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Hockey, Hockey, Hockey

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 20:17 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments
    Laptop wallpaperThe Boston Bruins are beginning their defense of the Stanley Cup title even as I type this. And not a moment too soon, if you ask me, considering the abominable start of the Red Sox season, but that’s another issue.

    I’m locked and loaded on the Bruins. Spoked B t-shirt—check! Logo earrings—check! NHL.com’s IceTracker loaded on my laptop—check! Washington Capitals voodoo doll and a box of straight pins—check! OK, I’m kidding about that last part. What I’m not kidding about are the new wallpaper on my laptop (above left), new background on my BlackBerry (below right), and new ringtone (click to listen in a new window/tab), all of which shall remain throughout the playoff run.

    BlackBerry wallpaperThe ringtone, by the way, is called “Nutty” by The Ventures, the same group that recorded the song that became the theme of the original “Hawaii Five-O” TV series. The rocking version of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s “March of the Wooden Soldiers” from The Nutcracker was released in 1967 but had been originally recorded by B. Bumble and the Stingers five years earlier. In the 1970s, art rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer did their own rendition which remains my favorite. But it was the Ventures one that became the opening music for Boston Bruins game telecasts on their long-time flagship station, WSBK TV 38, back in the days when everyone watched the local pro sports teams on free TV.

    But back to tonight. On paper, the Bruins (#2 seed in the Eastern Conference) have it all over the Caps (#7), but the games aren’t played on paper. Last year, when my hopes were low, I just wanted to get out of the first round against Montreal. My expectations are now higher, albeit tempered by the absence of Nate Horton due to the lingering effects of his January concussion and the knowledge that Tim Thomas can’t possibly be as otherworldly as he was in last year’s playoffs two years in a row. Player-turned-broadcaster Andy Brickley remarked on the radio yesterday that he expects Thomas to be good enough. He’d better be, because right now Thomas’ backup is Anton Khudobin in place of the still injured Tuukka Rask. Let us pray.

    In the karma department, the newly minted NCAA champion Boston College hockey team was honored pre-game. Good move by the Bruins brass, drawing on BC’s winning vibe.

    That’s all for now. I have to focus on a hockey game.

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  1. Thursday, April 12, 2012, 20:52 EDT at 20:52

    Yes! Focus! I’m excited.

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