In the United States, sports are a religion. As such, our country is home to a number of die-hard sports cities, including New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Seattle, and a variety of others.
However, while all of these cities are certainly crazy about sports, there's one city that tops them all. That one city, of course, is Boston, the top sports city in all of America.
Why do we bestow this title upon Beantown? Keep reading to find out!
Boston Sports Fans Are Committed
Whether it be for basketball, baseball, football, or hockey, Boston sports fans show up, and with an intensity unmatched by most other sports cities.
The city is home to all types of people, from college students to entrepreneurs to blue collar workers, and everyone in between. Regardless of their other interests, almost all of them support Boston's various sports teams at one level or another.
It doesn't matter whether you're in Lexington, Cambridge, Roxbury, or Dorchester, you're going to see a great deal of Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins memorabilia.
Boston Sports Teams Are Massively Successful
You can't argue that Boston sports teams are massively successful. In fact, if you take all the major sports into account, Boston is very arguably the most successful city in the history of sports.
All Boston teams have a string of championships under their belts. This includes the Celtics, the Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Patriots.
The Boston Celtics
As of 2018, the Boston Celtics lead all NBA teams in total championships with 17. The team has found success in most decades, winning championships in the 50s, the 60s, the 70s, the 80s, and the 2000s.
Throughout their existence, the Celtics have had two dynasties: the Bill Russell-lead teams of the 50s and 60s, and the Larry Bird-lead teams of the 1980s.
The Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox have had a strange history. The team was dominant in the early 20th century, winning five World Series championships from 1903 to 1918. Then, they traded baseball legend Babe Ruth and didn't win another championship for 86 years.
However, as of late, they've been one of the best teams in baseball. Since winning the World Series in 2004, they've won it three more times, giving them a total of 4 World Series championships in the last 18 years.
The Boston Bruins
When it comes to total Stanley Cup Championships, the Bruins rank fourth behind the Canadiens, the Maple Leafs, and the Red Wings. In total, the team has won 6 Stanley Cups.
Their most recent Stanley Cup came in 2011. However, the team is consistently in the playoffs, and is always on the verge of winning another.
The New England Patriots
Arguably the greatest dynasty in the history of sports, the New England Patriots have dominated the NFL since 2001. From that year to today, the team has appeared in 8 Super Bowls and has won 5. They also compiled 12 AFC Championship appearances over this period.
While some tend to forget, the Patriots also appeared in Super Bowls in 1985 and 1997. In essence, the team has always been successful on some level.
Boston Has Been Home to Some of the Greatest Athletes of All Time
Every sports city has its share of athletic icons. However, Boston has been home to some of the great athletes ever to play their respective sports.
Over the years, the Red Sox have been loaded with all-time great talent. Not only did they serve as the first Major League team of baseball super-legend Babe Ruth, but they also served as the sole Major league team of other-worldly hitter Ted Williams.
Other great players to play for the Red Sox include Carl Yastrzemski, David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, and Roger Clemens.
The Celtics' success doesn't just come out of nowhere. It comes because the team has consistently had great players, the best of which are Bill Russell and Larry Bird.
Other great Celtics include Kevin McHale, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Paul Pierce, and Dave Cowens.
Some of the greatest players in the history of their respective positions have called the Patriots their team. These players include Tom Brady, John Hannah, Adam Vinatieri, and Randy Moss.
Others Patriots greats include Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Mike Haynes, and Vince Wilfork.
The Boston Bruins have always been loaded with Hall of Fame-level talent. Some of the greatest Bruins of all time include Bobby Orr, Eddie Shore, Phil Esposito, Ray Bourque, Zdeno Chara, and Cam Neely.
The Boston Marathon
Few cities have a sporting event like the Boston Marathon. This annual marathon was started in 1897 and is shrouded in both history and tradition.
Occurring on the third Monday of April, the Boston Marathon draws around 500,000 people to Boston every year. While around 35,000 of these people are participants, the majority of them are spectators.
Considered to be one of six World Marathon Majors, it is the most popular sporting event in all of New England.
The United States is home to many glorious sports venues. However, none of them are quite as unique as the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park.
Built in 1912, Fenway has hosted some of the most legendary baseball games and baseball players in the history of the sport. Everyone from Babe Ruth to Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzemski played home games in Fenway Park. Along with Chicago's Wrigley field, it is the most historical baseball stadium still standing.
And that doesn't include its architecture. Characterized primarily by its left field wall, The Green Monster, Fenway is an absolute baseball marvel.
The Top Sports City in America
From an objective point of view, it's nearly impossible to argue against Boston's standing as a great sports city. Its great teams, great players, great history, and great fans have helped make it a hotbed for sporting activities of all kinds.