Boston, MA– From 1957 to 1961, the Boston Celtics faced off against the St. Louis Hawks (who would later relocate to Atlanta) four times in the NBA Finals and won three championships against them. In 1946, 1967, 2004, and 2013, the Boston Red Sox met the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, with the victories being split evenly amongst the two clubs. In 2002, the New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl. In the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston Bruins swept the St. Louis Blues. And now, almost 50 years later, a rematch is coming.
The rivalry between the cities of Boston and St. Louis in sports is an unsung one, but a relevant one now that the Bruins and Blues are playing each other for a championship again. Boston and St. Louis are the only two cities in professional sports to play each other at least once in each major sport’s respective championship. It is a peculiar statistic, but a relevant one ahead of Monday night’s impending puck drop on the Stanley Cup Finals.
However, an interesting meta rivalry has stemmed from this matchup that has pitted America’s favorite coupling against one another.
For nine years, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer played the adorable couple Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly, respectively, on one of the most beloved sitcoms of all-time, The Office. Their will-they, won’t-they relationship was among the greatest television romantic pairings of all-time. But now, their connection may be torn asunder.
Fischer has long been a Blues fan and has even contributed to the team’s fanbase and social media outreach with videos showcasing her fandom. Krasinski, of course, belongs to the hive mind of Boston celebrities who love the local sports teams and support them no matter what. Because of this divided loyalty in the Stanley Cup Finals, Jim and Pam are now at odds with one another. Only one can walk away from this series happy, and I think I speak for everyone in Boston when I say that we are Team Halpert.
And in real life, Jim and Pam would be Philadelphia Flyers fans.