I went to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night in Boston. Aside from calling Mark Wahlberg "Donnie'' ("It's Mark,'' he corrected, patting a hand on my shoulder as if to say, "You idiot''), it was a fun night to be a sports fan at an electric event. But the crowd at the big hockey game wasn't totally focused on hockey. I'd estimate that 25 times during the evening I got asked, "When's the NFL going to settle this thing? We gonna have football on time?''
"Have a little faith/There's magic in the night," Bruce Springsteen sang on 1975's "Thunder Road." And for keeping the faith along the decades of back roads and stylistic detours, fans get their beautiful reward with "Magic," his best record since "The River" in 1980.