These are the good old days
I have a simple chore for you today, if you are a Boston sports fan. Think this thought to yourself: “These are truly great times to follow Boston sports.”
The Bruins won Game 7 of the Conference Finals last night, a 1-0 epic over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
They are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. While playing on this stage is very new to the Bruins, it is becoming old hat to New Englanders who love sports.
This marks the ninth time since February of 2002 that a Boston/New England team in the four major sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) has reached the final round.
Here is the breakdown: The Patriots played in the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008 Super Bowls. The Red Sox played in the 2004 and 2007 World Series, coming back from seemingly insurmountable deficits in the ALCS both times to get there. The Celtics played in the 2008 and 2010 Finals. The Pats won 3 out of their 4 Super Bowls. The Red Sox won both World Series, sweeping both times. The Celtics won the ’08 Finals and came agonizingly close to winning Game 7 in ’10.
So the Boston teams won six titles in their eight chances in the final round. Here come the Bruins, hoping to make it seven out of nine.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are playing ridiculous baseball right now, with 12 wins in their last 14 games. The Patriots still have Tom Brady playing at a high level, and perhaps the greatest coach since Vince Lombardi in Bill Belichick. The Celtics look like they might be headed on a downward slope, but they still have three Hall of Famers and one highly-exciting All-Star just entering his prime in Rondo.
Meanwhile, enjoy this Bruins trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Enjoy being a Boston sports fan right now. Not many regions can relate to the euphoria you’ve felt since February of 2002.