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What Google autocomplete says about some of Boston's biggest athletes

Posted by David D'Onofrio  February 7, 2014 01:00 AM

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The Boston Red Sox are ... World Series champions. But, did you also know the New England Patriots are ... cheaters. The Boston Bruins are ... a dirty team. And the Boston Celtics are ... old.

Well, at least according to Google.

Spurred on by a map showing the most popular Google autocomplete suggestions were for cities in Massachusetts, which was spurred on by a map pinning each U.S. state with its biggest stereotype, we decided to plug some of Boston's most prominent and provocative athletes and executives into the search engine and see what turned up.

What showed at the top of the list for each of the region's four most popular teams is above, but which individual is considered "cute?" Which former star might be better known for his movie roles than his hall-of-fame career? Who is closely associated with an obscure musical instrument? Who is both overrated and underrated? And whose brush with controversy may have altered his results, and perhaps his public perception?

Click through to the jump, then hover over the headshots to see what Google proposes for a search on each of the depicted, keeping in mind that the autocomplete suggestions can change based on location, and do try to account for more recent news, but are ultimately based on real searches that have been done by its users.






































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