In Indianapolis for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVI sign in Indianapolis
In Indianapolis, the media center hotel is adorned with tons of Super Bowl logos.

Before I get too busy, I wanted to stop and share some thoughts with those that frequent this site. I’m here in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, the rematch game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Who knew when I wrote on this very site five months ago that I was going to be taking a greater role in Patriots coverage that I would be here, that the Patriots would be here, and that I would have this opportunity. It really is a blessing.

Since I’ve come to the Globe, Boston sports teams have done extremely well. I took part in our coverage of the NBA Finals in 2010 as the Celtics and Lakers went toe to toe. I was on the ground in Vancouver when the Bruins throttled the Canucks in Game 7, and then Vancouverites throttled their city. And now I’m here in Indy as the Patriots try to cap a really serendipitous season.

In the words of Kevin Garnett, “Anything is possible.”

Remembering the Bruins’ Stanley Cup win, Vancouver’s reaction

Vancouver crowd
More than 60,000 people at Georgia and Hamilton Streets watched Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Editor’s note: I wrote this June 16 as I was on the plane coming home to Boston from Canada. For photos from Vancouver that I took, see my pictures page. For videos, check out my “Vancouver” posts.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Lifting Lord Stanley’s Cup is unarguably hockey’s greatest achievement, for championships trump individual rewards and history favors the carriers of the Cup as well as the men who doggedly pursued its capture, yet failed in doing so.

It’s with this thought in mind that I believe being on hand for the Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup title win – a dominant 4-0 Game 7 victory over the host Vancouver Canucks — is a moment I won’t soon forget.

I shot video of the on-ice celebration right in the thick of one of sports’ most precious moments. That thought hasn’t escaped me since I watched a geared up Nathan Horton – despite being unavailable due to a concussion – hug it out with his teammates, capping a grueling and spectacular championship run. It clicked for me right then and there that this is a moment which will be ingrained on my cerebral to the end of my days.

For a sports journalist, it’s easy to think I could have the moment while sitting in the press box, or pregame, or any of those other oft-repeated game situations I’ve encountered. It being a Game 7 of a championship series, one would think that the situation at hand would normally suffice the mnemonic tape recorder to begin its obligatory duty. For me, I guess not so much. It’s the celebration that I’ll always remember, and I think the same can be said for those watching at home around the world.
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Addressing the playoff beards

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — While celebrating their Stanley Cup title win on the ice, I just had to ask the championship Bruins if they’re ready to drop those playoff beards. Watch what they had to say in the video above.

The Big Story: Game 7 preview

VANCOUVER, British Columbia —’s Chad Finn previews Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena, addressing the Canucks’ goalie situation and Johnny Boychuk’s hit on Mason Raymond and how that’ll affect the game. Interviews with Tim Thomas and Canucks general manager Mike Gillis included.

Faces in Vancouver interest me

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — As the Bruins faced the Canucks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final series, more than 60,000 fans watched the game in downtown Vancouver. Their faces expressed their disappointment in the Canucks’ loss.

The Canadian view of Boston

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — I spent a weekend in Vancouver talking to Canucks fans before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to see what they thought of Boston and to get their predictions on the series. All of these people knew what was what. And they said it anyways.

I’ve got time to kill

So while I’ve got time to kill, I’d like to break down my latest adventure in sports journalism: The Stanley Cup Final series.

I’ve sat back and watched Games 1 and 2 from afar — literally. The first couple were in Vancouver and I wasn’t tabbed to travel for those games. Instead, I’m being asked to cover games 3, 4, 5 and 7. If it comes to Game 5, I’ll be making my first Canadian voyage, eh.

But what’s significant to me, thanks to the amazing teams in New England, I’ve been to the NBA Finals, NFL playoffs, and now the Stanley Cup since I’ve been in Boston. Who knows what my role will be come October with the way these Red Sox are playing. So I have to say, I’m having another one of those moments in which I realize I’m no longer in Kansas, as the saying goes.

And as I get around to all five major sports, including soccer, it’s interesting to see the different ways each sport treats the media when the spotlight is at its brightest. I was surprised how limited media members were when the US national soccer team played Spain in a friendly last week. (No locker room access. ) The NHL operates similarly to the NBA, although I could chalk that up to the phenomenal staff at the Garden. The NFL, as I’ve said before, does not operate uniformly. The 49ers open their locker room much more frequently than the Patriots, for instance. And in baseball, access is still king. That is to say, really good.

What it all adds up to is varying degrees of preparation. I’m enjoying that part. I’m still a young guy doing this stuff. So I think it’s fun still. And in the end, it’s always nice to be at the talked about game.

Now let me stop fiddling around and go get ready for the Bruins and Canucks.