Staying Boston Strong

Apr 20 2013 Published by under Potpourri

I’m going to the Bruins game today. It was originally scheduled for last night but was postponed in light of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, “suspect #2” in the Boston Marathon bombing. Am I nervous about going? I won’t lie. I don’t see how anyone couldn't be. It’s been less than a week since two bombs went off at the finish line of the marathon. Less than 48 hours since gunfire filled one of the streets of Watertown.

But it’s a game I’ve been looking forward to since we bought tickets several months ago. When the schedule for the shortened season came out I circled this game against the Penguins as one of the must-sees of the year. It’d be a chance to see one of the league's best, if not best, players in the game, Sidney Crosby, even though I find him to be a little on the whiny side (although, he’s since been injured and won’t be playing after a puck to the face broke his jaw). The game became even more interesting when the Penguins swooped-in in the last seconds to pilfer Jarome Iginla before he was to be traded to the Bruins. The Bruins ended up traded for ex-Penguin Jaromir Jagr instead.

At today’s game, I don’t know how those who’ve died, those who were injured, or the men and women who protect us and heal us will be honored. I don’t know if there’ll be a rousing, audience-led, rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. I don’t know if my team will even win today. But I do know that these are the steps we take to bring a city and life back to normalcy.

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