Boston National Anthem (Courtesy: YouTube)
Dan Shanoff, USA TODAY Sports
The most powerful moment in the history of Boston sports came a few lines into the National Anthem last night at TD Garden:
Focus on that heart-tugging moment when featured singer Rene Rancourt, backed by the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard, drops his microphone, because the entire area of Bruins fans -- of Bostonians -- wants to carry the song and their own spirits.
There isn't much any of them -- any of us -- can do about what happened on Monday at "4:09," except display the inspiring resiliency the rest of the country would expect from New England.
For all the narcissistic relief of Red Sox Nation in 2004 or the triumphalism related to the Bird-era Celtics or the faux-arrogance associated with the Patriots Super Bowl champs, these are trifles.
What we saw last night was fandom -- community -- at its best. Hopefully, it provides comfort to those impacted and fortitude for the rest of us.
"Boston Strong," indeed.