Being Sensitive, Explaing Why Habs/Bruins Won’t Be A ScrapfestShareThis
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I used to think I didn’t enjoy overly sentimental TV, music or books because I wasn’t sensitive enough. It’s recently come to my attention that it turns out I don’t like getting invested in those things because I’m too sensitive. Feeling bad for other people tends to simply ruin me, so when there’s not something I can do about it – like with characters in a movie – I just plain don’t want to feel that way.
As a guy, that seems like obvious solution: avoid it.
Take, for example, the Modest Mouse video (Little Motel) in this (unsurprisingly fantastic) old post by Chris Jones – the song is great, but I can’t enjoy it because the video hurts to watch. Why do women seem to enjoy doing this to themselves (intentionally watch tear-jerker movies, I mean)?
Odd. Anyway, I’ll get back to sports here in a hot sec, right after a recommendation:
For something inspirational/emotional well-worth your time, this Joe Posnanski piece on Rulon Gardner is a must-read.
Tonight the Bruins and Habs reunite to play their first game after Zdeno Chara executed his perfectly mapped out plan to fracture vertebrae in Max Pacioretty’s neck (or whatever it is the Montreal fans and their police are claiming).
Here’s why you won’t – repeat, WON’T – see a fight-a-thon.
First, a disclaimer: I’m not saying they Habs won’t want their pound of flesh from Chara. They may hack, whack and slash him. They may hit him every chance they get. Hell, someone (who do they even have, Ryan White?) may even try to fight him. Those are all possibilities.
But both teams are playoff-bound, and those are coming up mighty quick: 10 games for the big bad B’s, and eight for the speedy Habs.
Both teams are unsure of their seeding still, which makes the points crucial.
The commish and every other fan will be watching this game with eyes wide open Stanley Kubrick syle (Clockwork Orange, not Eyes Wide Shut, btw). The refs will be paying uber-close attention. This isn’t like being a juror in court where you can’t know anything about the case to rule on it. This game will be on lock down, thanks to all the authoritaw paying attention. You gotta believe the refs are going to call a couple minors early to set the “hey, no fucking around tonight” tone.
The most important thing for playoffs is entering them healthy. Teams get knocked out strictly on injuries alone some years (as a certain Daddy of Puck has mentioned, with a healthy Tomas Vanek, the Sabres may actually beat the Bruins in round one last year).
I just don’t see any way that now would be the right time to exact revenge.
If you recall the Bruins and Dallas Stars had a monumental amount of tilly’s to make up for something that happened the year before. File this in the same bin as that game. There’s a time and a place.
This is neither.
Trying to meet up with Joe Yerdon of NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk for a pint today. Good guy, follow him on twitter here. Have a great Thursday!