While everyone else is suffering from Super Bowl Fever, I thought I would give a little shout out to the Celtics. The C’s are wracked with injuries but still bumping and grinding their way through their short season. So, here’s a little love, Boston Celtics. From me to you.
What? You don’t give a flying fig about basketball right now? It’s football — all or nothing? Okay, here’s a little something for you:
Are you happy now? Does that cozy, warm quilt help to ease the chills and symptoms of Super Bowl Fever?
What’s that you say? You hockey fans are feeling left out? (Don’t you always feel left out?) The Bruins have been struggling a little bit coming off the near-calamity caused by Tim Thomas’ less-than-delft save of himself from the White House. Well, here’s to our 2011 Stanley Cup Champions! May they bring it home again in 2012 … or sometime soon anyway.
Let’s face it, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, what really matters is baseball. In only a few days, we will celebrate a Holy Day in Red Sox Nation: Truck Day. Within a couple of weeks, pitchers and catchers will report to spring training! Yes! Spring training!!! It’s almost here! Maybe the Red Sox will have a shortstop by then. And a complete starting pitching staff. And a bullpen that is not filled with broken down used cars. Maybe we will be planning a retirement party for Jason Varitek. And Tim Wakefield. Or maybe we will be welcoming them back with open arms. And maybe we will know which platoon will be playing right field. And left field, temporarily. Maybe. The disgrace of The Great Collapse of 2011 will be (almost) forgotten. What matters is this:
So, Go Celtics, Go Patriots, Go Bruins. But when it comes right down to it, we all know what is really important. All roads lead to baseball. Opening day. In 63 days. First pitch, April 5, 2012. 1:05. [Cue the roar of the crowd.]