Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Penguins and Polarbears

This is the first entry in a series of mini essays I plan to write as I think back over the last five-and-a-half amazing years in Boston sports...

The 2004 team was more exciting, more dramatic, more over the top, more everything really. I probably feel that way because of what they did, but I just remember that being a really electric August, September
and October. That's a team, a time, and a feeling that will never be matched. It's like hearing a song you love performed live for the first time. That song will never, ever sound the same to you again, as long as you ever hear it. You will hear that song in the mall twenty years from now, and you'll know it's the album version, but in your head, you're back in the pit screaming along to it for the first time with the band all over again. That's the 2001 Pats and the 2004 Sox for me. Those songs will never sound the same ever again.

And yet, those are songs that you never get tired of hearing. That's why the Pats other two Super Bowls and this year's Series are so great. They're like the megahit songs that the band gets tired of playing, so for awhile they've stubbornly refused to include them in the setlist. Then, out of the blue, they decide to play that song again, live and loud and fast, and you go just as crazy as you did the first time you heard it in person. It's not "new," but it's still pretty fucking exciting. You even think for a moment it sounds better than the first time you heard it. But you actually appreciate it more now, because you know how much better it makes the show. You hear notes you didn't hear before. You watch the drummer's technique instead of the crowdsurfers. You take it all in, because last time's memories are more blurry abstracts than focused photographs. You want to remember it more this time, because as you know, they don't play this song at every show.


Anonymous ebbitt said...

have you had a chance to have a jameson's yet

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your blog is too quiet matty but i am glad we are still texting, i would miss that :) hapy thanksgiving to all the fannings !!!

11:33 PM  

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