Who should be the banner captain for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final?

A certain Patriots quarterback has never done the honors before.

Bruins Fan Banner Captain TD Garden
A giant Bruins banner is pulled across the seats before the start of a Bruins playoff game. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

COMMENTARY

Did I miss something in 2011 and ’13 and other more abbreviated Bruins postseason appearances in recent years, or is the fervor for debating who should be the banner captain on a given game night a relatively new phenomenon?

It’s an extremely cool tradition, of course, one that not only embraces Bruins history, but emphasizes the all-for-one unity of Boston sports teams in this era of dominance.

No other city can match it. No other city right now could come close.

Where else in a matter of days can you get the nostalgia of having a championship team reunited (members of the ’11 Cup champs waved the flag before Game 1 of the Final) and get to see Bill Belichick thoroughly enjoy his turn to wave the banner? (He had Game 2).

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Bobby Orr, Rob Gronkowski, Raymond Bourque, Aly Raisman, Julian Edelman, and Jaylen Brown have been among those to do the honors this postseason, often accompanied by a Special Olympics athlete.

It’s an awesome tradition. But I don’t remember anything like what’s happening now before Game 7, when it seems the choice for banner captain is a greater topic of conversation than anything about the winner-take-all game.

So I’ll play too. It seems to me the obvious choice is the one Mr. Bertrand lays out here:

Tom Brady has never done it before. As a six-time Super Bowl champion and a pal of Bruins leader Zdeno Chara, he’s the perfect choice for a winner-take-all game. And the David Ortiz jersey requires no explanation. This is his city.

The only way Brady (wearing that nod to Papi) shouldn’t be the choice is if you’re a traditionalist like this friendly fellow here:

I also like the suggestion of having as many members of the 1970 and ’72 Cup champs participate, especially from the former team since that one defeated the Blues. It’s also a way to go back to involving Orr — who is always the perfect choice, no matter the circumstances — even though he’s already done it earlier in the series.

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The most unexpected choice that would bring the house down? Gotta be Tim Thomas, right? Seems like he’s in incognito mode these days, though.

Ultimately, I think it will be Brady, with the Papi homage. It will be as inspiring as the waving of a banner in front of a packed house with the lights down low in a winner-take-all game can be. Pretty close to unforgettable, in other words.

Then it’s on to the game at last, and with a Bruins victory, a new question will arise:

Say, who do you think will wave the banner on the duck boats?