Friday, March 05, 2010
Evidently I’m a bad Bruins fan. I’ve been dubbed a bad Bruins fan for two reasons:
1)I was unhappy and/or negative towards the failure of Peter Chiarelli to make a move on deadline day
2)I’m not impressed by a 3-2 shootout win over the Maple Leafs
There are fans out in New England that feel if you’re a true fan, you root for your team no matter what and don’t question anything they do. You know what that reminds me of? Little lemmings running off a cliff. Now, I still choose to follow the Bruins, watch the games, and root for a win; I just choose to do so by peering over the cliff. Preferably tied to a tree for precautionary purposes.
Are you ready for this next part New England lemmings? I still love the Bruins. I still think they’re a great group of hockey players. But guess what else? I’m not afraid to say they suck this year. I’m not afraid to say that Peter Chiarelli has failed this team as a GM this year with his unhealthy obsession with the future. And more importantly, I’m not afraid to say that I’m absolutely underwhelmed by last night’s win.
It’s great that these guys came away with a "W" with Tim Thomas in net and Patrice Bergeron out with a pulled groin. It’s even better that Johnny Boychuk was on fire last night. The team showed a little bit more life than usual, and they beat Toronto. We all know the more Toronto loses the better. Unfortunately, the fact remains that they were a shootout away from a loss to one of the worst teams in the league. Still, I log into my twitter feed this morning to read oodles of praise towards the Bruins, the coaching staff, and anyone else in the organization they could think to praise. "The Bruins are back!" "Suck it haters!" "Tim Thomas is a god!" And then, of course, there was the usual fighting over who gets to date Johnny Boychuk. Excuse me while I go bash my head against the wall.
Yes, last night’s win is great, but take a second to realize who we beat. We only out shot Toronto 31-26. Thank God Thomas was ready to get back in net. Now, the Bruins head out on a seven game road trip, playing the Islanders Saturday. They’re going to need to show up with a lot more than they did last night if they want to come home with a winning record. I, the bad Bruins fan, will be cheering for my team.
Samantha Lewis is the Creative Director of Northshore Editorial. While she will be cheering for the Bruins on their road trip, she can not guarantee that harsh criticism won't follow. You have been warned. You can read more from Samantha at Beantown Athletic Supporters.