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BOSTON: City of Champions, The Decade of Dominance Continues

Updated on August 10, 2016
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Boston Strongest

It was deja vu. The Patriots were back in Arizona, back in the Super Bowl, and there was another miraculous catch supplied by the football gods to hand Tom Brady and Bill Belichick their third straight Super Bowl loss. The catch was going to do more than decide the outcome of the game, it was going to define a legacy. A New England franchise that has dominated the NFL was up against more "gate" scandals, and this time it was certain, the world would forever doubt the legacy of Brady and Belichick.

I stood dumbfounded. It had been an incredible game, and it was all going to unravel, and come crashing down in the final minute and half of Super Bowl XLIX. The Seattle Seahawks had "Beast Mode", and Marshawn Lynch was going to beat it into the end zone to give Seattle the lead. I began to rationalize losing, still meanwhile hoping Brady had one more killer drive in him to get into field goal range. I began thinking maybe New England should let Marshawn Lynch just walk in for a score, rather than eat up any more valuable clock. I began thinking I had somehow disrupted the time space continuum and was reliving the horrors of 2007. My mind was racing with the possibilities, but I was faced with the harsh realization that the Patriots were going to lose another Super Bowl.

Then it happened...

And just like when Dave Roberts stole second, or when Paul Pierce dove to the floor for the ball to give the Celtics possession, or when Vinatari kicked through a wall of snow, or when David Ortiz did what only a bad man like that can do...

Interception!

My heart stopped. I was waiting for a flag, I was waiting for him to drop it, I was waiting for something to go wrong, but it didn't. The Seahawks had turned the ball over at the one yard line, and there was nothing that was going to interfere with a Patriots victory now. Seattle finished the game in a disgraceful fashion, resorting to fighting when it became clear they could not beat the Patriots any other way. The Seahawks were lucky to even be at the 1 yard line to begin with. Sure luck is a part of sports, but Seattle's luck just ran out.

The Patriots had won. Tom Brady earned MVP with the most incredible 4th quarter play of any quarterback in any Super Bowl, ever. The interception made it all possible. Malcolm Butler read the play perfectly and positioned himself for the biggest play of his life, a game saving interception to grant the Patriots their fourth Super Bowl victory since the turn of the century.


The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, to claim their third World Series title in less than ten years. That title brought the city of Boston its 8th championship (now 9th) since the turn of the century. The Red Sox, along with the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and New England Patriots, have each contributed to the amassing of the nine titles nine during this time. That’s four teams, one city, and nine championships. Let’s put that in perspective.

The Patriots began the winning in 2001, when the emergence of Tom Brady catapulted New England to the front of the sporting world. The Patriots would go on to win the Super Bowl again in 2003. The Boston Red Sox finally reversed the 86 year curse in 2004, after coming back from three games down against the New York Yankees, to go on and sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl again the 2004 season, with the everlasting Adam Vinatieri kick deep rooted into Boston lore. The Red Sox returned in 2007, to reassure their fans there would be no 86 year drought to suffer through this time around, and swept the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. The unrelenting victory of Boston would continue, and the Boston Celtics beat the Lakers to return the storied franchise to glory in 2008. There was only one team left in the city of Boston that needed to claim victory, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 to take home their first Stanley Cup in thirty-eight years. The Boston 2013 World Series victory added to the development of a city that is used to winning, and now the New England Patriots are piling it on again.

For A full break down of the Boston Championships, CLICK HERE.

When taking a look at other major cities and sports teams since the turn of the century, what Boston has done is truly astonishing. Take a look how far above the rest of the world Boston ranks.

