Sport: A 16th Flag in Sight

The Boston Celtics' monopoly reaches to the rafters

Montreal's Canadiens and New York's Yankees have some cause to feel proprietary about ice hockey and baseball, but what other town or team ever possessed a sport the way Boston and the Celtics hold professional basketball? This week or next, the National Basketball Association is certain to conclude its 17th consecutive season without a repeat winner, and, absent Bill Russell at the center position, no team has doubled since 1954. So why, all these years and only four titles since Russell's retirement, does it seem Boston always is, ever was and forever will be the champion?

Even when the Celtics lose,...

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