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The Blogfather: Jeff Clark on the past, present, and future of CelticsBlog

Boston Celtics Larry Bird, 1985 NBA Finals

BS: First of all, congratulations on the 20th anniversary of CelticsBlog. In short, this is a big deal.

JC: There’s a scene in Almost Famous where Lester Bangs leans in and delivers this line with the utmost conspiratorial sincerity. “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” That has always resonated with me because I haven’t just accepted the fact that I’m uncool, I’m actively striving to be less and less cool. I joke with people that I was born a dad, it just took me 33 years to become a father.

BS: Ironically, that’s actually how I found CB. When my son was born in 2014, I became a stay-at-home dad and was looking for a writing outlet. I had been a reader and fan of the site since the 2010 Finals run and I was lucky enough to catch you when you were looking for contributors. It’s just so funny how all this evolves, right? I still remember playing ball in my driveway and pretending to be Larry Bird and now I’m writing about Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and making a championship run. There are so few things that I loved as a kid that I still love today. The Celtics is one of them.

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JC: I don’t know where my sports obsession came from really. I’m pretty tall, so basketball was always a natural sport to gravitate towards. But everyone in my family is tall and none of them care at all about sports. I think to this day if I told my brother about the 20th anniversary of the blog he would say something like “oh, are you still doing that?” And frankly I’m more than fine with that.

The other major thing that shaped me was coming to Christ in college and learning that a life spent focused on loving others with all your time, talents, and treasures has an ironic way of making you feel filled and loved as well.

Put that all together and you can start to understand why a lonely recent college graduate who just settled down in Virginia (thousands of miles away from my hometown of Plymouth, MA) would reach out to the internet to find a community of people as obsessed with the Celtics as I was.

BS: It’s not exactly Lester Bangs, but that makes me think about that line from Fever Pitch when the kid asks Jimmy Fallon, “you love the [Red] Sox, but have they ever loved you back?” And maybe the Celtics haven’t exactly “loved…

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