Case Study

The Bruins are retiring Terry O’Reilly’s number 24. I know a lot of people love him, and I realize he’s kind of a folk hero to Boston, but to me he just kind of represents the reason Boston never won a Cup. Sure he was tough, but he wasn’t the toughest (I guess that would be Philadelphia). And on top of that he wasn’t a horribly smart player. O’Reilly is a nice guy who played hard and his number should be retired because he meant a lot to the people of Boston. But in terms of hockey, he’s more of a footnote than anything else. It’s so weird how so much of Boston’s sports mythology is built on not winning. I feel like I hear much more about the Bruins and the Sox than I do about the Celtics and the Pats. And look at Ray Bourque. Boston’s love of him reached critical mass once he left to win the Stanley Cup for another team. That was the ideal Boston situation — watching a beloved player realize his life dream while not bringing victory to Beantown.
I wonder if we could get a whole city into therapy…