Rajon Rondo and Nine Others I Forgive This Easter: A Fan’s Take

Easter Sunday is just around the corner. Easter is a time of new beginnings. So with that in mind, I would like to leave behind some ill feelings I have had recently toward some sports figures.

Here are the top 10 who have now gained my forgiveness. I'm sure they will all sleep better now because of it.

1. Tim Thomas: I thought it was disrespectful that you didn't accept the invitation to the White House after the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup. I still disagree with your choice, but as long as you are a stone wall in goal during the playoffs, all will be forgotten. In the end, winning cures all in sports.

2. Rajon Rondo: Sometimes you act like an immature kid. At others times you blow me away with your skill and how you can take over a game. I'll be happy with the latter and hope that eventually you will grow up completely and be the leader the Boston Celtics need.

3. Rob Gronkowski: You played like a beast all year long. Then you injured yourself and basically disappeared in the Super Bowl. After the game you danced and partied. It isn't how I would deal with losing a huge game, but I don't question your heart or commitment, so I should let it go.

4. Wes Welker: A crucial dropped pass in the Super Bowl put you in my doghouse for about a millisecond. I then remembered all the tough catches your have made in your years with the New England Patriots, and you were back as one of my favorite players.

5. Gisele Bundchen: She had some unkind words to say about Welker after the big game. In the end, she was just a wife sticking up for her husband, Tom Brady. Plus, she is just too pretty to really stay mad at.

6. Tim Tebow haters: I never understood why so many people hate Tim Tebow, but now that he is a member of the New York Jets, I am on their side. Tebow, you are less than good at the position of quarterback. Okay, maybe I need to work on my insults before the season starts.

7. Carl Crawford: This one is because no fan of the Boston Red Sox will give him a break, so I guess I will. I would love to see him make Red Sox fans eat crow. They have piled on this guy so much after one down year that it is ridiculous. I hope Crawford hits .350 this season, but the Red Sox lose 100 games.

8. The New York Yankees: I forgive my favorite team for not making the World Series in 2011. Hey, they could have choked like the Red Sox or the Atlanta Braves did.

9. ESPN: The network has shown college hockey no love in this year's playoffs. It has scheduled games at bad times and thrown many of them on ESPN3, and who knows where that is? Now one of the semifinal games will be relegated to lowly ESPNU status. I forgive the boys in Bristol only because with this dis it means I won't have to actually see the hated Boston College Eagles win the title again, I probably won't be able to locate the game.

10. New Orleans Saints fans: I forgive all of you for thinking that the NFL is out to get you. You are all wrong, but you are fans so your job is to be partly irrational. I can't forgive your coach, Sean Payton, though. He has been smug throughout this whole thing and is now stalling with his appeal of the suspension. Sean, you were warned and you didn't stop. You only have yourself to blame. You are like a petulant teenager that has lost car privileges. Take your punishment and move forward.

Darren Pare is a odd jumble of a Yankees, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics fan. Please don't hold it against him. You can follow him on Twitter @dpare71.

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Updated Thursday, Apr 5, 2012