The term “Masshole” evokes different feelings depending on where you are in the United States. For the rest of the country, it evokes the loud, cocky Bostonian who won’t stop rambling about Tom Brady and probably doesn’t drive as conservatively as you’d like. For Bostonians themselves, however, “Masshole” is a term of endearment. It’s synonymous with the city’s unrivaled passion for its beloved sports teams — a passion that runs far deeper and older than the early 2000s Patriots dynasty.
Even visitors totally unaware of the city’s rampant devotion to its teams are drawn in by the dominant sporting culture. Whether it’s the ubiquitousness of Celtics and Bruins jerseys or the inability of Bostonians to talk about the 2004 Red Sox without bursting into tears, sports permeate every aspect of life in Boston. You haven’t truly experienced Boston until you’ve dived into its sports scene (if you can’t beat em, join em?). Here’s how to take in everything the country’s best sports city has to offer.