A Boston sports fan was born

By Colin Phan - Staff Reporter



I've been watching football since 2007, and I've been a Boston sports fan for just as long.

I'm a Seattle native, but I never really liked the Seahawks. Maybe if I had started watching when the "Legion of Boom" was a thing I might have been a "12", but the mid-2000's Seahawks teams just weren't exciting for a pre-pubescent child to watch.

In fact, I don't have any family in Boston and I've never been there. I just consider myself a drunken Bostonian in spirit.

Football was what really made me take the deep dive into the sports world, and it was an eventful game against the division doormat Jets that lit the fire in me.

I remember it like it was yesterday – hell the highlights from that game are played on Sports Center all time, but a Sunday morning game on Sept. 9, 2007 made me a die-hard Patriots fan. When Randy Moss burned Darrelle Revis for a spectacular one handed touchdown grab in the third quarter, I was like a drug addict who had found his drug of choice.

That 2007 season was the beginning of the apex of Tom Brady's career, and the team was an offensive juggernaut – and that's exactly what captivated me. It featured a revived Moss, tiny dynamo Wes Welker, a slightly motivated Dante Stallworth, and the reliable Kevin Faulk, to name a few.

It was like watching an all-star team play 16 regular season games. Bill Belichick even got Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau to come to the team in free agency.

The Patriots went undefeated that season, and I was along for the ride. Comparatively for those who don't understand, it was like watching last year's Golden State Warriors go 73-9.

It was unbelievable watching Brady toss 50 touchdowns and Moss catching a staggering 23 of those. After that 2007 season, I was hooked on football – and with Boston sports.

At the same time the Patriots were shattering records, the Boston Celtics were making major moves. In 2007, the Celtics made two block buster moves to assemble the late 2000s super team.

Boston acquired Seattle's star shooting guard, Ray Allen, and Minnesota's super star power forward Kevin Garnett. At the same time, the local Seattle Supersonics had just stumbled out to a franchise worst 20-62 season.

The Celtics won a title in 2008, and were a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference until a couple years ago.

See a common connection here? The Celtics and Patriots had something Seattle sports didn't have at the time, and that was sustained excellence.

Especially being a young child diving into the world of sports, my tolerance when it came to mediocrity was not high.

Even the Boston Red Sox were dominant at the time, winning a title in 2007 behind David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia.

It really could've been any city's sports. I was just looking for any sense of thrill and excitement that Seattle sports wasn't providing.

If for example, the Cleveland Browns had won a championship in2007, I might be a Cleveland sports fan today.

I feel extremely blessed to say that I was able to become a sports fan during a dominant run by Boston sports. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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