Friday, January 29, 2010
I apologize in advance for saying this, but I wish I could kick Boston sports in the balls. Why, you ask? Because if I have to hear that Julien should be fired, that Vince Wilfork will likely be franchised, that Kevin Garnett is injured again, or that the Bruins should trade part of their core to acquire Kovalchuk, I’m going to scream. Trust me, you do not want that to happen.
What’s new in Boston sports? Nothing aside from too much to complain about. So what’s a Boston fan to do? I know that some of you eat this shit up. And you are sick, sick people. But what is there for the rest of us? Should we turn off our radios? Stop going to certain websites (other than the CMSB, of course)? Not turn on our TVs in fear that even the local news anchors have something to say about our beloved sports teams?
I have a recommendation for those of you who are going out of your minds.
Watch other sports.
Now, I know that we have our big four, the Celtics, the Bruins, the Patriots, and the Red Sox, but two of those teams aren’t even playing right now. And the Celtics and Bruins news is killing me, so I imagine, if you’re quasi-normal, you’re fed up too. The rest of you are getting some weird joy out bashing your heads against the wall. I imagine that Felger goes home and does this every night. It’s just like crunches, only w/ head-bashing. It will make your chest hair grow faster. Or something.
Anyway, I’m not saying that you should ignore your teams. Despite the train wreck, I can’t stop watching the Bruins. I’m still drawn to trade rumors, to team interviews, and to game recaps. Fortunately, there are other great sports in Boston for those days that you’re ready to punch a small animal.
First up: the Boston Blazers. The Blazers are a recent addiction of mine. In case you need to be informed, the Blazers are Boston’s NLL team. It’s box lacrosse at it’s finest, the tickets are cheap, the guys are great, and you get to go talk to some of the players after the game.
Next we have the Beanpot! The Beanpot features Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern hockey. It’s happening February 1st and February 8th and to make things even sweeter, it’s happening on your TV if you’re not in a position to buy tickets. NESN will be airing 3-4 of the games. Bravo, NESN.
Third on our list is NCAA Basketball. Kevin Garnett is out with a knee injury again? Don’t fear, watch a BU-BC game. Maybe Northeastern. (The first place Maine Black Bears) Regardless, it’s optimal college basketball viewing time. And it’s less likely to make you angry.
Finally, our minor leagues! What is going on with the Paw Sox (or the Sea Dogs)? How about the Providence Bruins? I’d bet money that the Providence Bruins aren’t plagued with injuries, and that the Red Sox minor leagues have something going on that you can read about. Plus, hockey without trade drama swimming around in your head would be a nice change.
If all else fails, try Prozac.
Samantha Lewis is the Creative Director for Northshore Editoria, a contributor to Beantown Athletic Supporters, and can be found on Twitter. She is quietly hoping for a Michael Felger bobblehead night.