No shot was fired.
Nor, to my knowledge, was there so much as a water balloon tossed or a disparaging remark uttered concerning someone’s mother.
There were no attacks on any local police headquarters. No one assumed control of a TV or radio station. No one declared martial law.
The New England Patriots simply awoke on the morning of Aug. 26 and the town was officially theirs. There had been a completely bloodless coup.
Some might argue that they already had the town, and have had it for some time. At the very least, it’s a legitimately debatable topic, except now it’s irrelevant. Now there is no dispute. That trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers was a de facto surrender. The Red Sox laid down their arms, put up their hands, and walked away. The Battle of Boston was now over. The New England Patriots have won. The Patriots rule. The Bruins, Celtics, and, yes, the Red Sox obey.
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