Jerry O’Connell has suggested government intervention to break-up what he is calling the city of Boston’s “monopoly” on professional sports. Speaking from Maxim magazine’s massive pre-Super Bowl party (a popular pulpit for invoking government-imposed restrictions of civil rights,) O’Connell expressed his dissatisfaction with the successes of Boston-area sports teams this season.
Being from New York, I am certain that O’Connell is quite familiar with sports monopolies as the city has been home to the most overpaid, owner-produced monopoly in the history of sports. However, with the Red Sox having won the the World Series this past season and the undefeated New England Patriots on the door-step of another Super Bowl victory and a piece of NFL history, Mr. O’Connell feels something needs to be done. “It looks like the Celtics are going to win the season as well,” O’Connell said. “If the Boston Bruins, the NHL team, wins, the federal government has to break them up. They have to take a team away — they have to.”
In spite of Jerry O’Connell’s ability to win prominent roles in such Hollywood blockbusters as Joe’s Apartment and Kangaroo Jack, I still have a hard time taking a man who makes statements, like those above, too seriously. However, without lending too much credence to this idiot’s call-to-action, I would like to remind him of the following facts:
- The Boston Red Sox have won two World Series titles in the past four years due to their strong development of farm talent within their own system. During that same time, the Yankees have continued a steady trend of throwing all of their money at the latest flavor-of-the-week in hopes that he will be the ‘missing piece’ that will put them back on top.
- The Boston Celtics have spent the last two decades in total mediocrity after their heyday in the 1980s. The team only truly became a consistent contender again this season with the acquisition of Kevin Garnett, a league MVP and the most highly sought-after player on the block this off-season. The Celtics made a good move with the Timberwolves to get KG and are now reaping the benefits.
- The Boston Bruins are not a dominant team. Their current record is 27-20-5, putting them third out of the five teams in their division and sixth among teams in the play-off race. While it appears the B’s are in good shape to make the play-offs, they will certainly be a long-shot once they get there.
- The New England Patriots are undefeated all year and playing in today’s Super Bowl game, their fourth Super Bowl of the decade (so far.) The Pats are just that good; there is nothing more to say about that.
That being said… stop the hate, Jerry. It is your city’s turn to suck at sports for a while. Get over it!