Talking Points: Illegal procedure, on the Seahawks

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NFL fans know the answer to this easy question: Who is the league’s most penalized team? It’s the Oakland Raiders, of course.

But who’s second?

The Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle has penalized 13 times on Sunday, the most in any game since the 2002 season opener. Seven of those 13 penalties came in the fourth quarter, making their win over a good Baltimore team all the more surprising.

Seattle has been penalized 83 times this season. Oakland is the leader at 91 penalties.

“I can’t tell you we can stop it yet, because I can’t tell you how fast we can grow up,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It is about making decisions and choices.”

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It’s hard to argue with the Sporting News’ selection of Boston as the best NBA city.

Let’s see 17 championships and the great Red Auerbach with his 56 years as coach and president. Auerbach recognized the benefit of a dominant center, the fast break and pioneered the concept of the sixth man, a role that got Frank Ramsey, Sam Jones, John Havlicek and Kevin McHale into the Hall of Fame.

Winning is a tradition for the Celtics. Also, past greats like Tom Heinsohn, Cedric Maxwell are team broadcasters.

But two everyday items speak to the greatness of Celtics’ basketball: parquet floors and victory cigars.

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Who is worse than the Mariners in Major League Baseball? Three teams, according to Stan McNeal of Sporting News. Seattle is slotted in at No. 27 in the 2012 power ratings. The bottom three beneath the M’s are Minnesota, San Diego and Houston. It’s a sad day when your franchise is considered worse than the Pittsburgh Pirates.