Aahhh Patriots’ Day ... known to historians and history nerds alike as the commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord, which kicked off the colonies fight for independence. This year the holiday - which is only celebrated in Massachusetts, Maine and (for some reason) parts of Wisconsin - fell on the exact date of the historic battles. It's also known to Boston natives as a day designated for two reasons, and two reasons only: sports and beer.
The day began with one of the world’s best-known races, the Boston Marathon. 26,700 runners turned out to compete in the world’s oldest annual marathon. Coinciding with this race was the annual tradition of a morning Red Sox game. The 11:00 AM start time encouraged copious amounts of day drinking … unfortunately, fans were not given an equally abundant number of reasons to cheer. The Sox fell to the Rays 8-2, resulting in a five-game losing streak.
Luckily for beantown fans, the day was not yet over. The Bruins rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres in front of a rowdy hometown crowd, 2-1. This win gave the B’s a 2-1 lead over the Sabres in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.
Hopefully fans won’t be too hungover to cheer for the Celt’s tomorrow as they take on the Miami Heat for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals ….