Boston Fans Celebrate
You won't believe this story, but it's true, and there are many witnesses. I bought three local newspapers in the Providence airport this morning, and took them to the local Dunkin' Donuts. The woman working the register looked at the front of the top paper, turned to me and said "They won the World Series again? When was the World Series?"
That's where New England is now, that an actual New England resident can nonchalantly ask "They won the World Series again?" on the morning after. Of course, her co-workers immediately began yelling at her, but still.
As will be written early and often this week, Boston is in sports nirvana. Boston College is No. 2 in the BCS, the Patriots are an unstoppable force of NFL destruction, the Red Sox are world champions, the Celtics are about to begin their most anticipated season in decades with three mega-superstars, the New England Revolution were (I believe) the only MLS top seed not to lose the opening leg of their first-round playoff series and should probably be Eastern Conference favorites, and the Bruins are a respectable 6-4. And in Washington, meanwhile, we can boast of a fading D.C. United. We stink.
But the point is, the Patriots are 8-0 and blowing up every offensive record in sight, and yet circumstances apparently demanded they be chased off the front of the sports section of the Providence Journal. I'm trying to imagine a scenario in which the Redskins move to 8-0 by destroying a Hall of Fame Coach in every way possible, setting up a world-altering showdown with the also-undefeated defending Super Bowl champs, and yet do not make the front of the Monday Sports section in the local papers. I'm thinking maybe if the estranged son-in-law of the sitting House Speaker is released from a hospital in Boise--where he was recuperating from war injuries--and then gets signed by the Washington Nationals and flown-cross country to join the team for Game 7 of the World Series, at which point he breaks both arms slipping on the blood of a fallen teammate who had been attempting to comfort an injured batboy, but nevertheless hits a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 39th inning of a 44-43 win by holding the bat between his teeth, maybe those undefeated Redskins would get chased off the Sports front. Maybe.
Anyhow, in the Providence Journal the Patriots made B8. B8!!!!!!!!!!! The Boston Herald had nine pages of Sox coverage before you got to the Patriots. The Boston Globe had a special World Series section, so the Pats had the Sports section to themselves. Main Headline? "Washington Slapped Here." As Fred Smoot said yesterday, "it wasn't a good day for a Redskin." More on this later.
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