200 Miles From the Citi

June 14, 2010 6:25 AM

A Bittersweet Anniversary


Everyone knows June 14 as Flag Day.

To me, though, Flag Day is also "The Day The Rangers Won The Cup."

That Game 7 win by the Rangers is the last time a pro team I root for won a championship.

It's been a long 16 years.

I've been on this rant before.  I know I have.  And I'm sorry for repeating myself.  But for a sports fan like me, this has been a rough stretch.

It's not just that the teams I root for have had such a hard time.  It's that the teams immediately surrounding me have not.

Since the Rangers won in 1994 the Yankees have won 5 times, the Red Sox twice, the Patriots 3 times, and even the Celtics once (and they're currently one win away from another one).  Living in Massachusetts and following New York sports so closely, that's a pretty tough track record.

And understand this about the 1994 Rangers - I'm not even a huge hockey fan.  I enjoy hockey, I loved that season for the Rangers...but I don't live and die with the Rangers.  I pay the Rangers nowhere near the attention I pay to the Mets and Jets.  I suppose I get really into the Rangers when the playoffs roll around - but rare have their playoff appearances been since that 1993-1994 season.

(Full disclosure - my college team, Boston University, did win a hockey championship a season ago.  But that doesn't quite measure up either.)

2000 Mets.  2006 Mets.  1998 Jets.  2009 Jets.  Some close calls, but still nothing.

So, along with the rest of the country, I join in saluting our flag this June 14.

But like every June 14 the past sixteen years...I also spend a lot of time thinking about the banners that I haven't had a chance to celebrate.

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