Archive | April 2015

Losing a Bet

So remember when I went to the Gahden to pull for the Boston Celtics? Yeah, me too. That was fun. Except for them losing of course… Especially to this nobody named Lebron James and this other stranger called Kyrie Irving. They play for this strange team called the Cleveland Cavaliers that wears hideous Wine and Gold uniforms. (Oh come on, even my friends who are Cleveland fans agree with me there.) 

Ok maybe I’m just bitter. My team just had a great season where they were supposed to be rebuilding, and we expected to be in the bottom of the league again. Instead, they battled their way into the playoffs. Yes they finished the season 2 games under 500, but still, they made the 7th seed of the playoffs. They earned the respect of the league and they have one of the best young coaches in Brad Stevens. They played the Cleveland Cavaliers pretty well for the whole series. They just didn’t play well enough to win the series, or rather a single game in the series… Well they weren’t good enough. At least they were close in the games and have a bright future ahead of them! And that is the positive spin that I can put on a hard loss and a tough end for the Celtices. 

The end is made personally harder for me because I at least thought the C’s would win one game. In fact, I thought they could win the whole series! Being an overconfident Celtics fan, I made a bet with my friend Vanessa, my cohost on the JVC Sports Block on Monday nights on WTBU, which you can hear from 6 pm to 8 pm on this website. http://www.wtburadio.org The bet was if the Celtics won the series, Vanessa would have to wear Boston Celtics garb for a whole day. If the Cavs won the series, I would have to wear Cavs gear for a whole day. I thought that the Celtics would win the series and make the Cavs sweat. They’ve given Lebron some trouble before and ended the Cavs’ season in painful ways before. I made the bet with Vanessa! truly thought they would win! But they didn’t. They played competitively for four games but ultimately lost. 

Well, the Celtics lost the series and I lost my bet. Well I have to wear a Cleveland Cavaliers shirt and hat all day tomorrow… Yay… Well I’m not gonna complain too much. I made the bet and I have to abide by my own terms. Even if I’m not that big a fan of it all…  

     

I made my bed and I have to lay in it. Oh well. Go Celtics!(in 2016…)

High School Musicals

No, I never did High School Musical and I’m happy I didn’t, I don’t like that show. I’m writing this as a sincere congratulations to my friends at Northwest Catholic High School who put up an apparently tremendously successful run of Once On This Island. I’ve not seen that show before but from everything I’ve heard about it, it’s not an easy show to do at all, and NWC deserves a ton of credit for pulling off an excellent run. 

Unfortunately, as mentioned above, I did not actually see this run and j can’t see the performance they have today at 2 pm at the Rice Auditorium at NWC in West Hartford CT. It’s the first year I’ve either not seen or been in since the school did Annie all the way back in 2005. Wow that’s a long time. 

I’ve mentioned on this blog before how much I enjoy performances. Well this group was most responsible for my love of shows. In my time at NWC, I did every musical, 3 of the 4 main stage plays, and a grand total of 12 shows with the Dramateurs in my 4 years at the school. It helped define my time at the school and helped craft my personality as it is today. The best show I did there wasn’t my junior year when we did 42nd Street. My best single performance was my senior year when I played Bert Bratt in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I somehow got an award named after me for the last show. Sweet! I hope this year’s winner of the Chris Lynch Dramateur Award truly does what he loves and loves what he does. 

I was reminded of all this when I woke up and saw this from my friend Susie, who was appreciating her stage manager successor, Michael.  

 

I couldn’t help but think about my best memories on stage with the Dramateurs and be amazed that it’s been 3 years since I was on that stage. So many times, from hanging with these goofball guys my first year in Godspell, 

    

to the weird but excellent performance of Little Shop of Horrors,  

   

to the highlight of my time here, 42nd Street,  

       

and finally, wrapping it all up with How To Succeed.  

