Keller @ Large: What’s The Greatest Moment In Boston Sports History?

BOSTON (CBS) – I know I’m pushing the envelope with some of you who don’t care about sports and have let me know in the past that you’re bored when I talk about it.

On the other hand, can you really blame me for wanting to milk this welcome break from politics?

Anyway, the sports-related water-cooler debate of the moment is about the Patriots’ stunning comeback Sunday night: was that the greatest moment in Boston sports history?

Clearly, it’s one of the greatest.

But it doesn’t even make my top five.

They say the first time for anything great is always the sweetest, and I think that applies to our football dynasty.

I’ll never forget Tom Brady marching down the field against the “greatest show on turf” in the 2002 Super Bowl, and shutting up all the experts.

As a lifelong Red Sox fan, nothing will ever top 2004, no explanation necessary. But 2013 comes close, an unexpected thrill made more meaningful by the Marathon atrocity.

And don’t forget 1967, which didn’t end with a title but created the Red Sox mania we take for granted today.

I recall being pretty thrilled by Bobby Orr’s first Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 1970, and the 2011 Cup featuring three seventh-game wins and a sweep of the Flyers was fantastic.

And how about the 1969 Celtics, written off as over the hill before they swept to another title, clinching it in LA beneath all those pitiful balloons.

Yes, what the Pats did was wonderful.

But it’s just another dish in the movable feast of being a Boston sports fan.

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  1. Jon, I’m not an all around sports fan. I don’t watch basketball. I used to when my kids were younger and played basketball, but once they stopped playing it didn’t hold my interest. I was a hockey fan because someone I dated was and when I saw Bobby Orr play, I was hooked. He was mesmerizing and I have to agree that Bobby Orr’s goal to win the Stanley Cup is etched in my mind and I still feel echoes of that excitement and happiness I felt then, when I think about it now. The Red Sox winning the World Series, the first time in so many years was right up there as a Boston event although I haven’t really been a baseball fan most of the time.

    This Super Bowl win, is a tie with the Bobby Orr Stanley Cup winning goal for me. Not only were they amazing and exciting games to watch, but what they have in common is a connection with the particular player and their amazing careers. There are few public figures that I have admired more than Bobby Orr and he deserved to win that Stanley Cup. If it weren’t for his bad knees, I think he would have gone on to win many Stanley Cups. I believe he actually sacrificed his knees to the game, by the amazing ability and determination he exhibited every time he stepped on the ice.

    Tom Brady, 17 years?! Still going at 39. The dedication to diet and fitness is beyond anything I know anyone else does. This particular game and what it represented because of Deflategate, it is my number one greatest sports moment in Boston, along with Bobby Orr.

    And I agree….who wants to go back to talking about politics. Depressing. [g]

  2. Oh….and these are team sports. Yes Tom Brady and Bobby Orr, but those wins were not made by those two players alone. So many people on those teams that shared our affection with them. And I won’t point out any one person, because they all contributed and all deserve the attention. I’m glad each one of them get a ring and some attention in the press this week.

  3. Amy Tedford says:

    I vote for the 2004 Red Sox World Series win. We waited 86 years for that. Plus, they went in on a wild card, banished the Yankees in 4 games and won away from Friendly Fenway’s home turf

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      That would be my second thought (or perhaps I should say third). How sad that so many greats as well as fans were no longer here to see it…..although, I always had the sense, there were angels lining the clouds above.

  4. bees_knees_6 says:

    I’ll go with Ted Williams last time at bat….or perhaps when he was batting .400 and was told he could sit out the game in order to keep himself from falling below .400 and the thought of sitting out a game for any reason shocked Ted. He had no way to know he was the last who would hit .400 and he did it with honor that is often missing now.

    And let the record show I am not the least bit biased ;)

  5. The Red Sox 2004 World Series win is and will probably always be the greatest sports moment. This Super Bowl win ranks high but I would put it after the 2001 win

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