New to Boston? Time for a fresh start? Try one of these identities on for size.
You don't need to have scored a football scholarship to find your way into a sportier crowd. Start things off by joining Social Boston Sports (socialbostonsports.com), which connects you to events, parties, and co-ed recreational sports leagues throughout the city.
WHERE TO BUY TEAM JERSEYS AND ANTI-NIPPLE-CHAFING TAPE
•47 Brand | 286 Newbury St, Boston | 617.236.4006 | 47brand.com
•City Sports | Multiple locations | citysports.com
•Eastern Mountain Sports | Multiple locations | ems.com
•Bill Rodgers Running Center |1 North Market St, Boston | 617.723.5612 | billrodgersrunningcenter.com
•The Fours | 166 Canal St, Boston | 617.7204455 | thefours.com
•Tavern in the Square ("TITS") | Multiple locations | taverninthesquare.com
•The Greatest Bar | 262 Friend St, Boston | 617.367.0544 | thegreatestbar.com
•The Draft | 34 Harvard Ave, Allston | 617.783.9400 | thedraftbarandgrille.com
•The Baseball Tavern | 1270 Boylston St, Boston | 617.867.6526 | thebaseballtavern.com
WEIRD SPORTS LEAGUES TO CHECK OUT
•Boston Cornhole | bostoncornhole.com
•Four Square League of Boston | squarefour.org
•World Adult Kickball Association | kickball.com/boston
•Quidditch | internationalquidditch.org
•Ping-Pong at the Boston Table Tennis Center | bostonttc.us
BOSTON ATHLETES YOU MUST KNOW AND LOVE
•Tom Brady | Patriots | Dreamboat, married to a supermodel, and still really good at age 35. Yeah, but when is he going to win his fourth Super Bowl?
•Paul Pierce | Celtics | Lifelong Celtic, and a fan favorite, despite being an LA native. Favorite target of Lakers fans, which makes him all the more beloved here.
•Dustin Pedroia | Red Sox | The "scrappy" stereotype personified. He plays hard, has the grizzly facial hair to show for it, and still has some pop in that bat.
•David Ortiz | Red Sox | The disgruntled 2012 Ortiz is not as fun as the happy one from 2004-2007, but Big Papi still gets the loudest cheers during pregame intros.
•Zdeno Chara | Bruins | Tall and awkward-looking on skates, but not afraid to put the hurt on opponents.
•Rob Gronkowski | Patriots | Hosts a reality dating show, poses nude, takes pictures with porn stars, and catches touchdown passes like no tight end in history.