Boston Sports Grand Slam Hits Apex In 2004: The Red Sox & Patriots
No city has owned the sports world since the dawn of the 21st century the way Boston has. The four professional franchises of Boston sports have combined to win eight championships, along with three more runner-ups.
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In an eight-year span from 2004-11, each of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics won one crown, the tightest such span in history—and by a lot.
2004 was the high point of this run. The Patriots established themselves as modern-day dynasty, winning their third Super Bowl in four years. The Red Sox won a historic championship, taking home their first World Series title in 86 years. It was the last time the same city has won the World Series & Super Bowl in the same year.
It was the first time since 1986 that it had happened, when New York pulled the feat. And it was the first time a city with only one team in each professional sports league had won the World Series-Super Bowl Parlay since 1979.
Whether it was the Lombardi Trophy, the World Series Trophy, the Larry O’Brien Trophy or Lord Stanley’s Cup they all made their way through Boston in a stunning eight-year period of 2004-11.
Furthermore, that leaves these seasons on the table—the Patriots Super Bowl wins of 2001 and 2003, the Red Sox Series titles of 2007 and 2013, and the Patriots 16-0 regular season of 2007, arguably the most impressive achievement of them all.
I won’t say Boston’s feat will never be duplicated, but the bar has been set extraordinarily high. And 2004 was the glory year in a glory era.
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