The finishing touches are being put on yet another championship parade for the city of Boston. The Bruins Stanley Cup parade will begin at 11:00 tomorrow in front of the TD Garden.
There are so many stories and links and columns about the Bruins this morning, that I’m going to just bring you a select few. You can find just about all of them over at BruinsLinks.com.
A Black And Gold Day for Boston. Finally. – Bill Simmons on Grantland weighs in on the Bruins finally getting that Stanley Cup back to Boston.
Bruins take their rightful place – Jackie MacMullan has the Bruins joining the champions circle in Boston. The video on the page though, (nothing to do with MacMullan’s column) is underwhelming. Reference to the “Curse of the Bambino?” DISAPPROVE.
Upon reflection, nearly perfect – Bob Ryan says that this run to the Cup couldn’t have been any better for the Bruisn and their fans.
Campbells enjoy the Stanley Cup as father and son – Joe Haggerty has Colin and Gregory Campbell enjoying this Stanley Cup win.
Winners And Losers Of The Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Run – My SB Nation Boston media column looks at the media winners and losers from the last six weeks or so.
Goucher crossed threshold, too, with ‘call of fame’ induction – Chad Finn compares championship call of the Bruins radio voice with those of past Boston champions.
Conway celebrates B’s win from afar – Bill Burt checks in with legendary Bruins writer Russ Conway for his thoughts on the Stanley Cup returning to Boston.
Bruins announcer Jim Martin says victory hasn’t sunk in yet – Richard C. Dujardin of the ProJo has the Bruins PA announcer thrilled with the win.
CTV’s Rob Brown, ESPN Book, Marv Albert highlights Media Power List – Richard Deitsch has his monthly media power rankings, including Bill Simmons apologizing to Mike Tirico for comments in the ESPN book.
What an ending! – Michael Felger signs off with his last mailbag. Some interesting stuff in here. I knew that Felger, Tony Massarotti and Bill Simmons had been together at the Herald as young reporters, and Felger notes that Steve Conroy (Herald Bruins writer) and Paul Perillo (Patriots Football Weekly) as well as Felger, Mazz and Simmons all came in together to the Herald as interns. Quite a staff.
Felger also reveals that he hates the Celtics with a passion (no surprise there) and also has this:
Some of you folks want an apology from me concerning some of my harsh Bruins commentary this season. Suffice it to say, that’s nonsense.
I think the B’s deserved all the scrutiny and the pressure we put on them. Thirty-nine years without a title is too long for a market like this. The way they were bounced out the last two years was worthy of a lot of criticism. Beyond that, my job is to tell you how I feel about the subjects I cover. Sometimes I’m right. Sometimes I’m wrong. But it’s the straight shot as I know it. If I did the job any other way, it wouldn’t be interesting to me.
So this is the deal. We take a stance, we let it play out, we argue about it, and at the end of the day we have winners and losers. And because we are adults, we admit who is right and who is wrong. You never need to worry about that with me, either. Therefore:
- I was wrong about Claude Julien. He and his approach are good enough to win a championship.
- I was wrong about Zdeno Chara. He is elite. A top 1-3 defenseman in the league, someone whose regular-season ability can translate to a championship.
- And I was wrong about Tim Thomas. He can carry you to a Stanley Cup.
I will say it along with you: wrong, wrong and wrong.
And thrilled to be so.
Say what you will about Felger, I don’t know of many media members in this town who would come out and put something like this in print. Most who have failed in their predictions or stands prefer to just sweep it under the rug and move on to the next “outrage” or stand (Hello, Glenn Ordway!). Felger is honest here about what he does, and that he was badly off base in his opinion. I can respect that. Now about that stand all last summer that the Patriots were making Tom Brady get on his knees and “beg” for a new contract…
I will also say that his victory lap yesterday after Shawn Thornton told him to “suck it” in the postgame interviews was pretty nauseating.
Michael Holley went off on Felger yesterday afternoon, it was something along the lines of “there are people in the media who called Jeremy Jacobs a criminal which forced the Herald to apologize and they’re the ones now saying they have never left the hockey bandwagon. Don’t believe it!”
It was sort of out of character for Holley and a little surprising for him to call out another media member so openly like this. I liked it.
Speaking of WEEI, the most embarassing part of their Bruins “coverage” has to be Nanabula. If you don’t know who or what Nanabula is, I envy you. Brutal, just brutal. They wonder why 98.5 is running laps around them right now.
Five things we learned about the Red Sox after a dominating road trip – Rob Bradford looks at the Red Sox as they come off an 8-1 road trip.
Tedy Bruschi: Lockout gives Pats edge – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots legend saying that New England will be more prepared than most when the lockout ends.