Look: Boston newspaper from 2000 hilariously rips ‘Loserville’ sports teams
The four major Boston-area sports teams have enjoyed tremendous success over the past two decades, but it was not always championship trophies and MVP awards for the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. If you dig up an old newspaper from the turn of the century, you might find what many would consider a surreal reminder of that.
Darren Rovell tweeted a photo on Thursday that showed the cover of the sports section in The Patriot Ledger — a publication in Quincy, Mass. — from Dec. 12, 2000. It featured cartoon sketches of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, former Celtics coach Rick Pitino, former Bruins coach Mike Keenan and ex-Red Sox manager Jimy Williams. The headline read “Welcome to LOSERVILLE.”
Throwback Thursday: The cover of the Patriot Ledger, 19 years ago today in Boston.
Pats won in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016 & 2018.
Red Sox won in 2004, 2007, 2013 & 2018.
Bruins won in 2011.
Celtics won in 2008. pic.twitter.com/62NMQVEqMe
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 12, 2019
As Rovell notes, things have changed quite dramatically since then. The teams have combined for 12 championships, with the Patriots winning six of those. The cartoon featured a bubble coming from Belichick that said, “I should have stayed with the Jets,” but something tells us the future Hall of Famer is happy with his decision (even if he is dealing with another annoying controvery).
At the time the paper was published, the Red Sox — still in a historic World Series drought — had missed the playoffs. The Bruins and Celtics were also on their way to missing the postseason, with the Celtics not having been to the playoffs in five years. The Patriots went 5-11 that season before winning their first title the following year.
Talk about your all-time turnarounds.