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The next great Celtic has arrived
Rajon Rondo officially took the reins of the most storied franchise in basketball history during a sunny afternoon in Boston on Sunday.
Krejci injury cripples Bruins’ Cup hopes
The run is over, Bruins fans. For all the momentum gained from beating an evenly matched Buffalo team and jumping out to an almost insurmountable 3-0 series lead over the injury-weakened Philadelphia Flyers with a healthy Marc Savard, last night cost the B’s their shot. It was, quite simply, a Pyrrhic victory.
Apparently Boston sports figures are willing to do just about anything to win (see Bitegate and Towelgate), which brings a smile to my face.
Hope springs eternal for the Boston sports fan
Just a few weeks ago it appeared that all was lost for this spring’s playoff teams. The B’s couldn’t score and were headed for a matchup with the Washington Capitals that they would surely lose, and the C’s were an old bunch of fading stars and a few promising youngsters with no hope at beating Cleveland in the second round. Well, ever since the Bruins managed to not lose the draft lottery, likely landing themselves a future franchise cornerstone forward, things have been looking up.
Gazing into the future of the Bruins
Now that the resurgent Bruins have dispatched of those pesky Sabres and the indomitable Ryan Miller (the Miller chants were kind of absurd, B’s fans, he’s classy and even better than Tuukka at the moment), it’s time to look to the future. Not just next series against the Pittsburgh Penguins (to whom they’ll probably lose in six games) or against the Philadelphia Flyers (who I think they would beat in seven games), but to next season, when the Bruins could position themselves as Cup contenders for the next couple of years.
Pats restock the pantry with draft
The pundits gave the Patriots a middle-of-the-road grade for their work this weekend in the NFL Draft, but I would say a deeper look suggests the Pats did more than adequate. Stockpiling young, talented players who will sign for reasonable contracts, Bill Belichick has provided his franchise with a solid young core of a defense that can regain its erstwhile stalwart reputation.
Is Miroslav Satan the playoff good luck charm? Not only was he a nice, cheap addition during the regular season, but he’s coming off winning a Cup with Pittsburgh last season.
Reddick could be just what doctor ordered for struggling Sox
In case you hadn’t noticed with the Boston Marathon, two intriguing playoff series, and an occasional nice day taking up most of your time, the Sox stink. Probably not for long, but for now, there’s no denying it. Boston has a -19 run differential and a 4-9 record, good for a whopping six-game deficit in the standings to make up on Tampa Bay, which has turned back the clock to 2008. But, it’s only 4/20, so there’s no reason to burn up over a bad few weeks (pun intended), and a burst of energy, perhaps what the team most needs, could be on the way in Josh Reddick.
B’s get what they need, C’s stumble toward elimination
There are two teams headed to the playoffs this week in Boston. One had to scratch its way to a six seed, just points away from missing the playoffs altogether. The other will finish stumbling its way into the postseason tonight,
Tuukka’s time is now
If there’s one thing I believe in more than toughness and will, it’s talent. You simply can’t send out an inferior team and expect it to beat a clearly superior one in the playoffs. Upsets happen, but in the end, one of the best teams will always hoist the Stanley Cup as summer blooms. Boston will not be that team this year, but its heart - and yes, talent - won’t let the Bruins bow out without a fight.