The Unabashed Home Team Love of NESN’s Jack Edwards
When the Bruins tied the game Tuesday, he could not contain his glee.
Like Tommy Heinsohn and Johnny Most before him, NESN’s Jack Edwards is a homer. He doesn’t hide the fact that he loves the Bruins, and it shows. On Tuesday night, however, he took his devotion to the local hockey team to a completely different level. With Boston trailing the Rangers late, things looked bleak. Then, with less than a minute to go, Brad Marchand scored the game-tying goal. That caused Edwards to do this:
“Marchand scores! They did it!” The way Edwards jumps up and down makes him look like a kid waiting for arrival of the ice cream truck. Also: the look on color man Andy Brickley’s face is priceless. Sometimes, Edwards’ shtick is too much to take. But then I remind myself that it’s shtick. He plays it up, usually to amusing effect. He’s self-aware. (At least relatively. He’s still far, far from Chris Berman. That’s a good thing.) So no, I don’t mind if he spends many broadcasts foaming at the mouth.
Oh, and the Bruins ended up losing in a shootout on Tuesday night, but thankfully, not before Edwards did his thing. After all, there’s no point in following sports if you can’t irrationally enjoy them.