10 Reasons Why We Need the Bruins and Celtics to Make the Playoffs
Thursday, March 12, 2015
It's been 14 straight years with at least one of Boston's major sport teams making the playoffs.
It hasn't been two months since the Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl and New England sports fans are already beginning to panic about next season thanks to the loss of Darrelle Revis to the New York Jets.
The Boston Red Sox are in the midst of Spring Training and seem to have a stacked roster with tons of depth. However, nothing is certain in Major League Baseball and no matter how good a team looks on paper, it doesn't always translate to a postseason bid (see: 2014 New York Yankees).
As it stands right now, the Bruins and Celtics are both vying for the #8 seed in their respective Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Bruins currently hold the "second wild card" spot and if the season were to end today, they would be opening the playoffs against their rival Montreal Canadiens. There's 16 games left in their season, including tonight's game in Boston against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The B's have won five of six. They have to play the Lightning two more times after tonight and face the Pittsburgh Penguins (currently 5th seed) on Saturday. The Bruins will also play the Washington Capitals (7th in East) on Sunday, and again on April 9.
The Celtics right now are two games behind Charlotte for the 8th seed in the NBA's Eastern conference. They've won six of their last 10 including a big win against the Miami Heat, who they trail by 1.5 games. Following last night's huge win against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Celts face a seemingly easy Orlando Magic team on Friday before squaring off in a big game against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. The Pacers currently hold the 7th seed in the East, 2.5 games ahead of the Celtics.
The Celtics have 20 games remaining on their schedule. Nine of those games are against East playoff teams (two games each against the Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers) and one game against the Heat.
If the Bruins can hang on, or if the Celtics can get hot, the streak of straight seasons with at least one Boston sport team making the playoffs continues guaranteed.
Here are Ten Reasons Why We Need the Bruins and Celtics to Make the Playoffs:
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Because We Already Miss Darrelle Revis.
What better way to get over the loss of Revis than to have two of our major sports teams make the playoffs?
Keeping your mind off Revis is the best thing for you right now...it's the best thing for us.
But if you see Darrelle, tell him we said "hi."
It's Been 15 Years, Folks.
Although the Red Sox look great on paper, and the Patriots are a constant shoe-in with Tom Brady at the helm, we no longer want to live like how we did in 2000. Let's stop living in the past.
The year 2000 was the last time all four major teams in Massachusetts didn't make the playoffs. And we aren't willing to take that chance ever again.
Wake Me Up When September Starts.
If the Bruins and Celtics don't make the playoffs, then we have a long wait from now until the Patriots season begins, and when the Red Sox season really matters.
The Red Sox' offense should be prolific enough to keep us entertained this summer, but the entire season? Doubtful.
Snowmageddon Will Still Exist in April.
Look outside. What you see there will still be there weeks from now.
Thankfully, the NBA and NHL playoffs are an eternity long. By the time they're over, the snow SHOULD be gone.
The question has to be though: Who will be out first? The Celtics, the Bruins, or the snow?
Let's Support the Sports Bar Economy
Let's face it. Sports bars have it easy. Unless it's February or early March.
Thankfully, NCAA March Madness is around the corner, followed by Red Sox Opening Day, and the Masters.
But it would be considerate of the Celtics and Bruins to keep playing as long as they can. Bartenders have bills too.
Boston's #8 Seeds Defeating #1 Seeds.
Picture it. Life couldn't get much better than that. It happens quite frequently in the NHL, but it's an anomaly in the NBA.
If the Celtics and Bruins make the playoffs as #8 seeds, AND defeat the #1 seeds in their division...AND both won it in TD Garden....
Is it hot in here or is it just us?
Claude Julien Would Prove Everyone Wrong
Julien and the Bruins front office have caught a lot of flack for how they're handling this squad.
A long run in the playoffs could instantly redeem Julien and take him off the coach's hot seat.
He's taken the B's to two Stanley Cup Championships. It's possible he can do it again.