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.

8 Comments

Well stated man. Its about time the Bruins joined the “Final round” party. Here’s to hoping they make it past the Canucks and can take home the hallowed Cup to Boston!

One of my best friends is from Pittsburgh. We’ve been pretty annoying to most other sports fans the past few years.

Also, you left out the New England Revolution making it to the MLS Cup game in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007 (even though they lost all 4 times.)

And if I could just add one small point, don’t ever come to expect or feel entitled to this type of prolonged multi-sport success. As a displaced Bostonian living in New York, that’s the last thing I’d want to see out of Boston fans.

It is indeed a great time to be a New England sports fan, even being one who is a fan outside of New England. WAY TO GO, BRUINS– KEEP GOING! GO SOX! GO PATRIOTS! GO CELTICS!

Ian, can you tell me what is up with the whole one sleeve deal that a lot of baseball players wear, for example Jacoby Ellsbury, I am asking because my wife is curious why he only has one sleeve. Thanks! It is indeed a great time to root on Boston sports. Good luck to the Bruins, time for the Celts to get Dwight Howard, and the Red Sox to keep on rolling!

It appears the steam has settled on the Sox having lost their third straight as a function of pitching. No fault to Beckett but Lester certainly got destroyed and then came a fairly reliable Aceves. I hardly think that Lackey will do much of anything besides blow games and I still think Aceves is a great arm. In fairness to John, he is a hard worker and has certainly had a tough emotional ride this spring.
Whatever the reason the Sox can’t stay this streaky.

It hurts when the Sox lost the games where Buchholz and Lester pitched. Losing a series is one thing but swept by the other Sox is inexcusable. The Sox has to find a 4th starter internally or externally. Aceves is good for spot start. I don’t think he is durable regularly every 5 days.
Hope the Sox have a good weekend series!

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