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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.


May. 13th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Feigning interest, right. That's what Sherry does when I start talking hockey, too.

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