      

I loved these moments, these people, and everything that goes along with it all. I hope the people there now will appreciate how amazing experience whole thing is. Mrs. Avery was spot on in describing theatre as ephemeral. The experiences will fade and will end, but the memories will last a lifetime. To end this in true Dramateurs fashion, thank you Mrs. Avery and Miss Kate for giving me an amazing venue in which to grow, perform, have fun, and learn about both the art of doing a show and the art of living fully. I hope the people at NWC today understand how awesome a chance they have there. 

Break a leg in your show today! Oh and actually get things done in strike without people just standing idly by. 

Physical Wellness

I love sports and I follow athletes with regularity. I have dreams of being a sports broadcaster, telling tales of great athletes performing amazing feats and doing great things in the arena of competition. I love watching skilled athletes compete. That does not mean that I’m actually in shape though… Oops… I have spurts where I’m regularly at the gym and exercising, which is good. The problem is, it’s not a regular routine. If I am to get into better shape, then I’ll need to make it a real routine. I played a game of softball with guys from the BU Catholic Center against guys from the Christian Navagators. 

  While it was a fun game, we Catholics were defeated by only 2 runs. How’d I do in the game personally? 3-5 with 3 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored. That’s good. The 3 clear errors I had weren’t… 

Oh well. After the game, I went to get some food and put in some study work on my final exams that are rapidly approaching. After that, I had a little more energy and needed to get it out of my system. I went to Fitrec to get a workout in. Most of my workouts have been on the basketball court shooting hoops and doing short sprints. It’s been a great refuge for me when I need to get a breather from college work, and has produced some hilarious stories. But today, half of the upstairs courts were occupied by what looked to be a testing session for a sword based martial arts form. 2 of the 3 downstairs courts were occupied by various things as well. The open courts were thereby crowded by people looking to ball. I had no chance to either get a hoop to shoot by myself or to get into a pick up game. Oh well. So I had to ditch playing hoops and get a traditional workout in. I decided to basically turn it into a leg and core heavy workout. Yes, it was leg day. I didn’t kill my legs they way I often do on those sorts of workouts, but I am feeling the effects of it now.  

 

Yeah, it was a good time. I actually worked out today!

But physical wellness goes beyond merely exercising. I’ve not done a great job of getting myself off to bed early or eating well… I frequently get off to bed by 1 AM, and not eating healthy things or just eating the same things: salads, fruit, pizza, burgers, cookies, or similar foods. These foods aren’t that bad, but I’m still not resting my stomach that well. I do get better foods and I have gotten some other good and healthy things. Still, I really should be taking better care of myself better in these ways. I’m reminded of this seeing the posts of a friend’s blog. My friend Alison does an excellent job on her blog, Daily Moves and Grooves. It reminds me that basic personal care, sleep included, is fun and needed, and that you can have a healthy and balanced diet here at BU. I’ll make sure to be kinder to myself now. Once I have this post up and on my page I’m going right off to sleep. Yay sleep!  

 

I’m happy I actually took care of myself today. I worked out, ate pretty well, enjoyed good company, and had a wonderful day of exercise and productive work. Yay me! Now let’s make this more of a routine. 

Playoffs!?

Yep. I’m leading off with that clip of our friend Jim Mora. 

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For NBA fans, it is a special time of year. The playoffs are underway! Currently we’re in the first round of the playoffs, where 16 teams are fighting for their seasons every night. The tension in the stands increases, the games get more physical, and the quality of basketball goes up by a huge amount. I’ve followed the NBA with some regularity since about 2006. I’ve seen my team, the Celtics, win a championship on the strength of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Head Coach Doc Rivers. 

  I’ve seen that same team win only twenty games and miss the playoffs completely. I still watch the playoffs every year and enjoy it. 

  But I’ve never been to a playoff game before. I’ve watched a number of them and been to only one regular season and one preseason game, both Celtics games. Tonight though, I finally got to go to a playoff game! And my thought regarding going to the game was: Yes! Playoffs! Playoffs?! No one expected this Boston Celtics team to get into the playoffs at all. They traded away the two best players on the team midway through the season, Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green, and somehow the Celtics still managed to earn the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference of the NBA playoffs. They drew the 2nd seed, the talented and loaded Cleveland Cavaliers. Lucky us… Well they’ve had past playoff success against this team. They won in the 2008 and 2010 Easter Conference Semi-Finals.  

