the diehard fans who have followed this team throughout the past 20 years. The bond that we share from these lean times will make it all the more special when this team returns to greatness.

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on. - Iago in Othello

For me every time I watched the Spurs before this weekend. I had to fight the green eyed monster, dreaming of how differently history would have played out.

Et tu, Brute? - Julius Ceasar

To Ricky Davis. I could understand Blount acting like a horses backside when our teams faced, but I had nothing but love for our boy Ricky. Yet he stuck the dagger in and left his follow through up in the air to make sure we understood the taunt. Et tu Ricky?

I have of late but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth - Hamlet

For the first half of the season. I had what I thought were reasonable expectations for this season and the team failed every test. Loss after loss after loss. Injury after injury. One big season of disappointment.

Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York - Richard III

It has been a long, hard winter of discontent for the Celtics, but there is hope for a glorious summer. We need a lot of luck and a lot of hard work by the management team. But there is hope ahead.

"Out, damned spot! out, I say!" --Lady Macbeth

To Vin Baker's cap hit. The blight of Vin Baker will finally pass into the history books. We bought out his contract long ago, but the cap hit was spread across several years to lessen the blow. As of this summer, he's no longer on the books!

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief. - Polonius (in Hamlet)

To Bill Simmons. If you read the context of this quote you'll see the irony of it. Polonius is like Simmons in that he believes nothing is worth saying unless you can stretch it out to 20,000 words. I love Bill, but sometimes the best writing comes in small packages.

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. - Hamlet

To Delonte, who seems to be as funny a Celtic as there has been in a long time. I toyed with giving this one to Theo, since in the play Hamlet is talking about Yorick while holding his decaying skull but I didn't want to be that mean.

Oh, I am fortune's fool! - Romeo

To Wally's bum ankles. I could almost understand if he was spraining the same ankle every time, but it almost seemed like he took turns spraining one then the other. That's just dumb, stinking luck. I am in the minority, but I'm still of the mind that he could be a valued member of this team when healthy. Of course I could also take this to mean it was "foolish" to give this man a "fortune" but really, I'm not that mean. Ok, yes I am.

The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King. - Hamlet

For those accusing the Celtics of tanking. The play of this team over the last couple weeks is proof positive that they will have a clear conscience going into the lottery.

O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I! - Hamlet

To myself. I am humbled by the growing number of visitors coming to this site, which was simply born of an unrelenting need to connect with other Celtics fans. I don't pretend to know why you come here and read my daily ramblings, but it leads me to one final quote:

Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks, but I thank you; and sure, dear friends.