A sudden cascade of talent has catapulted Boston into contention for at least three championships and given its fans, including Globe columnist Dan Shaugnessy, reason to hope again. In the last week, the Celtics handed over a raft of prospects for superstar Kevin Garnett, and the Red Sox beat their archrivals in New York to a trade for consecutive-saves recordholder Eric Gagne.
Meanwhile, the Patriots' off-season acquisitions of Randy Moss and Adalius Thomas have made them a virtually even-money bet for a fourth Super Bowl in six years. "We have reasonable expectations of a World Series, a Super Bowl, and the NBA Finals," Shaugnessy says. "There never has been a better time to be a sports fan in Boston."