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Day 13 (and several days prior as well)

I am going to start off this post by saying just one thing about current affairs: I am angry and I am afraid. And also very proud of Boston right now. Mayor Marty Walsh is doing the exact right thing by fighting fear and hate in every way he can. Keep doing you, Marty. Also, please read this article written by Yonatan Zunger, an engineer at Google and a former Stanford professor. It is eye opening and easy to read. It will probably not make you feel better.

fullsizerender-7In happier news, I got to spend this last weekend with my sister and it was so good to have her home, even for such a short time. We were able to squeeze in a lot of eating, drinking, and laughing, as well as a very intense game of Uno wherein she wiped the floor with her boyfriend and I. img_7695It was embarrassing. We also Visited Balboa park (gorgeous) and a couple of wineries up in Temecula (amazing). I had never been to Wine Country before and I have to say, the Sparkling Coconut Nui from Wilson Creek Winery is LIFE CHANGING. If you see it, pick it up, you can thank me later.

Not sure if I will get the chance to see Stacey again before I leave California so I am super glad we got to have an awesome, long weekend together. Miss her already.

img_7712Today, my first day alone in a while, I spent some time at the pool with my headphones and a book. Feel like I finally sunned some of the pale off of me. It would be be nice to get back to Boston and NOT be glowing in the dark any longer. Also enjoyed listening to the latest Steve Dangle Podcast featuring NHL All-Star and Legend, John Scott. What a great sport that guy is. Hopefully the people near me at the pool didn’t mind me laughing to myself for a solid hour (thanks most notably to a joke about a pro golfer at the zoo. Too hilarious for words). I probably looked really cool.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

fullsizerender-6Tonight I will be making my first of three Blue Apron dinners that my sister so generously set up for me. A glazed cod that looks really healthy and delicious. I’ve never really cooked fresh fish before (lobster doesn’t count) so it will be interesting to see how it goes. I will have an update on a later post. Wish me luck!!

Last but not least, this last weekend was the NHL All-Star Game. I didn’t get to see a lot of it since I was busy enjoying the California sunshine, but I did see a few pics, one especially that filled my heart and my tear ducts and has become one of my favorite hockey pics of all time. I present for you All-Stars Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand, formerly known as Bryler, two thirds of my favorite line of all time. Missed seeing them on the ice together!! Enjoy!

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Hockey Questions with Shawn Hutcheon

Bergy & tuukkaI can’t remember exactly which of Shawn Hutcheon’s brilliant articles made me decide to follow him on twitter but I do know that we became friends when he was live tweeting Rocky one night while I was watching Rocky IV. Anyone who loves the Rocky movies as much as I do is A+ in my book. He also writes incredibly insightful articles about hockey for The Fourth Period and is willing to chat Bruins with me all hours of the night. If you are not following him on twitter right now, you should fix that. And read his wonderful answers to my questions.

Is there anything you are really missing about not being in Sochi?

I wish I could cover the hockey games at Sochi. I would love to be around the best the world has to offer not to mention the atmosphere. My dad took me to the Summer Games in Montreal in 1976. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Is there one NHL player that will benefit the most from an Olympic win?

It’s hard to say which player will benefit the most from a gold medal until we know which team wins it. If a Bruin does win a gold, he’ll bring a lot of confidence home with him, as well as the medal.

I have mixed feelings about Bruins winning and losing in Sochi. Are there any you hope will win?

I’m not rooting for any one specific Bruin. They’re all great guys. I wish all of them could bring back a medal.

Any you think will benefit from a loss?

The most important thing about losing is that you learn from it. Whoever does not win a medal will know what not to do when trying to win in any situation.

What is your favorite part of writing about sports?

I like everything about sports writing from meeting great colleagues who have become friends to meeting and talking with the employees of all the NHL teams and of course, talking with the players. I will say, every time I walk into an NHL team’s dressing room, it’s a pinch me moment.

Who is the best interview you’ve ever had?

The best interview I’ve conducted didn’t involve an athlete. It was with Roseann Sdroia, who lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Her resolve and spirit was incredibly inspirational. She’s a very special person and is winning her fight to get her life back…Because I’ve never had a negative experience with any NHL player, I don’t think I can say I had a “best” interview with any one of them. A couple that stand out was Shawn Thornton before they played against Vancouver for the first time after winning the Stanley Cup. The other was with Ben Lovejoy of the Anaheim Ducks when they were in Boston this year. I coached him when he was 12 and 13 years old and it’s awesome to see him playing in the NHL. I also coached Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers. He and Lovejoy played together on the teams I coached..I think the most fun interview was with Brad Marchand earlier this year. What you see, is what you get and he’s one of the funniest persons you could ever meet.

