Boston Mayor Tom Meanino Says: No Garden Party Tonight

Boston Is Not Like Other Cities, Exhibit Umpteen (via NECN):

No Bruins viewing party at TD Garden

Fans will not be able to watch Game 7 of the Stanley Cup at the TD Garden. The Boston Bruins take on the Canucks in Vancouver Wednesday night.

Mayor Menino says the logistics just wouldn’t work.

The Canucks fans have watched their away games inside Rogers Arena, but Boston Mayor Tom Menino points out that those games are three hours earlier on the west coast.

Really? The time zone defense?

WCVB’s NewsCenter 5 at 11 also put the blame on Menino, but didn’t put the video online. The station did, however, helpfully post the City of Boston’s press release.

Buzzkill graf:

“This is an exciting time for hockey fans but we must remember to act responsibly and enjoy the experience in a positive manner.”

At the Boston Herald, meanwhile, Menino got a total pass.

You’ll have to blast your own fog horn when the B’s score and crank up your own noise meter with every dazzling Tim Thomas [stats] save tonight because the TD Garden has iced plans to televise the do-or-die showdown with the Canucks.

Police officials could not reach agreement with the Garden — which was going to sell $7 tickets to up to 15,000 fans — over limiting liquor sales, said Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll.

“It was timing conspiring against the magnitude of what this event is. With such a quick turnaround, logistics and coordination of everything related to security and safety, it was just the right decision not to move forward with it,” TD Garden President John Wentzell said of last-minute plans to host a giant viewing party forBruins [team stats] faithful.

It was timing conspiring against the magnitude of what this event is.

What the hell does that mean? And why the hell is the feisty local tabloid swallowing that eyewash?

As for the Boston Globe, at post time (2:30 AM) the not-so-feisty local broadsheet had yet to post Wednesday’s edition.

To summarize:

1) Vancouver shows away games on multiple outdoor screens.

2) Dallas screened Game 6 of the NBA Finals in American Airlines Arena.

3) In Paris, you can watch the French Open in the plaza of the Hôtel de Ville.

4) But in Boston, go puck yourself for the first Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 in the 87-year history of the franchise.

Tom Menino has turned Boston into the smallest town in America.

If he were a bigger man, he’d be ashamed of himself.

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7 Responses to Boston Mayor Tom Meanino Says: No Garden Party Tonight

  1. BP Myers says:

    Can’t help but recall all the jawing Boston fans did about the “backwardness” of the city of Tampa in the last series. Yet every single away game for the Lightning had a watch party at the St. Pete Times forum in Tampa. They even — gasp! — sold alcohol.

    Jokes on you, Boston.

  2. CAvard says:

    I bet you Tom Menino would make time to watch “Varitek through the uprights.”

  3. Steve Stein says:

    Feel like apologizing, like Jon Keller did today?

    • BP Myers says:

      You are . . .kidding, right? Boston has no history of “riots” after professional sport wins or losses as does (apparently) Vancouver. The deaths that have occurred after Boston sports victories, I’d argue, were the result of overzealous policing, no doubt exacerbated by having them dress up like storm troopers in “Star Wars.” Bet that REALLY gets the blood flowing! I’d further point out that by this time, most of the college kids have gone home for the summer, markedly changing Boston’s demographics. I have no idea why Jon Keller would compare the two, but I find it kind of shameful.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Not really, Steve. The good folks in Dallas managed to win an NBA title without trashing the town. Plus, the problem in Vancouver seems to be the fans (see also 1994). You could argue that the problem in Boston is the police.

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