"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
These Pats are like the old Celtics, a team, first and foremost, with stars but also a complement of role players who do the job, minus the bling bling. Tom Brady evokes Merriwell or Mathewson or Hobey Baker: If the Massachusetts Republicans have any sense they'll sign him up for the Senate when his playing days are over.
The image at top of the Ancient & Honorary Artillery Company parading through Boston's Dewey Square in 1903 is taken from a collection of panoramic photos at the Library of Congress' American Memory site.
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Boston Mayor Tom Menino, master of the malapropism, was asked in a radio interview this morning why, with as many as a million parade-goers converging downtown, no port-a-potties would be provided. His answer: People would knock them over and use them as weapons.
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Thirty-four years ago, the Bruins owned the town and paraded through tickertape to City Hall. In their memory, here's a colorful history of the Stanley Cup, which has been used as a trash can, an ecdysiast's prop, a beer pitcher and worse, and of which George Vecsey wrote: "One of the great rules of hockey is: On the Stanley Cup, all germs are healthy."