State of the teams
Some of the sports writers I read, mainly in the Boston Globe, occasionally pen columns assessing the state of the region’s four big teams, the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots. Just for fun, I’m going to do the same thing. Anyway, here are my thoughts:
Boston Bruins — I was just starting to become excited about the Bruins again, and now they’re out of the playoffs.
I thought it would be fun to win another Stanley Cup, and I do think the Bruins themselves are fun — an interesting mix of domestic and international talent, distinguished by great characters such as Slovakian Zdeno Chara, at 6’9” the tallest person to ever play in the NHL, and the speedy young Canadian Tyler Seguin.
The Bruins should be competitive again in 2013, and I look forward to checking in on them again, sometime mid-season next year.
Boston Celtics — After a rocky start that led some misguided souls (not me!) to suggest blowing up the entire team, the Boston Celtics have won the Atlantic Division crown. However, they are unlikely to earn home court advantage in the playoffs — typical for a team that often specializes in making life harder for itself.
There’s something bittersweet about watching this Celtics team, and knowing that it’s the end of an era — next year’s team should be different, as veteran contracts come off the books and GM Danny Ainge looks to rebuild the team through trades.
I don’t expect the Celtics to win another championship, but I’m hoping for a strong playoff run that will showcase the qualities all Celtics fans have come to appreciate — Rajon Rondo’s selfless playmaking, team defense and three proud old veterans — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett — making one last run. Also, I’ve really grown to appreciate young guard Avery Bradley and rookie Greg Stiemsa — the Celtics’ two secret weapons.
The Boston Red Sox — I’m still annoyed with the Red Sox over last season, which was ridiculous, and they’ve continued to annoy me this season — watching them blow a 9-0 lead to the Yankees last weekend made me feel like tearing out my hair and smashing my TV set.
Of course, longtime Red Sox fans would say that this is what being a Red Sox fan is all about — angst, heartache, bitterness and anger. Anyway, time has passed, and I can see last Saturday’s game for what it was: a bad loss in April. Sure, the Red Sox have issues, but there are also bright spots — the emergence of Mike Aviles, the continued excellence of David Ortiz (who has lost 25 pounds since last season) and the energy of Cody Ross.
I keep seeing stories speculating on whether Dice-K will return and help the team, and these stories tend to make me nervous, because any time you pin your hopes on Dice-K, it’s probably a sign that all is lost. But it’s a long season and at least some of it should be fun.
The New England Patriots — I don’t have a lot to see about these guys. I’m glad they made it to the Super Bowl, but sorry they lost, and I’m somewhat perplexed as to why they haven’t signed Wes Welker to a long-term deal yet. His dropped pass in the Super Bowl notwithstanding, Wes Welker is great, and the Patriots should lock him up. And maybe improve their defense, too.
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