Who is Boston's best championship performer?

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  December 3, 2013 01:30 PM

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Another year, another championship. The Red Sox' improbable 2013 World Series run was Boston's 10th championship since 2001. David Ortiz's MVP win got us thinking about the best individual efforts during that run. If you were to compare across sports and look at the best performances by Boston players to earn these last 10 titles, who would come out on top? How does Papi's performance stack up to the likes of Tom Brady, Paul Pierce, and Patrice Bergeron?

Colleague Chad Finn and I put our heads together to come up with the top 32 performances. The list of the performances we left out is impressive in its own right: Zdeno Chara on the Bruins' championship run. World Series MVP Manny Ramirez. A 10-catch,143-yard performance for Deion Branch in the Super Bowl. I'd like to tell you we got it right, but in sports debates and XXXX, there's always a little gray area.

We've done brackets before, for Boston's best athlete (at that time), New England's best college basketball player of all time, and the best New England Patriot. The bracket style tournament format allows you to vote for the players you like until we pare down to a winner. There are four regions, seeded 1 to 8. The voting schedule is as follows:

Round 1: Tues. Dec. 3
Round 2: Weds. Dec. 4
Round 3: Thurs. Dec. 5
Round 4: Fri. Dec. 6
Round 5: Monday Dec. 9

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