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I posted this on the CBC News website in Canada following the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup championship on June 15, 2011. It got such a wonderful response that I thought I'd share it here too: It had been 14,279 days since captain Johnny Bucyk hoisted the Boston Bruins' last Stanley Cup on May 11, 1972. To put things in perspective...
Richard Nixon was in the White House.
America still had combat troops in Vietnam.
If you bought a quarter's worth of candy, you could get sick eating it all.
Pitchers still batted in the American League.
There was no such thing as rap music or punk rock.
Nobody considered the possibility of terrorist attacks at the Olympics.
The NHL had 14 teams. Few players wore helmets. Some goalies didn't wear masks.
Nobody seriously thought hockey players from the USSR were good.
There were hardly any McDonald's Restaurants in Canada. There were very few Tim Hortons either.
Archie Bunker was in his heyday.
Television sets had rabbit ears.
Nobody thought the world was in peril from global warming or climate change or whatever they're calling it this week.
Lotteries were illegal in Canada.
Arthur Godfrey Time had still been on the radio two weeks earlier.
Calculators could perform four functions and cost $179.
Most people had rotary telephones.
Forget about DVD players--VCRs didn't exist.
The idea of bottled water would have been laughable.
Computers were enormous things that occupied entire rooms and did simple calculations using punch cards.
Hardware meant hammers and wrenches. Software didn't mean anything.
People still sent telegrams.
Life Magazine was still around.
Canada still had the death penalty.
O.J. Simpson was a hero.
The Lord's Prayer was recited in public schools. Nobody thought it was wrong.
A new car cost $2500.
Hockey cards were a dime a pack--and they came with pink bubble gum covered in powdered sugar.
Bobby Orr was the greatest player in the NHL. (Thirty-nine years later he's still the greatest of all time.).
Added: 16th June 2011
Posted By: Lava1964
Nixon went to China and the Soviet Union. Gasoline contained lead. Soda cost 25 cents. There were three TV networks.
|Posted by: Steve on 2011-06-17
I was really surprised to hear during the game it was 1972. Bruins always seemed to have a good team.
You're right, Steve: the Bruins were contenders for most of the 39 years between Stanley Cups. At one point they had qualified for the playoffs 29 straight seasons. The Bruins had also reached the Stanley Cup final five times. They had a terrific team in the late 1970s but Montreal was always a little bit better.
|Posted by: Steve on 2011-06-22
And so it should be. I always thought of hockey and Canada synonymous with hockey!
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