Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 as one of the league's original eight teams, the Celtics play their home games at TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins; the Celtics are regarded as the most successful basketball team in NBA history. The Celtics are one of the two charter BAA franchises still playing in their original city today; the Celtics have a notable rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won 16 NBA championships, second behind the Celtics. The rivalry was highlighted throughout the 1960s and 1980s; the franchise has played the Lakers a record 12 times in the NBA Finals, of which the Celtics have won nine. Four Celtics players have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards. Both the nickname "Celtics" and their mascot "Lucky the Leprechaun" are a nod to Boston's large Irish population.

The Celtics' rise to dominance began in the late 1950s, after acquiring center Bill Russell in a draft day trade in 1956, who would become the cornerstone of the Celtics dynasty. Led by Russell and superstar point guard Bob Cousy, the Celtics won their first NBA championship in 1957. Russell, along with a talented supporting cast of future Hall of Famers including John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones, Satch Sanders, Bill Sharman, would usher the Celtics into the greatest period in franchise history, winning eight consecutive NBA championships throughout the 1960s. After the retirement of Russell in 1969, the Celtics entered a period of rebuilding. Led by center Dave Cowens and point guard JoJo White, the Celtics returned to championship caliber, winning two NBA titles in 1974 and 1976; the Celtics again returned to dominance in the 1980s. Led by the "Big Three" that featured Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, the Celtics won the 1981, 1984, 1986 championships. After winning 16 championships throughout the 20th century, the Celtics, after struggling through the 1990s, rose again to win a championship in 2008 with the help of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen in what was known as the new "Big Three" era.

The Celtics returned to the NBA Finals in 2010. By the start of the 2013 season none of the "Big Three" were still signed - Ray Allen having left a season prior - ushering in a new era for the team. With the help of newly hired head coach Brad Stevens, the team began rebuilding. In his second season, Stevens led the Celtics on a return to the playoffs in 2015. During the following season, the Celtics clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but were eliminated in the Conference Finals; this prompted an aggressive rebuild in 2017, where the team acquired All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. However, the pair struggled with injuries throughout the 2017–18 season, the team was again defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals, despite pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games; the Boston Celtics were formed on June 6, 1946, by Boston Garden-Arena Corporation president Walter A. Brown as a team in the Basketball Association of America, became part of the National Basketball Association after the absorption of the National Basketball League by the BAA in the fall of 1949.

In 1950, the Celtics signed Chuck Cooper. The Celtics struggled until the hiring of coach Red Auerbach. In the franchise's early days, Auerbach had no assistants, ran all the practices, did all the scouting—both of opposing teams and college draft prospects—and scheduled all road trips. One of the first great players to join the Celtics was Bob Cousy, whom Auerbach refused to draft out of nearby Holy Cross because he was "too flashy." Cousy's contract became the property of the Chicago Stags, but when that franchise went bankrupt, Cousy went to the Celtics in a dispersal draft. After the 1955–56 season, Auerbach made a stunning trade, sending perennial All-Star Ed Macauley to the St. Louis Hawks along with the draft rights to Cliff Hagan for the second overall pick in the draft. After negotiating with the Rochester Royals—a negotiation that included a promise that the Celtics owner would send the sought-after Ice Capades to Rochester if the Royals would let Russell slide to #2—Auerbach used the pick to select University of San Francisco center Bill Russell.

Auerbach acquired Holy Cross standout, 1957 NBA Rookie of the Year, Tommy Heinsohn. Russell and Heinsohn worked extraordinarily well with Cousy, they were the players around whom Auerbach would build the champion Celtics for more than a decade. With Bill Russell, the Celtics advanced to the 1957 NBA Finals and defeated the St. Louis Hawks in seven games, the first of a record 17 championships. Russell went on making him the most decorated player in NBA history. In 1958, the Celtics again advanced to this time losing to the Hawks in 6 games. However, with the acquisition of K. C. Jones that year, the Celtics began a dynasty. In 1959, the Celtics won the NBA Championship after sweeping the Minneapolis Lakers, the first of their record eight consecutive championships. During that time, the C

Shaman King: Funbari Spirits

Shaman King: Funbari Spirits, is a cel-shaded 2D style fighting game released in Japan only on April 4, 2004. It is not to be confused with Shaman King: Power of Spirit, a game produced by Konami to go along with the 4kids Entertainment dub, it is a pseudo-sequel to Shaman King: a 2D fighting game for the PlayStation. This game is based upon the Manga; this is the last Shaman King game to be released in Japan. Funbari Spirits features simple controls and plays quite like a 2D fighter despite being 3D. There is a 2 player mode, adventure story mode, mini game mode, a free play mode along with training mode; the game has voices from the original anime, as well as colorful cel-shaded graphics. All of the main characters are present as playable characters, along with a few exclusive-to-this-game-only characters. Yoh Asakura Tao Ren Ryu HoroHoro Faust VIII Chocolove Lyserg Diethel Marco Iron Maiden Jeanne Anna Kyoyama Manta Oyamada Hao Asakura Redseb Sati Saigan Sennjuu Official Japanese Website Official Website Character section 3 with Exclusive Characters

