Sports has long been one of the more vocal proponents of local pride. As a result, rivalries and subtle differences between cities become a reality beyond sports, even engrained in a city’s identity. Few city’s have as many hated rivals as Boston. Everyone in Montreal, Detroit and Philly hates the Bruins. Buffalo and Miami natives can’t stand the Patriots. Pretty much everyone hates the Red Sox. And every team in New York hates every team from Boston. Why all the hate? Boil it down and it’s because Beantown loves its teams and that passion must either be met with equal levels of enthusiasm or quietly tolerated with plugged ears.
But on days like yesterday, and the days that follow, sports fans and rival teams recognized the contributions Boston and its fans have made to their own team’s existence by paying tribute to the city and its victims.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s tragedy in Boston.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 15, 2013
The Flyers send thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by today’s tragedy in Boston. — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 15, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by today’s tragic events in Boston.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 15, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 15, 2013
Our thoughts are with those affected by today’s tragic events in Boston.
— Blue Jays-Official(@BlueJays) April 15, 2013
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 16, 2013