Felger & Mazz: It’s An Embarrassment Of Riches

Felger and Massarotti opened the day by reflecting on the success of Boston sports in the last twelve years.

It all started in 2001 with the Pats win over the Rams in the Super Bowl and Felger and Mazz went through the last twelve years, looking at the playoff runs of the Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Celtics.

In 12 seasons combined, there have 14 trips to the final four. There have been 10 trips to the conference/divisional finals or championship games.

Is this the greatest run a city has had in the history of sports? We can’t forget about the Boston Cannons championship either.


  • Brent K

    In the context of Tim Thomas’ statement and decision not to attend White House ceremony

    I think it’s relevant that Tim Thomas referred to himself as a Free Citizen which comes from the Sovereign Citizen Movement.

    TO :Mazz,
    Your first response to Thomas was understandable. What he said was a political statement and what he stated infers that the U.S. government is not legitimate.
    If he accepts the precepts of the Sovereign Citizen movement, then he deserves all the scorn that comes his way.

    This is what Tim Thomas posted online about why he did not join his teammates:

    “I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government,” Thomas wrote.

    “Because I believe this today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.”

    Sovereign Citizen Movement
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
    The sovereign citizen movement is a loose network of American litigants, commentators and financial scheme promoters, classified as an “extremist anti-government group” by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.[1]

    Self-described sovereign citizens take the position that they are answerable only to common law and are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the federal, state or municipal levels, or that they do not recognize U.S. currency and that they are “free of any legal constraints”.[2]
    They especially reject most forms of taxation as illegitimate.[3] Participants in the movement argue this concept in opposition to “federal citizens”, who, they say, have unknowingly forfeited their rights by accepting some aspect of federal law.[4]

    The concept of a sovereign citizen may have originated in the Posse Comitatus movement as a teaching of Christian Identity minister William P. Gale. The concept has influenced the tax protester movement, the Christian Patriot movement, and the redemption movement—the last of which includes claims that the U.S. government uses its citizens as collateral against foreign debt.[4] Supporters of the movement provide explanations of how to declare sovereignty through the government.[citation needed]
    Gale identified the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution as the act that converted sovereign citizens into federal citizens by agreeing to a contract to accept benefits from the federal government. Other commentators have identified other acts, including the Uniform Commercial Code,[5] the Emergency Banking Act,[5] the Zone Improvement Plan,[6] and the alleged suppression of the Titles of Nobility Amendment.[7]

    Sports Illustrated said Thomas’ decision not to attend was directly linked to his political beliefs. In the past Thomas expressed admiration for right wing political talk show host Glen Beck, who in July of 2009 said President Obama was a racist. Beck said Obama has a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture,” and “this guy is, I believe, a racist.”

    There is more about the Sovereign Citizen at Wikepedia and on other sites.

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