Re: The Endgame
posted at 4/27/2013 11:54 PM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
What is your motivation for following this team? Not, "why are you a fan of the team from Boston", but "what is your overall goal of following this team"? What do you want from them?
I think for some fans, nothing less than a Cup parade will do. For me, well, I am a Bruins fan because I love the game of hockey. I watch the games because I love the game of hockey. I don't expect them to win the Cup. I never do. Of course I hope they will, but I also hope that gas prices will come down to a reasonable amount. Sure, it's possible, but not probably.
If they get out of the first round, I'll honestly be satisfied. Just getting into the playoffs puts them in a more desireable situation than half the teams in the league. Getting to the second round puts them in the Top 8. I'm good with that. Honestly. I know how difficult it is for a team to win the Cup, but it also takes luck. A lot of it. Matchups have to be right. Bounces have to right. Unsung heros have to emerge. Get to the second round and I'm honestly happy.
It has been a fun season. Rask has been great. Marchand has really emerged. Hamilton is looking like the real deal. Jaromir Jagr is in town. The Yeti has arrived.
It has been a frustrating season. Lucic's struggles. Chris Bourque. Jordan Caron. Pandopho.
Overall, it's a been a hockey season, and one that I'm glad I watched. If the B's get booted in the first round, oh well. I hope they don't, but if they do, OH WELL. It was still a fun season.
So, what is your endgame? What's your motivation for following this team?
To watch some hockey, drink some beer, beat the Habs as often as possible, win the Cup again (at some point before I die - lots of Red Sox fans couldn't say the same) so I can watch the Bruins lift the Cup more than once in my life, enjoy the sorority/fraternity of fellow Bruins fans, and continue to learn more, through observation and conversation, about our game.
Oh, and I'd love the Bruins to break our franchise record for consecutive post seasons - nothing beats playoff hockey. But that's a little greedy, so I'm fine if they don't.
That's my endgame. My motivation is no different than that of a lowly Cubs fan - they're my team, I'd love them to win, odds are they won't (though the Bruins' odds are better than the Cubs) but I'll conitnue to love them anyway. I'm not a homer - I'm critical when they deserve it - but I'm not a Cup or nothing fan. My motivation? They're the Boston f***in' Bruins. That's motivation enough.