The 2001 and 2003 Patriots. The 2004 Red Sox and Patriots. The 2007 Red Sox, 2008 Celtics, and 2011 Bruins. Year after year, the city of Boston produces winners. Every year it seems like one of the "big four" teams is at least in the hunt for another championship. This has been the greatest era in Boston sports history ever. I personally don't live in Boston, but I'm extremely jealous of the people in that city that get to see parade after parade for their exceptional teams.
There are currently 11 cities in the US with "big four" teams (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA). Only 4 of those cities have a total of 10 or more championships including Boston, New York, Chicago, and Detroit. As you might've guessed, New York is 1st with 44 overall championships. But the only city that comes close to rivaling them is Boston. 33 championships with 7 from the Red Sox, 17 from the Celtics, 3 from the Patriots, and 6 from the Bruins. And actually, this "race" is a lot closer than at first glance. If we reduced the New York teams to the main 4 people associate them with (Yankees, Rangers, Giants, and Knicks), they have a total of 37. Don't forget, 27 of those are coming from the Yankees.
No doubt, New York is a sports hub and has easily been the best in general for the past century. But what the city of Boston has been doing the past 13 years is very magical. The Red Sox have a chance to make it 8 championships in just 13 years. I live in Vancouver, and we have the Canucks in the NHL. They've been around for 43 years, you know how many parades we've had? Zero. Fans throughout Boston get to celebrate essentially once a year or year and a half. This is the golden age for sports there.
Before the 21st century, the only sign of hope Bostonians had were the Celtics. The Sox were hopeless during the curse, the Bruins hadn't won since the 60's, and the Patriots were without a super bowl. Then all of a sudden, every team is good. There has NEVER been such a good run like this in any city. Right now, the Yankees are on the down-swing, the Rangers are off to a bad start, the Knicks are pretty good, and the Giants look horrendous. Maybe not such a good time for New York fans?
All 4 teams in Boston have smart management, and build teams the right way. They know what it takes to win. Perhaps in the next 15-20 years Boston can take over as the city with the most championships. How amazing would that be, considering all the teams in New York and their gigantic budgets.
Sadly, where I live, we will never have all "big four" teams. I won't be able to be in the midst of such magical seasons. During this epic run of amazing teams, people need to cherish this era. It won't last forever. We may look back later in life and fondly remember how successful all of these teams were. One bad thing about this past decade, is that once the championships stop, it will be a major letdown after all the success. At this moment, Boston breeds winners. Hopefully we can prolong this amazing run as long as we can.
Just remember to drink it all in before it's over.