World Champions

YEAR
NFL
NBA
MLB
NHL
2001
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Los Angeles Lakers
Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Avalanche
2002
Tamba Bay Buccaneers
Los Angeles Lakers
Anaheim Angels
Detroit Red Wings
2003
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
San Antonio Spurs
Florida Marlins
New Jersey Devils
2004
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Detroit Pistons
BOSTON RED SOX
Tamba Bay Lightning
2005
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Antonio Spurs
Chicago White Sox
*season cancelled*
2006
Indianapolis Colts
Miami Heat
St. Louis Cardinals
Carolina Hurricanes
2007
New York Giants
San Antonio Spurs
BOSTON RED SOX
Anaheim Ducks
2008
Pittsburgh Steelers
BOSTON CELTICS
Philadelphia Phillies
Detroit Red Wings
2009
New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Lakers
New York Yankees
Pittsburgh Penguins
2010
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Lakers
San Francisco Giants
2011
New York Giants
Dallas Mavericks
St. Louis Cardinals
BOSTON BRUINS
2012
Baltimore Ravens
Miami Heat
San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Kings
2013
Seattle Seahawks
Miami Heat
BOSTON RED SOX
Chicago Blackhawks
2014
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
San Antonio Spurs
San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Kings
 
 
 
 
 

New York City

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New York, New York

Let’s go ahead and just get the world’s most popular city out of the way. We can even include New Jersey in this discussion, since their sports teams don’t seem to know the difference anyway. The city of New York, with its nine different professional sports teams, across four sports, have managed four championships this century. New York has always been a baseball town, with the incredible success of the New York Yankees amassing enough championships early on to cover the current failure. Since the turn of the century, the Yankees have won the World Series once, in 2009, and lost it twice, in 2001 and again in 2003. The New York Mets have not even come close. New York takes pride in basketball, with the iconic Madison Square Garden providing a home for the New York Knicks. The Nets made a recent move to Brooklyn, hoping to transform the dismal New Jersey Franchise, which hasn’t contributed anything in the way of success. The New York Giants have been the most recent reason for New York fans to celebrate, beating the heavily favored New England Patriots, not once, but twice, to claim the Super Bowl victory in 2007 and 2011. The New York Jets are barely worth mentioning. The New York/ New Jersey duo brings a trio of teams to the NHL, with the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils, but only the Devils have brought any victory to New York, back in 2003. So the Big Apple, with all its money, and superstars, and pride, has only managed four championships from its nine teams. Evidently, despite the power and popularity of New York and their sports, this is a city that cannot compete with Boston.

New York: 9 Teams, 4 Championships

MOTOWN

At this point, the only thing Detroit can brag about is Eminem, and even he knows it has been a dreary scene in his hometown for a while now. The Motor City has experienced some serious sports tragedy, including a Detroit Lions team that has been record breaking terrible, including going 0-16 in 2008. Detroit is the only other city included with only four professional sports teams. The Detroit Tigers have been a regular heart break, losing the World Series twice in the past decade. The dominant Detroit Pistons of the past have showed glimmers of hope, including an NBA Finals victory in 2004, but there are no real signs of a return. The Detroit Red Wings have been the pride of the city, bringing two championships in 2002, and 2008.

Detroit: 4 Teams, 3 Championships

The Windy City

The great city of Chicago will forever be remembered for the six titles Michael Jordan brought there during the 1990’s. His dominance in the NBA, and establishment as a champion, left Chicago with an icon that surpasses the sport. Since Jordan's departure however, the five teams that compromise Chicago, have only returned the city to glory three times. The most memorable victory perhaps, came in 2005, when the Chicago White Sox ended the curse of the 1919 Black Sox. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated Boston last year in the Stanley Cup Finals, and claimed a title in 2010 as well. The Chicago Bulls have been regular contenders, but have not even made it to the Finals since the departure of Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bears have been a continual disappointment, including a crushing 2006 Super Bowl loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Chicago Cubs represent what is probably the most dismal franchise in sports history, not having won a World Series in so long that people stopped counting.

Chicago: 5 teams, 3 Championships

Bostons MVP's

2001 Super Bowl
Tom Brady
2003 Super Bowl
Tom Brady
2004 World Series
Manny Ramirez
2004 Super Bowl
Deion Branch
2007 World Series
Mike Lowell
2008 NBA Finals
Paul Pierce
2011 Stanley Cup
Tim Thomas
2013 World Series
David Oritz
2014 Super Bowl
Tom Brady
The Boys of Boston
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What If We Combine Two Cities?

