Boston, MA– In recent episodes of Bill Simmons' The Bill Simmons Podcast on The Ringer Podcast Network, he has talked with people like Ryen Russillo and Joe House about the potential for the city of Boston to pull off the "sports slam," or as he has now dubbed it, the "Boston slam."
A sports slam is when a city wins championships in all four major professional sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) in the same year. The only city to ever truly come close to a sports slam was Philadelphia in 1980 when the Phillies won the World Series, but the Eagles, 76ers, and Flyers all lost in their respective championships. The closest Boston has ever come to a sports slam was in the 2007-08 season when the Red Sox and Celtics both won their championships, but the New England Patriots lost in the Super Bowl after a perfect record and the Boston Bruins were bounced in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
Now, before I go any further about the potential for a Boston slam in 2018-19, I am going to do a major knock on wood. I know that if you acknowledge the potential for something, you are likely to jinx that thing from happening, but I have written about a Boston slam for UptoBoston before and nothing has gone wrong yet.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win the 2018 World Series. The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII by a score of 13-3. Now, the potential for the Boston slam is up to the Celtics and Bruins, both of whom have reached the conference semifinals (also known as the elite eight) of their respective post-seasons. That is incredibly close and probably closer than any Boston sports fan could have imagined.
The Bruins are closer to reaching the conference finals as they currently boast a three games to two lead against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but we will have to see if they can close out the series tonight or if it will be sent to a game seven. As for the Celtics, they are currently down two games to one against the Milwaukee Bucks, but they will have a chance to even the series tonight in game four.
We are getting closer to a Boston slam, but it's far from a slam dunk right now. Still, there is hope that we'll achieve true Boston-sports-fan nirvana.