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This stat shows how successful Boston sports teams have been in the playoffs

This stat shows how successful Boston sports teams have been in the playoffs

If you haven't already, take a moment to reflect and appreciate just how good your favorite teams have performed in your lifetime, Boston fans. 

Since the start of the 21st century, Boston sports teams have won 12 championships, with the longest championship drought belonging to the Celtics, who last won a title in 2008. 

The Patriots lead the bunch with six championships, while the Red Sox trail them with four and the Celtics and Bruins winning one each.  

Usually, championships follow playoff success, and according to Boston Sports Info, the city's four teams have won more playoff games than any city since the turn of the century. 

Boston currently has 268 wins, followed by the Bay Area with 259 and Los Angeles with 240. The key difference here is the fact that Boston has four teams compared to LA and the Bay's six each. Detroit (190) and New York (179) round out the top-five. 

What's least surprising about this stat is probably the negative reaction it gets from anyone outside the city. Bay Area columnist Ray Ratto tweeted his displeasure with the win totals, calling it utterly meaningless. 

While he has a point that playoff wins don't really matter unless you win a championship, Boston still has the upper hand in that category. 

The Bruins will have a chance to add to Boston's lead in wins and championships, while the other three teams remain poised for even more postseason success moving forward. 

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Julian Edelman puts percentage on chance Rob Gronkowski returns to Patriots

Julian Edelman puts percentage on chance Rob Gronkowski returns to Patriots

Rob Gronkowski says he's done with football, but his pal Julian Edelman isn't 100-percent convinced.

Edelman discussed Gronk's retirement on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast and was asked to give a percentage on the former tight end returning to the Patriots somewhere down the line.

"I’d say, maybe, an 11 percent chance,” Edelman answered.

Sure, that may be a cop-out response considering 11 happens to be Edelman's jersey number, but Patriots fans can at least find solace in the fact he didn't say "zero."

Edelman also says while he hasn't had a conversation with Gronkowski about the injuries taking a toll on the 30-year-old throughout his career, he could tell Gronk was banged up last season.

”When you’re banged up, football’s not always fun," Edelman said. "I can speak for myself on that. When you’re dealing with things — ankle, foot, back … Football is amazing when you feel great. … But it’s not easy, especially when you get older and have accumulated a lot of injury. So, you started seeing that it was tougher [for Gronkowski]. It gets tougher for everyone."

Gronkowski seems adamant he's staying retired, but he's certainly gotten a kick out of trolling those who believe he'll eventually return to the gridiron.

Time will tell whether the future Hall-of-Famer will change his mind. Until then, you can bet Gronk will continue living every moment of retired life to the fullest.

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Tom Brady posts selfie with rival Peyton Manning: 'We were friends this whole time'

Tom Brady posts selfie with rival Peyton Manning: 'We were friends this whole time'

The NFL might never again see a quarterback rivalry as awesome as the one between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Brady's New England Patriots and Manning's Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos teams squared off in many classic regular season and playoff battles, including a few AFC Championship Game matchups.

Despite the intense on-field rivalry, these legendary NFL QBs are friends off the field, as Brady reiterated in a tweet posted Wednesday featuring a selfie of him and Manning.

It's not often you see arguably the two-best quarterbacks in NFL history in one photo. 

Brady is coming off his sixth Super Bowl title, and oddsmakers like the Patriots' chances of winning a record seventh championship next season. Manning didn't enjoy the same postseason success as Brady, but he did win one Super Bowl each with the Colts and Broncos, in addition to many regular-season records that still haven't been broken.

The Brady-Manning rivalry was similar to the Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivalry for the NBA in the 1980s -- both players pushed each other to new heights, and made their respective sports more exciting in the process.

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