By Boston Sport’s standards, 2017 was a pretty good year. All four teams made the playoffs, with the Patriots completing the greatest single game comeback in sports history to win the Super Bowl. All in all, a pretty good year.
But 2018 has the chance the be more than Pretty Good, 2018 could be historic.
It’s been talked about, the year Boston would win all four championships. 2008 was probably the best chance, with three legitimate championship contenders, but the Bruins were straggling as the long shot.
This year, there is no long shot, Boston has four championship contenders.
The Patriots are, well, the Patriots. They finished the regular season 13-3 and very much look like they could be on their way to sixth Super Bowl, and third in four years. The 19-0 dream was squashed in week 1, but this Patriots team, though beat up with injuries, is as dangerous as ever, and is Boston’s best chance to win a championship in 2018.
The Celtics took a huge step in 2017, finishing in first in the Eastern Conference only to get crushed by the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. But after the blockbuster to acquire Kyrie Irving over the summer and a 16 game winning streak early in the season, the Celtics can be mentioned in the same sentence as the Warriors or Rockets for title favorites. The NBA is lead by super teams, meaning the Celtics have to go through some star studded teams to win a championship, but at least looking at wins and losses, the Celtics are as good of a team as any and could just be the team to beat.
The Bruins may have seemed like a long shot a month ago, but they’ve proven over the last six weeks or so that they’re as good of a team as any in the NHL. After a poor start while being decimated by injuries, the Bruins have gone 15-3-2 in their last 20 games, proving they’re not only for real, but that they’re a team that could challenge for the Stanley Cup. The mix of rising rookies like Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, and Danton Heinen along with established veteran stars like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Tuukka Rask has worked for new head coach Bruce Cassidy, and the Bruins, once looked at as a long shot, could be an actual contender in the East.
To put things in perspective, the Red Sox may have the lowest championship expectations in Boston. Yes, the same Red Sox team that won 93 games and the AL East and is looking to improve. It was a frustrating year for Red Sox fans, but the Red Sox could very well improve on last year, with bounce backs from Mookie Betts, Xander Boegarts, Hanley Ramirez and Rick Porcello, full seasons of David Price, Rafael Devers, Carson Smith, and Tyler Thornberg, and a possible acquisition like JD Martinez, the Red Sox could improve on last year and are still considered one of the big four in the AL with the Indians, Astros and Yankees, and if all goes right will be in contention for the World Series.
I’m not saying Boston is going to win all four championships. I’m not even saying it’s likely, because it’s not. But all four teams definitely have the chance to win it all, and this is the most loaded we’ve seen Boston, or any city for that matter, in a very long time.
It’s going to be fun, and make sure the duck boats are warmed up.
Cause I get the feeling that they’ll be parading around Boston at least once this year.
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