When it is all said and done, we all seem to end up having someone who broke our heart, but we will always consider taking back given the opportunity. We would somehow overlook the complications, rationalize how they mistreated us, tell ourselves the next time will be different and give it another shot thinking this time it is all going to have a storybook ending.
I am glad most of my friends do not read what I write here, as I know how they would react to that opening paragraph. Little do they know, however, I’m not talking about her. I am talking someone much more important.
Owner of my childhood obsession: the Boston Bruins.
There is not an NHL owner who has not drawn some kind of ire in the almost three months of this current NHL lockout, but none have probably drawn as much vitriol as the Bruins owner. Far more reputable writers Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports recently wrote pieces painting Jacobs as the face of the lockout. There have even been a few players from other teams around the league who have spoken out against Jacobs. Anyone who has been in any proximity to the Bruins since Jacob’s Delaware North bought the team in the 1970’s knows there has never been much love lost for the Boston owner. Any good will Jacobs was able to build up after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, the team’s only championship under his reign, was flushed down the drain as he led the charge to shut down this current season.
While the average Boston sports fan is spoiled by the likes of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who constantly seems to be fueled by his love and fandom of his team, Jacobs is a shrewd businessman and runs his team as a shrewd businessman should. Long seen by the Black-and-Gold faithful as disenchanted, ruling his team from afar in Buffalo, it always seemed as though making money, not winning championships, was always the goal and the laundry list of reasons to vilify Jacobs has been well documented over the past 40 years.
Jacobs is a businessman. That is what he does and he is very good at it. It is probably safe to say he has forgotten more about how to effectively run a company than I will ever know. If not for the double standard there often is in the World of Sports, Jacobs would be heralded in any other industry for the work he has done building the Boston Bruins brand and franchise.
No matter what, we are most likely in the waning days of the NHL lockout. The last-ditch effort, players/owners only meetings will be held on Tuesday and it can probably be assumed that if no progress is made there, some sort of date for cancelling the season will be set at the NHL Board of Governors meeting the following day. There is just not a lot time left for this thing to get figured out and then salvage something of a 2012-2013 season. The time is upon all of us to decide how we will react when this lockout draws to a conclusion?
What is it they say is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results?
I do not even need to wait to see how things play out to know I will go crawling back Jacobs and the Bruins. I will always go crawling back. And I will continue to think this next time will be different.
Sometimes I wonder.
I’ve done a lot of that since the Kings hoisted the Cup to end last season.
My opinions on professional sports have changed a lot throughout this lockout. Maybe it is just because I am getting older. Maybe it is because the curtain has been pulled back a little on the great and powerful Oz and I will no longer allow myself to be ignorantly blind. Logically, I know this is not the last time the NHL owners will betray their fans and loyal subjects. It is not as though this is really a two-way relationship. They might care, but the fans – seemingly – will never come first. That’s capitalism. This would be as good a time as any to just walk away and I have certainly been given plenty of reasons over the years.
Why then continue to beat our heads against they wall, knowing that they will never give to the fans as the fans give to the team?
There is no answer to it. At least not one that is going to be found here. Just open ended questioning, not sure why we do it, but we will always take that someone back, accepting the bad in order to get the good. I once had a friend who is wiser than I tell me the chemical goings on in the brain during a relationship are much like that of an addiction, and I have always been good with the whole “a fool’s hope” thing.
Love, after all, will make us do some crazy things.
About the Author
Written by Matt Preston
I'm no Heminway or Haggerty, but keeping the dream alive, even if I'm pretty sure my Nana is my only follower. Self-deprecation is key, grammar is optional.