Tables Continue to Turn on Beantown Teams

Jonah BermanCorrespondent IApril 22, 2009

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It pains me to write this, but it seems that the tables continue to turn on the amazing run that my hometown teams have enjoyed in the first decade of this century.

With the news last week that KG is done for the playoffs (as well as the subsequent news that Leon Powe is also finished), the C's hopes of defending their title are significantly (and that's optimistic) diminished.

(Add to this the fact that Danny Ainge had a mild heart-attack last week, and you've got to be convinced that there's simply bad karma surrounding this team right now).

I don't doubt that we might beat the Bulls in round one, and maybe even the Magic in round two, but LeBron has been too good for the C's to stop over the course of seven games without KG in the middle.

(The Cavs destruction of Detroit in the first two games of that series is evidence enough that Cleveland is waltzing to the finals).

I am trying to remain optimistic. After all, Paul Pierce has been superhuman at times and the C's regular season record was only four games worse than last year, but still. They're just a different team without KG.

Of course, it all began, this "downturn," with the crushing loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLIII.

Then came Brady's knee.

And now the Sox are off to a pedestrian 7-6 start, Dice-K is on the disabled list, and neither Beckett nor Lester has been particularly inspiring over the first two weeks of the season.

All that said, I don't expect anyone outside of New Englnd to be shedding a single tear for our poor Boston franchises. After all, I understand and appreciate as much as anyone the amazing run we've had since the turn of the century.

During the past eight calendar years dating back to 2002, we've had at least one championship in five of them ('02 Pats, '04 Pats and Sox, '05 Pats, '07 Sox, '08 Celts and Pats—oops, I mean, Celts only (18-1, sigh).

Which brings me to my point; Bruins, you are our last and best hope for a championship in 2009. Sweep the Habs and let's get on with it.

Sure, I'm a fairweather Bruins fan, but hey, that's allowed when they're your hometown team and have been mediocre for the past decade and a half, right?

And when the other three franchises in town have all won titles in the past four years?

Let's make Boston hockeytown once again. It's been too long.

Now, let the Boston-haters comment away....