   

I guess that kinda counts for historical stuff, but not really. They are completely different teams now with revamped rosters, systems, and there’s enough separation from those years to make them irrelevant to this series. The Celtics lost the first two games in Cleveland. Not by much, but a loss is a loss. When the good people of my radio show crew realized that we could see the Celtic play the Cavs, as one of the hosts on the show is a Lebron fan, we immediately looked for and found tickets to get in. We went today after class, and had a wonderful time at the Gahden for everyone’s first playoff game. It was a marvelous time. The Gahen, as I refer to it, was electric. The fans were excited, loud, cheered for every good Celtics play, and booed Lebron James every single time he just touched the ball. Yeah he is not liked here at all. Oh well. The starting intros were a little disappointing and did not live up to what a playoff intro should be. These are what playoff intros should be. 

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The crowd was still hyped and was into the game right from the start. Sitting with my radio show friends, James and Vanessa, and my friend from the BU Catholic Center, Emma, was absolutely wonderful. The conversations with them at intermissions, timeouts, on the T to and from the Gahden, and cheering the whole night with them (and against Vanessa, the Lebron fan) was a blast. 

  
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Ultimately, the efforts by the Celtics were not enough to earn a win. They could not get an offensive or defensive rebound down the stretch and lost to the Cavs 103-95. The Celtics went down 3 games to 0. Well yeah, that happened. Losing is never fun, but they played an awesome game. And it’s been a wonderful season for a team that was supposed to miss the playoffs completely this year. I’m just accepting that I’ll likely lose a bet with Vanessa that will require me to wear a Cavs shirt/hat for a whole day… Oh the humiliation… Oh well. I made the bet knowing the odds. Let’s see if the Celtics can at least avoid the humiliation of a sweep on Sunday afternoon! And let’s see how kind I can be to my voice in the next few days after I put a great amount of stress on it by cheering my lungs out!

Holy Rollers!

I’ve been involved in a Bible Study with a great crew of people for the last two years. The study can at time look like a feast where we talk about scripture, ok well actually that’s what it is most of the time. I’ve learned so much about how to read and appreciate scripture, how to open my heart to God, and how to enjoy good company of quality men. Our study meets on Monday this year, so we had our study today, sorta. We decided to take a breather from doing scripture reading tonight. We got off campus and went to King’s Bowling near the Prudential Center in Boston. I hadn’t been bowling for many years before going tonight. So that made for an interesting time. We played two games, the first as just a fun game, and the second one had a good competition: Winner gets drinks from the people he beats. Unfortunately for me, I did not win either game. In fact I finished last in the game that decided drinks… Oops. Well I figured out what I needed to do to play well and I bowled a few strikes. It was a good night with awesome company. Plus it was a good last reprieve before final exams and papers. 

    

Now on Stage!

I’m a performer by nature. I love getting to tell a story, put on a show, get a laugh or a reaction out of people. I did theatre for many years. I did shows from middle school to high school and with a troupe over the summer time the last two years. Since I’ve been in college though, I’ve not had a real opportunity to be in a show. I’ve had small chances to perform in skits and singing with folks with the BU Catholic Center, but I’ve not had anything on the big scale that I’ve done so many times before. I got a chance to do some performing yesterday, which served as a nice change of pace in between exams and papers that are upcoming and imminent.

On Saturday afternoon, I took part in a comedy marathon put on by Liquid Fun, the largest comedy group on campus. As I’ve written before on here, I take part in an improv comedy troup at the BU Catholic Center called the Sistine Chaps. I’ve enjoyed it every time I’ve gone to practice with them, and we got our first chance to perform as a part of the Comedy marathon. The marathon as a whole was a smashing success. As for our group? We had some fun. We did a pretty good job for our first time on stage. As for me personally? Eh. I’m out of performing shape and I’ve not done too much improv performance before. I’ve done a lot of stage work for scripted plays, and I can deliver a line for a character and a script, but I’m not that experienced in the art of improv. I still had fun doing it though. 

