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Feeling down? Boston is still America’s ‘Title Town’

BOSTON - JUNE 19: The rolling rally parade to celebrate the Boston Celtics' NBA Championship title makes its way through the crowd near Copley Square on Thursday, June 19, 2008. (

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The city of Boston has lost yet another title. While the rest of America celebrates their defeat, Bostononians are surely moping around, defeated and deflated. Losing a Game 7 on home ice is a tough pill to swallow. But, despite the loss, Boston should still hold their heavy heads high. That’s because they are, in fact, the city of champions. While the debate has raged on for too long between cities regarding which metropolitan area is really America’s “title town,” it’s time for the debate to be put to rest.

Boston’s overall championship tally

First, let’s break down how many championships Boston teams have, starting with the city’s oldest team, the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox began play in 1901 as the Boston Americans before changing names to the Red Sox in 1908. Since then, the Red Sox have won nine World Series titles.

Next, we have the second oldest team, the Boston Bruins. The Bruins were established in 1924 as one of the NHL’s original six hockey teams. To date, they have won six Stanley Cups.

After the Bruins, we have the NBA’s Boston Celtics who began hooping in 1946. The Celtics are proud owners of 17 championships including an improbable run of eight in a row from 1959 to 1966.

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The newest team of Boston’s big four is the New England Patriots. While technically not located in Boston, the Patriots did get their start in the city in 1960 as the Boston Patriots. In 1971, the Patriots moved to Foxboro, re-branded as the New England Patriots, and have been there ever since. The Patriots, a modern-day NFL dynasty, have six Super Bowls.

Overall championships: 38

The most remarkable part of Boston’s championships is the success the city has had since 2000. Flexing their muscles since the turn of the millennium, the city has won:

Six Super Bowls
Four World Series titles
One Stanley Cup Final
One NBA Final.

In case you didn’t do the math, that’s 12 championships and counting.

Championship losses

As we mentioned, Boston has 12 championships since the year 2000. While many people think that number is ridiculous and unfair, it could be a lot higher (18 to be exact). The Patriots, for all the wins they have, have three Super Bowl losses, all of them in heartbreaking fashion. One loss ruined their perfect season while the other two were all one-score games decided late in the fourth quarter.

The Red Sox have been immune to losing World Series since 2000 (but faced their fair share of defeat prior to their 2004 triumph).

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The Celtics lost the 2010 NBA Finals after a devastating injury to Kendrick Perkins in Game 6 while the Bruins have lost two Stanley Cups on home ice (2013 to Chicago and 2019 to St. Louis).

Main competitors

So, you may be wondering, who are Boston’s main competitors jousting for the moniker of “title town”? Could it be New York City? What about Los Angeles? Maybe San Francisco? While those cities are top-tier when it comes to their sports, their triumphs ultimately pale in comparison to Boston’s accolades, especially since 2000.

Let’s start with Boston’s main rival, New York.

New York

Quick breakdown:

Yankees: 27

Mets: 2

Giants:4

Jets:1

Islanders: 4

Rangers: 4

Knicks: 2

Nets:0

Overall championships: 44

Titles since 2000: 4

Everyone knows about the Yankees and their 27 World Series titles. Yes, that number is gargantuan; however, if you look a bit closer, you’ll notice one thing: 25 of those titles came before 2000. And of those 25 pre-2000 titles, the vast majority came during the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s when there were fewer teams, fewer rules regarding buying the best players in the world, and a worse brand of baseball.

Then there’s New York’s second baseball team, the Mets. The Mets have two World Series titles. Their most recent championship came in 1986 against none other than the Red Sox. Since that triumph, the Mets have lost two World Series — 2000 and 2015.

What about their other sports? As for hockey, the Islanders and Rangers have a combined eight Stanley Cups, none coming after the 1993-94 season. And no, we will not include the Devils in New York’s cup count.

