A midsummer’s tweet tour of some of the things we hold dear, and some of the things we relegate to “Oh, dear!’’
■ Year ago, all talk was about Rajon Rondo emerging as Celts new leader. Few followed. Now he’s last man standing.
■ It’s almost the All-Star break and it keeps coming back to John Lackey. Of course the stat geeks factored that into the equation in Feb.
■ Goaltending is 50 percent of the equation. Until you don’t have it. Then it’s 90 percent of the problem.
■ Touring colleges with son. Impressions: 1. enthusiasm infectious; 2. tuition totally absurd; 3. emphasis on sports ridiculous.
■ In terms of lack of appreciation for a job well done, Ben Cherington today is the Patrice Bergeron of Major League Baseball.
■ The “C” in Celtics once was synonymous with “championship.” Then it became “competing.” These days it’s just “coping.”
■ If you remember Fireball Fred Wenz, then watching the back end of the 2013 Red Sox bullpen is your latter day magical mystery tour.
■ Laudable effort, PGA, to cut back length of playing times. Years overdue. Now, any suggestions on how to shorten my “to-do’’ list?
■ Of all the Hub’s TV and radio sports talkers, I bet The Eck would win “The Guy I’d Most Like To Have A Beer With’’ contest.
■ Nothing really hurts ESPN. But I bet Stanley Cup playoffs embarrassing reminder to many execs that it treated NHL with gross stupidity.
■ Serena Can’t Stand Maria. Tiger Totally Despises Sergio. Check your local Fox listings for dates, times of these new fall series.
■ The Heat’s drive for a third NBA title is already beyond annoying.
■ It is a drag getting old. But each day, if you exercise one minute for every year you’ve lived, it’s far less of a drag. Activate your age.
■ Please make note of the following franchise name change: Phoenix Coyotes become the Arizona Wards of the State.
■ July 18-20, 27th annual Monster Shark Tournament on Martha’s Vineyard. Richard Dreyfuss throws out first can of sardines. #needbiggerboat
■ If Aaron Hernandez is guilty as charged, it’s not about Patriots Way, his hometown or college. It’s solely about evil. His evil.
■ NESN cuts ties with Naoko Funayama. In this case, less is not more. She’ll be someone else’s gain. Soon.
■ Most of stars did not make it through first week of Wimbledon. Rare. But that’s not parity. It’s just a really bad week in June.
■ If there’s an ounce of kid left in you, you’ll find out if you try to hit a wiffle ball before the long holiday weekend comes to a close.
■ ICYMI, Brian Cashman really effed up with remarks re: A-Rod tweeting TMI. Wow, ROTFL. Wish Twitter was ’round in Steinbrenner-Martin days.
■ When I think perfect mechanics, I think of Andy Pettitte’s delivery and Roger Federer’s one-hand backhand.
■ Garnett and Pierce in Brooklyn. We’ll get over it. Like Esposito and Hodge in Manhattan. Probably similar results.
■ My first Globe byline 40 years ago this summer. Wrote about Boston Astros and Helio “Boom Boom” Barbosa. #Shouldaknownbetter
■ I hear WADA will be called in immediately if the TV ratings for the Tour de France end up anything above the legal blood alcohol limit.
■ America’s Cup now is a sport of billionaires whose vessels hover over water. That’s not boating. It’s a late-’60s acid trip. With gin chaser.
■ If the NHL insists on not calling icing during a penalty kill, then why not negate all offsides calls, too? Tear. Down. These. Walls.
■ Still can’t adjust to watching baseball after two intense months of Stanley Cup. Like going from epic Ben-Hur scene to an Amish buggy race.
■ Royal & Ancient and PGA act hand in hand to rid golf of bellyputters. What a regrettable waist of a good club.
■ Before Gronk’s chronic injuries became more chronic, and before the cell door slammed on Hernandez, Patriots should have given Welker the money.
■ It’s July 7 and the Yankees still haven’t played at Fenway this year. Arguably, they haven’t played anywhere this year.
■ Suffolk Downs isn’t a casino yet and may never be a casino. Which is to say you might want to enjoy a day at the races while it’s still possible.
■ If Red Sox and Blue Jays somehow meet in the playoffs, I say the Sox trail by three runs in ninth inning of clincher.
■ Patriots’ football fortunes began to decline about same time it took a fortune to build Patriot Place. Funny how that happened.
■ Blackhawks have Cup, best uniform, and best anthem singer. But I’ll still take Rask over Crawford and Bergeron over Toews.
■ Other than his exit, Doc Rivers did everything well during his time in the Hub. Easy to forgive, but not to forget.Kevin Paul Dupont’s ‘‘On Second Thought’’ appears on Page 2 of the Sunday Globe Sports section. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeKPD.