Sox Aren't the Only Team Riding High in Boston In Boston, sports fans have much more to celebrate than being just two games away from bringing another World Series home. It seems all of the city's sports franchises are playing at an elite level right now, leading some fans to dream of championships — for all sports — in Beantown.
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Sox Aren't the Only Team Riding High in Boston

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Sox Aren't the Only Team Riding High in Boston

Sox Aren't the Only Team Riding High in Boston

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ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

Now, speaking of baseball, the stars are lining over Boston, and not just for baseball fans. Football, basketball, even soccer fans are pumped up.

Joe Sullivan is a sports editor for the Boston Globe.

And first of all, Joe, just give us a rundown of the Boston teams right now and how they're doing.

Mr. JOE SULLIVAN (Assistant Managing Director; Sports Editor, Boston Globe): Well, it's quite an amazing time here in Boston for the sports teams. There's no doubt about that. I think most people know that the Red Sox are playing the Colorado Rockies in the World Series with game three tonight in Denver.

SEABROOK: Mm-hmm.

Mr. SULLIVAN: But beyond that and Boston, the Patriots are undefeated and generally recognized as the best team in the NFL right now. That has a way of changing, of course, but they've been stupendous is - to put it mildly. And then people are very excited about the Celtics. People expect them to do very well. They're talking about them being an NBA championship contender.

Even the Bruins, who have really been lowly in recent years, have a winning record and playing an exciting brand of hockey. And even soccer in Boston, the Revolution has a playoff game tonight down in New Jersey at Giant Stadium. So - and then that's just the professionals sports. We have Boston College as the second-ranked team in the country in college football. So we don't know which way to turn.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SEABROOK: It sounds like a sports fan's dream if you're from Boston. What's the mood around the city?

Mr. SULLIVAN: Well, everyone's very excited, and everyone is talking about sports. I - one section of the Globe did a story this week, �What Do You Do If You Hate the Red Sox?� because people are so focused on the Red Sox, they wanted to give people some alternatives. If you really don't like sports, especially the Red Sox, it's going to be difficult to find a place to hide in Boston in the next few days.

SEABROOK: Mr. Sullivan, are there people who hate the Red Sox in Boston?

Mr. SULLIVAN: I have a (unintelligible).

(Soundbite of laughter)

SEABROOK: I can't even imagine. Can you put your finger on why this is all happening right now, and what is this kismet, this synergy?

Mr. SULLIVAN: I'll start with the Red Sox. They - you know, they changed ownership about five years ago, and this new ownership has made a commitment to being a great organization. And what that means is money, first of all, and they've invested a lot of money in some very good players. So they're getting their return on the investment. They look like they're going to win the World Series.

And the Patriots are the same thing. Now, the NFL, you can't make more of a commitment than money than other teams because they have the salary cap limits, but they make a commitment to excellence. They are the best organization in the NFL with the best coach. They set the bar. These teams are just outstanding.

And at one point, the Celtics and Bruins, our winter teams, for example, have really become an afterthought, and that's moved them to action this winter where I think the ownerships of those two teams are motivated by what the Red Sox and Celtics are doing.

Now, as far as B.C. is concerned�

SEABROOK: Mm-hmm.

Mr. SULLIVAN: �I think that the - we knew they were going to be good this year, they had 17 starters back and a lot of seniors. But they've played beyond what we thought they could do. They really - that's kind of a magical season that's happening at B.C.

SEABROOK: So luck of the Irish? Yeah.

Mr. SULLIVAN: I think maybe.

SEABROOK: Now, you're the sports editor of the Boston Globe, and you must be very busy these days. How do you choose what to lead with here?

Mr. SULLIVAN: Well, we're essentially producing two sports sections every day. We have a sports section that is only for the Red Sox and the World Series.

SEABROOK: Wow.

Mr. SULLIVAN: It can be as eight to ten pages each day just on the Red Sox. We have the majority of our staff working on the Red Sox. You know, as we talk about all these great things going on at the Boston sports, we should make no mistake, the Red Sox are number one in Boston, and the city's heart belongs to them, the area's heart belongs to them. And that's why we make such a commitment. But we don't ignore the other sports, and that's why we have the other sports section. So�

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. SULLIVAN: I know. It's quite a lot of newsprint. And the Patriots and the Celtics and the Bruins and the Revolution and B.C., they show up in the other sports sections. It's a lot of work for us, but we take a lot of pleasure in it, too.

SEABROOK: What a time. What a time.

Joe Sullivan is the sports editor of the Boston Globe. He joined us from his home just�

Mr. SULLIVAN: I'm going to go take a nap now.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SEABROOK: Have a good one.

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