We Won't Gloat, We Promise

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Red Sox players celebrate their ALCS win. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- One of my sons called me up the other night to ask if I was watching the Celtics, our potentially sensational basketball team that will be in the mix for the championship this season and for many years to come.

No, I told him, I was too busy watching our red hot Red Sox go for their fourth title in the past 14 years, and wouldn’t have time to pay attention to our 17-time world champion Celtics or our five-time Super Bowl champion football team or our title-contending hockey team until baseball was done with.

He laughed. I laughed.

That’s what it’s like to be a Boston sports fan. Lots of laughs, wins, titles, and bragging rights.

Not that a true Bostonian would ever brag about our unparalleled run of sports-team success, right? We’re too modest for that.

But as a public service, I will risk the hatred of fans in the other 49, victory-deprived states and speak for all of us around here when I say – ha ha, we’re the sports capitol of America!

Chad Finn of the Globe breaks down the cold, hard facts: starting with the 2001 Super Bowl champion Pats, the four major sports teams have played 67 seasons.

During that stretch, our teams have made the playoffs 51 times, made the final eight of the tournament 39 times, been in the final four 26 times, and reached the finals 16 times.

Sixteen times!

Eat your hearts out, New Yorkers, Philadelphians, Chicagoans, Los Angelenos, and other loser fans in loser cities.

We know this will all end one day.

We know all about what a long dry spell feels like, at least, those old enough to remember.

But don’t worry, out of town fans.

We won’t gloat, we promise.

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