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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bruins Win the Cup, And I Lose a Little Faith...

Well, as the saying goes: If you don't have anything nice to say...let a picture of a notorious hockey PinkHat and his Yosemite Sam of a doppelganger Dad do it for you...

"Beverly DeAngelo Scorrrrrrres!"

And who am I kidding? I never keep quiet when I have negative things to say.  So why would today be any different?..

So, congrats to the Bruins.  Especially to their Playoff MVP, or Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Tim Thompson (right Bill?).  And congrats to all their loyal fans, who anguished and struggled through an entire couple months of hockey, but finally got their hands on that elusive Stanley Cup...

Now, it's time for us to start talking New England Revolution Soccer! What?  Local team.  Olympic sport.  League nobody respects nationally (@ least they regularly play games on an ESPN).  That's gotta be the next "it" team in this town, right?  Eh, either way.  At least I'll have my sports radio back by next week, and seeing as that's really all I wanted to begin with, I guess I can't really continue to complain...



Next up. Does Brian Wilson have the best beard in baseball?
But I gotta say, this whole thing really has affected me.  Now, more than ever, I know I need to get a regular on air gig.  If for no other reason than to hold my ground when public perception might radically change in the blink of a Pink eye.  Not like the bandwagon jumpers that seem to dominate the airwaves.  Seriously.  Because if someone doesn't do something, and soon, then one day we're going to turn on our radios and hear Barry Melrose and Alexi Lalas talking baseball, and we'll turn on the TV to find a bunch of Bostonians flipping over cars because a local lacrosse team took home a title.  And you may scoff at the lacrosse analogy, but facts is facts.  Both 'The Bachelorette' and The Belmont Stakes beat the Stanley Cup rather convincingly in the ratings war when they went head to head.  Yeah.  Nationally, the Stanley Cup's relevance lies somewhere between the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship and the latest UFC title bout, yet still far short of both a scripted dating game and a 2 minute horse race...

I don't know, it just really surprised and startled me how ridiculously nutzo people went for this team, especially when I thought it had been long since determined that while the Bruins do have very loyal fans, there just really aren't that many of them.  I thought we were all in agreement that when it came to the 4 pro sports teams in Boston, it was the Big 3...and then the Bruins.  And they were a distant 4th.  Then, when they finally get a few sniffs of the Stanley Cup, everything seemed to change overnight.  From laughing stock to flavor of the week, just like that.  Win a few games, and all of a sudden everyone was a big fan.  That just didn't seem like the Boston sports fans I knew.  Not that they necessarily should be turning a blind eye, like I was, but watching the masses go from zero to PuckHead, and all but forget about the "beloved" Red Sox, just never felt right to me.  It felt fake.  It feels fake.  Like people are just trying to feed their now insatiable Championship addiction.  How annoying are addicts, right?  And the only person that likes an addict is the person trying to peddle them their drug of choice...

Funny. Jeremy Jacobs HASN'T gone, but the fact he's a huge Ted has been all but forgotten...
I know it sounds it, but I'm not bitter.  I'm just loyal to the things and people I like.  Probably to a fault.  And believe me, I've made it known to most of the dozen or so loyal Bruins fans I know that I'm legitimately happy for them.  Contrary to popular belief, I'm not just a huge Bruins hater, and I do know there's a legit fan base out there.  It's just not nearly this big.  And while I share their loyalty, it just happens to be in  a totally different way.  It's one of those "intelligent people can disagree" type things.  I may not share their loyalty for all things Boston, but I do share it for the teams that I like, the sports that I like, the leagues that I like, and most importantly, to my own views and opinions.  I didn't NOT watch the Bruins because I was staging some sort of boycott, I didn't watch because I don't watch hockey, anymore.  For reasons that, to be honest, most die-hards seem to sympathize with.  And for the past 15 years, or more or less most of my life, not watching and not caring about hockey has put me in some pretty good company (again, why don't the 2 major radio stations have even a semblance of a hockey expert?).  I just didn't know that the only reason we all weren't watching was that the Bruins weren't winning titles.  My mistake, I guess...
Not a PinkHat in sight...

For years, Boston fans were justifiably labeled as passionate losers.  Perpetual complainers that it seemed would almost rather see their team lose so they could bitch about their bad luck.  But there was no doubting their knowledge and passion.  Now, with this latest display, I wouldn't blame an outsider for labeling Boston fans as the biggest front runners this side of LA.  A group that's only willing to back their teams when the times are good.  Celebrating more because they "can" than because they really care.  Matter of fact, I not only wouldn't blame them, but I'd agree with them.  A sad commentary for a city that was once proudly known as one of the best fan bases in the entire world, let alone the entire country...

dems da breaks, and I'm sorry).  I'm just disappointed.  Like when you found out there was no Santa Claus.  Matter of fact, it's just like that.  It's like for the past few years, while the city celebrated titles by the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics, and the PinkHats began their invasion, I had an inkling something didn't feel right.  Now, with the Bruins bandwagon  having grown faster than a virgin's flesh sword on his first trip to a strip club, it's as if all doubt has been removed...


