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Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Big, Bad Bruins Are a Thing of the Past...

The Bruins are on their west coast trip right now. They just played the Anaheim Ducks (lost 2-1) and Friday they head to LA to play the Kings. I WAS excited about this trip. I HAD been waiting for it since I came to Chapman. They didn't travel west in the first two years of the post lockout NHL. Unfortunately, after tonight I think I'm just going to save my money and watch the games at home.

It has nothing to do with the NHL. It has to do with the Bruins. They stink and they're boring. Plain and simple. I watched them play the Ducks tonight and they bored me to death. They didn't hit. They didn't shoot. And, they scored one goal, but it was literally two minutes into the game. Sadly, the Bruins lost their fire.

An uneducated Boston sports fan would say the Bruins never mattered in Boston. If someone says that to me, then I know right away they are simply one of the many Boston sports bandwagon fans. Believe it or not, they were the most popular team in Boston throughout the 1970s and held their own pretty damn well in the 1980s. And, they did it at a time when the Celtics were still winning championships (1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, and 1986) and the Red Sox had the ocassional good year (1975, 1978, and 1986). They started to really take a fall in the mid 1990s with management being very conservative in contracts and their talent pool simply depleted.

Another unknown fact to most people is that the Bruins hold the major professional sports record for consecutive postseason berths. 29 straight years they made the playoffs. That's almost three decades. It's a fucking generation.

That's why it's so sad to see them in such a horrible state. No one cares and it's unfair to them. It's unfair to Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk, Ken Hodge, Wayne Cashman, Derek Sanderson, Gerry Cheevers, Ray Bourque, Brad Park, Terry O'Reilly, Rick Middleton, and Cam Neely. Those are just a few of the names that established the reputation of Bruins hockey in the 70s and 80s. They were fun to watch and played the game so passionately. That's why people literally called them the big, bad Bruins.

The biggest problem with them is myself (A Proud Hockey Fan) and so many others, don't have the solution. The NHL is also not helping the situation. They have a television contract on Versus. Their two biggest stars (Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin) play for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. Honestly, not the two teams I would chose. The NHL also deals with serious geography issues. Unless you live/grew up in the north, northeast, or Canada, then you probably don't even know how the game is played.

Add on top of that, the Bruins are horrible and overpay the wrong players. It should be another unpleasant year in the world of hockey.

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