USS Tisdale (DE-33)

The second USS Tisdale was an Evarts-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy during World War II. She was promptly sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft, she performed dangerous work in numerous battle areas, returned home proudly with four battle stars. BDE-33 was laid down at Mare Island Navy Yard on 23 January 1943 as one of the warships to be transferred to the United Kingdom under the terms of the Lend-Lease agreement. However, her allocation to the Royal Navy was canceled. Tisdale was launched on 28 June 1943. Theodore Wolcott in command. Following shakedown, Tisdale cleared Treasure Island, California, on 5 December 1943. Six days she moored at Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands; the destroyer escort conducted training in the vicinity of Oahu until the 23nd, when she got underway for the Central Pacific. After stops at Canton Island and Abemama, she reached Tarawa Atoll, in the Gilbert Islands, on 9 January 1944.

Between 16 and 20 January, she made two voyages between Tarawa and Funafuti in the Ellice Islands, ending up at Funafuti on the 20th. On the 23rd, Tisdale stood out of Funafuti to participate in "Operation Flintlock", the seizure and occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls in the Marshall Islands. However, the destroyer escort saw no action in the operation and only put into Majuro after it had been secured; the destroyer escort moored at the dock in Pearl Harbor at mid-morning on 13 February. She underwent repairs until the first week in March. On 3 March, she cleared the harbor to return to the Marshalls. After a stop at Johnston Island, she moored at Majuro just after noon on the 12th. Three days Tisdale exited the lagoon in the screen of a convoy bound for the Gilberts, she arrived at Tarawa on St. Patrick's Day and remained there for two months screening ships into and out of the atoll. On 12 May, she exited the lagoon in company with Fleming and Eisele and set course for Pearl Harbor, where she arrived on the 19th.

Following a 10-day availability at the DE docks, she got underway on 29 May in the screen of Rear Admiral Blandy's floating reserve for the Marianas invasion. Tisdale and her charges staged through Kwajalein, stopping there from 9 to 11 June before continuing on to the Marianas. Soldiers and marines stormed ashore at Saipan on the 15th; the destroyer escort, remained some distance from the island, continuing to screen the reserve force. On 16 June, Admiral Spruance decided to commit the floating reserve, the Army's 27th Infantry Division landed at dusk. Tisdale escorted the ships into position off Saipan for the landings and began duty screening the transport area. During the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the warship covered the transports against the possibility of an enemy end run and the contingency of Japanese planes penetrating Task Force 58's reinforced anti-aircraft screen. Neither eventuality materialized, Tisdale saw no action until 24 June when she accompanied Colorado on a bombardment of Saipan.

That day, she joined Stringham in the channel between Tinian and Saipan where they fired shells to illuminate that stretch of water to interdict Japanese attempts to reinforce the Saipan garrison. The following morning, she returned to the transport area and resumed her duties in the anti-submarine screen. On 2 July, she began screening ships on their nightly retirements from Saipan. Six days Tisdale went into action against the next objective in the Marianas, Tinian, by delivering night harassing fire and illuminating fire in the area around Tinian Town and Sunharon Harbor. On the 12th, she cleared the Marianas and escorted a convoy to Eniwetok until the 21st, when she headed back to the Marianas; the destroyer escort arrived off Saipan on 25 July and resumed her familiar duty screening transports during the campaign on Tinian. On 16 August, just before the assault on Guam, she departed the Marianas once more. Steaming via Eniwetok, she began a 20-day availability, she conducted trials and training exercises in the Hawaiian Islands until October.

Tisdale departed Oahu in the screen of a convoy on 2 October and arrived in Eniwetok lagoon on the 13th. From until late February 1945, she escorted convoys; this duty took her forth, between Eniwetok and Ulithi. The single exception was a round-trip voyage to Manus in early February. During the return voyage, she attacked a sonar contact on 3 February and, although she received no official credit for it, she sank a Japanese submarine. On 25 February, Tisdale exited the lagoon at Eniwetok in company with Thetis Bay; the task unit reached Apra Harbor, Guam, on the 28th, she conducted operations with the escort carrier well into the first week in March. On 5 March, the two warships headed back to Eniwetok. Three days she headed out of the Eniwetok anchorage with a Ulithi-bound convoy, she made her destination on 16 March and, five days headed for the Ryukyu Islands with the escort carriers of Support Carrier Unit 2. On 25 March, the warships arrived in their area of operations to the south of Okinawa, the objective in "Operation Iceberg".

The carriers launched their planes to support the invasion of Okinawa, Tisdale helped protect them from enemy submarine and air attacks. Though enemy planes approached the task unit, Tisdale saw no real air action because the combat a