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Bruins Lay Egg At Winter Classic & I Am Still Pissed (PHOTOS)

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Personally 2015 has been a trying year for me. I have been fighting and winning (fingers remained crossed) my battle with thyroid cancer. So things like getting free tickets to the 2016 Winter Classic helps me forget the “real life” issues and escape for a bit.

You may ask how did you get free tickets?

Well I have been working on Boston Sports Then & Now since 2009 and made it into a reputable site when it comes to sports pop culture/sports. This had work has paid off because people approach the site to review shows like the “Road To The Winter Classic” which has been great thus far. As a token of their appreciation for our coverage, Epix and Joe Favorito (thanks again Joe!) send me these tickets.


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I literally almost fell off my porch when I received these tickets. I would have been totally fine with seats in the 300’s because I just wanted to be at the Winter Classic ever since the official announcement came out.

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BST&N Review: Road To The Winter Classic Episode 3

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The Road To The Winter Classic series on Epix.com continues to impress as we approach the big game on New Year’s Day.

What I enjoy most is seeing the players in the “real world”, Tuukka with his young daughter or Seids with his family. Or Jimmy Hayes having 2,000 people over his house for X-mas eve.

Don’t get me wrong the on ice “hockey porn” is outstanding as well just in more savage way. Seeing what transpired and what was said before Tyler Randell and Ryan Reaves squared off during the Christmas Carol serenade from Jack Edwards.

As a Bruins fan, I was pissed off after the team’s collapse versus Buffalo and it was good to see how bad the players took the loss as well. They knew it was inexcusable and as Claude Julien said “They were not respecting the game of hockey”.

Damn….no sugar coating there.

And on the other side of the ice, it was great to see the Habs continue to be a RED HOT MESS.

There was one question that needs to be answered…how did Dale Weise land her?

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Talking about outkicking your coverage…she must have lost a bet, poor thing.

Be sure to catch the Winter Classic on New Years Day on NBC and the final episode of the Road to the Winter Classic on Epix.com on January 6th!

Road To The Winter Classic: A Chat With Writer Aaron Cohen

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The 2016 Winter Classic between the Bruins & Canadiens is almost upon us and the excitement is growing by the second. The Epix series “Road To The Winter Classic” has helped build the hysteria for this winter hockey spectacle.

Boston Sports Then & Now spoke with writer Aaron Cohen to get some insight on the Winter Classic series and his journey in sports media:

Boston Sports Then & Now: What makes the Winter Classic so special when it comes to telling the story leading up to the event?
Aaron Cohen: I think its uniqueness. I have a friend who always talks about how “unique” is a word people overuse, but I think in this case, it totally holds up. I don’t know if I can think of anything in any other sport that really compares — from taking the game back to its roots … to creating a really, really cool spectacle at all these venues … and much more. And then, in terms of the documentary series, it also offers a new story — or really, two new stories — every year. We’re catching two teams in the middle of the season, and with all our access, we get the opportunity to give hockey fans four hours behind the curtain, on and off the ice. We take that opportunity seriously, and really try to pack as much as we can into every episode.

BST&N: How did you get involved in the Winter Classic in general?
AC: I actually was at the first Winter Classic in Buffalo in 2008, working on NBC’s production team. Then, three years later, HBO created the 24/7 series. Having written all the 24/7 boxing series, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work on the Pens-Caps show. And then when the show moved to Epix, Ross Greenburg, the producer of the series who had created the show when he was at HBO, brought me along to be part of his team.

BST&N: I see on your IMDb that you have worked with the event all the way back to the Pens-Caps in 2010. How has the series changed over the years?
AC: I think in the first few seasons of the show, it was a new experience for everyone — from the producers to the players and the coaches. Now, with this being the fifth installment of the series — and then there have also been the Stadium Series shows — everyone knows what to expect a little bit more. For us on the production team, that means the degree of difficulty is raised a bit. How do we deliver original segments? How do we cover the games in new ways? How do we go through some of the familiar plot points — from hot streaks and slumps to holiday break — with a fresh eye? These are all the things we are constantly thinking about.

