Boston Sports Teams: 5 Year Rankings

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As you may know, Boston sports teams have been on something of a roll over the last decade (7 championships).  I’ve been wondering, ‘which Boston team is the Champion of Title Town?’

If you’re from another city, you may be thinking, ‘what an asshole.’

That’s the reaction I was going for since I’m still a little weak in the knees from (to name a few) the Red Sox collapse, the Patriots Super Bowl loss, and the Celtics NBA finals loss of 2010.  In fact, just going through this exercise made me relive many of those losses, so, to compensate for that I’m referring to Boston as Title Town even though I hate that fucking term.

How did we calculate these rankings? Simple math really. We converted win (points for Bruins) percentage, playoff win percentage, playoff appearances, division titles, conference/league titles, championships and losing seasons into a mildly arbitrary point system, but much less arbitrary/subjective than the majority of sports ranking systems.  You have a better point system?  Let us know.

Patriots

Win % = 16 + 11 + 10 + 14 + 13 = 64/80 = .800 = 8 pts

2 Conference titles x 5 pts = 10 pts

4 Division titles x 1 pt = 4 pts

Playoff win % = 4-4 = .500 = 5 pts

4 Playoff appearances x 1 pt = 4 pts

0 losing seasons

Red Sox

Wins = 90 + 89 + 95 + 95 + 96 = 465/810 = .574 = 6 pts

1 World Series title x 10 pts = 10 pts

1 League Champs x 5 pts = 5 pts

1 Division Title x 1 pt = 1 pt

Playoff win % = 15-11 = .577 = 6 pts

3 Playoff appearances x 1 pt = 3 pts

0 losing seasons

Bruins

(2006-07 to 2010-11 seasons)

Points = 76 + 94 + 116 + 91 + 103 = 480/820 = .585 = 6 pts

1 Stanley Cup Title x 10 pts = 10 pts

1 Conference title x 5 pts = 5 pts

2 Division title x 1 pt = 2 pts

Playoff win % = 33-23 = .589 = 6 pts

4 Playoff appearances x 1 pt = 4 pts

1 losing season = -1 pt

Celtics

(2006-07 to 2010-11 seasons)

Wins = 24 + 66 + 62 + 50 + 56 = 258/410 = .629 = 6 pts

1 NBA Championship x 10 pts = 10 pts

2 Conference titles x 5 pts = 10 pts

4 Division titles x 1 pt = 4 pts

Playoff win % = 43-30 = .589 = 6 pts

4 Playoff appearances x 1 pt = 4 pts

1 losing season x -1 pt = -1 pt

 

Boston Sports Teams – 5 Year Rankings

 

1. Celtics (39 points)

2. Bruins (32 points)

3. Red Sox (31 points*)

4. Patriots (31 points)

 

*Red Sox win tie-breaker over Pats for having won a championship in this time span

What a shocker huh?  Celtics pull it out on the strength of 2 conference titles and a championship.  Seems fair.  The only other team with 2 conference titles was the Patriots, but sadly, they won no championships in this time span. Also, seems fair that the Celtics top the rankings as they were the only Boston team to avoid a monumental collapse or upset in the last five years.

The Patriots blew the perfect season. The Bruins blew a 3-0 lead on the Flyers in the 2010 Conference Semi-Finals.  The Red Sox blew a huge lead in the standings to miss the playoffs last year.  So, here’s to the Celtics, for bringing us the most wins with the least humiliation over the last 5 years!

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