As for basketball, the Knicks have been god awful for decades. Consistently rated as one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Knicks have been the laughing stock of the league for disastrous player acquisition and ownership. They have two championships, with their last one coming in 1973. The Nets, having spent most of their futile existence in New Jersey, moved to Brooklyn in 2012 where, by and large, they have struggled mightily.

Lastly, there is football, where New York has the permanently irrelevant Jets and their one Super Bowl victory from 1969 and the Giants, who have been fairly respectable. The Giants have four Super Bowl victories, two of them coming against the Patriots. However, since their last Super Bowl victory, the Giants have been one of the league’s worst teams. And it doesn’t look like they are getting any better.

Los Angeles

Quick breakdown:

Dodgers: 5

Angels: 0 (Angels won while still called the Anaheim Angels)

Clippers: 0

Lakers: 16

Kings: 2

Rams: 0 (Rams won the Super Bowl while still based in St. Louis)

Chargers: 0

Overall championships: 24

Titles since 2000: 7 

Up next is L.A., a city that claims to be the true title town. Let’s breeze through the City of Angeles and show exactly why they aren’t.

Today, the city has two baseball teams, the Dodgers and Angels, neither of which have been particularly good in recent memory. The Dodgers have six World Series titles (five since moving to L.A.), with their last coming in 1988. In 2018, they lost to the Red Sox, their second-straight World Series loss. The Angels, whose name fluctuates more than the New England Weather, have one World Series title when they beat San Francisco back in 2002. In 2005, the Angels made aguably the dumbest name change in sports history when they changed from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. That’s akin to the New England Patriots calling themselves the Boston Patriots of Foxboro. Does it make sense? Absolutely not. In 2016, Angels owernship decided to change the name to something slightly less confusing, opting for the abbreviated Los Angeles Angeles. Ok then.

The city also has two basketball teams, with one of them being utterly dysfunctional. Starting with the good team, the Lakers have 16 NBA Finals to their name and have done exceptionally well since 2000, winning five titles behind the Kobe and Shaq dynasty which dissolved strictly into the Kobe show. The Clippers, on the other hand, not so much.

A one-team hockey town, L.A. boasts the two-time Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings, whose titles came in the 2010s. Before that, most people in L.A. didn’t know what hockey was.

On the football field, Los Angeles is all over the map. They had at various points the Raiders, Chargers, and Rams, and, at various points, lost them all. As of right now, L.A. has two teams, the Rams and Chargers. The Rams last Super Bowl victory came in 1999 while they were in St. Louis; they’ve also lost two more recent ones to the Patriots (2001 in St. Louis and 2018 in L.A.). The Chargers have struggled mightily in the playoffs and have yet to win a Super Bowl.

San Francisco

Quick breakdown:

Giants: 3 (since moving to S.F. from N.Y.)

49ers: 5

Warriors: 4 (since moving to S.F. from Philadelphia)

Sharks (being generous here): 0

Overall championships: 12

Titles since 2000: 6

The last remaining city, San Francisco has had a hot streak since 2010 with basketball and baseball. The Giants have won three World Series since moving to San Francisco in 1958 (2010, 2012, 2014). The Warriors, the city’s long-neglected basketball team, had a resurgence after drafting Steph Curry. Since then, they’ve won three championships out of the franchise’s four since moving from Philadelphia in 1962.

The Sharks, who play in San Jose, have won zero Stanley Cups.

On the gridiron, San Francisco has five Super Bowls thanks to legendary quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young. Since their last Super Bowl in 1994, the Niners have been back to one Super Bowl, losing to the Ravens in 2012. Other than that 2012 season, they have been mostly mediocre.

Closing thoughts

So that should settle the debate. Boston has the second-most championships out of the cities mentioned here and has completely dominated since the new turn of the millennium. It seems that a Boston team is bound to represent their city in a championship game year after year. Save for a few crushing defeats, the city has been nothing short of amazing when it comes to winning and making everyone outside of New England hate them.