What is the craziest experience you have had as a sports writer?

The craziest experience I’ve had as a sports writer came immediately after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup at TD Garden last year. I was on the ice about to interview Patrick Kane when actor Jim Belushi came out of nowhere (I didn’t even know he was in the building) to grab Kane and give him a huge hug. I was thinking where did he come from then it hit me to take a pic with my cell phone, which I did and it came out pretty good.

What is the piece you’ve written that has meant the most to you?

The piece that has meant the most to me was one that I wrote last year. The Middlesex Islanders Junior Hockey Club’s coach is a friend of the parents of the late Avalanna Routh, the 6-year-old girl who became known around the world as Mrs. Bieber because she became friends with Justin Bieber, two days after she passed away from brain cancer, the coach told me about how his players spent many hours visiting her while she was in the hospital. She even had her own team jersey she would wear while they played and would wait for his phone call to tell her the games results. After he told me the whole story, I wrote about it and a few days later, he called me to tell me that everyone who read it was so touched by it that they cried. I didn’t write it for that. I wrote it because everyone has a story and although, everyone knew her’s, I felt there was more to it and that’s what I wrote. This is the piece… http://hockeyjournal.com/news/juniors/Islanders_Hockey_Club_touched_by_an_angel

Which hockey team is your pick to win the Olympics?

My pick to win Olympic gold has been, and continues to be, Sweden. Their skill level and goaltending is off the charts.

In a dream world, is there one player that the Bruins lost in the off season that you would want back, for the purpose of winning the Cup?

In a dream world, the player I would like to see return to Boston is Jaromir Jagr. He’s a future Hall of Famer and had a huge influence in the dressing room. The players really liked and respected him. He was always fun to speak with. On the ice, he could do pretty much whatever he wanted with the puck. His hockey IQ is one of the best I’ve ever seen. There aren’t many better at setting up teammates for scoring chances than Jagr.

Who is the biggest dark horse in this year’s Bruins team that may help us make it through the playoffs?

The biggest “dark horse” on the Bruins, good question. I think it could be Kevan Miller. He’s paid his dues with four years in the minors and is ready to assume an important role on the the team’s blue line. Not to mention, management and the coaching staff have a lot of confidence in him.

Who is your Bruins MVP for the season so far? And do you think that may change before the season is over?

Up to this point, my Bruins MVP is David Krejci. He is so good and so smooth that there are times when you don’t notice he’s on the ice then all of a sudden the puck is on his stick and in the net. He’s one of the best pure skaters in the league and is so smart with the puck. He’s a great defensive player, who is rarely out of position. Put it all together and you have a player who leads the team in scoring and is recognized around the NHL as one of top 5 centers in the league. I don’t expect that to change but any team that has Patrice Bergeron on it has another MVP year in and year out.

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Hockey Questions with Michael Hurley

12-27-13The Boston Bruins are on their Olympic break,  And, while our favorite players are in Sochi or the Dominican Republic, I am seizing the opportunity to ask a few of my favorite Bruins writers to answer some questions for me.
My first interview is with Michael Hurley from CBS Boston Sports, 98.5 The Sports Hub & WBZ-TV. I first fell for his hilarity last year while reading his “Leftover Bruins Thoughts’ during the playoffs. Something I looked forward to after every game.  Not only is he a huge Anton Khudobin fan, but he is always insightful, always funny. Definitely follow him on twitter: @michaelFhurley. There is a good chance he will make your day. OR, if you leave him a ridiculous comment, there is a good chance we will laugh about you all day long.
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What photo makes you most excited to not be in Sochi?
Oh my God, definitely the double toilet picture. I mean, we are human beings here, and there are lines and boundaries we must respect in order for society to function peacefully. That’s just … nasty.

A close runner-up would be the yellow water from the reporter who said her hotel’s front desk advised her not to put any of the water on her face “because it contains something very dangerous.” That’s slightly concerning.

Of all the recent Boston Championships, during which one did you let GO the most?

I don’t know if it counts as recent anymore, but the only one that would qualify would be the ’04 Red Sox. I was still young, and that was a week-long stretch that was a whole lot of fun.

What is your favorite part of writing about sports?

