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And Another Thing

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Somewhere, John Bucyk is getting all weepy

So you wanna know the best things about the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup, aside from the fact that my boss, a native Bostonian, will be in a good mood today?

Count 'em up:

1. It's the second year in a row an Original Six team has won. It's always a good thing when an Original Six team wins Stanley, instead of some fake hockey town like Tampa Bay or Anaheim or (really?) Raleigh, N.C. Those cities shouldn't even have franchises, let alone be allowed to leave their grimy fingerprints all over Stanley and drink champagne out of it -- or, in the case of Carolina, Pabst Blue Ribbon. Ugh.

2. Al Sims played for the Bruins. Bob Essensa is their goalie coach. The Komet (or ex-Komet) Factor is always a good thing.

3. One of my best friends in college, a Framingham, Mass., native, is a happy man today. This makes up for all the crap we used to give him in college about what a sieve Gerry Cheevers was, and how Derek Sanderson was a big wuss, and how Phil Esposito's only talent was parking his slow fat butt in front of the net and letting the puck bounce in off it.

Meanwhile, our team, the Komets, had immortals like Gaston Boulanger and Ken Picklyk, a defenseman named Charlie LaBelle who apparently worked in the summer as a traffic cone, and a goalie named Guy de Noncourt who couldn't stop a beach ball. I'm still trying to figure out how we thought we had something on our buddy.

4. Last but not least, the Bruins winning means we can dredge up one of the awesome-est names in hockey history: Dit Clapper.

I mean, come on. Dit Clapper!

That alone's worth the Bruins winning.

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