With the recent success of the Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics in the past 15 years, Boston has been dubbed as "Title Town" and "The Greatest Sports Town in America." Boston pride has and always will run deep, which shows in the attendance and TV ratings in the New England area.
There is no doubt that depending on the season, you can walk down Comm Ave or through Faneuil Hall and see people represent their four historic teams. There is also a healthy debate about which teams is currently the favorite in Boston. While the Patriots will probably take that title, the other three teams are no slouches either. While the Bruins are having a very disappointing season, for the past 5 years they have continuously been in the mix for a Stanley Cup. Plus, who doesn't love to see a great hockey fight? Bobby Orr inspired Boston kids to run out in the cold and start a game of pond hockey instead of staying inside during the winter. While driving through Massachusetts, there is no doubt in my mind that you could find at least 10 hockey rinks named after #4.
As for the Celtics, their current team is young and full of grit. With young potential superstars such as Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, and Isaiah Thomas, the future looks extremely bright. Nobody expected the Celtics to contend for a playoff spot this season, yet there they are clinging on to the 8th seed. Oh right, and I forgot to mention that they may be the most historic franchise in all of North American professional sports. Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, Bill Russell, Kevin McHale, Bob Cousy, Kevin Garnett, JoJo White, Cedric Maxwell, need I go on? Gang Green is on a quest for Banner 18 and I would not be surprised if they are contending for it in a couple of years. With Trader Danny at the helm, expect the unexpected in regard to the Boston Celtics.
Over the past 14 years, there may not have been a more dominant sports franchise than the New England Patriots. Tom Brady (GOAT) and Bill Belichik (GOAT) have won 4 Super Bowls and put the New England Patriots on the map as one of the most successful franchises of this generation. Tom Brady will go down as one of, if not the, greatest quarterback to ever suit up for a game. Belichik's masterful coaching and management has made him the best coach in all of sports, not just football. Tom Brady could play for another 3 or 4 years, and it would not surprise me if Bill Belichik decided to coach into his 70s. It would not take anyone by surprise if the Patriots are able to grab another Super Bowl or two before it is all said and done either. People may joke about "The Patriots Way" in the media, but the fact of the matter is that it has produced multiple championships. In Bill We Trust.
Now we get to the Red Sox. Remember that team? 3 championships in 9 years? It seems that, because the Red Sox have been so up and down in the past couple of seasons, that they have been somewhat forgotten. However, Boston will always be a baseball city. After suffering for 86 years and being so engrossed with the fascination of winning on that baseball diamond, it will never be the same. Sure, fans may have become greedy, but I bet that you cannot walk down any major street in the city of Boston and not see a Red Sox hat. No matter how much you want to try and act like you don't, any Massachusetts native secretly loves seeing the Prudential Building being lit up behind Fenway, singing Sweet Caroline in the 8th inning, and blasting Tessie on the radio. The Red Sox have a special place in our heart for what they did to us all 10+ years ago and I don't think that will ever change.
Only 13 days until Opening Day.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS