Boston and sports go together like relationships and heartache, sorry it’s just facts. You can’t have one without the other no matter how hard you try. The connection between Boston and sports arguably has never been this strong. Since the beginning of 2017, Boston has not only been the lead in sports news, but it has also sparked national conversation. Don’t believe me? Well here’s proof that Boston sports news isn’t just a local thing.
(Super Bowl LI: February 5th, 2017)
The game was simply epic. Any mention of “28-3” and most people know exactly what you’re talking about. The Patriots, lead by Tom Brady made the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history after being down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons in the 3rd quarter. Then to take things to another level, the game went into overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history. After numerous spectacular plays, running back James White scored a TD for the win and the world took notice.
(Aaron Hernandez Found Not Guilty: April 14th, 2017)
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was already serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd and that in itself was national news. On Friday April 14th he was facing first degree murder charges for the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, but was acquitted. The decision instantly became controversial and from coast to coast people boldly expressed themselves about it.
(Aaron Hernandez Commits Suicide: April 19th, 2017)
Just 5 days after his murder acquittal the world was shocked to find out that Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell. Speculation, confusion and yes, conversation instantly kicked into high gear. People began to wonder if he really killed himself or was he himself murdered. Rumors about his sexuality began to circulate and allegedly 1 of 3 letters that he wrote was to his male lover. The public wanted answers while at the same time “feeling sorry” about the situation became debatable too. Causing even more tension, his guilty conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd was legally vacated because of his suicide and because of that there’s no surprise that the drama continues.
(Racist Slurs At Fenway Park: May 1st, 2017)
Everyone loves catching a game at Fenway Park, but on May 1st as the Sox took on the Baltimore Orioles, the perception of Fenway Park and Boston would take a major hit. Oriole’s center fielder Adam Jones let the world know that during the game, racial slurs were being targeted at him. The fan was escorted, but with that announcement the damage was already done. “Is Boston a racist city?” became the conversation of every media outlet and the response was divided. The topic of race is a difficult one that causes people to feel uncomfortable, but at least racism is on everyone’s mind. Perhaps a civil conversation can happen now.
(Chyna Thomas Passes Away: April 15th, 2017)
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas had a MVP like season and was a huge reason why the Celtics earned the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference. On Friday April 15th after practice, Isaiah was informed that his sister Chyna Thomas died in a car crash. Word got out and the love for Isaiah and his family began to pour in from all over the nation. Fans, politicians and athletes sent their condolences. Seeing Isaiah play in a playoff game the next day was both heartbreaking and inspirational.
(Tom Brady Takes On The Madden Curse: May 13th, 2017)
The Madden football game is a huge money maker, selling in the millions every single year. However there is a belief that players who are featured on the cover are cursed and for that season they will either get hurt, have a below average year or get caught up in some sort of off field ratchetness. So when Tom Brady announced on Facebook with a video that he will be on the cover of the upcoming Madden 18, people lost their minds. Patriots nation wasn’t feeling the decision while some haters around the county were somewhat rejoicing because it could mean that their team could have a chance. Only time will tell if tempting fate was a smart move for the “G.O.A.T” Tom Brady.
2017 still has a long way to go, but as of right now Boston is the capital city of the world of sports. Hands down, no need to argue because I don’t want to hear it. What will the rest of this year hold? No one knows, but if I was a betting man, I’d bet Boston sports will play a key role in the everyday soap opera we call sports!
- The Celtics make the Eastern Conference Finals and get the #1 pick in the NBA draft.
- The Boston Marathon.
- Ray Allen isn’t invited to the 2007-2008 Celtic team reunion.
- Gisele snitches on Tom Brady concerning concussions.