Miller Time

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

By Zack Miller | Nov 29, 2018

Another championship, another parade and more bragging rights have been bestowed upon me, and New England fans, alike. Apologies to everyone else. Eh, never mind about the apologies.

My entire life I have known nothing but success as a Boston sports fan, and that's nothing for me to be sorry for. I don't have a hand in the outcome, I just soak it all in, and am very grateful.

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. Twelve of those years ended with a championship — or 46 percent of my just over a quarter-century of life — now that the Patriots are Super Bowl champions. Again.

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 11 that followed included — just in case you forgot: The Patriots in 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016 and 2019; 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, or my son, Everett. Since he was born back in September, a Boston sports team has won a championship, with the Red Sox last year and now the Patriots. Can you say good luck charm? You're all welcome.

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? But for right now we are all two-for-two since my little guy took his first breath.

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. Especially now that New England has made three straight Super Bowls — and won two — and nine in the past 18 years.

Think about that for a second. If you were to flip a coin to decide if the Patriots would make the Super Bowl, half the time they would. That's unreal.

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, which they seem to be doing, albeit slowly.

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.

Success continues to enjoy its home in Boston, or "Title Town," and I hope it's comfortable, because enjoying those future father-and-son moments of championship joy will be priceless.

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