Boring? Last year's playoff atmosphere was the best it's been in many years. Hell, we had a thread about it, there were articles written about it. I've been at Fenway for all the playoff games going back to '04 and the crowds had become complacent. Yes, when there were big moment people would come alive but until those moments there just wasn't that excitement/tension that had been seen in the earlier years. That changed last year - standing from first pitch, being REALLY loud, etc. It was awesome and one of the disappointing things about not making it to the series was seeing what the atmosphere would have been like then.