The part I always appreciate and never take for granted is that I have the unique opportunity to have a platform and a microphone to express any opinion and make any case I want. That doesn’t mean I always think I’m right, but I appreciate that I can say something that can start a discussion or debate. So long as that debate doesn’t involve someone relentlessly hurling curse words at me, it’s usually a solid experience.

Who is the best interview you’ve ever had?

Well, I’m a little biased on this one, just because I liked the guy so much, but I’m going to have to go with Anton Khudobin. The guy was hilarious, and I think he knew it. He was like a less-crazy but just-as-entertaining version of Iilya Bryzgalov, except he could actually stop pucks, too. Every time I got to the Garden and saw Khudobin lead the team out of the tunnel, I got excited, because I knew it meant there would be a chat with Anton on tap for after the game.

I remember talking to him after he made 45 saves in a win against Ottawa on a night when Robin Lehner made 47 saves in a losing effort for the Senators. I informed Khudobin that it was a career high for him, and he wasn’t aware. He said he was just hoping that both goalies could get 50 saves, because that would have been entertaining to him. That’s what he was thinking about during a game in which he was asked to make 45 saves.

I miss Anton.

What is the craziest experience you have had as a sports writer?

I’m not sure “crazy” could ever be the right word to describe anything that takes place during my job, but I have been able to witness more amazing sports moments than I ever could have imagined. I was at Gillette this year when Tom Brady led the Patriots to a last-second win over the Saints, and I listened to the radio on the way home as David Ortiz cranked the game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the ALCS. The next weekend, I was at Fenway when the Red Sox finished off the Tigers, and a week and a half after that, I was there to see the Red Sox win the World Series.

I have to say, I never really anticipated ever being at Fenway to witness the Sox winning it all, and being there for that postseason run was certainly one of the craziest experiences I’ve had.

What is the piece you’ve written that has meant the most to you?

That’s a good question. I think it might be the recap I wrote after the Bruins’ comeback victory in Game 7 against Toronto last year — http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/05/14/bruins-miraculous-game-7-comeback-will-forever-go-down-in-boston-sports-lore/ . It was just such an incredible moment, and I know that I’ll never witness anything like that again.

I remember that for whatever reason, I started writing that one on my phone. I think I was in the hallway waiting for the locker room to open to the media, and I was trying to figure out a way to put that experience into words, so I just started tapping away.

To be honest, it’s pretty rare for me to write a story and think afterwards, “Hey, I feel good about that one.” So that Game 7 story stands out in my mind as one I feel good about.

Which hockey team do you pick to win the Olympics?

I think the most obvious answer is Canada, but I would have some concerns about goaltending if I were from the Great White North. Carey Price falling on his face wouldn’t totally stun me, and I think the 2010 team won despite Roberto Luongo. So I think that might get in the way of another gold for Canada.

I think Sweden might be the next best team in the tournament, in large part due to Henrik Lundqvist. A handful of the players were on that gold-winning team in ’06, and the Swedes are my pick this time around.

At the same time, I’m not ruling out the Russians getting some favorable calls. I’d never put anything past Putin.

Who is your pick to win the Stanley Cup?

I really feel like Pittsburgh is overdue, but I just can’t pick them to win four playoff series with Marc-Andre Fleury in net. I know it’s happened once before, but I just don’t see it happening again.

The Bruins should be right there again, but based on how difficult it is to go on long playoff runs in consecutive seasons, I’ll go with Anaheim. Not exactly the boldest pick, I know, but they’re just such a solid team.

Is there one NHL player that will benefit the most from an Olympic win?

I think it’s unlikely that Ryan Miller gets the opportunity to play for USA again, but let’s say he does, and let’s say he magically pulls off another run like he had in 2010. If he can put the team on his back and lead them all the way to gold, he’ll make himself the biggest name at the trade deadline and he’ll stand to make a whole lot more money in free agency this summer.

It’s unlikely, but hey, you never know.

One NHL player that will benefit the most from an Olympic loss?

Maybe an early exit for Slovakia wouldn’t be the worst thing for Zdeno Chara. The man needs rest.

Which Boston team will be the next to give us a reason to get drunk?

If you drink enough at a Celtics game, it might actually start to look like a good game.

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Drama, Drama, Drama

9x03A lot of you know me as an avid television watcher.

A lover of stories.

A connoisseur of drama.

I have spent a lot of the past few years of my life writing about TV.

I have traveled the world to meet other people who love TV as much as I do.

The craziest TV. The best TV. The most heart stopping TV.

This year, a lot of my friends and followers are confused about my current preoccupation with sports and the theater that surrounds them.

