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Confession: I am young, spoiled rotten, Boston sports fan

By Zack Miller | Nov 29, 2018

My entire life I have known nothing but success as a Boston sports fan.

In my 26 years on this planet, all but nine have had at least one Beantown professional sports squad be one of the top teams in the sport. Eleven of those years ended with a championship, or 42 percent of my just over a quarter-century of life.

Talk about spoiled.

The 2001 Patriots were the first to capture a title for Boston — even though they technically are not located in Boston, but we count them anyways — for the first time since the 1986 season when the Celtics beat the Houston Rockets. That Patriots' championship came when I was a wee lad of 8, and was the first of many titles to come in my lifetime.

The 10 that followed included — just in case you forgot: The Patriots in 2003, 2004, 2014 and 2016; Red Sox in 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018; Celtics in 2008; and Bruins in 2011.

That is a lot of success to see for someone so young, especially in today's age, when "kids," like myself, are said to be spoiled and entitled. Well, I am, if just with the success of the Boston pro teams.

All this winning in such a short period of time does not, however, bode well for the future fan in me.

At some point, these teams have to come crashing down and go through a drought of 15 years, or longer, as they did at the end of the 20th century, right?

If history is any consolation, then yes, it will happen. And, when it does, my disappointment and personal angst will run deep.

Myself, and the rest of Boston's sports fans, have been spoiled to the point that if the Patriots do not at least make the Super Bowl, the season is deemed an utter disaster. Whereas, if other NFL teams have a winning record, or squeeze into the playoffs, a parade may be thrown.

The same can be said for the Red Sox. We, as fans, have come to expect a World Series trophy every few years. In the past 18 years the Sox have won four championships, which is the most in that time frame. The San Francisco Giants are second to Boston with three, and the Yankees third, with two.

The Celtics have been on the cusp of another championship, but have run into LeBron James, the best all-around player on the planet, while dealing with injuries to star players, in the past couple of seasons. This year is a good year to get back to the NBA Finals, if Boston can find its footing the rest of the way and snap out of a funk.

The Bruins have been the team that has had the most ups and downs. I will admit I do not follow hockey as much as the other three sports, but I am positive fans of other teams gladly would take the Bruins' end-of-season results the past couple of years.

I hope the success never ends, and if the current management and coaches stay intact, the success should not waver, but one cannot predict the future.

Since the birth of my son, Everett, in September, I hope success continues to enjoy its home in Boston, "Title Town," because enjoying those future father-and-son moments of championship joy will be priceless.

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Zack has been covering the Midcoast sports world for the past three years. He earned a bachelor's degree in Media Studies from the New England School of Communications, where he majored in Sports Journalism. Zack is a major fan of the Boston Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox and of course the Patriots, as well as a die-hard Penn State Football fan. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family. He currently resides in Warren, with his wife Meagan and newborn son, Everett.

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