BOSTON (CBS) — What stood out in your News Feed in 2017? Judging by the year’s most popular Facebook posts on the WBZ | CBS Boston Facebook page, New Englanders couldn’t help but engage with stories about the Boston Marathon, winter weather and, of course, the Patriots.
Inspirational Marine Finishes Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon is always full of moving sights, and 2017 was no exception. One scene from this year’s race ended up being captured in WBZ’s most-watched Facebook video of all time. Marine Jose Sanchez, who lost his leg serving in Afghanistan, says he carried the American flag across the finish line to inspire others. Read the story.
Hospital Employee With Down Syndrome Inspires Patients, Doctors
Anyone interested in the secret to success should take a lesson out of Nathan Simon’s playbook. This report on Nathan, the first full-time employee with Down syndrome at Children’s Hospital, earned nearly 6 million views. Read the story.
Tom Brady’s Mom ‘Overwhelmed’ By Super Bowl Win
Galynn Brady could only make it to one game during the 2016-2017 Patriots season – Super Bowl XI – while she received treatment for breast cancer. After New England’s stunning come-from-behind win over Atlanta, WBZ Sports Director Steve Burton caught up with an “overwhelmed” Galynn on the field. Watch full interview.
It happens multiple times every winter – police departments take to social media to call out drivers who fail to clean the snow off their vehicles. This particularly egregious example on the Mass Pike was shared by more than 9,000 of you. Read the story.
Burton Does It Again
Steve Burton has a knack for appearing in viral videos (Remember when he wrestled a gator?) His tradition of playing catch with the duck boat-riding Super Bowl champions continued this February when he tossed a perfect pass to Tom Brady.
Blizzard Traffic Nightmare
It was an almost apocalyptic winter scene on I-93 during an early March blizzard. Nearly 6,000 people shared a video of vehicles that had spun out in the snow in Salem, New Hampshire. See more scenes from that storm.
Need another reason to appreciate Tom Brady? The family of a fallen Auburn police officer says they’ll never forget the New England quarterback’s generosity. Read the story.
Leaf Blower Controversy
Complaints over noisy leaf blowers in Newton had the affluent suburb – and our Facebook fans – riled up. More than 5,000 people weighed in on this one in the comments. Read the story.
Fan’s Tip Leads To Jersey Recovery
Remember the mystery of Tom Brady’s stolen jersey? A young Patriots fan helped the FBI recover a piece of Super Bowl history. Read the story.
Harvest Moon Rises Over Scituate
People may remember the solar eclipse as the biggest moon story of 2017, but this was a special sight, too. Photographer Mike Cohea sent us this gorgeous video of the full Harvest Moon rising over a lighthouse in Scituate, and more than 24,000 people shared it.