The Red Sox got things started by ending the Yankees' 11-year reign atop the American League East and winning the World Series for the second time in four years. The Patriots scored the most points in NFL history and became the first team to run the table in a 16-game regular season. And the Celtics executed the biggest single-season turnaround in NBA history, capping it off with their first championship in 22 years.
The 2007-08 Boston sports calendar year was so remarkable, in fact, that we've had to expand it to 14 months to include all the highlights.
April 5, 2007 Red Sox fans get their first look at $103M acquisition Daisuke Matsuzaka as he makes his big-league debut in the rubber game of a three-game season-opening series in Kansas City. The result: 7IP, 6H, 1ER, 1BB, 10K and one very auspicious win for 2007.
January 12, 2008 Tom Brady sets an accuracy record by going 26-for-28 for 266 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots beat the Jaguars, 31-20, to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
January 20, 2008 Laurence Maroney rambles for 122 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots overcome Brady's three interceptions to advance to the Super Bowl with a gritty 21-12 victory over the Chargers.
February 3, 2008 Brady hits Moss for their final TD hookup of the season to give New England a 14-10 lead with 2:42 to play in the Super Bowl. But Eli Manning and David Tyree pull off the Greatest Play in Super Bowl History and Plaxico Burress scores the championship-winner with 35 seconds left, thwarting the Pats' run at perfection.
March 18, 2008 The Celtics end the Rockets' 22-game winning streak by blowing them out by 20, 94-74, in Houston. Tracy McGrady is held to eight points in the loss on 4-of-11 shooting and would remark that the Celtics defense was the best he'd seen.
June 17, 2008 In the biggest blowout in a clinching game in NBA history, the Celtics dismantle the Lakers, 131-92 to win the title. Garnett has 26 points and 14 rebounds. Allen scores 26 points, ties a Finals record with seven 3-pointers in one game and sets a Finals record with 22 treys in the series. Finals MVP Pierce finishes with 17 points and 10 assists. Rondo has 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals.
The Celtics held their parade on Thursday. The Red Sox are in first place. Now if only those Patriots could get it figured out, the fans in Boston could really celebrate.