Experience the Boston Sports Scene- the Cheap Way

27 Oct

Today, six years ago, the Red Sox won the World Series. Last night was the Boston Celtics first game of the 2010-2011 season. Seeing Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on the floor with Ray Allen again was priceless. Seeing them beat Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James was even better. And, really, who can argue with that?

The sports scene in Boston is priceless. No matter what ESPN says, Boston is America’s best sports city. We have championships in every sport, and our college teams are champions from top-ranked schools. Boston is number one in this category.

I had to add this. Matt Gilroy, BU captain in 2009 hosting the NCAA DI Championship Trophy. We are National Champions after scoring two goals in the final minute to tie the score and then win in overtime! (We even had a duck boat parade down Comm Ave)

I live a block from Fenway Park. I love it- except during baseball season. The Red Sox fans are, well, they are, no offense, completely and totally ignorant, arrogant, rude, loud, obnoxious and infuriating. However, they are also passionate. And because of that, my favorite time of the year is also baseball season. There is nothing like the energy in Kenmore Square on a game day. Pride, passion and love are in the air. And it is great, no matter how you look at it (I will be reluctant to admit it).

The Celtics and the Bruins have just started their seasons, and the area around the TD Garden is just as electrifying on a fall/winter/spring night as it is around Fenway in the summer. The difference between fans, that I have noticed, is that Celtics and Bruins fans seem to know what they are talking about more than Red Sox fans do, and they are fans of the sport as well as the team. Listening to these fans talk is mesmerizing.

If you are fan of one of Boston’s championship teams, you have to go down to the arena the night of the game. There is an electrifying feel to the area, no matter what team is in town and who they are playing. Take the T to the Garden, walk around and listen to everyone talk about their team, the expectations and the other fans. Then meet up with your friends and grab some food in the North End or Faneuil Hall. Or if you have a little extra moolah in your back pocket, try getting a ticket last minute and see why everyone is so excited before they even set foot in the arena.

Are sports not your thing? Look at the concert schedule for Boston, specifically TD Garden, and if it is someone interesting go stake out the gates to see them arrive or wander around to see the crazed fans arrive. I worked right across from the Garden this summer and saw all of Lady Gaga’s “monsters” arrive. I have never seen such ridiculousness. My first reaction, before I knew she was in town, was “Why are all of these people not wearing clothes?” and then my second reaction was “why does this fat guy have on fairy wings, a tiara, short shorts and a bumblebee shirt?” Then it all made sense (well, not really). For reference, I believe she is back in March. It will be mayhem.

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