Boston’s sports franchises have had a heck of a run in the 21st century

It’s hard for an Atlanta sports fan to even fathom the kind of success that’s been enjoyed by Boston’s sports franchises and their fans over the last 15 years.

Cursed and left for dead in 2000, the city of Boston had Babe Ruth preventing them from winning the World Series (or even the American League), a floundering football team and a basketball franchise that hadn’t won a championship since 1986.

But since 2001, all they’ve done is win these titles:

2001 Patriots
2003 Patriots
2004 Red Sox
2004 Patriots
2007 Red Sox
2008 Celtics
2011 Bruins
2013 Red Sox
2014 Patriots

Compare that to the city of Atlanta – a city that has exactly zero championships in that same time frame. In fact, Atlanta’s Big Four franchises (now only three, with the departure of the Thrashers) haven’t played in a single championship game/series in the 21st century.

That’s basically the definition of snake-bitten.

But there’s reason to have hope if you’re a fan of Atlanta sports. The Hawks currently have the best record in the NBA, the Braves are rebuilding the franchise the right way and the Falcons have hired former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Change is among us yet again, and hopefully, this time it’ll result in a trophy.

Or nine.

Image: AP/Kathy Willens

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