I am here to say that sports and TV shows and the fandoms that follow them have absolutely everything in common.

You want drama? We’ve got that. You want to sit at the edge of your seat? We have that too. You want confusion, heart break, devastating loss? We have that in spades.

Last year, after a disastrous loss for my football team in the NFL playoffs, hockey came back to me. To be honest, the football season had kept me from missing hockey as much as I would have during the lockout. Getting it back just in time to have something new to cheer for was only one thing it did to change my life.

Win Bergy Marshy SegsA shortened, more intense season meant that every game counted. No game was to be missed and it was imperative to keep up on who was healthy and who was scoring, in order to better prepare for how each game might go. Which NHL team would make it into the playoffs and which would not, seemed to change every day. Even the mighty Bruins seemed questionable at times.

But the Bad Bruising Bruins did make it to the playoffs. Their game 7 win against Toronto will go into the history books. Not just for Boston but for the entire NHL. They proceeded to take out the unstoppable New York Rangers and then SWEPT the Eastern Darling Penguins, holding the best offense in the country to only two goals in four games.

But, making it far into the playoffs, to the final, and then losing on home ice is something, a pain, a loss that cannot be quantified.

Unless you are an avid television watcher.

There is something TV and hockey fans have in common!

2013 promo 2You pick your favorite show. You find a connection. One reason alone that makes it your very favorite. It speaks to you. It means something to you. And then you build on that. You find a favorite character. And once you recognize that character, you fall in love with the team behind them. But you still connect with the first thing that made you fall for the show. They do all of the things you love. They move in a way that speaks to you. The words they say mean something more. Sometimes they are silently amazing at what they do. Sometimes they are obnoxious in how they flaunt their abilities. Sometimes they are a little bit of both. Maybe they love your favorite kind of music. Maybe they dance as awkwardly as you might. Maybe they help your city come back from a devastating tragedy. Either way, you connect. You follow.

Maybe someday your favorite character and their team of sidekicks get just this close to catching the culprit. But your lead detective gets hurt so badly he can hardly breathe. He fights on anyways, knowing that they have to catch the bad bergy hurt 2guy! Everyone is over worked and over tired and the bad guy is gaining on them every minute they don’t act. They try their best. Everyone is working toward the same goal. But maybe a few new detectives have shown up putting kinks in the workings. And maybe some of the old ones aren’t working as hard as they should. No matter how hard they try. They just can’t get the bad guy. He kills again right in front of you and then gets away. Everyone is left holding the pieces and wondering what went wrong.

That’s it. That is your season finale. Everything went bad. So what does this mean for all of the characters you have fallen in love with over the last 48 or 82 episodes? And what if your character is new? What if your character has only been on the show for 5? 10? 20 episodes? Will you get to see them again next season? They didn’t die in the season finale but that doesn’t mean anything. Their fate is still left up for grabs.

You pray and you hope. They are your favorite character. You cannot live if they will not be on your show. THEY MUST BE ON YOUR SHOW. Certainly nothing will keep them from being on your show! They play an integral part!!! They want to stay! The show means so much to them!

But they won’t be on your show. Things happen. New deals are done. They will be working for another show next year. They will be a different character. And they will have brand new sidekicks you have never even heard of. They will be wearing clothes you never would have imagined them in.

Ty Dallas PreYou can only hope that if they aren’t going to be on your show next year, they will be on a show you can learn to love! A show that will promote all of their amazing qualities.

But, this isn’t a show. The bad guy is never caught. Not really. These aren’t characters. They are people. Parts of teams. Members of families.  Sometimes they choose to run away. Sometimes they are kicked out by parents who  just don’t understand. Often it’s just time to move on.

Sometimes it works out for the best. Sometimes it doesn’t.

But it never makes the drama any less.

This is how things are, though. Business is business. No one cares about your feelings or character relationships or families. You have to do what makes the most sense for viewers! For ratings! For trophies!

Suck it up!! Cheer for your team! Watch your show! Hope for your player! Pray for the best!

Nothing is sacred.

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2 DOWN: 80 TO GO! SIX VERY IMPORTANT THOUGHTS!!!!!!

10.5.13

1.) Jordan Caron continues to impress. And it’s about time. The kid has shown his grit just when it counts. Maybe he knew I was pissed about his selection over Johnson? Maybe this showing is just for me? At this point, I am so impressed by him that I am worried about replacing him with the recovering Soderberg.

