Wednesday, June 18, 2008
What a year for Beantown
The Boston Celtics clobbered the LA Lakers tonight in the 6th game of the NBA finals to win the championship. It has been an absolutely phenomenal year for Boston sports franchises. The Red Sox won the 2007 World Series in a 4 game sweep over the Rockies. The Patriots dominated the NFL and were within a fingernail's length of an unprescendented 19-0 season, only to lose the Super Bowl on the final drive against the NY Giants.
Finally, the Celtics, led by their big 3 (Garnett, Allen, Pierce) dominated the NBA and defeated their old rivals from the 80s, the LA Lakers.
I acknowledge that the game was a blow-out tonight, but I thought the post-game celebration by the crowd and players was a little subdued. Maybe it's just relative, because I was just watching game 7 of the 1984 finals between Boston and LA on the NBA Network yesterday, and the mayhem that ensued at the end of the game was unbelievable (forward to about 2 min 15 seconds of this video to see the wild celebration. Watch Larry Bird run for his life towards the tunnel to avoid getting completely swamped by the flood of fans on the court).
OK, so maybe there is better crowd control these days, but it just sure seemed like the fans knew how to have a super celebration back then. Maybe it was those short shorts and wild hairdos that stirred them into a frenzy.