Alright, it wasn't enough that the Sox, the Celts, and the Pats have brought endless joy this season. No, there just had to be more from the most unlikely of sources. My hometown Brighton Bengals went undefeated (12-0) and won the Division 4, Massachusetts state football championship. Brighton High! This is incredible, because when I grew up in Brighton, The Zoo (as it was called) was only known for dropping out and a threat by your parents and teachers to do well where you went to school or you'll wind up there.
In addition to winning on the field apparently their academics have improved too. US News and World Report recently gave B.H.S. a bronze star in its evaluation of America's high schools.
No, I didn't go to Brighton High (My alma mater ranked 19th in the nation in the report.) but it was the first team I supported. When I was 5 years old my brother pitched in the state championship for Brighton High. That is my earliest memory of rooting for sports. Of course, through the eyes of a five-year-old the park I remember was enormous. I remember chasing foul balls that flew behind us out of the park. And, I remember looking around and seeing all of our neighbors there. I didn't understand then that they were all there just because they were from Brighton and Brighton never won anything. They eventually lost in that championship.