OK, I get it. You don’t win “everything” but when it comes to the major sports, your city tends to dominate. Yes, that’s something to be proud of. Bostonians are a tough breed that doesn’t give up. “Boston Strong” sums up the fandom nicely which consists of the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and Boston Red Sox. Congrats for being great, but that’s enough compliments.
I’m sure you realize there’s a trend in sports consisting of teams that always win, gaining more haters along the way. Fans tend to want to cheer against your team because it’s “boring” to see the same team at the top. Look at the Golden State Warriors having won established a title dynasty. Recently after one of their playoff losses, Draymond Green addressed the media saying, “People in the States are cheering against us because we beat all their teams.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Recently, the Patriots unveiled their most recent Super Bowl rings, number six won with Tom Brady at the helm. Last year, the Red Sox won the World Series and the Celtics have been gaining steam with Brad Stevens, though the situation with Kyrie Irving could shake things up, that’s something different entirely.
Now, getting to my point. The Bruins are the most recent team to make it into the finals for their sport. It’s almost been one decade since they last won the Stanley Cup, one of the longest droughts in Boston history with the Celtics last winning the NBA Championship three years prior. The Bruins are on the verge of adding another potential title to their history, one that includes six Stanley Cups.
Now, flip the script. The St. Louis Blues have never won a Stanley Cup, getting to the finals once where they lost to the Bruins. The city of St. Louis has seen the tumultuous highs and lows over the span of a half-century. This season was a microcosm of that, with the Blues falling hard to begin the season and managed to turn things around as one of the hottest teams in the league the second half of the season.
To put it mildly, the Blues have a chip on their shoulder when they head back to Boston for game seven, the whole city waiting to break out and play Gloria.
St. Louis only has two major sports teams, lacking an NBA squad and having seen their Rams choose to return to LA. The Cardinals are the only other team other than the Blues in the city and even with it being baseball season, all eyes are on the Blues. The last time the Cardinals won the World Series was back in 2011, their 11th Championship win. Prior to leaving for LA, the Rams won one Super Bowl in 1999 and made it back, but lost, two years later.
Simply put, the city of St. Louis has only experienced 12 total Championships. Meanwhile, over in Boston, Brady has already won six rings. Enough already Boston, let someone else have a moment to shine. I understand that it’s not easy to live up to expectations in a city used to greatness, some Bostonians mocked St. Louis fans for celebrating making it to the finals. Fans in Boston have the expectation their teams will make it to the Championship and win. Then they celebrate.
Sports are about bringing people together, making memories and even making history when possible. The Blues have a chance to do just that, having got a huge backing from much of the US and by doing so, have most cheering against the Bruins. They’ve done the near impossible by getting me, a Chicago fan who dislikes St. Louis, to cheer for them. I simply want to see them win their first Cup, they deserve it and so do their fans. Plus, Boston doesn’t “need” another Championship mere months after the Pats “did it again.”
Let’s go Blues, make some history and play Gloria!