I don't know, maybe the cynic in me was just a bigger fan of the whole sports scene up here when the teams weren't world beaters.  Maybe that's my issue.  I'd buy that.  In fact I'm pretty future that's a big piece of the puzzle.  Doesn't mean I'm going away, mind you.  Just means I'll have to work all the harder to keep the faith alive.  Hell, I'm like the Neo of this shit, leading the resistance.  And with Larry Fishburne as my witness, I will talk fancy with as many Colonel Sanders as I have to, and I will NOT rest until all the Pink Hats know.  THIS IS ROOCH NATION. AND WE ARE NOT AFRAID!!!

...just don't challenge my physically, because I'll probably just run away and/or call the po-nines...

Oh, and for the record, that's Larry Fishburne references in back to back posts.  And Hoodlum was on HBO last might when I went to bed.  So, yeah. BAM!


Have a good weekend, friends.  And let's go Revs!...


Teddy Williams...
100...

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18 comments:

D said...

As you are well aware, I'm certainly not a avid (Hockey)B's fan. Probably watched 5-6 games this year and out of those games maybe legit watched a period or two. I def caught a Bruins vs Montreal game or two in there. It was an excuse to drink and chill with the boys. Usually if the b's are on, I throw it on as filler when the Celt's or college hoops wasn't on. HY UConn!! But come playoff time, I watch every single game and have done so for the better part of a decade because I enjoy PLAYOFF Bruins Hockey. This year, since they won the Stanley Cup, it has been by far the most hockey that I have ever watched in my life. What I found over these past two months is that I got to know the team better, I understand the game better and most important to me is that I shared a lot of good times with friends in the very same position as me. A bunch of homers who if you asked who their favorite sports teams are, they would probably say, " The Sox, Pats, Celts, and the B's...but I dont watch hockey." So I would say that I am a self-proclaimed Homer. But does that make me a pinkhat if me and some friends get together to watch a playoff game?? How do you define Pinkhat in your eyes? Is it if I get a t-shirt with Chara or Lucic? Is it anyone who doesn't live and breathe and obsess over the sport or team all year long for 107 games? If so, im fine being a Pinkhat in your eyes. If I obsessed over everyone of our four teams in Boston, I wouldnt be watching many other delicious programs on TV, reading the news or doing many of the other things I enjoy in my down time after work. I'd be willing to bet I would probably not have a girlfriend or a fiance. There is not enough time in the day and I prefer to be informed, but i'm not trying to whip out stats or impress anyone. When I speak to people who are in the know (diehards), I preface it that I do not know much and I try to learn from them. I find most of the diehard B's fans to be very welcoming. What I am trying to say is come next October, I will be pulling for the Bruins, as I always have since my Dad first told me it was his favorite team back in the day. What I will be doing differently this next year is, I'll be Watching more games. And I bet there will be a lot more people in the room that say, "yea, throw that on." I'll also enjoy listening to it periodically on the radio. Like it or not, people have found something with this Bruins team. The adversity that Thomas went through or the excitement of watching some of the young guys come into their own. Maybe I'll even get a Pink Marchand t-shirt. Pinkhat or not, I am a fan and win or lose, I am proud of it.

Anonymous said...

ps. suck it rooch

Brett Ferruccio said...

How do I "like" that 2nd comment? Frosco, get on that.

Brett Ferruccio said...

And obviously I don't have an issue with a casual fan getting together with some buds to watch the game and have a few adult beverages. I would never suggest that. That's more or less what sports are for.

As for consuming time to follow all these teams intently, it's a lot easier for me seeing as I only follow two of them. You're right, there just isn't enough time to watch all 4 of those teams on a consistent basis.

It's not the interest in the team I have beef with, it's the out of left field passion that seemed to emerge. Tim Thomas? That great story? When he was a weekly guest on a show I worked on a few years ago, not only would people NOT listen, but callers would regularly call up during his segment and say to me as the call screener, "Why the $%^#$ are you having this guy on the air?" AND "Nobody cares about the $%^#$%^ Bruins". I know those whack jobs don't speak for everyone, but still, I don't recall getting those calls when we had players from the other 3 sports on.

PinkHat is just a blanket term, and almost by definition, if you're aware that they exist, you probably aren't one. And if you are, no biggie. It's not a crime. Besides, I bet you look great in pink.

Hugs and kisses
Rooch

Anonymous said...

Good read Rooch. Glad you didn't hop on the bandwagon (it's a bit full), but also glad that people are watching. We all have sports that we don't watch. For me I won't watch basketball unless it's the playoffs. At that point not only am I on the bandwagon, I'm driving it. I'll watch the Pats and Sox on a regular basis but nothing like the Bruins. It's time for the true fans to celebrate but all are welcome.

And I'll second that "suck it Rooch"

- Cunniff

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