Sunday evening at 11:35pm WBZ will show their classic special, “The Great 80’s”, about Boston sports in that decade. Hosted by legendary Boston broadcaster Bob Lobel, the program will touch on everything New England sports from those 10 years. Boston’s many sports victories from that decade will be mentioned, as well as a few heartbreaking losses.
The Celtics were the prominent team in Boston during this time, not just regarding success, but in popularity as well. Larry Bird’s rookie year in 1980 was the start of another great run for the Celtics. Once Robert Parish and Kevin McHale came aboard in 1981, the Celtics championship roster rounded out. That spring Boston won its 14th title. The Celtics would raise three championship banners in the 1980’s and reach two more NBA Finals. They would be the only Boston team to win a championship in this decade.
While the other three Boston organizations would not win championships in this span, the Patriots, Red Sox, and Bruins fielded some very formidable rosters throughout the 1980’s.
The 1985 Patriots reached the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Unfortunately they went up against the iconic ‘85 Bears, and lost 46-10. New England was the only opponent to score against Chicago in those playoffs. In the 1980’s Patriots fans were able to watch Andre Tippett and John Hannah pave their paths to the Hall Of Fame.
The Red Sox of the 1980’s are known for one year, unfortunately, 1986. They were up 3-2 in the World Series against a juggernaut Mets squad. However, their disastrous Game 6 loss and gut punch of a Game 7 defeat left fans again waiting for a World Series title. However, the Red Sox were a solid product in the 1980’s, led by Roger Clemens on the mound and Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, Mike Greenwell, Dwight Evans and Carl Yastrzemski in the box.
The Bruins of this era were very, very good, but never got to great. NHL legend Ray Bourque wore the Spoked B for the full decade, while Cam Neely wore Black and Gold for 3 years in the 1980’s. Boston would reach The Stanley Cup Finals in 1988, where they took on Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers dynasty proved to be too much for the Bruins to handle, as Edmonton did not drop a game in the series.
Overall, Boston teams would win three titles in the 1980’s, while competing in eight Finals. While this decade was not quite as fruitful with rings as the 2000’s or 2010’s, Boston fans were able to see a few Boston icons excel, while each team experienced success.
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