As most of you already know, Boston has been the hub of sports for the past two decades, winning 12 championships in the process. From the Patriots dynasty (still going), to the Red Sox randomness of great seasons, to the Bruins having two more shots at the Cup, and the Celtics still trying to get banner 18 for the first time since 2008, the city is certainly trying to add more. All four teams have a decent to really good chance at winning one or a few during this new decade, which begs the question, who’s most likely to hold a trophy first this decade?
I’ll be answering this by making a ranking from worst chance to best chance. Hope you’ll enjoy and let me know what you think of my list!
4. Boston Red Sox
It’s been about a couple months since the Red Sox failed to defend their title. When you’re paying David Price and Chris Sale top 10 pitching money and still fail to make the playoffs with Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, something needs to change.
Recently, they’ve hired Chaim Bloom to head their baseball operations after firing Dave Dombrowski before the season ended. Bloom was with Tampa Bays for awhile. They had a decent amount of success with a low payroll, and that’s exactly what Bloom is doing here by trying to trade Price and Betts (reportedly to the Dodgers). Slowly, it’ll go into a rebuilding phase just like we’ve always seen in between titles for the Sox. But first, they need to focus on their farm system.
As of August, their farm system isn’t even in the top 15 according to MLB.com. Trading Betts to the Dodgers would help the Red Sox rebuild their farm system that was stripped naked after Dombrowski used it up to get high priced players. By getting some Dodgers prospects, it can help secure another title run in the future for the Red Sox with the help of the Dodgers third ranked farm system. Until then, I don’t see them being the first to the finish line in terms of winning a championship.
3. New England Patriots
The dynasty isn’t over. Tom Brady might be leaving but Belichick isn’t going anywhere. In other words, Vader might have died, but Palpatine still lives!
Excuse the nerd out.
Anyways, the Super Bowl run made in a year ago was the best coaching job for Belichick ever. The man had no offense and a suspect defense and yet still beat a tough-nosed Chargers defense, went to Kansas City and beat the Chiefs, and finally destroyed Sean McVay and the Rams will to live by beating them in a gloriously boring 13-3 Super Bowl victory.
Belichick has proven over the past two decades he’s willing to adapt to any situation he’s given. Who’s to say he can’t adapt in a third decade?
But where I struggle is, where are they going to find another quarterback? Yes they’ve drafted Jimmy G and Brissett (he had a great start before injuries), but from what little we’ve seen of Jarrett Stidham, it might be safe to say he’s not as talented as we thought he could be. But it remains to be seen. Until Stidham gets a full game under his belt, we’ll never know.
Also, I don’t think this team will win it this year. There’s too many glaring weak spots.
But, I believe in Belichick, even after benching Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl for no reason, and even after that end of half fiasco against the Dolphins to end the 2019 season. Even after all that, I would ride through the Gates of Hades with him (hopefully he’ll be my commander for WWIII). However, I couldn’t put the Patriots at one or two on this list because of uncertainties at the most important position on the field at quarterback. Sorry Patriots fans.
2. Boston Bruins
If you’ve ever read any of my past articles or even know me in person, you know I’m not the biggest hockey guy in the world. Having said that, I recognize the young talent the Bruins have acquired over the past couple years through the draft.
In 2014, they drafted right winger David Pastrnák. In 2016, they drafted defensemen Charlie McAvoy. Last season, they traded for Charlie Coyle. Even 2015 draft pick Brandon Carlo is enjoying a good year.
A season removed from a devastating Game 7 loss during the Stanley Cup Finals, they’re miraculously first in the Atlantic division.
It also helps that Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron are still leading this Bruins team. With Bergeron being great leader alongside Zdeno Chara, and with great coaching by Bruce Cassidy, this team can make another run this year and beyond if they can piece it together and find a way to get back and avenge their loss last year.
The reason they’re number two is because of their aging captain (Chara) and Bergeron’s nagging groin injury could be a problem. Also, their cheap ass owner might be a problem too, but who knows… Maybe they win one this year. Honestly, you could switch one and two very easily!
1. Boston Celtics
This team is legit. You couldn’t tell me otherwise.
With a core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, and Kemba Walker, there’s no telling what this team can do when fully healthy.
As of now, the Celtics are currently second the in Eastern Conference and have the third best record in the league. On top of that, they’ve been injured and haven’t had their full team for more than a couple games. They’ve also got more talent on the bench waiting to be developed in Romeo Langford and Robert ‘Timelord’ Williams.
Not to mention they’re third in defensive efficiency and are number one in the league in opponent points per game. They’ve all bought into the hype and have completely detached themselves from the awfully disappointing team from a year ago. This team likes each other and trusts each other enough to compete every night, something that was sorely missed last season.
It also looks like they’ve given the reigns to Brown and Tatum and are picking up where they left off during their Eastern Conference Finals run in 2018. This will be an exciting team to watch for the next decade and will no doubt be contending for a championship in that time. Hell, if they keep up this pace, they can win this year.
After all of that, I want to hear what you think. Who’ll be the first to win a championship this decade? Let me know on Twitter @Fat_fred53 !