Warm weather, great beaches, hot night clubs, celebrities everywhere, and almost anything you want to do under the sun and the stars. Sounds like a great place to be, doesn’t it? Not if you’re a sports fan. The city of Miami is currently going through some serious sports withdrawal, suffering through conditions that might make even the most die hard fan want to consider picking up another hobby, such as building a tree house. At least up there with the birds and squirrels, you can get away from ESPN’s 500 different channels and news of the latest debacle your team is part of.
Meanwhile, way up north, in the town known for beans and Cheers, something special is brewing and it sure is causing a lot of noise.
Boston has never known complete and total success in professional sports. They were close at one time. The Boston Celtics were one of the most dominating NBA teams of the 1980’s, including winning the 1986 championship. That occured not too far after the Patriots had made it to the Super Bowl, and just slightly before the Red Sox made it to the World Series. However, enthusiasm was somewhat tempered in Boston due to the fact that the Patriots never had a shot in The Big Game, getting trounced by the Bears, and the Red Sox were, at the time, still fully cursed by the Bambino, finding a way to lose to the Mets (not to mention that most people saw the Lakers as the better, if not more exciting basketball team that the Celtics). If you think life was pretty good for New Englanders a couple of decades ago, take a look at them now.
The Boston Red Sox, finally free of whatever hex is claimed to have been plaguing them, won the 2007 World Series, and best of all, they did so while watching their arch rival Yankees finally admit the Red Sox have passed them by – this admission coming the in form of parting ways with ultra-successful manager Joe Torre. Some Red Sox fans will even tell you that winning this World Series (not necessisarily the one in 2004) was not as sweet as watching the helpless Yankees fall in the ALDS once again.
Right in the middle of the Red Sox season, the Celtics manage to make a couple of franchise altering moves that took them from lottery-bound to instant championship contender. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce versus Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish. Which threesome would you prefer? Until the G.A.P. crew wins a title, it’s hard to argue against Larry Legend and pals, but as far as scoring goes, the stats favor the 21st century edition of the Celtics, and in this era of basketball, it would be hard to imagine Bird, McHale, and Parish being as effective defensively. One thing is certain: After starting the season 30-5, the Celtics are sending a message to the West that their conference finals will not decide this year’s NBA champion.
By the way, I just thought I’d mention that the New England Patriots are undefeated and probably on their way to winning the Super Bowl.
Quick question for Boston sports fans: Aren’t you tired of winning yet? If as fans, Bostonians ever feel themselves getting complacent, all they have to do is put themselves in the shoes of the folks down in sunny South Florida.
It is ironic that in the year the Patriots may finish the season unbeaten, that the only other franchise in NFL history to achieve that feat is holding the first pick in the NFL draft. Some people might have had a bad feeling about this season when new Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron comes out of the war room saying things like: “You need to turn that thumb this way.” (In reference to seeing a thumbs down sign from a fan at a press conference.) Or, the famous introduction of first round draft pick Ted Ginn Jr., which included Cameron’s delivering of the bonus revelation that the Miami Dolphins had also drafted “the entire Ginn family.” Unfortunately for Cameron and Dolphin fans, 16 ugly football games later, the Ginn family could do nothing to prevent the Dolphins from falling into the NFL toilet, and while no thumbs were pointed in the northern direction, Bill Parcells thrusted his thumb towards the door, signaling Mr. Cameron’s exit from Miami Dolphin football history.
Fans looking forward to another year of Shaquille O’Neal and Dwayne Wade helping them take their minds off their Dolphin woes have been unpleasantly surprised to find out that not only do the Heat stink almost as bad as the Fins, but coaching legend Pat Riley has no answer as to why this is the case. The Heat will have the worst record in the Eastern Conference at the halfway point in the season, and memories of that 2006 Championship season are starting to fade away. It is one thing to go from champion to also-ran by means of a slow decline, but to plummet as quickly as the Heat has is completely disheartening.
Speaking of disheartening, how about paying major league money to watch a minor league baseball team? The Florida Marlins have done it again. Trading away their best two players for a handful of prospects which almost ensures that this coming baseball season will be as bad or worse than their 2007 campaign. Tickets prices have gone up, parking prices have risen, but the team’s talent level and payroll has taken a dive, meaning come September, don’t be surprised to hear once again that the Marlins only drew in the hundreds for a middle of the week, afternoon game, against a mediocre opponent.
Boston has three championship winners or contenders. Miami has three cellar dwellers (Unless the Washington Nationals choose to compete for that distinction in 2008). Has there ever been a time in professional sports history where two major cities have been so entirely on opposite ends of the spectrum of success? One thing is certain, the cold winter isn’t so cold in Boston right now, and the nice weather isn’t causing as many happy days in Miami.
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