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Meanwhile, in Sportsland

Monday, May 16, 2011, 14:16 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s been a momentous few days for us New England sports fans, and things mostly went our way. Sadly, the Bruins had to ruin it with their Saturday night loss to Tampa Bay in game 1 of the Eastern Conference final. Otherwise, it would have been perfect.

The Den Brother went to the game, which wasn’t as close as the 5-2 score makes it sound. He also attended game 7 against the Flyers last year. I told him he is never allowed to go to set foot in the Garden during the playoffs again. But at least he watched the carnage from good seats, a luxury box courtesy of one of his vendors. When he could no longer stand watching the game (plus, there was a time out), he started taking pictures with his phone and sent me this one:

The View from the Den Brother's seat

Actually, what he sent me was this:

Bruins upside-down

and I took the liberty of rotating it, because I’m all about being helpful. He still can’t explain how he took the picture upside-down. All I can think of is that when he turns his BlackBerry Torch sideways to take a picture in landscape orientation, it isn’t obvious which way is up. Or something. His explanation was, “I’m clueless,” which also works.

Fortunately, better things were happening elsewhere that night. For starters, the New England Revolution were out in British Columbia beating Vancouver 1-0. It’s been hard getting into the Revs this year, with still no TV at my house, no radio coverage (that I can find), the retirement of my favorite player Taylor Twellman, and the team’s mediocre record so far (4-3-4). But a win is a win, and I’ll take it, in any sport.

Speaking of wins by teams with mediocre records, the Red Sox got a few wins during their weekend in the cesspool known as the Bronx, and as a result they finally have a .500 record. That’s thanks to a three-game series during which they basically had their way with the MFY (for the uninitiated amongst you, that’s “Mother F***ing Yankees”). OK, so only one game was really lopsided in the Sox’ favor, another was thisclose, and the last one wasn’t all that pretty. But the final scores are what count, and the Sox were on top in all of them. With that, Boston’s boys of summer are pulling themselves out of the cellar just in time for the middle of May, which is the traditional point when I allow myself to begin panicking. And can I say one more thing, unrelated to the actual games? Joba Chamberlain really has to stop following Bartolo Colon and C.C. Sabathia through the all-you-can-eat buffet line. I’m not just being mean here. This kid is too young to be a heart attack in waiting.

As we embark on another week of sports, I will be at tonight’s Sox-Orioles game (weather permitting) and will be hunkered down at home tomorrow night for the Bruins’ game 2. Even though the Celtics are out of the NBA playoffs, it’s still a fine time to be a sports fan around here.

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