After a Bruins loss to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals, I posted about how despite the recent string of heartbreaking defeats, Boston sports fans were still playing with house money. With the Red Sox run to a2013 World Series title, here are Boston’s core-4 performances since 2000.
Champions– Patriots 2001, 2003, 2004, Celtics 2008, Red Sox 2004, 2007, 2013, Bruins 2011
Finalists– Patriots 2007, 2011, Celtics 2009, Bruins 2013
Semi-finalists– Patriots 2006, 2008, Celtics 2002, 2012, Red Sox 2003, 2008
Conference/League Semi’s– Patriots 2005, 2010, Celtics 2003, 2009, 2011, Red Sox 2005, 2009, Bruins 2009, 2010
This puts the record of local teams at:
8-4 in title contests or series
12-6 in conference finals
18-9 in conference semi-final rounds.
All together, that’s 38-19.
This list doesn’t include first round drop-outs (the NFL, NHL, and NBA have four rounds of action, while MLB only has three), of which the Bruins have had a few, but for the most part, its still been overwhelmingly positive. To get back to 0.500 records at each of these levels, the core-4 teams would have to lose four title rounds, 10 conference finals, and 23 conference semi-finals without winning another title. Wow.
Note: If you are wondering where I got 10 conference finals from, its the difference between 12 wins and 6 losses, plus the 4 mythical title losses I’m including to get even in that round. Similar approach to get 23 conference semi-finals losses.