2.) TOREY KRUG!! This kid. I cannot say enough. He battles. He shoots. He is clearly one of the best there is. Am I ridiculous in recommending him for the Calder already??

3.) BRADLY!!!! When Marchy hit the ice, face down, I’m not sure I was able to breathe. My husband tells me that I started to cry but I honestly don’t remember. I was so outside of myself. One of the scariest moments I’ve ever experienced as a Bruins fan. Thank GOD he seems to be okay.

4.) RED SOX!!!!! Loving that we are up 2 games to NOTHING!!! I never get into baseball until the playoffs but this time around seems to be super special. Boston is CRUSHING. Love it.

5.) Bruins were ON FIRE tonight! I have to be honest. The Red Wings are a tough team and I was worried that we could not take them down. We more than proved our worth. We have a lot of season to go, but I think we showed what we can do!!!! GO BRUINS!!!!!

6.) Cannot say how proud I am of of the Stars. Ovi is a HUGE contender and Dallas was able to hold him down. So stoked that Ty got his first NHL assist as a Star. GO STARS GO!!!

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I didn’t post this here the other night but these are my thoughts after the Bruins Home Opener:

IT’S HOCKEY SEASON!!!!! I HAVE 6 IMPORTANT THOUGHTS!!!!

Review of tonight:

1.) I need to stop holding my breath each and every time someone comes within 2 feet of Bergy and/or Soupy. They’re okay. They will not break on contact. I need to remember that my emotions are more fragile than they are. (But please everyone be careful with them I need them to be healthy thanks)

2.) Could not be more excited about Seidenberg’s extension. I was worried that this was something I was going to have to stress about ALL YEAR. Losing Seids would have been SO BAD and SO HUGE. The Bruins made the smart play and got it taken care of right away. One of the best and most underrated defense-men will be with the Bruins for a good long time, now. STOKED.

3.) I may have miss-judged Caron. I really thought Nick Johnson earned the 13th forward job over Caron. And I still think that Nick Johnson WILL be a Forward in the NHL some day soon. But… Jordie really impressed me tonight and I feel like he was TOTALLY ROBBED on that goal. It was DEFINITELY in the net WAY before the whistle and even though the Refs lost sight of the puck, Jordie never did. It was a gorgeous effort.

4.) I know there is a lot of talk in the league right now about the outlawing of fighting. But… If anything was going to cement Iggy in the hearts of Bruins fans world wide, it was that fight tonight. He stood up for his team, he threw the gloves down, and he totally kicked ass. Count me in for SO GLAD he is a member of our team. That was WICKED!

5.) The 2nd Line looked better BY FAR tonight than I have seen them look all through camp/Preseason. Loui was pretty impressive on the break-aways, even if they didn’t end in goals. If any one of them looked out of sync, it had to be Marchy. He was off. Think he was missing his boyfriend? Speaking of……

6.) Dallas. Ugh. Poor Tyler. I really wanted so much more for him in his first game away from home. I hope that it will come. Tonight was not good. Not for him or for his team. I honestly just want him to succeed SO BAD. He’s so freaking talented. I hope they figure it out. The one breakaway I got to see was so damn gorgeous. I miss watching him skate. He is STUNNING when he’s got the jets on. STUNNING. He just needs to work on his aim a bit. He probably got way too much into his own head again, like he tends to do. Looking for so much more from him going forward!!!

SO FREAKING GLAD HOCKEY IS BACK FOR REALS!!!!

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Break Up Day

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If there were a better term for today, or for this entire week, I am 100% unable to come up with it. Two days after losing our chance at a game 7 and ultimately, the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins made themselves available to the media for one last time before they all parted ways for the off season.

Monday’s heart breaking loss feels exactly like the worst break up I’ve ever had. And considering that I’ve been with my husband for almost 10 years, it has been a while since I’ve had a feeling quite like this. As a Broncos fan, the playoff losses the last two years in a row have been hard. But not this hard. Not even close.

I keep trying to figure out why that is the case. I have definitely been a fan of the Denver Broncos for a hell of a lot longer than I have of the Boston Bruins. I was born in Colorado, born bleeding Orange & Blue. The longer I think about it, the more reasons I come up with. Football is different. Fewer games. A lot of times more fluctuating.

Also, I know what it’s like to win a cup with this Boston Bruins team. It’s the kind of high that you couldn’t pay for, even if you tried.

