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.

10 comments:

kath said...

Boston sports fans are spoiled, is the thing. All their years of whining have paid off and they don't even appreciate it.

And the short shorts didn't hurt, either!

Bob said...

Nobody cares about the NBA. It died in the 90's along with grunge.

Anonymous said...

Tim Donaghy was in DA HOUSE!!!

Anonymous said...

I heard he bet on the game. He had the Lakers to cover.

Will said...

I for one don't mind that red sox nation takes up half the seats when they come to Baltimore. It only makes the games more exciting. They're not especially obnoxious, beyond the baseline obnoxcicity of rooting for the away team. My biggest complaint is their short memories -- a lot of 30 something yuppies in the box seats don't know that the O's owned the AL East not THAT long ago, still during our lifetimes.

Anonymous said...

the O's are a joke.......stop livin' in the past.......

Will said...

three games over .500 in the 'rebuilding' year, farm system finally with some talent, energized fan base ain't no joke

julie said...

How did Will manage to make this about the Orioles?

Anonymous said...

do nlot bust on the O's! they are on the rise..............the future looks good.

Don said...

I have to agree that I am officially over Boston. I loved their toppling over the Evil Empire in what has to be the best postseason for any sports team.

But I am done.

Between spygate, hordes of Red Sox "fans" that never took over Camden Yards in the 90's, and tons of Richmonders who tell me they have always been Boston fans (what?), I am done.

I can't say "Go Yankees!" But if the O's fade..... I'll be a huge Rays fan. And a huge fan of any time that can stop the Boston pestilence.