Sports teams have their ups and downs. As fans, we love the highs — wins, playoff appearances, championships. We hate the lows — losing streaks, missing the playoffs, and championships won by our bitter rivals.
In the last 10 years or so, my teams have had a great deal of success. But lately, things have taken a turn for the worse, and a lot of it has been off the field. Here are just a few examples:
- GM Lou Lamoriello made some great moves in the off-season for the New Jersey Devils. But much of the optimism those moves generated was dampened by Ilya Kovalchuk’s retirement. At age 30. With $77 million left on his contract. To return to Russia. To make more money playing in the KHL. When I saw the tweet from the Devils PR that Kovy had announced his retirement, I hoped that the account had been hacked. Because that couldn’t have happened, right?
- The off-season for the New England Patriots had a rough start with multiple surgeries for Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker’s departure to Denver. But that is nothing compared to the murder charges against Aaron Hernandez. Watching the story unfold on the news was like watching an episode of Law and Order: Boston unfold before your eyes. But, as the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction.
- Ray Allen — my favorite Boston Celtic — left for South Beach and won a championship there. Doc left for L.A. And then two of the faces of franchise — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — were traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Time to rebuild.
- The Boston Rex Sox had their bizarre clubhouse drama, with stories of fried chicken, beer, and chemistry problems. Two manages and one general manager later, things may be turning the corner. There is still a lot of baseball to be played this season.
Nothing but craziness and bad luck, right? So much bad luck that you should be glad I don’t root for your team. If I root for your team, I apologize. But because I’m a fan, I’ll keep rooting for my teams. It has to get better, right?