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A Boston sports extravaganza

A classic Boston/Montreal throw down./Ryan Bodnarchuk
A classic Boston/Montreal throw down./Ryan Bodnarchuk

From Harvard to Fenway, and back

So, how was your weekend?

Well, mine was pretty damn great, and ended being one of the most memorable times in my life.

            Myself and four of my best friends (Will Lerach, Spencer Mack and Ryan Bodnarchuk) went on a six-day sports extravaganza in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, going from Harvard Yard, to a frozen Fenway Park, to TD Garden and all the way down to Patriots Place in Foxborough. We even made our much anticipated television debut on College Gameday.

            Our first sporting event, and probably the coolest experience, was Harvard vs. Yale in the battle for the Ivy League Championship, and a matchup of 9-0 and 8-1 teams. Superior offense vs. a killer defense, we got an incredible show. In what ended up being the most thrilling of the four events that we went to, ending in a game winning touchdown from QB Connor Hempel to WR Andrew Fischer, and DB Scott Peters ceiled the deal with a last-second interception, giving the Crimson a 31-24 win, and concluding Harvard’s 10-0 undefeated season. What happened next, is probably the coolest thing I have ever done at an event of any kind. The Harvard students started to storm the field, and we decided to join in with all our new Harvard gear on, and celebrate the Crimson bringing home the title over their archrivals of hundreds of years. Yes, we stormed the field and partied on Harvard Stadium’s hallowed field with a bunch of supposed “nerds”.

            Making our way back by the surprisingly efficient Boston subway, otherwise known as “The T”, we took off to another classic rivalry, in Bruins vs. Canadiens. Just think of all the imaginative profanities being thrown around on the streets. Not a good time to wear a Subban jersey around; he’s not exactly well liked in Boston. Despite losing 2-0, it was a pretty cool experience seeing an Original Six rivalry. You just feel the hostility between the hot-tempered Bruins fans, and visiting Canadiens fans.

            On Sunday, we took the Amtrak train out to the home of the New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium. Yes, we got to see Boston’s very own messiah, Tom Brady work his magic in person. An underrated aspect of going to Boston is listening to the great accents and the amazing one-liners thrown out. My favourite was, “On this day, we will defeat evil! And that evil is Detroit!” Classic “masshole” behaviour. The game was incredibly exciting for a diehard like me, being around my brethren, and we all went home happy after a 34-9 drubbing of the Detroit Lions.

            The last event was a contest between the Celtics and Blazers, and while it was the least exciting event, the game was great, coming right down to the very end. The Blazers won 94-88, but we left satisfied, knowing that every game we saw was more than worth the price of admission.

So, what should you take away from this article? Go have some fun. I have essays and exams to look forward to in the next couple of weeks, but these are the adventures that I’m going to remember for a long time. In the long school year, put some time aside to go on incredible trips with your best friends, and enjoy your life as a college student. Let loose a little, people; you never know the cool things that might happen.

Now, if you would excuse me, I’m going to go party with those Harvard students again. Who knew a bunch of bookworms knew how to party so well?

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