Re: I do hate always being right
posted at 5/13/2013 7:58 AM EDT
In response to ipotnyc's comment:
He's a big bruins fan, and I have no doubt he cares deeply about the team. Thats why he gets so negative. Great poster when he isnt being a negative nelly. He's a fellow goalie who wears his emotion on his sleeve.
Let me explain a hypothetical here because I know where SoxFanIL is coming from:
1.Two fans - Fan A and Fan B - are watching their team:
2. Fan A and Fan B both love their team passionately.
3. The team and its players are paid employees doing a job, not volunteering to wear a logo.
4. The team loses a big game.
5. Fan B takes it out on the team.
6. Fan A takes it out on Fan B
7. Which fan has issues?
You know what Stockholm Syndrome is? When it comes to "sports culture?" I'll tell you this much, there's a lot of folks who have a form of that here, and SoxFanIL is NOT one of them.
I must admit, though, that stevegm is right - you should never get to high or too low about your team.
So what do the Bruins have to do? I don't subscribe to the "only Claude Julien's system makes them a contender" theory, this team has enough talent, and with the exception of 2011 it has been underachieving for the past four seasons, and they are yet again on the verge of another epic collapse like in 2010.
Here are a few things that, to me, are indisputable:
- this team is maddeningly inconsistent
- the Bruins defense is great, but this should not lead them to assume that they can finish games with a lead in "prevention mode", as we have seen multiple times over the years (and nothing has been done about it)
- their transition game is second-rate, at best
- their power play has been abysmal for years, and nothing has been done about it either
The inconsistency issue leads me to believe that there might be a lack of leadership. Cedfano and Bergie strike me as the quiet types; maybe this team needs somebody more vocal who will address issues in the locker room before games, not in interviews after another disappointing non-effort and defeat. (This interview thing has been another indicator for me that something is fundamentally wrong with this team - they will tell the media that they weren't prepared and that they need to play better next game, but will they tell their own teammates?)
The rest are coaching issues. Maybe Claude Julien should not be fired if they lose tonight - a six-year contract extension (PC should be flogged for that) will probably prevent that - but he must change his approach, and he must get rid of Geoff Ward, period.