OK, I won’t lie – it has been a long time since I was an active Boston Celtics fan, but the chance to go into town to a live game at TD Garden was compelling. And awesome!
There were many heady times back in the day in the old Garden, when both the Celtics and the Bruins were unstoppable; days when names like Red Auerbach, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Robert Parrish, and Kevin McHale, to name a few, lead or headlined the Celtics and contributed a huge number of divisional and (17) NBA Championship banners to the heights in the Garden.
In a similar manner with the Boston Bruins, names like Bobby Orr (GOAT), Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and many others helped hoist numerous Boston Bruins hockey divisional and (6) Stanley Cup banners.
There are arguably few towns like Boston that can claim such levels of sports fan madness and devotion. Boston is not a big town, but it has a huge heart (and harshness!) for its sports teams. In the last few months, we saw the Red Sox win their 9th World Series and the Patriots win their 6th Super Bowl win – how crazy is that?
After a ride into town on the train, and in the spirit of sports karma, my friend Mark and I made it in to The Fours, a landmark bar and grille a few blocks from the Garden on Canal Street. This place is awesome, and has been there since 1976. It is steeped in history and memorabilia, and they don’t pour a bad drink. This is almost like a rite of passage.
Back to the Celtics. I’m not sure I have huge hopes this year for a Boston Celtics Championship and parade, but hope lies eternal.
And does it get any better than getting back on the train, out of North Station, in a snowstorm, to head home? It does not.
Life is good.