Once Montreal was eliminated from the playoffs I figured that it was my duty as a Canadian to root for the Canucks. So I watched most of their series (except for the one verses Nashville, two games of that was enough, it was some of the most boring hockey that I have ever watched). So I tried to like them, I really did. There were times when I even convinced myself that I was a fan. I enjoyed watching Kesler’s heroics in some of the early series, Bieksa was, at times, impressive and when I was a kid I owned a Canucks shirt when they had that cool 70’s hockey stick logo. But I just couldn’t warm up to the Sedins and their gaped mouth lack of emotion and I’ve never bought in to the Roberto Luongo hype, even when he was backstopping our gold medal winning national team. So I found myself quietly rooting for the Bruins. At first I thought it was because I just wanted to watch a good series and I especially wanted it to go seven games. But it’s hard to root against a story and a performance like the one Tim Thomas gave us (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a professional athlete smile as much Thomas did throughout the series); or how about a 43 year old Mark Recchi playing beside a 19 year old Tyler Seguin who wasn’t even born when Recchi started his NHL career; or the four foot two inch (or something like that) Brad Marchant playing alongside the eight foot seven inch (or something like that) Zedano Chara…..in any case, you get my drift. The Bruins are a tough, hard working, resilient team. They had to win three game sevens and they came back from 0 – 2 in two series including the finals. Congrats Bruins…you deserve it.
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I am a casual hockey fan at best. Growing up in Seattle, hockey wasn’t part of our culture but my younger brother played from a young age and still does into his mid-40′s, so at least it was present in our home for years. I have always rooted for Boston with no real ties to the team or city, but it was a team I identified with from a young age. I usually ramp up my attention as the playoffs begin and ulitmately get disappointed as the Bruins make an early exit, but this year they kept my attention for the duration. Continuously digging a hole for themselves only to claw their way out made for exceptional sports drama. The team was a wonderful extension of their coach the way they played hard and as a team without having to deal with inflated egos and selfish attitudes. As you said, Tim Thomas was a warrior and his teammates went to battle for him every night, never hanging their heads when their backs were against the wall. Having grown up as a huge basketball fan, it was great to see the sportsmanship exhibited by these (somewhat) grown men even in defeat. I had a great time, and I am enjoying the new album. Love your stuff.
Willy C from Seattle
So i am going through the arduous (sp?) task of drinking a few beers and slowly adding my 500 cd’s to my itunes and i come upon one of my favorite groups (you guys, followed you through Montana in the early 90′s and watched you melt my lady on Colfax (shakedown st.) in Denver) and i decided to see what was going on in your lives, so i googled you to find you silently rooting for my team…. hell yeah i shall download all my CJ cd’s onto itunes… worth the wait… thanks for the memories!
It was a magical season for the Bruins, thanks for the support… I promise to see you the next time you tour the Boston area!!! -Sully
What a nice surprise to see a Zdeno Chara hoisting the Stanley Cup on your website! I am Bruins and Cowboy Junkies fan, so seeing the two of you linked is more proof that we are all connected….. Thank you for all these years of great music. Hoping you come to Boston in the near future.