 After the comedy set, I got food at Bartley’s with my radio show crew to celebrate my co-host James’s birthday.  

  

 I went back, got some work done, then went out swing dancing with a group of friends. We had a blast, even though it took us some time to figure out some of the more basic pieces of the form. Again, I’ve done musicals before, so I’ve done dancing before, but I’ve always been a better singer and actor than dancer. Dancing has never been my strongest skill. I still had a ton of fun and want to go out for another swing night. 

 All in all, a fun day of performances, even if its not forms of performing that I’m used to doing or in some cases really that good at. I still had fun and enjoyed the whole day.

Who I Run Into

People are interesting. I mean that. People are genuinely interesting. They all have cool stories filled with too many twists and turns to count. True, some are more interesting than others. But life in general keeps us on our toes and fills it with stories to share. 

Why do I have this random thought right now? Because I’ve had some fun encounters, especially tonight. I was cooped up inside for a good amount of the last few days, so I took a chance to just wander and get outside. While out, I both met strangers and ran into old friends. Wandering through the George Sherman Union at BU, I ran into a friend who was on my team for FYSOP when I did it before my freshman year. I haven’t seen her much this year, so any chance I get to talk with her about how we’re doing in our work and school directions, I enjoy getting that chance. 

Random encounters with friends I’ve not seen for a while are fun. Talking with random people you just happen to meet on the streets is fun too. Not something you should do with frequency, but something I do. I didn’t have any of those tonight, but I’ve had some funny ones in the past. I had two funny ones last summer, when I met a homeless guy who was selling newspapers one day, then met a guy my age who was going to join the military soon thereafter on a different day. Both times, my then girlfriend joined at the end of the conversation and I think laughed at me for my ability to get into a wall with a brick, let alone with a random guy on the streets. I’ve done that with guys who got random selfies on my phone, while they should have been taking photos of me and my friends. I still have that evidence.  

 Those guys were fun. 

I hope I can use this skill of meeting people at the drop of a hat somehow! I used it once before to meet Peter Gammons only earlier this week.  

 Let’s see how I can use that skill! 

Excuse my Star Wars Fanboying

In the annals of American film, there is a special place reserved for the Star Wars franchise. It made Science Fiction films popular and gave a positive spin to the film of the 70’s, which were at one point depressing and realistic. Star Wars brought a romantic touch back to the film world. Not just romantic in the connection between a man and a woman, though that was there is a big way. Romantic as in a sense of beauty and imagination that expanded the world and sense of being alive. It became a huge piece of American culture. It continues to hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans and people around the world today. They continue to be filled with great lessons and wonderful wisdom. Their music is the epitome of a great film soundtrack, and they still make me smile when I watch them today.

After the first three movies were released, a prequel trilogy was released. These films were visually spectacular, character and plot wise extraordinarily underwhelming. Overall, these films were not that great as a trilogy. Attack of the Clones was just flat out bad. At least Revenge of the Sith was pretty good. Well after the last film was released in 2005, it’s been 10 years since new Star Wars was a possibility. When it was announced that there would be new Star Wars films, the fan base was excited, especially when JJ Abrams was announced as the director of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Around Thanksgiving, the first teaser trailer was released. It was an initial rush of “YES NEW STAR WARS” that the fanboys could get excited for, and it did that very nicely. Take a look at the first one.

I was excited when I saw it. The little boy in me was jumping and came out in a big way. But this was only the first batch of new Star Wars clips we would get the pleasure of enjoying before the film was released. Earlier this week, yesterday to be exact, a new trailer was released. Everything the first trailer did well, the second one just blew out of the water. I watched this, and not only was the little boy in me jumping, I was literally jumping for joy. Everything I could imagine being in a Star Wars film, from the Millennium Falcon, Star Destroyers, and just about anything else that defines Star Wars was in it. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look.

