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The windbags of April come early

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  April 27, 2010 09:33 AM

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Someone needs to keep a bucket of cold water handy when Smilin' Jack Edwards gets to the end of a successful Bruins playoff series because, otherwise, wow...

A couple of years ago, we had that "ragtag band of farmers" business when a Boston victory coincided with Patriots Day. Then, last night, as the Bruins dispatched the Sabres, we had the Buffalo chances sinking "like the Edmund Fitzgerald" into "Gitchee-Gumee."

Two things:
1) The Fitz sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Buffalo is located along the eastern shores of Lake Erie. So what you said is approximately as accurate geographically as saying that the "ragtag band of farmers" stood firm along a bridge in Maine.

2) Lake Superior is also the lake called Gitchee-Gumee. It comes from the Ojibwe "Gichigami," which means, roughly, "Big Water." The "Gitchee-Gumee" business comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's horrible poem, "Hiawatha," which we all had to memorize in grammar school. (And the subject of a classic Mad magazine parody in which Hiawatha was a highly recruited football player for a school called Nokomis.) All Great Lakes are not created equal.

And, not for nothing, but 29 people died when the Fitz went down Your mileage may vary on whether or not it's Too Soon to be glib about it while describing the end of a first-round NHL playoff series.



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