So here’s the deal: yesterday I wrote a piece (if you’re a real journalist like I am, you call your job your “craft” and everything you write is a “piece”) about how the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry is back and the critical role drama plays in sports.
Well guess what? I’m taking everything back. The Sox SUCK and everything I thought to be true was wrong. On opening day, Joe Kelly threw batting practice in the 8th and the Sox gave up 6 runs to blow a 4-0 lead. Not to mention Giancarlo Stanton hit about 40 home runs in his first game as a Yankee. In other words, the season’s over. Stick a fork in it, we’re done.
That said, if you’re a Boston sports fan, there is hope. The Bruins rolled the best team in the Atlantic Division last night and I couldn’t be more happy. Fuck baseball. Who needs it when you have the blue collar, middle America, 9-5, boot straps, tooth and nail, steak and eggs sport of hockey to watch.
And I’ve always been a HUGE Bruins fan. Ask anybody. I watch basically every playoff game and even used to play goalie during street hockey in 5th grade (fun fact: I went by the alias of Russian goaltender, Hoviak Sloviak). So yeah, I basically know all the rules of the game and I think it’s time to answer the question everyone’s asking: “Joe, are you the biggest hockey fan of all time?”
Now listen, I would never say that because I have to upmost respect for past hockey fans. The dirt diggers that paved the way for my fandom. They are the real heroes who allow us to root with pride, and not in the shadowed alleyways of Southie. Boston has always been—and always will be—a hockey town. It’s that simple.
So seeing how this group of gutsy young talent is playing, it’s something I don’t want to follow; it’s something I NEED to follow. Hockey runs in my blood. I live for the game. I live to say things like “put pucks on net” or “this team needs to start hitting” or “playoff hockey is a completely different game.”
I need that, and with this team, I’ll get that #LucicCrew