NEW STAR WARS AND IT LOOKS AMAZING!!! CHEWIE IS HERE!!! AH!!!! That wasn’t quite my reaction, but I had a little boy’s reaction to it. I’m sooo excited for it. Almost as excited as this Priest.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alivelez/this-catholic-priest-reacting-to-the-new-star-wars-trailer-i#.deA6aDoqR

There’s only one problem, the film isn’t being released until December… Boo! Well I can wait patiently. And I know where I’m gonna be when that film is first released. Let’s see how good it ends up being!

Opening Day: This is Everything Right with Baseball

I love baseball. I can’t say that enough. It is my favorite game to play by leaps and bounds and it is so gorgeous to sit with good company, food, and a fun game makes for a wonderful experience. I played for a while as a kid and Fenway Park still feels like home. I’ve been to so many Red Sox games in my life at Fenway, but I’ve never been to an opening day game. The Red Sox began their season last week with a series against the Philadelphia Phillies. They won that series and another 3 game series against the arch-rival New York Yankees. When they opened the season, their television network, NESN, aired this television ad. It brought tears to my eyes, because it reminded me of every reason why I love baseball. The connections between generations, families, friends, and strangers is magnificently shown. 

However, there was one more milestone to hit before the season got into full swing: The Home Opener. The first game at Fenway Park is always full of buzz and excitement, and you get that sense watching the game on television, but it’s another thing entirely to see it play out live and in person. I got to go today as a volunteer with the Fenway Park Green Team. We pick up empty beer cans, cups, soda bottles, and anything else that can be recycled between innings of play. We rotate between the different sections of the Fenway seats to clean as many different parts of the park as we can. I’ve done the Green Team before and I’ve had an absolute blast doing it before, but today was special. Today was Opening Day. That means both teams were introduced in full. As in the trainers, videographer, coaches, players, and interpreters were announced. And there were heart touching opening gestures. Tom Brady threw the ceremonial first pitch to David Ortiz. He gacked the pitch, but I still love Tom Brady. I also love watching David Ortiz. To see those guys on the field together and to see them embrace was special. Those two are the pillar athletes of my childhood and helped get me hooked on sports in any capacity at all, let alone wanting to be a professional sportscaster. They led the way with winning championships and made me want to tell their stories for a profession. Thanks guys!

Then came a tribute to the creator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that was so popular last summer, (even I did it), Pete Frates. He played baseball at Boston College and had professional baseball aspirations before ALS stopped him in his tracks. The Red Sox honored him today by signing him to a professional contract. They also had his wife give the invocation of “Play Ball!” alongside Red Sox great and Baseball Hall of Famer, Pedro Martinez. Pedro’s my favorite pitcher by leaps and bounds. I loved watching him as a little kid and hearing his name announced gave me chills. 

And then the game began. And then I got among the greatest pleasures possible in baseball. I was sitting behind home plate because there were open seats there before we had to do our volunteer work. I was looking around at the field and the crowd and I saw Peter Gammons sitting a few seats away. Yes, that Peter Gammons. I moved down so I could sit next to the legendary baseball writer, and be in the presence of the greatness that I aspire to someday be. I got to talk about the game that was unfolding before us, when Mookie Betts stole second and then third base on the same play, and we talked of Red Sox history, specifically the 1986 World Series. Mr. Gammons puts the blame on Bob Stanley while I put the biggest bit of it on Calvin Schiraldi. 

  

Day made. And yet it got better! When I had to hop up, I wandered through the park, collecting bottles and cans as I went. While we wandered, I had several fun conversations with people there. Some form Natick, MA, who gave me trouble for being from CT, which to them means I should be a Yankee fan. I had another one with people on the Green Monster about the BU Providence Hockey game, and  they were all from Rhode Island… But I still had a decent conversation with them at least! 

We ended our volunteering work after the 7th inning or so, and I was the only one who stayed. I didn’t have a class or meeting to go to, while the other members of my group did. Since I didn’t have a ticket, I went to get some food, then to find a standing room section to watch the end of the game, which the Red Sox were winning big over the Nationals. While wandering through, I had a wonderful flash of memories as I walked through the stadium. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been to an uncountable number of Red Sox games. I’ve probably been to upwards of 35 or so games at least at Fenway. I’ve sat in so many parts of the ballpark, and to a certain extent, whenever I walk into the park, I feel as though I’m coming home. I walked over the Monster, where I’ve been on the Green Team and some guys taking some pictures of us also snuck in a selfie on my phone. 

