March 18, 2013
Why Boston is the best sports town in America
by Joe Boikess
I’ve lived in Boston for almost 9 years, moving here from Austin, Texas to attend Northeastern University. Just like any other sports nut, I had a list of teams and athletes that received my full support through thick and thin, and I thought the Lone Star State was pretty spoiled with its sports accomplishments during my childhood and teenage years.
But once Dave Roberts stole second base in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS in only my second month as a Boston resident, my view of what makes a great sports city was turned upside down. Now nearly a decade into my time in Beantown, I have no doubts that there isn’t a better city to be a sports fan. Here’s three reasons why Boston is the best sports town in America:
- Success – There’s no better measure of a city’s sports dominance than the number of championship banners its teams have collected. Between the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins, Boston has celebrated 7 championships since the turn of the century, ahead of Los Angeles and New York as the most in the country.
- History – Any self-respecting sports aficionado would have to acknowledge Boston’s rich sports history. There’s the century-old Fenway Park in which the Red Sox still call home. The Celtics have won more championships (17) than any other team in professional basketball. The Bruins are one of the NHL’s “Original Six” franchises, and Harvard University played in what was considered the first modern-style college football game in 1875.
- Passion – A true Bostonian has no idea what it means to be a “fair weather” sports fan. The Red Sox boast a MLB-record 793-game (and counting…for now) sellout streak. The Patriots’ Gillette Stadium is one of the toughest places for road teams to win in the NFL, and that’s not just because their games are often played in sub-freezing temperatures. It’s because the New England fan base truly cares about its teams, and its passionate fans never hesitate to make outsiders aware of that fact.
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