North Carolina journalist says Hurricanes' Game 2 loss isn't as embarrassing as Bruins' recent lack of success. Huh?

Alex Reimer
May 13, 2019 - 12:01 pm

There appears to be at least one person in the world who’s unaware of all the success Boston sports teams have enjoyed over the last two decades. So maybe there’s an audience for the trite columns about Boston clubs going for the “grand slam of championships” after all. 

North Carolina journalist Andy Specht, who covers politics for the Raleigh-based News and Observer, tweeted Sunday he doesn’t think the Hurricanes’ blowout Game 2 loss to the Brunis is as embarrassing as what Boston sports teams have endured over the last four decades.

OK, then.

“Losing by 6 is embarrassing. But it’s not as embarrassing as Boston’s lack of success over the past 4 decades,” Specht wrote. “The Bruins only have 1 Stanley Cup since 1972. Shoot, the Carolina Hurricanes have that many and they’ve only been around since 1997.”

This, of course, is a ridiculous notion. Boston sports teams have taken home 12 championships since 2001 and appeared in 17 conference championships. They’ve also won 266 playoff games, following the Bruins’ 6-2 thumping of the Hurricanes Sunday.

Though Specht is correct about the B’s winning just one championship since ’72, they did make the playoffs every year from 1972-1996. They’ve also qualified for the playoffs 15 times since ’97, and made two Stanley Cup appearances, which is nine times more than the Hurricanes since their inception.

Specht did not immediately respond to an email request for comment about whether he was aware of these figures before his tweet.