Some Bruins fans have complained that Jaromir Jagr has not produced since his arrival in Boston. People are expecting the Jagr from his heyday in Pittsburgh from ’93 rather than the Jagr on the back nine of his career in ’13.
However, no one can question the Jagr’s love, respect and dedication for the ladies to the game.
Jaromir Jagr is skating on the TD Garden ice, with a puck & no nets, at 8 pm after a 3 pm playoff win, jumpsuit & winter hat. #Bruins
The hockey gods can be cruel (just ask Leafs fans) but hockey fans can be even crueler (just ask this poor Leafs fan). This poor bastard was so confident that his Leafs were going to pull out the series that he bet his buddy, a long time Bruins fan.
We bet on the series and the punishment was the loser had to wear a sandwich board and stand on the boulevard of our busiest street for half an hour at noon. The winner got to choose what went on the sign.
I bet Elisha Cuthbert was laying on the horn when she saw the back of the sandwich board. She is probably the only one that thinks PHA-GOOF is sexy or even a good hockey player at this point.
Kudos to Josh Lewis for being a good sport and accepting his beatings….
Jon Lester is 4-0 after Red Sox losses this season
Clay Buchholz has been the early story for the Red Sox rotation so far this year with his dominating start but the #1 man in the rotation, Jon Lester, has settled into an important role as the Sox’ resident “stopper”. The Sox have been plagued with inconsistency in the back end of their rotation with the injuries and otherwise ineffectiveness of John Lackey and Felix Doubront. The Sox are a combined 7-7 in starts by Doubront and Lester. They are also 2-6 in games the day before Jon Lester pitches. They’ve relied heavily on counting on Lester to stop skids and break up losing streaks before they get out of hand.
For Lester’s part he’s been holding his own in the role. He’s 4-0 coming off Red Sox losses this season and has stopped losing streaks of 3 games in each of his last two starts including a 1-hit shutout of the Blue Jays in which he only faced 28 batters in a 5-0 win at Fenway. He’s pitched well and he’s pitched confident, something that you could not say about him a year ago. It’s an interesting question to ask whether or not the 2012 version of Jon Lester would be this effective pitching after a Sox loss. His confidence wasn’t there and neither were his pitches. This year he’s dug in and looked much more poised on the mound and the Red Sox have reaped the benefits.
BST&N saltues all the men and women who have run the Marathon and made it a special event since 1897.
The Vintage Athlete of the Month for April was originally planned to be a baseball player, for obvious reasons. But for reasons even more obvious the events of this past week led to a change of plans. Instead, BST&N takes this month to honor the Marathon runners. This article will pay tribute to some of the most noteworthy, but the real honor goes to all have participated in this great event since its founding in 1897.
The Boston Marathon was founded in 1897, in response to the positive reception given to the marathon run at the first-ever Olympic Games the previous summer in Athens, Greece. It might sound easy to say in our current context that the Boston Marathon has become a showcase for the best of the human spirit—persistence, courage and fortitude, but the following examples bear witness to the reality that it’s true.
*Roberta Gibb grew up in the suburbs of Boston and got started on running, when she jogged through the woods with her dogs. Later, she kept in shape by jogging the eight miles between her and nursing school. In the early 1960s there were no running shoes designed for women, so Roberta ran in leather nurse shoes.
In 1966, she decided to run in the Marathon. Women were still not allowed to officially participate, so she basically snuck in the middle of the pack. Eventually other runners realized a woman was running alongside of them, and they gave Roberta encouragement. She was further encouraged by the observers on the street who became aware of what was going on, and cheered her on. Roberta is the first female to complete the Boston Marathon.
*Geoffrey Mutai grew up in Kenya, one of eleven children. He couldn’t afford to continue with his education, so he worked on a farm and he ran. He ran so well that he earned a spot on his country’s team for a world competition in 2002. Nine years later he ran a record-setting time in the Boston Marathon.
*John Campbell is from New Zealand, one of six kids born to a factory foreman. He did his running while earning a living doing a variety of jobs form shopkeeper to fisherman to milkman. He delivered his own record-setting performance in the Marathon. “You do what you do and you get on with the job,” he said regarding his training and how it integrates into his daily life. Those words might well serve as the masthead for all Marathon runners.