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    Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Is It Just Me?

    Maybe it’s the impending doom on Wall St. Maybe it’s the incredibly important election that is about to take place. Maybe it’s the fact that I am moving to Connecticut and can’t find a damn place to live. Maybe it’s all of the above. Whatever it is, it’s got me not even paying attention to Boston sports these days.

    Sure I still watched the Patriots v. Dolphins game on Sunday and almost jumped out my window after the 1st quarter. Yes, I am excited that the Red Sox have officially clinched a playoff berth. I am even happy for the BC Eagles for their big win on Saturday and I can’t wait for the Celtics to hit the court for the first time in the 2008 season.

    I just can’t get excited about anything right now. Is it possible that this is a championship hangover that has finally started to kick in? It’s not just coming off the Celtics championship that has me all sorts of eh about sports right now. Nope, I don’t think it’s the World Series that the Red Sox most recently won and are on the verge of winning again this year. It’s not even the Super Bowl that the Patriots almost won last year. It’s something more then that.

    Here’s an example. I watched the Patriots game on Sunday and didn’t really even care that they lost. So, they are 21-1 now, what does that mean in the grand scheme of things? NOTHING. They could go 10-6 this season and make the playoffs, which they just might do. Maybe they’ll go 12-4 and all will be right with the world. But if they go 6-10 will I jump off the Founders Bridge in Hartford? Probably not.

    Here’s the reason, I have no right to complain. I really don’t. The New England Patriots have won more Super Bowl’s in the last decade then any other team, if they have a bad season, hey shiiiii happens. The Red Sox have won more World Series rings in the last decade then any other team, if they don’t make it this year, hey shiiiii happens. The Celtics have more championship banners hanging from the rafters then any other team, if they don’t repeat this year, you get the idea…

    Don’t take this the wrong way, I love me some Soxtober baseball. The crisp New England air, the crack of the bat and an ice cold brew to wash down my nachos, I’m lovin it. I will be cheering on the Red Sox louder then anyone else in New England during the post season, but unlike the past, if they lose I will not be devastated and neither should you.

    We live in the best sports city in the world. We have dominated and will continue to dominate the major professional sports (sans hockey) and if for one game, for one season, for one championship we don’t dominate, so be it, we’ll get ‘em next year.

    That being said…

    The Tampa Bay Rays Suck
    The LA Angels Suck
    The Indianapolis Colts SUCK
    The NY Giants SUCK
    The LA Lakers Suck
    The Montreal Canadians Suck


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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Why don't you just tell the truth and admit its because Tom Brady's career is over and your a bandwagon fan. Guess you will be routing for the Cowboys this year.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:26 PM  
    Blogger said...

    Oh I forgot to mention The Cowboys SUCK.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:55 PM  
    Anonymous michelle said...

    Hey anonymous - Listen to Lebron and "sit yo ass down" and shut up.

    WPD - I think I know how you feel. I was thinking the other day about how draining consistent success can be. Plus the seasons are so long and start running together and its hard sometimes to transition from one to the next. For instance, it feels like the Red Sox have been playing forever and ever and yet the playoffs haven't even started yet. When the NBA starts up, its going to be hard for me to get my mind back into MLB and NFL.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:29 PM  
    Blogger Michael said...

    Michelle says it well.

    There isn't that tightness, that tension, that 2004 and 2001 brought you. The Celts were exciting, sure-and there were some tense moments-but as Ted Sarandis used to tell me as I worked the night shift, the Celtics could go another 50 years without winning a title, and we really wouldn't have any right to complain.

    There isn't that tang, that agony I felt in the early morning hours of October 17, 2003. (I remember because that's my birthday.) That sense that you know it's just a game, but at the same time, a tiny part of you just wants to DIE.

    We've grown fat and happy. (Well, I've grown fat, anyway.) I couldn't imagine the feeling 10 years ago, and now it won't seem to go away. I am getting used to it.

    September 24, 2008 at 11:08 PM  

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