Bruins SaluteHere’s the other thing, though, the thing that a lot of people don’t understand: this team was 100% instrumental in healing an absolutely broken city. For me, that first Bruins game after the Marathon Bombings was the first time in DAYS that I had been able to almost forget for even 3 hours, what had happened on my favorite street in my favorite city. We lost that game against Buffalo. But that isn’t what I will remember about it. I will remember the Bruins fans singing the anthem for Renee. I will remember the teams saluting the fans. I will remember the Bruins, every one of them, wanting to win for “their city” for “their fans.” And they took that feeling all the way through the playoffs.

In a way, this shortened season has felt every bit like a very long playoff run. There were so many games crammed into such a short time period and every one of them counted for twice as much. It’s hard to see and follow every single game during a regular season of hockey. It’s a lot! And it often conflicts with other TV and other life. The day after my football season ended is when I found out about the end of the hockey lockout. It felt like divine intervention. Erin’s sports life was saved. And because I was still pretty hurt about the Broncos, I poured myself into the Bruins’ shortened season like I never had before. I barely missed a period, let alone an entire game. Of all the drama unfolding on my TV screen, the Bruins were the most entertaining. Their team chemistry and ability was undeniable. And oh, good lord, so much fun to watch.

There is something to be said, about not getting too overly invested in any one thing. Everyone is always talking about moderation. I blame the short, fast season. The fact that I never missed all of any one game. It has all been so very intense. I love my television shows and I absolutely take the love of my favorite shows to the next level. Though, if you were to compare hockey time to TV time, one entire 23 episode season would be about the same as one 7 game series (Toronto vs. the Bruins). And if you want to compare drama vs. time invested: I have never seen any TV show more compelling than that. As much TV as I watch and love, nothing has ever come close to equaling the dramatic finale of that series. It will go down in hockey history.

Win Bergy Marshy SegsBeating the Rangers (who were an incredible opponent, fans included) and then taking down the unstoppable Pens (which was most fun knowing what they’re really like) = the kind of rush that can’t ever be bought. The Bruins absolutely earned their place in the Finals and I dare anyone to say otherwise. WE WERE ON FIRE!

The Bruins were able to bring us together, just when we all needed a cause and a way to unite. They gave us a reason to cheer for Boston when so many of us wanted only to mourn. They gave us Soupy, skating on a broken leg, willing to acrifice himself for our unbeatable PK. At that time, we all wanted to win for Soupy. And Soupy just wanted to fight, to win for Boston.

I will be forever grateful for the memories. So many great games with so many great friends. Amazing times shared with incredible people. I will never be sorry that I cared as much as I did.

Losing this way, in the last 90 seconds of a game that was almost won, it stings. Not like a sunburn after a great day at the beach. More like getting tasered when you were just trying to escape.

To say that it hurts like nothing else, is an incredible understatement. All of the players feel the same way. It’s hard to find videos of them talking about the end without tears in their eyes.

All hockey players play though injuries during the playoffs. Bad hips, broken bones. It’s nothing new. Our Prince, Bergy, played with a busted rib, torn tissue, a separated shoulder AND a hole in his lung. The guy was on the ice for over 17 minutes and absolutely made a difference to his team. You really don’t get more Boston Strong than that.

SoupySegsI think about how much the loss hurts me and then I try to imagine how these players must feel. They tried so hard. And so many of them have said that they felt that they owed the city of Boston, that they just wanted to win for us and make their fans proud.

Congratulations, Bruins. You have done that and more. Speaking for all of the fans that matter, we are so proud and we could not love you any more than we do now. You are ALL Champions to us. If it were up to me, you would be getting a parade tomorrow.

Tuukka Rask is a God among goalies. Cannot wait to make him a Bruin for life. That guy has earned that AND THEN SOME.

To add insult to injury, we will be losing Andrew Ference during the off season. When I say that I am devastated by this loss, I am toning my feelings down just a tad. Ference is not only an incredible player, but an exceptional man and leader. Our team will be less after losing a player like him. Our city will be less, when he is gone. He will be missed. Deeply.

Jaromir Jagr will not be wearing the Bruins jersey again, either. This is a week of mourning. He once told the media that the Bruins locker room was the first place in his entire career where he felt at home. I just could not be more sad.

As we dry our tears, we must also prepare for next season. I am a Boston Bruin fan for life. I could not be more proud of this team. I know that they did their best. I will NEVER be sorry.

More hockey is only 13 weeks away!

It’s gonna be a long damn summer.

