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For an older guy, that Bill Parcells has pretty good change of direction.

When last we addressed this topic, the 66-year-old Parcells was on his way to Atlanta to straighten out the Falcons as the grand poobah in charge of football operation. Well, Parcells is headed in that general direction -- southward --  but a little east. Now, it appears that the Big Tuna will be joining the Fishes in Miami (and that's about the thousandth time already that reference has been used).

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Wow, Atlanta owner Arthur Blank has been jilted so many times, they're going to have to change the name of those goodbye letters from Dear Johns to Dear Arts. But we'll wait until Parcells is absolutely, positively sure whose front office he'll wind up running before sorting through what it means for that team.

*  The Pistons beat the Celtics, 87-85, in Boston last night, the Celts' first home loss of the season and only their third all year, but it was like driving a stake through the heart of a vampire.  Boston refused to die. Detroit had the lead for most of the fourth quarter and was ahead by six points with about a minute left. But Boston tied it at 85 with 18 seconds left on a three-pointer by Ray Allen. After Boston missed a chance to go ahead, Chauncey Billups dropped in a couple of free throws with a micro second left to finish off the Celtics.

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