I realized this week that two Fridays in a row, I’ve given you Canadian cultural icons. That was accidental, but now it’s a tradition. Technically, it’s Saturday, but since I haven’t gone to bed yet ….
I ain’t apologizing for this. In 1966, when Robert Gordon Orr first stepped onto the ice as a Boston Bruin, I was 11 years old. I haven’t fallen out of love since. I don’t watch NHL hockey these days – too many teams and the talent’s spread too thin. (I watch Coach’s Corner when I’m home on Saturday nights though.)
But this – it hadn’t occurred to me to look up Bobby on YouTube before tonight. I watched four separate videos. Watched this one twice. The man was stupendous. There’s a goal at 45 seconds into the video that’s impossible; and a play at about the three-minute mark that would be unbelievable, except he did it all the time.
I can’t believe I watched the breakaways in the videos tonight, sitting at my desk, saying, “Go, Bobby, go! Go! Go!” Like I’d never seen it before. I ain’t apologizing.