Morning Free Association: Slowly Moving On

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I’m not ready to move on enough to talk about the Boston Bruins’ future. I’m not willing to say the window is shut because then there would be no point in watching. However, I think it’s important to look at how the B’s handled the loss because the players in that room know more than we do and more than they’re telling us. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: It’s Over

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It’s nearly 1 o’clock in the morning and the Bruins-Lightning game has been over for nearly two hours at this point. I’m trying to figure out what to say and how I feel. I can answer that, sort of: I feel confused and numb. I’m oddly comforted that I won’t have to watch this Bruins team, which doesn’t look like the team from the regualr season that was the first to 100. It’s hard to watch the team who was dominant for most of the season just flail about against a team that is playing much better than them. I refuse to define them as better since we all know the playoffs are ruled by hot teams and luck.  Also, I was hoping that the return of hockey would bring me some glimmer of joy, a break from the monotony of social distancing and self-isolation, a different thing to watch and be compelled by than any of the content on the 600 streaming services we have. It didn’t make me happy. Perhaps, if the team had played like they did earlier in the year, that may have made a difference. Who knows? Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Move it or Lose it

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The Boston Bruins find themsleves in a bit of a predicament. My favorite phrases for this are: “I’m up a tree” or “I’m in a pitcher of water here”. Both of those came a from a dear friend’s Gram and while I thought they were charming and funny then, I find them to be completely relatable now. Grandma Neal was prescient and kind. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Postponed

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Last night, the NHL postponed games from last night through tonight to join in the protest of racial inequality in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting. It was not a given nor an easy process for the league. However, with pressure from within by their players in the bubble and from without, including the Hockey Diversity Alliance, and other leagues, the NHL and the players decided to take the next two days off from playing so as to not divert America’s gaze from the injustice of this latest police brutality incident. Continue reading