ARE YOU REALLY A FAN? I MEAN REALLY?
As the country turns to a new administration, we launch a new beginning in the United States. The same can be said for the New England states. Yep. Boston sports fans are witnessing the dawn of a new era, and it isn’t going to be good.
Are you tough enough to handle it? Are you loyal enough remain a true fan?
Yeah, the Patriots will be $60 million under the cap next season. Does that mean they are an automatic to return to glory? Of course not. First of all, players have to want to come here and without Tom Brady as an attraction that isn’t going to be so easy. Plus, have you looked at NFL contracts lately? They ain’t the bargain that they used to be.
Quarterbacks are making $30 million a year. The word is Chris Godwin of Tampa will make $20 million a year when he hits free agency in the offseason and even if the Pats want to spend that amount, they will not be the only suitors.
So, while Bill Belichick has money to spend, he will need every dime of it because this team needs a complete overhaul and he still has to hit on the draft. As we know, Belichick the GM has been .... eh.
The Celtics are stuck with the Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown duo for the foreseeable future (yes, "stuck" is harsh word). Many teams would like to be stuck with two players this talented, but the truth is the Celtics are not true title contenders. It’s a good thing these two are young because the only way they’re getting a ring is when Lebron Jones, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant and James Harden get old.
The Bruins won the Presidents Trophy and were rolling pre-bubble, but then their bubble burst in the second round of the playoffs against the Lightning. They lost defensemen Torey Krug and the legendary Zdeno Chara, so their defense will have some big shoes to fill. But based on Tuukka Rask’s comments after the Islanders loss, this group may be OK. The scoring hasn’t been there, but it will be.
The Bruins fan has the easiest loyalty test to pass, which should be a slam dunk – sorry about the hoop term puck-heads – because B's fans are without question the most dedicated bunch in New England.
The Red Sox still have some names in like Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, but then what do you have? I saw the name "Chris Sale" on the roster and it rang a bell. Not sure why though. Well, Eduardo Rodriguez fills one spot in the rotation, that’s saying something. I am trying here, Sox fans. The truth is, only two years removed from wining their fourth World Series of the John Henry ownership, Sox fans will face their greatest loyalty test yet.
We are in uncharted waters. This is the first time in 20 years where the sports scene in New England is well ... eh. Patriots games are no longer a must-watch. The Celtics got worse while other teams in the East got better. The Sox are at the bottom. And the Bruins have a shot. That’s batting .250 folks.
Now, it was easy to stick with your team through thick and thin before our teams two decades of dominance. Netflix, UFC, Hulu and YouTube did not have the place in our hearts and minds it does now when the Adam Vinatieri kicked off this amazing run of winning against the Rams. Now, streaming is in our stream of conscienceless. If your teams aren't worth watching will you leave them for Tiger King, The Tiger Documentary or Tik Tok?
So, are you really a fan? Are you?
We're about to find out.