Sporting moments can be created in a variety of ways, and unfortunately, not all of them are positive. For one reason or another scandals always seem to pop up every now and again, and one city in particular certainly isn’t immune to messing up from time to time – and that city is Boston.
As a state, Massachusetts has a wonderful sporting background with a lineage that features numerous world champions throughout the four major sports. Alas, many of those teams involved are amongst the most hated in all of North America and when you examine the evidence it’s not hard to see why.
That isn’t to say they haven’t earned the majority of their triumphs, but fans of opposing teams will always be keeping one eye open in an attempt to catch them out – and the same can be said of the commissioners themselves.
The lawsuits the NFL filed in Deflategate & now in Ezekiel Elliot are almost identical. Just changing names & dates.
Compare these 2 pages: pic.twitter.com/mYIVEihZ6R
— Dan Werly (@WerlySportsLaw) September 6, 2017
We start with an entry that really doesn’t help the image of the Pats, which is already in the gutter. Essentially, during the 2015 NFC Championship Game, New England dismantled the Colts by a score of 45-7 – but it was only until after the game it was revealed that Brady and company had deliberately under inflated footballs in order to gain an advantage over the Colts.
Red Sox Scandal
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) September 5, 2017
Onto something much more recent that may well ruin the once squeaky clean reputation of the Red Sox. In the last few days, it’s become clear that Boston used an Apple Watch in order to steal signs and signals from bitter rivals the New York Yankees during their series last month. The Sox have stood their ground thus far, but it’s only a matter of time before more facts are unveiled.
Boston College basketball
We’re heading back in time a bit for this one, but it’s worth it. During the 1978/79 season, Boston College was involved in a scheme that saw members of their team taking bribes in order to ensure they wouldn’t win by a certain margin, effectively giving gamblers the chance to earn millions.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 5, 2017
There are many reasons why people don’t like Bill Belichick all too much, and one of the big ones is his participation in the Spygate scandal from 2007. Allegedly, Belichick orchestrated a scheme in which the Patriots filmed the New York Jets’ defensive coaches’ signals from an unauthorized position. Following a $500,000 fine, we’re confident they won’t be re-enacting this anytime soon.
Ramirez tests positive
Manny Ramirez is, or at least was, one of baseball’s most beloved stars. With more than 500 home runs to his name, it’s no wonder that he was considered to be an all-time great, but his many drug test failures led to the downfall of the Dominican superstar. Sure he was elsewhere when it all came out, but the problems certainly originated in Boston.
As we cleanse ourselves from the horrors of Boston’s sporting indiscretions, we’ll attempt to remember the iconic moments as opposed to the downright negative ones.
After all, triumphs like Super Bowl 49, breaking the Curse of the Bambino and Super Bowl 51 don’t come around all too often.