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Again, I let the Bruins down

My Boston Bruins went into Philadelphia tonight with their third chance to clinch their playoff series. The Bruins won the first three games of the series. The Flyers now have won the most recent three games. That sets up Game 7 in Boston on Friday night.

I've been doing all I can to help the Bruins win, but in retrospect, I've made some key errors. In Game 4, I started drinking beer from the opening faceoff. I got a little too cocky, figuring Boston was destined to win the game, and the Bruins paid for my hubris and lost, 5-4.

For Game 5 I changed T-shirts, thinking maybe the luck had washed out of my up-until-then-lucky Bob Marley shirt. It didn't work; Boston lost 4-0. I should have known better. It was a rookie shirt. I'd never worn it before. How could I put so much pressure on a shirt that never saw any regular-season hockey?

For tonight's game I moved to my goal-scoring seat at the left end of the couch. Then I turned off all the lights, figuring that would mean "lights out" for the Flyers. No luck. The Bruins scored a goal with a minute left, so I didn't move a muscle, trying to preserve the momentum, but they never could get another one and lost 2-1.

For Friday night's game, I think I've got to get that Marley shirt washed and probably change sweatpants too; I have a feeling these pants aren't doing the power play any good. I'll probably move back into the bedroom to watch the game; it seems the Bruins move the puck better when I'm in there. I'll have to make sure I stack the pillows the right way to help the Bruins' goaltender. He doesn't play well unless I'm seated straight up on top of the covers and bedspread. I need to keep my slippers on, too, at least for the start of the game. I can always pull them off if Philly puts the pressure on. I may wear different glasses, too, but that will be a game-time decision. It will depend on how my eyes feel.

There's no sense in viewing defensively; I'll have to have all my mojo working if the Bruins are going to win Friday. So: Marley shirt, different sweatpants, back into the bedroom, stack the pillows, sit up straight, slippers on — and beers right from the opening faceoff.

If the Bruins lose, it won't be because I haven't given my best effort.


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May. 13th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
We're letting them down, PJV. They're too worried about the lack of success our rituals have had. That's why they're not getting any clear shots to the net or challenging a goalie who hasn't been tested since March.

The magic of my Savard shirt has worn off... and my standing on every Bruins power play isn't working anymore, either.

I'm cookin' up something new, though. I figure maybe if we sacrifice locks of Hartnell's hair and Carcillo's moustache to the Hockey Gods, they'll let somebody score a goal. Because let's face it -- Stanislav Chistov isn't walking through that door.
May. 13th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
I think we may be trying to do too much, Alex. I think Friday we have to stop over-reacting and let the game come to us.
May. 13th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'll say Four Hail Bobby's and hope for the best.
May. 13th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
You realize that there are forces working against you and your sweatpants, right?
May. 13th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
It could be because I actually was rooting for the hated Canadiens in their series against Pittsburgh.
May. 13th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Must be hubby hates Pittsburgh, too - he was rooting for the Cs. He thinks I'm feigning disinterest and can't believe I don't know when I ask who's playing and what phase the playoff series is in... I truly and wholeheartedly couldn't care less and don't even know why I ask. Actually, that would be feigning interest, right?
May. 13th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Feigning interest, right. That's what Sherry does when I start talking hockey, too.

May. 13th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
You guys and your playoff rituals. The one I'm currently seeing was depressed for two weeks because he was convinced the accidental shaving of his playoff beard singlehandedly led to the Sabres epic failure. In retrospect, I'm not convinced he's wrong.
May. 13th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
It had to be something like that, because Buffalo losing to Boston made no sense at all, hockey-wise. I bet on the Sabres in that series, and I'm a Boston fan.
May. 14th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
I agree with vivitalia--I've never understood men and their strange, paranoid, sports-watching rituals. My ex contributed the Giants' Superbowl win a few years ago to his playoff beard, his playoff-inspired-in-desperate-need-of-a-serious-trim hairdo, and his unending stream of Giants jerseys. Then two days after the Superbowl, without giving me advance warning, he shaved his beard and his head and wore his usual jeans and a t-shirt. When he called me to meet for lunch in the Student Union, I walked right by him because I didn't recognize him anymore.
May. 14th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
He, of course, waited an extra day to do so because he needed that day after the Superbowl to gloat about their win in his Giants garb and demonstrate how hard he worked for weeks to help the Giants win.
May. 14th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
On those rare occasions when teams I've followed have won it all, I always am left with a "now what?" feeling. But that hasn't happened since Dallas beat the Bills in the Super Bowl. I've been a Bruins fan since 1974 and am still waiting for them to win everything. But even if they do, I have a hunch it won't be too terribly significant to anyone I know except me and thenightfly5150.
May. 14th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Given what comes before it, your line "I walked right by him because I didn't recognize him anymore" is fraught with symbolism.
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