Boston is celebrating tonight.
But not like us here in St. Louis.
Beantown has good reason to take a collective sick day Monday. Tom Brady led the Patriots to a last-second win over previously unbeaten New Orleans. Beating the Saints on Sunday; not a great move theologically, but otherwise impressive.
Then there was the Red Sox, falling behind Parkway Central and Mizzou righthander Max Scherzer, whiffing thirteen times in the initial seven innings. But the ghosts of the Hub awoke - David Ortiz Big Papi'ed a grand slam to tie the game in the eighth, sending Detroit's Torii Hunter tumbling over the right field wall. And then they won it in the ninth on a hit, error, wild pitch and another hit.
"Tessie" will be playing well into the night.
The Bruins also won last night. Nice hat trick. We applaud ye, ol' Boston.
Now, try this on for size:
Blues. Win. First four-and-oh start in franchise history.
Mizzou. Win. Statement game for the new kid on the SEC block. Move up eleven spots in the polls.
Rams. Win. After stumbling to three straight losses, they've now won back-to-back and are resembling a competitive team again.
And Cardinals? Win. And Win. LCS victories on the same calendar day in a towel-waving frenzy at Busch Stadium. The only way to get this city any more red is to issue an order for area-wide sunburn.
Stretch the winning state-wide, and count the Kansas City Chiefs, Missouri went 5-0. But as I told one caller today, I'm not.
As each win became official, a silly thought kept building.
Has this ever happened before?
I mean, St. Louis isn't win starved, but the franchises here win their titles independently of each other. Not like (it's even hard to get the words out) New York, when the Jets, Mets, and Knicks all won titles in progression in 1969 and 1970.
But by three o'clock this afternoon, with the Rams well ahead, the question had to be answered: Have all the area teams won on the same weekend?
The short answer: Not until now.
I looked it up.
A few things narrowed down the search. Since the Blues start in October, that became the target research month. Thus, the Cardinals had to be post-season eligible, and that knocked out quite a few years.
And then you have some Octobers where the Rams were really good, but Mizzou was playing really good Nebraska or some such team on the weekend in question. Other years the Cardinals just didn't have good weekends in the League Championship Series or World Series. The Blues won some, lost some, and in the case of 1995 and 2012, didn't even play.
I even went back to the Big Red era, the Football Cardinals, which pre-dated the Rams playing in St. Louis. They put together some mediocre seasons, but I never even had to look to see if they posted a win on a crucial October Sunday; someone else had lost in 1987, '85, or '82.
And I noticed that the Blues' first two seasons didn't even start before the World Series ended in 1967 and 1968, the last two Cardinals' pennant-winning seasons that were applicable.
Three out of four winners happened on a couple of instances, but by the time I saw Mizzou lost to number six Colorado, 23-9, on October 14, 1967, the research project was over.
It was one of those nerdy things to do while waiting to put the five o'clock sports together. But it still left plenty of time to relish in the accomplishment, to bask in a city's weekend of winning.
Just another way to remind myself that St. Louis is a pretty good place to live. And as a sports fan, it beats spending October in Chicago. And New York. And yeah, even Boston.
Hope you enjoyed this weekend to remember.
Until next time...