Is Boston's success sustainable?
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I take great pride in being a Boston sports fan. For the record, I was proud even before 2001. Growing up in the prime of Boston's sports has been a great privilege. Boston in the 2000's almost certainly had the most successful decade in the history of modern sports. Each of the four major teams, the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins won championships (if you count the 2010-2011 Bruins' championship as part of the decade).
It took 86 years, but the Red Sox rewarded their loyal fans in both 2004 and 2007. The World Series title in 2004 is one of my great memories, finally breaking the Curse of the Bambino after all this time was very exciting for all of Red Sox Nation. Since 2007 they have been in an easily discernible decline. The Red Sox have been unable to capture an American East title since 2007 and have failed to make the playoffs in 2010, 2011, and 2012. It pains me a little to say it, but I think after 2004 Red Sox fans relaxed and after 2007 they actually became complacent. After 86 years of pining for a World Series maybe we all deserve it.
For the past few years the Patriots have been my favorite Boston team to watch. Tom Brady is one of the most exciting athletes to watch in the world, with a talented team around him they become a well-oiled machine. Championships in 2001, 2003, and 2004, along with appearances in 2007 and 2011 make them, in my (biased) opinion the best team of the recent past. Despite great success this year (praying for another Super Bowl), I can't help but think the Brady and Belichick era is on it's way out. Despite Brady's powerful presence and a solid team around him they haven't won a Super Bowl since 2004, perhaps a sign of decline. I have a hard time believing the teams of the next decade will be able to keep producing at the rate of the last decade.
Can Boston’s baseball and football teams match such widespread success in this decade?
More to come on the Bruins, Celtics, and Boston's collective achievement in the second installment of this post!