Do Boston Sports Teams Win Too Much?

Do Boston Sports Teams Win Too Much?


DO BOSTON SPORTS TEAMS WIN TOO MUCH? THAT IS THE PROVOCATIVE QUESTION ASKED IN THE FALL ISSUE OF YANKEE MAGAZINE AND POSED BY LONGTIME BOSTON SPORTS REPORTER LEE MONTVILLE WHO JOINS US NOW TO DEFEND THIS TAKE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING IN, WE APPRECIATE IT. GLAD TO BE HERE. THIS IS THE ARTICLE RIGHT HERE, WHEN WINNING NEVER STOPS. WHAT’S THE THESIS OF THE PEACE? THE WHOLE THESIS IS BACK IN 2004 WHEN THE RED SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES AND WE HAD GONE THROUGH THAT 86-YEAR-OLD DROUGHT AND PEOPLE WERE CELEBRATING AND GOING TO GRAVEYARDS TO TALK TO THEIR GRANDFATHERS AND THEIR DECEASED UNCLE JOE AND EVERYBODY SAYING WE FINALLY DID IT AND DRINKING THE CHAMPAGNE, IT WAS A HUGE THING. AND I WAS CAUGHT UP IN IT, I WAS A LIFELONG RED SOX GUY AND I WENT TO THE PARADE, THE DUCK BOAT PARADE AND THE WHOLE DEAL AND MY KIDS WERE WITH ME, GROWN- UP, YOU KNOW, AND IT WAS A SORT OF CELEBRATION, BUT AS IT KEEPS COMING, IT’S LIKE ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER AND YOU FIND YOURSELF NOT GOING TO ALL THE DUCK BOAT PARADE, AT LEAST I DON’T I DON’T HAVE TO GO TO THIS ONE BECAUSE THERE WILL BE ANOTHER ONE. YEAH, MAYBE NEXT THURSDAY. YOU ARE THE SPORTS COLUMNIST FROM 68 TO 89, YOU’VE WRITTEN SEVERAL BEST-SELLING SPORTS BOOKS, OTHER THAN THE CELTICS, DURING THE TIME WHEN YOU WERE A GLOBE COLUMNIST AND OCCASIONALLY THE BRUINS, THE BOSTON SPORTS TEAMS WERE TERRIBLE SO SHOULD WE SOAK THIS IN AND LET IT WASH OVER US? THEY WERE TERRIBLE, I WAS THERE FOR A LOT OF BAD THINGS, I COVER THE PATRIOTS FOR A BUNCH OF BAD STUFF WHEN THEY PLAYED AT ALL THESE DIFFERENT STADIUMS AROUND BOSTON, WHEN THEY OPENED SCHAEFER STADIUM AND THEY HAD THE FLUSH TEST AND ALL OF THAT, AND THINGS WERE JUST TERRIBLE. I COVERED THE BALL GOING THROUGH BUCKNER’S LEG AND ALL THE GRIM STUFF THAT WE’VE HAD, EVEN THE BRUINS I COVERED TOO MANY MEN ON THE ICE UP IN MONTRC MASTER OF DARKNESS AND THEN I LEAVE AND IT ALL GETS GOOD. MAYBE YOU WERE THE ISSUE. MAYBE I WAS. MAYBE THE NEXT MOTIVATION, YOU BRING UP IN THIS ARTICLE, THE WASHINGTON POST RAN A PIECE RIGHT BEFORE THIS YEAR’S STANLEY CUP FINAL, THE BRUINS OF COURSE LOST IN GAME 7 IN THE ARTICLE WAS TITLED, WHY THE BOSTON BRUINS ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY CANNOT WIN THE STANLEY CUP, AND I WILL SAY THIS, TO ME, THE NEW JOY IS PROVING THE HATERS WRONG AND STICKING IT TO THE OTHER CITIES THAT HATE US FOR THE SPIRIT THEY HATE US, BECAUSE THEY HATE US. YEAH. THERE IS MOTIVATION THERE FOR SURE, THE AMAZING THING IS EVEN WHEN WE DON’T WIN THINGS, WE ARE IN IT. EVERYBODY HAS BEEN BEMOANING THE RED SOX THIS YEAR, BUT IT SEPTEMBER AND THERE IS STILL A PRETTY GOOD SHOT THAT THEY COULD WIN THE WILDCARD. AND GRONKOWSKI LEAVES AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, WE HAVE THESE OTHER GUYS. THEY STILL LOOK GOOD. I THINK PLAYERS WANT TO COME HERE BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THERE IS A WINNING TRADITION WEATHER WASN’T 20 YEARS AGO. I THINK THE PATRIOTS KIND OF STARTED IT, THEY FIGURED OUT WHAT TO DO AND EVERYBODY ELSE HAS KINDA FED OFF IT BUT THE RED SOX FOR A LONG TIME, WERE JUST KIND OF GRIM. THEY DIDN’T RUN IT LIKE A BUSINESS, THEY RAN IT LIKE HE HIRED HIS FRIENDS AND HE HIRED PEOPLE AND GOT PLAYERS THAT HE LIKED AND IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION WHEN JOHN HENRY AND THEM GOT IN, 2003 IF ERIC BOONE DOESN’T HIT THAT HOMERUN. YOU KNOW, THEY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ONE EARLIER. ONE OF THE COMPELLING ARGUMENTS TO ME THAT YOU MAKE IN THIS ARTICLE SAID, OUR KIDS ARE NOT LEARNING HOW TO LOSE. MY GRANDKIDS, THEY ARE 14 AND 11 AND THEY HAVEN’T SUFFERED, YOU KNOW? MY OWN KIDS HAVE SUFFERED AND I HAVE. SO THERE WILL NEVER BE ANYTHING LIKE 2004 AGAIN UNLESS WE GO UP TO, YOU KNOW, 2190 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND THERE’S BEEN ANOTHER BIG DROUGHT, WAS I THINK A CLASSIC MOMENT, BUT THE MOMENT IT HAPPENED YOU SAY TO YOURSELF, THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. IT CAN’T QUITE BE THAT SPECIAL AFTER THAT. HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU GET OUT OF THE GRAVEYARD? THE ARTICLE IS CALLED WHEN WINNING NEVER STOPS IN THE FALL ISSUE OF THE YANKEE MAGAZINE,

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