Playoff A-Go-Go and Some Mail
Philly is giving Montreal all it can handle. May have learned a few things from watching the Bruins series, or they just match up well. Tough team the Flyers, and I'm still not convinced the Habs are tough enough.
Have to get my picture taken in a Habs jersey tomorrow. I will frown as hard as I can. See, for ten days, before, during and a little bit after the Bruins/Canadiens series, I woke up each morning and joined Dennis and Shawn on Talk-940 in Montreal for a little series chit chat/review. 8:35 am each weekday, and believe me, it wasn't easy. Not exactly a morning guy (unless there's a tee time or a large mouth bass waiting). Anyway, part of the schtick was, the loser of the series had to don the other team's sweater at the end of it, and get his picture taken for use on the Talk-940 website. Well, guess what; my day has arrived. I'll get my snapshot done tomorrow and submit it to the victors.
Rob, you didn't make it to Providence this year!! Our hockey season hasn't ended, it's just moved to Providence. Hockey seems to get the "shaft" in the Boston (and Providence) sports landscape (pun IS intended.) You do good work. Keep it going, looking forward to reading more. C'mon down for the playoffs. Baseball can wait, I need my hockey!!
Actually, a little touch of Providence in a couple different shows this season, but no single show dedicated to the baby-B's. We did however visit the other AHL rep's in the Commonwealth. So much great hockey nearby!! By the way, I made quite a few playoff games there last season and hope to again this May. We'll see.
Sad day in bean town today after last night’s game 7. We wish it could of turned out better, but alas off to the links for our beloved B’s. The bright spot is they did not lay down and let the mighty Hab’s skate all over them, they made a series of it, and I am sure made a lot of the fan base north of the border very nervous. To confirm my feelings, I had been emailing an associate based in Montreal and he said yesterday it was like walking on egg shells for a lot of their fans. They did not know what to expect, and that was evident during the 1st period even though they had a one goal lead. But I am sure I speak for a lot of our fans in saying that we are VERY proud of our boy’s in Black & Gold, and we cannot wait till the season starts up again later this year.
I also would like to note, that it was very gratifying seeing that Bruins Mgmt was so into the games and series. Every once in a while the NESN camera crew would pan up to the owner’s box, and you could see Cam and Crew pacing and getting so excited when ever we scored. We have not seen that much emotion from Mgmt in a very long time, and I think it speaks volumes about this new Mgmt and how they feel about being successful in producing a great hockey product. Bringing Hockey back to the Hub in a big way seems to be their goal and is very uplifting and something we have not seen much until this year.
Lastly I would like to thank you and NESN for providing us with another great year of coverage. Rob, I have turned into a big fan of you and the work that you have shown us over the past few years, I hope it continues into the future. But I know business is business and sometimes things change, but Mgmt would be crazy not to renew your contract, if they let you go there would be some VERY big shoes to fill, not to mention a little anger for letting a great guy leave.
Whatever happens, thank you again for doing what you do so well, it IS appreciated.
Kind words Alan. Thank you much. I agree, I think the Bruins won some fans back this year and I think the hockey department is headed in the right direction.
Why have the B's & their fans degenerated so low that now a first-round loss to Montreal is considered a successful season? No Stanley Cups in almost 40 years, cheap management/ & ownershp starting with the Sinden reign of terror that prohibits marquis players from playing (or staying) here! How many straight years is it now of not even making it to the 2nd round of the playoffs? The players play hard, but the deck is stacked against us every year with the most incompetent & dysfunctional management in sports outside of the Knocks & Raiders. And why does Jack Edwards continue to over-hype every step of B's mediocrity like they're actually a contending team? Sorry for the frustration of almost 40 years, and best of luck to you.
See that, two sides to every story, always two sets of opinions and everything in between. And we publish. So many factors.
Why is it every game I watch the Bruins get called for so many penalties, yet whoever we are playing usually gets away with what I call, blatant calls?
Ahhh, the issue that never dies. Please scan through earlier blogs regarding officiating. Many explanations and perspectives I'm not going to re-type at this juncture.
Why isn't anyone saying what should happen. This should be last year for Peter Schafer, the two Glen's ( but we will stick with murray due to his contract) But this should be all the older players last year. The future is now after the last game. Look at the Red Sox, they have no attachment to the older guys. We need to recognize if the older guys want to be a part of something they need to do it now. This is it because even if they stay, the Bruins will never be the Bruins they today. The right blend, almost Belicheckian with all the vets and rooks together. But this SHOULD be the older guys swan song. Sorry but the Red Sox proved it. When will someone finally say it. It better be now. The future is now. THe rookies now have the experience. THe vets are going to have to bring it this next game. Either way,unless managment is blind, this is it for everyone because it is Lucic, Kessel, Krjeci, Wideman, and Sobotka's team now. The future is now.
They definitely have some yout' to work with.
Sorry I didn't get to the ones regarding Red Sox and Bruins playoff programming conflicts. Not my area - the words did get to the necessary ears in big numbers. And to answer questions regarding ratings, the Bruins did great numbers in the playoffs this year. Staggering for game 7 I'm led to believe. Anyway, thanks to you for watching. All the best.