My first 52 Games story for DigBoston should’ve been on the Celtics’ season opener on Christmas Day. But as I discovered, all of Boston shuts down on December 25, and I wound up waiting a week to begin the series.
It’s kind of fitting, then, that my final 52 Games story would also be on the Celtics. Specifically, Game 6 of the Celtics-76ers series late last week.
I predicted then that the Celtics wouldn’t have enough left to beat the more-athletic Miami Heat, and so far I’ve been right. I said Celtics fans should turn out in force for Games 3 and 4 at the Garden this weekend and show their support despite what could very well be a disappointing outcome to the series. Hopefully, I’m right a second time.
I spent half of Saturday watching an epic Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea at CBS Scene at Patriot Place. I spent the other half watching a not-as-epic MLS game between the New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo at Gillete Stadium. I wrote them up together in one still-considerably epic 52 Games column.
Northeastern’s athletic program really pales when compared with Boston’s other D-I schools. BC and BU have better men’s hockey, BC and Harvard have actual football teams, and BU and Harvard suddenly have NCAA-competitive basketball teams.
What’s Northeastern got? I went to a Huskies baseball game last week to try and find out, and it’s now up on DigBoston.com.
I knew after having so much fun at Real Madrid-Barcelona that I’d be covering more soccer for DigBoston. I also knew the EPL season was winding down, so I had to act fast before a league even more popular than Spain’s La Liga went away for the year.
Manchester United and Manchester City played each other last Monday for first place in the EPL. Couldn’t have asked for a better setting for 52 Games.
Though I certainly find lacrosse’s Native American origins fascinating, I didn’t love my first lacrosse game (BU-Notre Dame). I figured I needed to give the game another shot, and the Boston Cannons’ season opener Saturday at Harvard Stadium provided just such an opportunity. Simultaneously, I figured it would make a great 52 Games for DigBoston.
The second time around, I had a lot more fun. And I added a new press pass to my collection!
I’ve always thought that better competition might actually give soccer a chance in America. Plenty of people play it as kids, so there’s a similar nostalgia to it as there is in baseball. And plenty of Americans come from soccer-loving cultures, so money could definitely be made off a higher-quality product.
But because MLS soccer is only marginally better than D-III college soccer, no one’s ever seen the sport the way it ought to be played.
I got my first taste of real soccer a few years ago when I saw the EPL’s Chelsea play in England. Ever since I’ve wanted to witness a Real Madrid-Barcelona game. Well, they played Saturday afternoon, and I covered it for 52 Games.
Another week, another two stories for DigBoston. And since my second “Wide Month of Sports” column will be in next week’s print edition, that means for three consecutive weeks I’ll have multiple articles published to the website.
I thought it’d be a lark to watch a Gaelic football match at Banshee Pub in Dorchester Saturday. Once I realized how honest and raw the sport was (compared with soccer, for instance), I wound up enjoying myself far more than I expected.