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What Another Championship Means to Boston

As the biggest event in America commenced, chicken wings and pizza were not the only familiar part of the Super Bowl. For all you sports fans out there, we both know what it is. The New England Patriots played for the ninth time since 2001and after a somewhat uneventful game, won their sixth Super Bowl title.

After Super Bowl LIII, the city of Boston has achieved a total of 38 championships from the Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics. This ranks Boston one of the top sports cities in America, naming themselves the ever-so-boastful “City of Champions.” Yet the name is not out of line, since Boston is the only city that has won a championship in four sports since 2001.

Being from Boston, championship wins have become a way of telling time. Which year did you get your first car? When the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX. When did you date that asshole? When the Celtics won in 2008. Although our cockiness sometimes gets the best of us, there’s no debating that the championships of Boston have brought us an extensive wave of enemies. So as everyone’s complaining about the Super Bowl win, what does another one really mean to Boston? 

There are specific eras in sports history that emit greatness and change the game forever. In the 1950s and 1960s, Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach and forward Bill Russell together won nine championships. Although this may seem like a lifetime ago, this period in Boston sports gave the Celtics the most championships in NBA history. The advanced coaching and record-breaking players gave a whole new name to the sport.

This is just like what Tom Brady has recently achieved, and we are all witnessing greatness. Not only does he have more Super Bowl rings than 30 NFL franchises, but he has formed a team that will never be surpassed in football history. With players like Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Wes Welker and Randy Moss, the Patriots are producing the most talent the NFL has ever seen. There are no words to describe how rare these eras are and what it means for Boston to be able to have two of them under their belt.

Although this may seem like a list of brags, there are stories behind each championship that has defined Boston. When the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, anyone outside of Massachusetts would’ve just seen it as another unfair powerhouse. Yet inside, there was an unexplainable pain that emitted from the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.

After the win, David Ortiz looked into a crowd of broken hearts and shouted back “this is our f****** city!” There was no greater sense of pride than in that moment to be from Boston. This shows how being a Boston sports fan is a culture in itself. Finding myself in Orlando, it’s a rare moment when I come across someone from Massachusetts. Yet when I do, there’s no better feeling than to converse over the one thing we both know best: Boston sports. 

The city of Boston has come together for their losses and Super Bowl wins. It’s true that when someone rises someone must attempt to drag them down, but when looking back on this time, it’ll be known as an era of true talent and dominance. 

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Haley is from Boston, Massachusetts. Her hometown is where Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Dorris Goodwin lived, so writing has always been a hobby of hers. She is currently a freshman at University of Central Florida majoring in biomedical sciences and minoring in creative writing. Her favorite things include butterflies, roses, watching movies, going to art museums, eating Mexican food, and being with friends. If you can't find her, always check The Mall at Millenia.
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