Archive | June 2013

Grief 101: How to Cope with the Bruins Collapse

Well, it’s been one painful stretch for Boston sports fans. The Bruins gave up two goals in the last 1:17 of the third period and handed the Stanley Cup to the Blackhawks on home ice, the Heat and Ray Allen won the NBA Championship, Rivers left the Celtics, Gronk had another back surgery and Aaron Hernandez is a potential suspect in a murder case. When things can go wrong, they will.

The day(s) after a Championship loss is always miserable. Especially after a game like last night. The city needed, and deserved to play in a Game 7. I mean, we had it! One minute the Garden was celebrating, and then before we knew it the guys in black and red were hoisting the cup. And suddenly, all of New England enters a deep state of depression.


But don’t worry, I’m here to help. Here are some key tactics in overcoming grief in the days after a crushing loss:

1. Do not watch, read or listen to anything sports related
Unfortunately for us here at Spogo, this is impossible. However, for you cube-dwellers, it’s your lucky day! Do everything in your power to avoid reading about the game or watching highlights. At least for one day. This is an extremely difficult task. People talk about the game on your bus ride to work, you catch a glimpse of ESPN buying your morning coffee, you check Facebook only to see your ex-girlfriend’s status – “there’s always next year! yay!” — it seems as though the darkness follows you wherever you go. Try to avoid it.

2. Only talk to fans who care more than you do
The most painful losses of my Boston fan career include the 2003 ALCS and the Superbowls of 2007 and 2011. After each of these games, I didn’t want to talk to a soul. Getting texts from your Mother that read, “That was a heartbreaking loss :(…Don’t be depressed! It’s summer. ” (actual text from this morning) do not help. The only way to cope is to talk to those who are in more pain than you. Commiserating is a surprisingly good medicine.

Just hug it out.

Just hug it out.

3. Look for a silver lining
I do not do this. But I’ve seen those who do and they seem much happier than I. But find positives if you can. We lost in the Stanley Cup, we were one of two teams standing in the end. We were able to watch hockey in 90 degree June heat. And with such a youthful team (sans Chara and Jagr), the Bruins have a bright future ahead of them. I don’t believe a word I just wrote, but hey, it might work for you.

I hope the above advice helps. If you are in serious danger of harming yourself or others, please call the Spogo Help Hotline at 617-IMSOSAD.


The Bruins Playoff Run — With Five Spogo-Style Predictions For You To Make

Patrice Bergeron has been dominating the BlackHawks in the faceoff circle.

Patrice Bergeron has been dominating the Blackhawks in the faceoff circle.

With our headquarters just minutes away from the TD Garden, where Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals will take place tonight, we at Spogo are smack in the middle of the Bruins hysteria that has kept Boston buzzing these last seven weeks. Here’s a Spogo-themed recap:

How We Got Here

The Bruins began the playoffs as the 4th seed in the East going up against 5th seeded Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins found themselves down 4-1 late in the third period of Game 7.  What were the odds of a Bruins comeback win then? 30:1? 50:1? But that’s exactly what happened, and the Bruins never looked back.

The Bruins beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, taking the series 4-1.  Their only loss, a flukey overtime game that featured Tuukka Rask literally falling over and letting the puck roll to the back of the net.

In the Conference Finals, the Bruins faced the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. This time the Bruins were on the wrong side of odds-makers, but the B’s managed a dominating sweep that featured two Tuukka Rask shutouts and a flawless defensive effort that held Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and many others to zero points.

The Stanley Cup Finals

Now here we are on the verge of Game 4. After Chicago took Game 1 in triple overtime 4-3, the Bruins bounced right back and won an overtime game of their own 2-1. In Game 3, the Bruins grabbed a 2-0 win and a 2-1 series lead.

There’s a reason these are the two teams competing for the Stanley Cup. Strong goaltending, team defense, balanced scoring, and smart coaching describe both the Bruins and Blackhawks.


Say Hello to Harry!

Team Spogo is proud to announce the signing of free agent Harry Kaufer to its roster.  Harry, a recent graduate of Brandeis University and Newton, MA native, has previously worked at TripAdvisor,, and SmarterTravel.  He joins Spogo as our Head of Content & Community–in this role, he’ll be responsible not only for making sure Spogo continues to be an incredibly fun game to play, but also for managing our social media efforts.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Harry join us.  Not only do we get a hard-working, Bruins-crazed new teammate, but Spogo just added to its extraordinary facial hair repertoire–look out for us this Movember….


Be sure to follow @playspogo for live tweets from Harry at tonight’s B’s game!

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