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Abandoned Post

I know I have been really bad at posting here lately. I am especially behind on my 10 Random Questions series. And I promise I have a lot more good stuff coming for all of you. As of late, though, I am just really preoccupied with one thing and one thing only. So I am going to leave something here for you and promise to be back as soon as I can give my full attention and commitment.

Please forgive me and help me cheer on Boston!

Believe in Boston

Date Time Visiting Team Home Team TV
Wed., June 12 8 p.m. ET Boston Bruins Chicago Blackhawks NBC
Sat., June 15 8 p.m. ET Boston Bruins Chicago Blackhawks NBCSN
Mon., June 17 8 p.m. ET Chicago Blackhawks Boston Bruins NBCSN
Wed., June 19 8 p.m. ET Chicago Blackhawks Boston Bruins NBC

 

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Music: Repeating On My iPod This Week

I haven’t done a proper music post in a while but there is so much great, new stuff out, I thought I would share with y’all what I simply cannot get enough of right now.

FOBFirst off, the new Fall Out Boy album, Save Rock and Roll, is amazing from start to finish. I had no idea I would be so in love with it. I am sure you have all heard the first two singles, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” and “The Phoenix.” Both are incredible get up and go songs, perfect for conquering anything in your daily arsenal whether it be a job interview, cheering for your hockey team or simply making that first cup of coffee. My new favorite from the album, though, is the title track featuring Elton John. Because, Elton John. Check it out:

ORA band that I REALLY love and have loved for YEARS (hello Colorado!!)  has a new(ish) album out. OneRepublic’s Native was released late last month and is FULL of good stuff. The first single, “Feel Again” got me really excited and the rest of the tracks have not disappointed. My favorites on the album include the gorgeous ballad, “If I Lose Myself,” and also “Life in Color,” which is perfect if you are needing an excuse to look at the world through rose colored glasses. The song I’m most obsessed with is “Counting Stars.” It makes me want to dance the entire mile long walk to work every morning. And it makes me happy to do so:

Muse 2ndAnd because I just saw them perform this live less than 2 weeks ago, I have to talk about Muse and their new video for “Panic Station,” their latest from The 2nd Law. (The entire live set was AMAZING, by the way. One of my favorite bands on the planet to see live. YOU MUST DO IT). The video is pretty crazy and incredible. So much fun. It features all of the guys in some super hot gear, doing what they do. Also, the song freaking rocks. Need a new jam for the gym? Here ya go:

BBBAnother favorite (though lesser known) band, also has a new video out. Brian Buckley Band delayed the release of their video for “Funeral” after the horrific bombings in Boston last week, as a sign of respect. The vid and the song are both stunning, though and I really hope you all check it out below. I can’t wait to spend some more quality time with their latest album, Without Injuring Eternity. Their music is just really moving. Some of my other favorite BBB songs include “Bye Blue Sky” and “I am Human.” I hope you all go look for them right now. Incredible. Hopefully they will make their way to MA one of these days so that I can see them live.

KillersSpeaking of last week’s unfortunate events, I am still listening to “Battle Born” by The Killers almost every day. Such a great anthem for me, for my friends and for the City of Boston as we move through the healing process. I shared some of the lyrics in a post last week and it still seems so fitting for a city that was the birth place of the American Revolution. This song helps remind me every day, how strong Boston really is. The Killers had one of my favorite albums of 2012 and I will never forget when they closed my birthday show with this song last December. Make sure to add it to your playlist if you have not already:

That’s all for now, folks!! Don’t forget to fill my comments with your faves. Let me know if you like what I’ve posted and be sure to tell me what you’re currently repeating on your iPod. I love to look for new tunes!!

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Boston Strong

 

courtesy of NHLBruins.com

courtesy of NHLBruins.com

I was really looking forward to tonight’s game. I was thinking about it all day. I’m a Bruins fan every single day of the year but tonight’s home game meant something a lot more to me and to the rest of their fans. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to pull out a win in the OT shoot out but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an amazing game. We don’t get to celebrate a win but we do get to celebrate our team. The Bruins played well for their city. Our city. They played tough. They played strong. The game was so intense, so entertaining, I almost forgot about the outside world for a bit and just got lost in the action. It felt really great after such a rough week. It just wasn’t our night. Hopefully that means we’re saving a bit of the magic for the playoffs! Right? Looking forward to standing on beautiful Boylston to watch that parade.

courtesy of NHLBruins.com

courtesy of NHLBruins.com

I knew going in that the opening of the game would be emotional though I wasn’t prepared for just how much. I hadn’t really allowed myself to cry since Monday’s terrible events. There was too much shock and too much fear.  Too much that needed to be done. Tonight’s stunning intro gave me a great excuse to just let loose the tears. Even if you’re not a hockey fan, get your tissues ready and watch the video below:

Thankfully, tomorrow is another day.

