Wednesday, June 18, 2008
at 12:43 AM Posted by GHABB,Y~!
Tonight was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Sure, the game may not have been competitive or dramatic, and the rest of the country may have shut it off in the second quarter, but I don't care. For me (and a select group of New Englanders, especially those under the age of 27 or so) tonight was better than any World Series. It was better than any Super Bowl. Those Red Sox and Patriots wins were sweet, but they were kind of like watching a cousin win the lottery. Tonight, conversely, was intensely personal. My five-dollar champagne has been sweetened with tears of joy.
For a full generation of Bostonians, being a Celtics fan has, until tonight, been a depressing exercise. Losses, poor personnel decisions and even deaths kept piling up, with no end in sight. Len Bias, Reggie Lewis and Red all died. Eric Montross, Kedrick Brown and Michael Smith were drafted. Rick Pitino coached. Those of us under the age of 27 had just resigned ourselves to this losery fate, hoping for lucky ping-pong balls in the lottery each year. But then this year occurred, seemingly out of nowhere. They played defense. They played better against top competition. They made clutch shots, and came back against seemingly insurmountable odds. I'll admit that I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, if only because it always has during my years of following this team. But it never did. Instead, they just kept winning, first in the regular season, and then in the playoffs. And now the Celtics are World Champions.
God that feels good to write.