A Long Time Coming

You would think that a league that had only six teams in it for over 40 years would have seen all of those teams face each other in the Stanley Cup, but this year’s edition between Boston and Chicago will be the first time they have ever met with the title on the line. It’s also the first matchup of two Original Six teams since 1979.

But it also leaves one remaining Original Six matchup that has never occurred in the Stanley Cup- Rangers vs. Blackhawks.

Perhaps in 2014?

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  • blmeanie  On June 11, 2013 at 6:32 am

    What? Tampa Bay, Nashville and Phoenix aren’t original 6 teams???

    People around the country must really dislike people like us, fans of legacy teams:


    At least the patriots were original AFL…

    I think it is why our relationships back to those teams is so strong, the blood line relationships through generations.

    As for next year, I’d love to see the bruins repeat and get three out of four…

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Comments like that last one probably don’t earn a lot of love either.

      But I don’t think that is it. I think there are separate reasons. I think more people dislike New York than Boston because of the sheer size and ubiquity of New York. I think people hate the Yankees and Celtics because they won so much. The Red Sox became hated after 2004 because of all the bandwagon fans who suddenly loved the Sox but also didn’t know who Jim Rice was. Hockey doesn’t matter enough for either the Rangers or Bruins to be hated. The Patriots are hated because of their coach, their QB’s girlfriend and Spygate. I think the Giants actually picked up support around the country for beating the Patriots in two Super Bowls.

  • blmeanie  On June 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    But hating teams that win when your team isn’t a division rival (most of the country) is odd to me. My hatred of the Yankees for instance, is based on regional influence growing up and divisional battles. Until the late 90’s I had no significant firsthand knowledge of the power that is the Yankees other than mid to late 70’s (78 comes to mind). It was all directly divisional. In fact, many years in the 80’s and early 90’s were so devoid of Yankee influence it was a struggle to continue to hate them…

    Imagine growing up in Texas and have no ties to the Yankees or the division. You probably would hate teams like them more for the amount of coverage they get on espn etc.

    I do think your comment on bandwagon fans is a big part of it. I hate the cowboys, yet cannot think of a single game against them for the patriots that was meaningful or memorable.

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Cowboys are a great example. Notre Dame is another one for most college football fans. There are certain brands that have established themselves with plenty of haters. There aren’t a lot of them though. I would say it the list is- Yankees, Celtics, Cowboys, Notre Dame, Lakers, Canadiens (for those who watch hockey). The Heat don’t make the list yet, but they could move up if they keep winning titles especially after LeBron leaves.

      I will add that the teams have to play well to be hated. Yankee hating went into hibernation a bit from 1982-1996. Just like Celtic hating took most of the 90’s and 00’s off.

  • blmeanie  On June 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I’m not sure about the Canadiens and the Heat. I think the haters are out for Lebron and D-Wade, although Lebron haters probably have dwindled slightly when they won last year. Although his whining will keep them hating.

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      I would argue that you and I hate the Heat because, and let’s be honest about this, they are the primary reason our favorite teams aren’t making the NBA Championship anytime soon. I suspect most of America doesn’t like them now, but once LeBron moves back to Cleveland (yup, I said that) they really won’t care at all about the Heat. Unless they somehow keep winning after that.

  • blmeanie  On June 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I think he should go to Charlotte next. Show one love on that terrible franchise, one of the worst in all of pro sports.

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