Six weeks into the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run, I needed a break from the rink. I also needed a column. I also needed to mow the lawn, but that was far easier to ignore than the 5 p.m. Friday copy deadline for my weekly Second Thought.
Deadlines are like dandelions. In fact, if you stare at those two words for a while, you’ll see they are eerily similar. Beat ’em down all you want, deadlines and dandelions grow back at an incredible rate, to the point you can close your eyes at night and hear them sprouting, reaching . . . torturing.
So, weeds and words be damned, I cut a fast path to YouTube and took a trip on the Internet Way Back Machine to the ’70s.
Destination: Peter Puck.
For the unenlightened, Peter Puck was a cartoon character created to engage the non-hockey fan during TV broadcasts. Somewhat surprisingly, Peter Puck became a “Hockey Night in Canada” staple. Of all the hockey gin joints in all the world, it was part of Canada, the country where every pond is frozen year-round, where everyone plays hockey, and even your old Aunt Bea pours herself a beer to watch “HNIC” on Saturday.
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