Last night the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win the right to drink beer out of The Stanley Cup. After the clock read zero, I tweeted my congratulations. ”You gotta feel good for those long suffering Boston sports fans.” It had been a long 29 years of hand-wringing including a “kiss your sister” celebration of Ray Bourque’s Stanley Cup in 2001 after the long-time Bruin was traded to the Avalanche to win it. In case you feel like attacking Boston’s sports credibility, just imagine for a second that the Heat had won the Finals this year and we had a party with Zydrunas Ilgauskas. No matter, though. Bourque is long forgotten now that the Bruins won it all. Talk about a Cleveland contrast.
There is a generation of Boston sports fans who will have no idea what to do with themselves if Boston sports teams don’t win it all every couple of years. Since the millennium, it is absolutely astonishing. The Patriots won in 2001, 2003, 2004 and nearly missed a perfect season in 2007. The Red Sox won it in 2004 and 2007. The Celtics won it in 2008. And now the Bruins have won it in 2011. So that’s seven championships across four teams in basically a decade’s time. And beyond that, it is a ton of contention even when they didn’t win it all. [Read more...]