Speaking of, my Bestest Friend and fellow Bruins fan, Amanda, and I are going to be taking part in the “Salem Stands With Boston” candle light walk tomorrow evening in Salem Common. A note from our mayor, Kim Driscoll:

New details have just been announced for tomorrow’s run and candlelight walk to honor the victims of Monday’s attack:

Members of The Paul Madore Chorale will join us to lead participants in song. Father John Sheridan, Rabbi Yossi Lipsker, and Salem resident and Boston Marathon participant John Young will join us for a few words prior to the Candlelight Walk. Gorilla Printing has generously donated a “SALEM STANDS WITH BOSTON” banner for participants to sign as a gift for the City of Boston. The Salem Veterans Council has donated and will distribute hundreds of American flags tomorrow night. The Salem Wax Museum and Target have donated hundreds of candles. Salem State University will provide a free shuttle for students to and from Salem Common to attend the event, and the American Red Cross will be on hand to provide mental health support and resources for those who need it in the wake of Monday’s events.

For those attending, please try and bring your own candles if possible due to the anticipated high demand for the limited amount of candles to be provided.

I hope you can join us for a uniquely Salem event as we stand with resolve and in solidarity with all Bostonians on Salem Common tomorrow night. Together, our Commonwealth will heal these wounds and bounce back stronger than before.

Cannot wait to walk with my fellow MassHoles, Salem Witches and Bostonians. If you would like more information on this event, please CLICK HERE.

*all photos & video courtesy of NHLBruins.com

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This is My House, This is My Home

BostonMy first job when I moved to Massachusetts 8 years ago, was on the 28th floor of the Prudential Center (800 Boylston St.) It’s the 2nd tallest building in Boston and surrounded on all sides by a shopping mall. Outside of the building is more shopping, tons of bars, restaurants, gorgeous brick sidewalks and stunning architecture. The Back Bay is one of the prettiest places I had ever visited and all of a sudden I was getting paid to visit there every single day.

My commute at the time was pretty long and I didn’t have a car so most of my doctors and hair and nail places were right in the neighborhood, on Boylston or Newbury (the next street over). All of my friends were my co-workers and we spent countless hours frequenting the nearby establishments. My house was in Salem but I practically lived in Back Bay for 4 years. Even when I left that company, I was always going down there to see my friends. I still do. I know almost every bar, every shop front, every T stop and every brick in every sidewalk. I’ve walked alone in the dark, sometimes for many blocks, and have never once felt unsafe.

I used to love working on Marathon Mondays. The commute was quiet with so many people taking the day off and I would get off the T a few stops early so that I could walk down Boylston and see all the preparation and fanfare. In the afternoons we would walk outside to watch the runners pass us by. It was a real Boston holiday and always felt that way, even when we all had to work.

SalemYesterday my favorite neighborhood in my favorite city was turned into a war zone. A scary place to be. And there is blood on my bricks. Waiting for text messages from friends who live and work in the area was panic inducing. Friends who have become my family. I can’t remember the last time I was so terrified. My BFF and I just kept repeating to each other that this kind of stuff isn’t supposed to happen in our city. I am sure everyone feels that way. But it is still such a shock, like it happened in some terrible nightmare and not in our backyard.

I am thankful that my loved ones are all safe and sound. I am thankful that there were already so many law enforcement and medical personnel in the area. I am thankful that so many people rushed to help those who needed it. Boston is a truly great city.

I continue to pray for all of the victims, their families and everyone touched by this gruesome tragedy. Boston is still home. Back Bay is still my favorite. I am going to cheer for the Bruins. I am going to pray that the Red Sox make the playoffs. And I will not let anyone make me afraid to walk those familiar streets. I can’t wait to get down there to share all of my city love with all my city friends. Love that dirty water.

I was listening to The Killers on my way to work this morning (life must go on) and the lyrics of my favorite song seemed appropriate to share:

Up against the wall 
There’s something dying on the street
When they knock you down 
You’re gonna get back on your feet
Cause you can’t stop now 

Did they break your heart? 
And did they cause your soul to mourn
Remember what I said
Boy you was battle born
Cause you can’t stop now 

Come on show your face
Come on give us one more spark
So we’ll start a fire
Unless we fall into the dark
And you can’t stop now

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