Remember when the Celtics entered the 2008 Finals as solid underdogs? When everyone not living in Boston or affiliated with a green blog picked the Lakers to win it all? Or 2010, when again, no one picked the Cs to get to the Finals? We didn't know it then, but those were the good old days.
Now, everyone and his uncles are picking the Celtics. All four of our Big 4 are chosen to be All-Stars, and dammit: NOBODY'S SURPRISED! And I'm pretty sure most observers would pick the Celtics to go all the way if the playoffs started today. Something's seriously wrong. The world feels tilted.
I hate it. I loved it when we stalwart fans raved alone in a sea of doubt and disdain. But that's me. I don't matter. The problem is: I think the Celtics may feel the same way. I think they react best when part of their mission is to show the world how wrong it is about them. They won't know WHAT to do as frontrunners. Not when "We'll show 'em" doesn't mean anything.
So I long for the good ol' days. For this: Epic Fail
And I'm pretty sure the Celtics feel likewise, whether they say so or not. And even: whether they recognize it or not.
Now pass the tea and sympathy
For the good ol' days long gone
Let's drink a toast to those who most
Believe in what they've won
It's been a long, long time 'til mornin'
So raise your glass on high
Our green will soon ride out to fight
For the good ol' days gone by.