The City of Brotherly love has no chance of competing on its own, so Pittsburgh will have to join the ranks for a state wide championship tally. Pennsylvania is host to both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, both of which boast storied sports franchises. The Pittsburgh Steelers have delivered the most impressive performance this decade, with three Super Bowl appearances, earning the Vince Lombardi trophy in 2005 and again in 2008, but losing to the Green Bay Packers in 2010. Pittsburgh is home of another team that won a title this century, when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009. The Philadelphia Phillies claimed a World Series victory in 2008. The Pittsburgh/ Philadelphia combination brings a total of seven teams looking to compete every year, but the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia 76ers, and Philadelphia Flyers have failed to seal a victory.

Philly/Pittsburgh: 7 Teams, 4 Championships

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The Lone Star State

It is becoming clear that no single city can be mentioned in the same sentence as Boston, when it comes to constant success, but perhaps a big enough state can have what it takes. Texas is host to eight professional sports teams, and has managed to win only four championships this century. The San Antonio Spurs are responsible for three of them, winning the NBA Finals in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014 representing a franchise of continued success. The only other Texas victory came at the hands of another Texas NBA team, the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. The Houston Rockets represent the third NBA team in Texas, but has not had anything to offer in the way of winning. With all four of Texas’ championships already accounted for, this leaves the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Dallas Stars, Houston Texans, and of course, the Dallas Cowboys, all winless this century.

Texas: 8 Teams, 4 Championships

"Back to Foulke!"

Who Could Forget?

Any Boston sports fan will tell you the same thing, winning never gets old, and neither does watching this highlight. Classic.

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The Sunshine State

The Miami Heat are the only reason Florida gets a mention when discussing championship cities, or states as the case may be. Florida brings nine professional sports teams to the table every season, and those teams have accounted for five championships. The newly founded Miami Marlins, stunned the New York Yankees in 2003, as the Florida Marlins, when they won the World Series. A Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup win in 2004, accounts for another championship victory. LeBron James and the star studded Miami Heat are responsible for the most recent, back to back championships, and are the Finals favorite for this season. The Heat also won the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2006, with Dwayne Wade as the MVP. . The remaining six teams, the Tampa Bay Rays, Orlando Magic, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, and Florida Panthers, have failed to contribute.

Florida: 9 Teams, 5 Championships

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The City of Angels Can't Compete With The City Of Champions On Its Own...

California is a massive state, with quite a few major cities. Los Angeles represents a majority of the victories the state has experienced. A diverse selection of professional sports teams compromise the massive landscape however, and we will look at all the contributions. There are fifteen professional sports teams in California, including five baseball teams. These five teams have managed as many World Series titles as one team in Boston. The Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants have both contributed with victories this century, with the Angels winning in 2002, and the Giants winning in 2010 and 2012, while the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, and San Diego Padres, have come up short year after year. California is host to three football teams, the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and San Francisco 49’ers, none of which have won a Super Bowl this century, while the Patriots have already won three. The Los Angeles Lakers have won four titles since 2001, with Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal each doing their fair share. With the Lakers as the only real bright spot in L.A., the other teams in California basketball have represented some of the worst franchises in sports, with the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Clippers doing everything but winning. Two of their three hockey teams have won a championship. The Los Angeles Kings hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup back in 2012, with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim contributing further back, in 2007, while the San Jose Sharks have remained on the outside looking in.

In the past two years since this article was written, California has added two more titles to the list. The San Franciso Giants won the World Series again in 2014, and the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup that same year.

All of California: 15 teams, 11 wins

So finally, we found a state combination of enough cities to surpass what Boston has done. No real sports fan could ever compare an entire state to one city however, especially given the comparison of more than double the amount of teams it took to achieve similar success. The verdict is clear, Boston is the City of Champions

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