Ten Great Moments in Boston Sports History
Being a Boston sports fan sometimes has been a painful experience.
Each of our beloved teams have been through long droughts of mediocrity, or worse thanks to Rod Rust, witnessed most by the 86 year wait for the Red Sox to finally win another World Series.
The Celtics had a 22 year drought. The Bruins have not won the Lord Stanley cup since 1972, and the Patriots finally won their first Super Bowl in 2001 after 41 years of existence.
It has been a long and painful road to some of the best fans in sports, but these moments in time make up for all the heartbreak and depression.
The curse of the Bambino was finally lifted and no longer did the Red Sox fans have to repeat the "Wait till next year" mantra.
No longer were the Patriots the NFL's punching bags.
The Celtics finally brought banner No 17 home to roost, after a 22 year wait.
Hopefully, this is the season where the Bruins match this decade's glory of their three other Bostonian teams, and get to hoist Lord Stanley's cup on their shoulders, amid throngs of supporting (and sometimes rabid) fans. We have waited 36 years (which in Boston time is only a few minutes) and we are ready—more then ready.
This slide show will capture some of the greatest moments in Boston sports through the ages. There have been many thrills of victory as a Boston sports fan, but these special moments, I believe, are the cream of the crop.
Luckily for me, I have been alive for most of these moments, and all of them hold special significance to me personally. I just wish my grandfather had been alive to see the Red Sox finally win the World Series, after 86 years.
So, without further ado, I give you a slide show of my picks of the most glorious moments in Boston Sports History.
Red is the Man
Red Auerbach celebrates the Celtics 1968 championship with Bill Russell and John Havlicek. This was the 10th Championship in 12 years for the Celtics, all orchestrated by Red, who was one of the best basketball minds ever.
Bobby Orr, probably one of the best hockey players that ever lived, changed the face of the game with his offensive production from the defensive position. He also changed the face of the Bruins with this Stanley Cup winning goal in 1970 against the St Louis Blues, the first Stanley Cup win for the Bruins since 1941.
The Prayer of a Home Run
It is the 12th Inning of a hotly contested World Series game 6 between the Boston Red Sox, and the Cincinnati Reds. The Red Sox had chipped away the Reds' lead and finally tied the game on a pitch hit three run shot by Bernie Carbo in the Bottom of the 8th, setting the scene for Fisk's heroics.
Tom Brady scoring a TD in the Snow Bowl
After a long and arduous game, Tom Brady finally scores the Patriots their first touchdown of the game to make the score 13-10 Raiders. Brady completed 9 straight passes, and ended the drive with a scramble to the end zone early in the 4th quarter, later to end up tying the game after the infamous "Tuck Rule" call that gave the Patriots the ball back in time for Adam Vinatieri to kick the tying FG with 27 seconds left.
The Kick Heard Round the World
Adam celebrates as his improbable winning kick in Super Bowl XXXVI sails through the uprights to give the New England Patriots their first ever Super Bowl victory, and completed one of the biggest upsets in the modern NFL.
Brady is Speechless
Tom Brady in his "I Don't Believe it" pose following the Patriots win over the St Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI
Boston Red Sox's David 'Big Papi" Ortiz scoring the winning run in an incredible comeback win during the 2004 LCS against the New York Yankees. This win was the fuel for the Red Sox to sweep the next 3 games, and overcome the 0-3 deficit in a LCS series for the first time in history.
The Real Red Sock
Nothing showed more grit or determination as The Red Sox, and its killer ace, Curt Shilling made the improbable trip to the 2004 World Series, after their historic win in the division LCS.
Pitching with a surgically repaired tendon in his ankle, Curt Shilling showed the MLB what being a Red Sox was—team above everything, even pain.
Before the Dance, Comes the Jump
Boston Red Sox's Jonathan Papelbon jumps for joy after the Sox sweep the Colorodo Rockies in the 2007 World Series
Even the Coach Needed a Shower
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers gets the obligatory Gatorade shower from MVP Paul "The Truth" Pierce, following the Game 6 blow out of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Championships. The Celtics finally ended a 22 year championship drought two years after the death of Red Auerbach.