I wandered through the third base side, where I’ve seen many games with my family, most notably a game in 2004 when Orlando Cabrera hit a double off the Monster in left field and Johnny Damon came all the way around from 1st base to score the game winning run in a game that sparked momentum for a magical ending and lifting of the curse, and where I saw Tim Wakefield’s 200th career victory. I went down the first baseline, where I saw a Red Sox-Yankee game in 2006, when the Red Sox lost all 5 games to the Yankees and their chances of making the playoffs were effectively ended that weekend. I went upstairs to the right field box seats, near where I’ve seen games with my parents and good friends alike, and a few times last season, I might add. I found a standing room section to enjoy the end of the game from. I looked around and took a mental snap of everything. The dad holding his young daughter, the brothers bickering over ice cream, the young couple that’s enjoying the sunny day, the older couple basked in memories, the older brothers reminiscing games gone by over some beers. I looked into the right field grand stands, where I saw game 1 of the 2007 ALDS vs the Angels with my dad. I looked over at the bleachers and saw the Ted Williams seat, where I saw a game last year, near where I saw game 1 of the 2013 ALDS vs the Rays with my friend Wes.  

 I looked over to the bleachers where I saw Pedroia hit his 100th homer last year and had a great end to my year last year.  

 I was living part of James Earl Jones’ famous monologue from Field of Dreams, “The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces.” I had to do that today several times over. I saw all stages of life and fandom. I was a kid with my dad and bickered with my brother. I’m older now and have been at games with friends the way the older brothers were. I’ve been a half of a young couple at a game. And I want to be a half of the older couple and  the father holding his child. 

Baseball reminded me why it is so beautiful, why I love it so much, and how it is both an escape from the daily struggles of life and a reflection of the best of life all at the same time. It was a magnificent showing. I laughed, cheered for my team in a smashing victory, enjoyed it with friends, met total strangers, enjoyed good food, reminisced in ways I couldn’t imagine, and had my eyes reopened to the beauty of the game and Fenway Park. The song in the NESN commercial I mentioned earlier in this post has a line “It’s just a perfect day.” There are few days we can apply that. Today was one of them. Thank you God for giving us baseball. We will play it well, honor our heroes, and not forget why we love the game so much.  

 

Winning isn’t Everything but Losing sure is Nothing

So… Uhm…. How about the Red Sox? They opened the season well and they have a great shot to sweep the New York Yankees in the Bronx. They won two games today, with a 19 inning marathon that ended at 2:30 or so this morning and an 8-4 beat down this afternoon. There is hope for a great season with them!

That is some good news. The title of the blog is 100 Happy Days of Chris, but the sports fan in me is not having a very good day. So tonight’s post will be an expression of how much it hurts when your teams lose. The title of this post is borrowed from two people. When speaking of his Minnesota Vikings in the 1970’s, Jim Marshall said the quote up top. The phrase was also popularized by the Austraillian musician, author, and radio host Red Symons. This is such a true quote. Losing a game hurts like crazy, losing a championship game rips your heart out in a way that nothing else in sports can. I should say right now that it hurts much more for the players and the coaches, but it still hurts for me, the fan, who invested in the team and follow it closely. 

