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Without Manny Ramirez, the BoSox ran out of magic in the ALCS. Did it mark the beginning of the end for Boston sports? 
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Success is the worst thing that ever happened to the Boston sports scene. After years of struggling, the city finally reached the summit of the sports mountain. But Boston teams aren't comfortable at the top and one by one they've slipped back to the state of mediocrity the city is accustomed to.

Boston College's handling of football coach Jeff Jagodzinski is the latest example of a Boston team shooting itself in the foot. The Eagles have reached a consistent level of success, winning 10 games the last two seasons, and all of a sudden they have to play big man on campus and teach their coach a lesson for talking to an NFL team.

The Red Sox win two World Series and all of a sudden they're not going to let Manny Ramirez push them around. How'd that work out, Theo?

The Patriots win three Super Bowls and the NFL rules don't apply to them. Now they've gone from what could have been the last true NFL dynasty to one of the many forgettable mini-dynasties over the last 25 years, tainted forever by the asterisk hanging by their name.

The Celtics win a title and now GM Danny Ainge can do no wrong and is even considering bringing in an obvious cancer like Stephon Marbury. Even the mention of Marbury's name connected to the team has sent the Celts into a death spiral.

Boston teams have no idea how to act like winners. They taste success and the humility is out the door in two seconds.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Bruins were the only Boston team to win a title for some time. The Red Sox have been thrashed by the Yankees in the hot stove league. The Patriots missed the postseason completely and don't know when Tom Brady is coming back. And the Celtics don't look like they're going to get as lucky against the Cavaliers in this season's Eastern Conference playoffs.

Boston, you had a nice run. Now it's time to go hang out with the Detroits of the world and let another town take over as America's most successful sports city.

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