Lots To Be Thankful For As A Boston Sports Fan
Tis’ the season to be jolly, or at least amiable for people around the hub.
Boston sports fans may be turned off by the overall play from the Patriots, injuries to Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, a lack of consistency from the Bruins and of course, a lack of a big bat in the Red Sox off-season shopping.
But don’t be down, it could be worse and Boston sports fans have many things to be happy for or about, especially during the Holiday season. Here is a list of five things Boston sports fans should be thankful for…
1) The Coaches: Oh what would we do without our managers and coaches? From Bill Belichick and Terry Francona, to Doc Rivers and Claude Julien, Beantown is lucky enough to have some of the creme of the crop when it comes to head coaches. Sure, many come with their own faults but for the most part these four figure heads bring a sense of professionalism and integrity (cough Belichick) to the city of Boston and their fans.
2) Tom Brady: We New Englander’s love TB. Sure, many others see him as a pretty boy who whines to the referees but we see him as the handsome gentlemen who is one of the best quarterbacks of all-time and dates Giselle. What we would do to spend one day in Brady’s shoes. We are thankful for the presence of No. 12 because he brought three super bowls to the Patriots organization and his underdog story has touched us all in some way or another.
3) Championships This Decade: The total tally is six in the past eight years and has turned Beantown from the city of losers into the city of champions. Once accustomed to losing seasons and bottom-dwelling franchises, Boston is home to six total championships this decade with three going to the Patriots, two to the Red Sox, and one to the Celtics. The Bruins have been playoff-bound for a majority of the decade and are on the heels of a Championship. What a difference a decade can make.
4) Superstar Players: Early on it was Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Joe Thorton, and Paul Pierce and now its turned to John Lackey, Kevin Garnett, and Zdeno Chara. With David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, Antoine Walker, and Randy Moss in between, the organizations in Boston have brought the superstars to our beloved city. Now considered one of the biggest stages and places in sports, its no wonder that big-name players are inking their names in Boston’s checkbook. It certainly beats the days of Jiri Welch, Jose Offerman, Anson Carter, and Andy Katzenmoyer.
5) World-Class Owners: Eh, may be stretching myself on this one but there is no denying the good the owners have been doing since taking over in the hub. Bob Kraft has transformed the Patriots organization and is now reaping the benefits (deserving so). Although John Henry and Larry Lucchino may take a lot of fire from fans, they have brought two championships in three years to a team that went 86 years without one. That alone, deserves some recognition. Then there’s Wyc Grousbeck and Jeremy Jacobs have done some great work with the Celtics and Bruins, keeping both teams competitive and resourceful in the past few years.
So, there you have it. Five things that Boston sports fans should be thankful for this holiday season. It’s still a great time to be a Boston sports fan, even if the last time we’ve won anything was with the Boston Celtics in 2008. Here’s to many more championships and seasons coming to the scene in 2010.