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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Sometimes, a heinous attack and unthinkable tragedy only makes a community stronger. In retrospect there was never any doubt that Boston would be able to rise above the horrors of the Boston Marathon bombing, which was the only time ever that the Sports Hub gave way to local news coverage on a sister station.

It was wholly appropriate. Sports meant very little to Boston after those bombs went off. The blasts killed three innocent people – Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lu Lingzi – and maimed or injured 264 others. The ensuing manhunt later that week claimed the life of MIT police officer Sean Collier.

Nothing could be done to bring the deceased back to their families, or undo the physical and mental anguish inflicted on those who were on Boylston St. that day. But the way Boston supported the victims and rose up together gave birth to the phrase “Boston Strong” and the results were nothing short of inspiring.

It was most certainly an unforgettable year for the city, and speaking of inspiring … the Red Sox shocked the baseball world with a World Series title. David Ortiz memorably yelled “This is our f***ing city.” The city came together after one of its darkest moments.

In this era of constant championships and parades, there’s nothing more “Boston” than that.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.