Sunday, April 11, 2010
Two out of Three Ain't Bad...But Three out of Three is Better
Still, I can't go to bed without celebrating the BC Eagles hockey team and the national championship it won tonight in emphatic fashion over Wisconsin. BC thrashed the Badgers 5-0 to take its fourth national title and second in three seasons. This is an especially meaningful championship to me, as the 2009-2010 Eagles represent the first team I've really been able to follow (by actually going to games) all the way to a championship. It has been an honor and a pleasure to watch the explosive, exciting Eagles all season, and I'm thrilled that they've taken the title. I'm going to do everything I can to be there when BC raises the championship banner next season.
But the good news doesn't stop there. The Bruins--as doomed as they might be in the long run--did manage to clinch a playoff spot today and therefore extend the meaningful hockey season for me by at least four more games. After a tough, injury-filled, mostly disappointing season, the Bruins came together in the last few weeks to at least have an outside shot at winning the Stanley Cup. As always, I'll be with them as they set off on their playoff adventure--long may it last.
The best news of all, though, is that West Ham took a pretty big step toward avoiding relegation today with a 1-0 home win over Sunderland. We're far from safe, and the next match brings an away fixture to Liverpool, one we haven't won since 1964. But the performances of the last couple of weeks have been reassuring, and there's renewed hope that West Ham will be a Premiership club again next season. Then again, with West Ham, you never know... For this week, though, there are happy thoughts all around. And a pretty big--if premature--sigh of relief.
Unfortunately, the Kansas City Royals couldn't complete the quadruple; they lost decisively to the Red Sox today. But, hey, I'm not complaining. A Bruins playoff clincher, a BC hockey national title and a huge West Ham win all in one beautiful Saturday, capped off by a fantastic party? That's just plain good living.