Saturday, June 25, 2011

What Have You Done for Them Lately?

Amid the bazillions of words expended on Boston sports since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, there is one observation I have yet to read. I can't believe it's my original insight, since it's a screamingly obvious fact, so I apologize in advance to anyone who already made the statement to come in the next paragraph, and remind them that's it's not plagiarism if you didn't see it, just a lack of originality.

The New England Patriots are now the Boston professional sports franchise that has gone the longest without a championship. Those losers haven't got their hands on a trophy since February, 2005.

So by the always fraudulent but increasingly common means by which sports teams are measured by fans and media, the Patriots are Boston's sports in crisis. All they've done is win more games than any other NFL team from 2005-2010.

Is it too much to ask that if the Patriots reflect the quality of problems facing the Boston sports community, said community undertakes a minor change of tone? Common decency, not to mention common sense, would seem to require that fans and commentators put a lid on the bitching for a good long while, no matter how trying they find John Lackey.

Yours truly is not the sort to urge folks to wear a happy face all the time. But crabby faces look particularly stupid right now.


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