Anyone who's grown up in a New England diehard family has heard all the stories. Our parents and grandparents experience championship droughts as long as sixteen years and even eighty-six between World Series Championships. And yet, they still put on their jerseys, bought their tickets and showed up to root their teams on and pray for a miracle. The miracle came in 2004 when the Red Sox finally "reversed the curse" and defeated the St.Louis Cardinals to bring a title back to the city that had longed for one, for so long.
The Patriots had won two years prior and were on route to take another Super Bowl victory that following spring, and Boston fans couldn't have been capable of predicting what was to come.
Fast forward fourteen years and the Red Sox have won another three times, the Patriots another four times and the Celtics and Bruins each adding another victory to the ever-growing total. Kids are growing up in a time where all they know is the greatness that Boston sports teams have to offer. Our parents and their parents who waited years to see championship teams at times are now watching a generation who has the luxury of a Duck Boat Parade almost annually. So why the change in the performance of teams?
Boston sports have always attracted hall of fame talented athletes. Larry Bird, Carl Yastrzemsky, Teddy Bruschi and Bobby Orr, all legends in the sports world, yet teams today are outperforming and soaring past fans expectations. The difference? Boston still is attracting legends...I mean hello can you say, David Ortiz? Zdano Chara? TOM BRADY!? But these athletes aren't only bringing talent, they're bringing camaraderie, inspiration and a new attitude to a once hopeless city.
Even when the teams seemed hopeless, Boston fans still showed their pride and spirit for their city. Even when the Red Sox were still "cursed" Fenway Park managed to sell out seven hundred and ninety-four consecutive games. At the time, the Red Sox were arguably the worst sports team in MLB history, fans still stayed cheerful and hopeful that they would pull out another world series victory.
Overall, there's nothing like growing up a sports fan in New England, and it's really no surprise that so many other teams and people despise us.