Movie quote of the day:
“60 percent of the time, it works every time.”
– Brian Fantana, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004)
As we all know, the Boston Red Sox just won the World Series the other night, in historic fashion, too. The Red Sox had the best record in spring training, regular season, and dominated the postseason with a record of 11-3. They’re likely not going anywhere and should still be contenders for the foreseeable future. They have deep pockets, a few young players still under club control, and a pretty good manager in Alex Cora. The truth is, though, is that Boston winning the World Series this season might be just the beginning for Boston sports in the next few months because every Boston professional sports team is a contender in their respective leagues. Let’s take a deeper look.
NFL – New England Patriots
2018 record: 6-2
This one is the most obvious. The Patriots have been a dynasty in the NFL for almost the last two decades – winning five Super Bowls and appearing in eight since 2001. As long as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are with New England, this team is going to be a contender. Same goes for this season. The Patriots are off to a great start, have minimal injuries so far, an overperforming defense and offensive line, and have the benefit of playing in a weak AFC East division and the AFC, which has very few quality quarterbacks. No one will be surprised if the Patriots represent the AFC in the Super Bowl for a third-straight season, let alone win another championship.
NBA – Boston Celtics
2018-2019 record: 4-2
Everyone has high expectations for the Celtics this season. With LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference, that leaves an opening for a team to step in and represent the East in the NBA Finals. Many people, including myself, believe that team will be the Celtics. They arguably have the deepest roster in the NBA. They have one of the best coaches in the league and three All-Star players in Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford. They also have three very talented, young players in Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Terry Rozier. Even Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, Aron Baynes, Semi Ojeleye, and Robert Williams are solid, rotational players. Boston has an uphill battle to win the NBA Finals this season with Golden State being loaded with talent and star power, but I think just about everyone is expecting the Celtics to be the top team in the East this season. Once you get to the championship, an upset is always possible.
NHL – Boston Bruins
2018-2019 record: 6-3-2 (14 points)
This team is the one that not everyone knows about. Boston took a huge step last season and became one of the top teams in the NHL – with a record of 50-20-12, acquiring 112 points (No. 2 in the East), and ranked in the top six in the league in points scored and points allowed per game. The Bruins are the 13th-youngest team in the NHL this season and arguably have the best first line in the NHL offensively with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak. They also have a good veteran goalie in Tuukka Rask and are loaded with young talent and have a deep pipeline. The biggest problem with Boston is probably lack of depth and relying too much on its youth. However, the Bruins still have enough talent to be one of the top teams in the East and should be a legitimate contender for the Stanley Cup this season.
Bottom line, I won’t be shocked at all if every Boston team won their league championships from now until April.
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