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Felger: 'A moment of weakness'

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  May 17, 2013 01:15 PM

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Chat right here at 2:30. Will arrive early today. Honest.

Today's media column, in which I talk Bruins with Jack Edwards, rabid Bruins fans with Michael Felger, and include a few other newsy tidbits, can be found here.

Just for the sake of fun outtakes if nothing else, here is a thought from Edwards and another from Felger that didn't make today's column. And yes, I know we're already a game into the Rangers series. Still can't stop thinking about that Game 7. Imagine most of you understand ...

Edwards, on his mind-set when the Bruins fell behind, 4-1, in the third period of Game 7 to the Leafs: "The roller coaster went from having a little hope to, honestly, really having dismissed the team. As I said when the Leafs went up by three, they're taking it to the Bruins in their own barn.

"I was actually relieved when I heard Peter Chiarelli say on WEEI [Wednesday] he was already starting to think about exit interviews and his mind was starting to drift to free agents with the Bruins and the possibility of players on the other teams before the game was over. That's the direction my mind was starting to go, and I was just trying to concentrate on the game.

"But I started thinking about things like, 'Are they going to keep [Nathan] Horton?' 'Are they going to make Andrew Ference an offer?' And, 'What are they going to do?'

"And then Lucic scores with a buck and a half to go, and it was still really doubtful. My emotional state at that point was, years from now, people will look at the score and think it was a close game throughout when it wasn't. Crazy how it all turned out, isn't it?"

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Felger, on the Comcast SportsNet New England cameras catching him getting fired up after Patrice Bergeron's tying and winning goals in Game 7: "A moment of weakness. What can you do? If that sort of thing doesn't get you excited, then you should go sell insurance. I can't help it.

"At least it wasn't in the press box. It was in the privacy of my own little studio.''

It's pointed out to Felger that analyst Tony Amonte, sitting next to him at the desk, barely twitched.

"Nope," said Felger. "He played what, 17 years? So not a big deal to him. Big deal for the rest of us."

About Touching All The Bases

Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.

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