Ok I’ve rambled on long enoug. Let’s cut to the chase. The BU Men’s hockey team played the Providence College Friars in the TD Garden(Gahden) here in Boston. The Terriers were one of the best teams in college hockey for the whole season. They had the best player in Jack Eichel. They had won the Beanpot and Hockey East Titles on the same sheet of ice this season. They wanted to make it 3 for three and complete one of the greatest seasons in the history of one of the most storied programs in collegiate hockey by winning against a program that hadn’t won a national championship. They had a 3-2 lead in the 3rd period, the time of the game that they owned all year. They had everything going for them. But there was no perfect ending to a marvelous season. There was no national championship to craft a storybook end. Instead, the team imploded. Matt O’Conner fumbled a caught puck into his own net to tie the score at 3. Two minutes and seventeen seconds later, Providence Wing Brandon Tanev beat the BU defense and gave the Friars a lead they would not surrender. The Terriers did have one more opportunity to put the game into overtime. Nick Roberto and Cason Hohmann had an open net late in the game when the Terriers had pulled their goaltender and had an extra skater. They had an open net and a chance to tie the game, but they just didn’t put the puck in the net to tie the game and probably force overtime. Time ticked away and the Friars won their first national championship, while the BU Terriers were forced to cope with a choke job for the ages. 

Yes, I used the word that no athlete in any sport likes hearing: choke. There’s absolutely no way around that. They had a great chance to win the game and the championship, they were the better team talent wise, and they had a lead on what was essentially home ice. They blew the lead and blew a chance for a championship. Matt O’Conner committed an error on par with Fred Snodgrass for the Giants against the Red Sox in 1912, Bill Buckner for the Red Sox vs the Mets in 1986, and Fred Brown for the Georgetown Hoyas vs James Worthy and North Carolina in 1982. The team and the fans were shell shocked and the team fell apart from there. I should point out that I feel very bad comparing O’Conner to those guys for their sports gacks. By all accounts he is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. But sadly, he made a tremendous mistake that will affect his potential draft stock in the NHL, and the rest of his play at BU. He choked. Jack Eichel choked down the stretch, with his name not being called much if at all late in the game. The whole team fell apart in the game. Now they, and the entire university, have to accept that they lost in a gut wrenching way, almost completely creating a new way to lose. 

For me as a fan, I’ve only had this sort of shocked feeling a few times. 7 times to be exact. 

1. 2005 Red Sox. I was a young fan who was riding high after my team won a title the year before and they return to the postseason. I thought they’d win it all again this year. Instead they lost every game in the playoffs and were swept by the eventual world champion Chicago White Sox.

  

2. 2006 Patriots. Losing the AFC Championship game to Peyton Manning and the Colts after leading the game 21-3. None more need be said.  

 

3. 2007 Patriots. Super Bowl 42. None more need be said. 

  

4. 2010 Celtics. They blew a lead in game 7 of the finals against the hated LA Lakers. Ron Artest scored 20 points and hit the winning 3 pointer. Ron. Artest. Guhhhh. 

  

5. 2011 Red Sox. They were leading the division at the start of September, went 7-20 down the stretch and lost the division to the hated Yankees and the wild card to the Rays. 

  

6. 2011 Patriots. Super Bowl 46. None more need be said. 

  

7. 2013 Bruins. Leading 2-1 late in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on home ice against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins choked late in the 3rd period and blew a chance for a game 7 and another championship.  

 

All of these teams  failed to achieve the goal of sports: winning it all. They were all talented and won many games. They were fun to watch and were all entertaining, but they all lost. The 2015 BU Terriers join that group of talented teams that had very good years that ended badly. I should emphasize that I had some wonderful memories and experiences covering and following this team. I called the BU BC game this season, I called a game in the Beanpot, and I sat in the stands as a fan for many games, including the Hockey East Championship game. It was a great season and a tremendous team. My friend Alyssa summed it up well when she commented “Best season of hockey I’ve seen as a Terrier.” She’s completely correct. But for right now, it doesn’t really matter. We lost. And congratulations to the Providence Friars, a tough and relentless team that played so tough and physical for the entire way. They earned their victory tonight. Sure BU made mistakes, but Providence won that game fair and square. But this game will rank as among the most disappointing and painful sports memories for me. It’s worse because I followed this team closer than many others. 

  

Well. Those are my thoughts on the game tonight. I hope the team comes back next year for an even better year, and I hope that Jack Eichel returns next season for an even better year. The operable word in that sentence is hope. That of course is the operable word of all sports fans. Winning makes it all worth it, but losing hurts like all holy hell. 

Well, season’s over. Let’s go Red Sox!