As we approach the end of this decade, it’s a good chance to look back at just how successful the professional sports teams in New England have been, and by default, how spoiled it’s fan base has also been.
Two World Series championships by the Red Sox. Nothing will ever compare to 2004. But the fact that this team was the best in baseball two times over the last 10 years is no small accomplishment by any means.
One Stanley Cup Title. Hoisting the cup in 2011 was pretty awesome, and while there could also be an argument made that there should have been one or two more, that one was pretty special.
Three Super Bowl wins. This historic run of almost two decades featured two of the greatest Super Bowls of all time in the past 10 years.
The win against Seattle was arguably the greatest ever. You certainly could’ve made the case for Tom Brady to retire after that one. I remember being on the field interviewing players and constantly shaking my head in disbelief at what I had just seen. Sitting in the exact same stadium where I watched the Pats lose their perfect season to the Giants, this one was special.
And then came the following year came a more improbable victory. At halftime against Atlanta I was busy setting up all of my interviews with connections to the Falcons. There was no way the Patriots could win that game. They were being beaten by a better, faster, younger team.
That historic comeback led to more belief that Brady had a perfect opportunity to walk off into the sunset with a legendary effort and back to back, incredible and breathtaking Super Bowl victories.
It was a decade full of memories. Mostly good. And just a reminder of how truly lucky we have been.
Happy New Year!