Thursday, June 16, 2011

Titletown, U.S.A.

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Believe it or not, with the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup championship it means that the New England Patriots now hold the longest title-less drought for the city which has become known as the breeding grounds of champions. The Patriots have now gone 6 "long" years without a title which, I'm sure, feels like an eternity to the championship-spoiled folks in New England.

Here's a quick snapshot of the city of Boston's championship resume in the past decade:

1. Patriots - 2002
2. Patriots - 2004
3. Red Sox - 2004
4. Patriots - 2005
5. Red Sox - 2007
6. Celtics - 2008
7. Bruins - 2011

Very impressive, I must say!

As for the Bruins, they FINALLY ended their LONG and EXHAUSTING 39-year title-less drought, following in the footsteps of last year's Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, who ended a 49-year drought of their own. Both the Bruins and the Blackhawks are members of perhaps what is the most exclusive club in all of sports-- the NHL's Original Six. I guess we can call these 6 teams the "Founding Fathers" of the NHL. They are: The Bruins, Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings.

Like the Patriots in the "Boston Club", the Maple Leafs hold the longest title-less drought in the "Original Six Club". However, the Maple Leafs' drought is now at 44 years and counting as opposed to the Patriots at only 6 years and counting.

Here's a quick snapshot of the last Stanley Cup won by each member--

1. Bruins - 2011
2. Blackhawks - 2010
3. Red Wings - 2008
4. Rangers - 1994
5. Canadiens - 1993
6. Maple Leafs - 1967

All in all, the win for the Bruins was monumental as another LONG title-less drought in sports was erased. Are you listening Chicago Cubs?

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And speaking of the Boston-Chicago connection-- with their back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2011, the Bruins and Blackhawks erased a combined 88 years of agony. This was the second time in recent years that this phenomena has occurred. Back in 2004 and 2005, the Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox also pulled off back-to-back championships which ended long droughts. Those two teams erased a whopping 174 years of agony-- 86 years for the Red Sox and 88 years for the White Sox.

It seems like the two cities have a knack for following in each others' footsteps.

Hey Cubs, join the fun!

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