BST&N: Why did you get involved in sports media? When was that moment when you knew this is what you wanted to do for your career?
AC: I was very lucky — I got an internship at ABC Sports when I was in college, and met some producers who helped me keep my foot in the door and mentored me for years. Before that internship, I hadn’t really thought about working in sports for a living — even though I was always a sports nut. It was almost too good to be true: you could get paid for working on sports television shows? Then, as I progressed through the business, I found my passion within the sports media world — telling stories, and working on documentaries like this series.

BST&N: One non Winter Classic related question, how was it working on Courtship of Rivals? I am a huge Larry Bird fan and that era was just magical for sports fans not just basketball fans.
AC: It was great. The director of that documentary, Ezra Edelman, is an amazing filmmaker. To me, what makes that film great are some things that don’t show up in the box score, so to speak — the way Ezra structured that story, and the interviews he did with Magic and, in particular, Bird. I don’t think there’s ever been a better on-camera interview that Larry Bird has ever done. I was fortunate Ezra asked me to help him with the writing of the film; I’ve been involved in lots of documentaries, but that’s one that people always have great things to say about — in Boston, LA, and beyond.

BST&N: At your time going to school at Harvard, what did you learn about the people of New England?
AC: I think the word that stands out is “pride.” Growing up in the New York area, on Long Island, I (perhaps predictably) had a pretty provincial view of the world. Then, spending four years in New England, I definitely learned how much pride people there take in their identity and heritage — and of course also their sports teams. I still have a lot of fondness for the area, and it’s been a blast writing about the Bruins over the last few weeks … even if I have to remain neutral heading into the game! It should be a great event for New England, and for hockey, and I’m looking forward to it.

Thanks to Aaron Cohen for his time and bringing us the hockey eye candy that is the Road to the Winter Classic.

Be sure to catch it on Wednesdays on Epix.com!

Bruins This Week: 31 Stats You May Have Missed

Just two games on the schedule for the Bruins this past week, so we’ll take a look at some of the numbers from their pre-Holiday Break play. Featured this week are a lenghty goal drought for one of the team’s best offensive players, a milestone game for a fourth liner and an impressive special teams streak. This is Bruins This Week: 31 Stats You May Have Missed.

Landon Ferraro has been a welcomed addition to the Bruins this season and has even seen some first-line minutes recently.

Landon Ferraro has been a welcomed addition to the Bruins this season and has even seen some first-line minutes recently.

2: Landon Ferraro and Loui Eriksson were the only Bruins to register a shot on goal in the first period of Sunday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Devils.

2: They earned their second shootout win of the season, 2-1, in that game. They had just four shootout wins all of last year.

2: Max Talbot received a 2-game suspension on Monday for his interference penalty on New Jersey’s Jiri Tlusty in Sunday night’s win.

3: For the third time this season, Patrice Bergeron won 20 or more faceoffs in a game as his 21 wins led the B’s to a shootout victory over New Jersey on Sunday. He also fell to 0-for-3 in shootout attempts this season in the win.

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BST&N Review: Road To The Winter Classic Episode 2

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The second episode of Epix’s The Road To The Winter Classic continues to give fans an intimate look at the Bruins and Canadiens players on and off the ice.

Brad Marchand reading the Twas The Night Before Christmas at the Boston Pops is pure gold. Who would have thought that the Nose Face Killah would be so good with the spoken word……which does not involve chirping and ball busting.

Great look at hometown boy Jimmy Hayes and his family. Those Boston accents are friggin’ LEGIT (take note Hollywood).

Max Talbot should be in the lineup every night because his veteran presence is a great intangible for the Bruins (plus he’s a f’n riot!).

Frankie V is here to stay…

And last but not least, prepare to have your stomach turn as Darth Quaider gets his chin sewn up. I am pretty sure my lunch from the Border Cafe got regurgitated against my will.

Oh yeah nothing is more pleasurable than watching the Canadiens lose again and again and again.

And making excuses and more excuses and more excuses…P.K. is the best at this, bar none.

Basque in the Habs’ misfortune and the Bruins’ surge on Epix and Epix.com!


Watch The Cartoon Versions Of Z, Marchy & Pasta In Space (VIDEO)

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The Boston Bruins marketing department has outdid themselves yet again. This time with an animated series featuring the Bruins players, Rene Rancourt and of course the Bear.

Only thing more funny than the real Brad Marchand is the animated version……but the Bruins cop?

I don’t really get that one!

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