June 12, 2024


Information, sports activities, celebs, and “unserious questions” all drew consideration from Boston.com readers this 12 months. And why cannot we stop Tom Brady?

This year's top stories on Boston.com
Amongst this 12 months’s high tales on Boston.com: the Brian Walshe homicide case; the origin of jimmies; the Jrue Vacation commerce; protests over Israel and Hamas; and Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell’s go to to Logan. Craig F. Walker/Globe Workers; Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Workers; Maddie Meyer/Getty Pictures; JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP by way of Getty Pictures; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Pictures

One factor you may say about Boston.com readers: They’ve numerous tastes. Among the many listing of most-read tales on the positioning from 2023, you’ll discover breaking information, in-depth options, sports activities, journey, superstar information, and even a nationwide story or two. Plus a minimum of one article about rotisserie chickens. Try the highest 20 under:

1. “At this Mass. home, trick-or-treaters may select between a full-size sweet bar or Market Basket rotisserie rooster.” Sure, there was precise information that occurred this 12 months. However what Boston.com readers had been actually in search of was a feel-good Halloween story that additionally occurred to contain Market Basket, and (checks notes) rotisserie chickens. And this Nov. 2 story by Heather Alterisio match the invoice on all counts.

2. “Reside updates: Monitoring the Ana Walshe case.” One in all a number of high-profile crime tales we coated this 12 months — Lindsay Clancy and Karen Learn can be two of the others — our ongoing updates on the homicide case towards Brian Walshe (he of the unlucky Google searches), together with a abstract of preliminary stories and a timeline of the case, garnered probably the most consideration from readers in 2023.

3. “Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard reply to backlash over Logan Airport Instagram posts.” Celebrities, they’re similar to us: They spend $600 on makeshift beds after getting caught at Logan Airport earlier than getting kicked out by airport employees, after which put up on Instagram about it. At the least that’s what occurred to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard — after which that they had to answer all of the individuals complaining concerning the posts.

4. “Right here’s what AccuWeather says New England can count on for winter 2023-2024.” Clearly involved that world warming could have eradicated snow altogether, readers flocked to October’s annual forecast from AccuWeather (who, for what it’s value, predicted potential “hefty snowfall quantities” in January and February). Additionally fashionable: Stories on predictions from the Farmers’ Almanac and the different Farmer’s Almanac. 

5. “Boston.com readers share why they aren’t going to Cape Cod this 12 months.” Readers had been greater than prepared to share — and different readers had been greater than prepared to learn — their causes for eschewing Cape holidays as of late. (Lots of which could possibly be summed up by the Yogi Berra quote, “No one goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”)

6. “A Mass. campground is including luxurious cabins, a water park in 2023.” Being the world vacationers that they’re, Boston.com readers all the time appear to be looking out for brand spanking new additions to their favourite journey locations — and this story by Kristi Palma a couple of fashionable native campground notably struck a nerve among the many tenting contingent. (If you wish to discover out which campground it was, click on the hyperlink!)

7. “Tom Brady has a message for Deion Sanders’s son after Colorado’s upset win over TCU.” Tom Brady — why can’t we stop him? He hasn’t performed for the Patriots since 2019, however Boston.com readers can’t get sufficient of the GOAT. (And of their protection, we preserve writing about him.) This story by Khari Thompson, about Brady’s reward for professional soccer and baseball wunderkind turned school coach Deion Sanders and his progeny, was the most-read sports activities story this 12 months.

8. “Reside updates: Massachusetts reacts to Israel-Hamas warfare.” It’s a world battle, however with far-reaching results that stretch all the way in which into Massachusetts — as evidenced by the protests, marches, outcries, and different developments coated by our ongoing native look into the repercussions of the Israel-Hamas warfare. 

9 “Why do some New Englanders name sprinkles ‘jimmies’?” For our ongoing “Wickedpedia” function — “Your unserious questions, critically answered” — we answered plenty of unserious questions in 2023, however the one which drew probably the most consideration concerned these little bits of sweet sprinkled atop ice cream in New England and thereabouts. (One discovering from Abby Patkin’s story: The time period shouldn’t be racist, fortunately.)

10. “Mac Jones reportedly requested for outdoor assist and an indignant Invoice Belichick addressed him.” Khari Thompson’s trouble-in-paradise story involving now-erstwhile Pats quarterback Mac Jones and his grumpy coach got here out all the way in which again in January, which in all probability ought to have given us a clue that issues may not go swimmingly for the group this 12 months.

11. “Boston Public Library shares listing of its 10 most borrowed books in 2022.” It warms our hearts to suppose that one thing as quaint as an inventory of borrowed books can be so fashionable as to make our listing of most-read tales, however certain sufficient it did. (And the highest e book even had “library” within the title. That’s not suspicious in any respect.) The BPL launched its 2023 listing early this 12 months, so you may see that one right here.

12. “Tom Brady unretiring once more? NFL commentator suggests TB12 may be part of a Patriots AFC East foe.” Bear in mind what we stated about Tom Brady again in No. 7? Properly, right here we go once more. (Additionally, in case you had been questioning: He didn’t unretire once more.)

13. “Report: Jayson Tatum held players-only assembly to handle Jrue Vacation commerce.” See, Boston.com’s sports-fan readers don’t simply care about what Tom Brady had for breakfast. This behind-the-scenes Celtics story from November by Luke Scotchie, concerning the group grappling with a surplus of potential starters, was an enormous hit as nicely.

14. “10 urgent questions dealing with the Patriots coming into the 2023 season.” No matter what the questions had been on this pre-season story by Conor Ryan from September, we’re fairly certain the solutions had been “no.”

15. “Over 100 Connecticut state troopers accused of faking visitors stops.” This September story out of neighboring Connecticut, by way of The New York Occasions Information Service, apparently struck a chord with Boston.com readers who had been relieved to see that we’re not the one state with some sketchy state troopers.

16. “Rob Gronkowski’s missed discipline purpose in stay Tremendous Bowl business left many confused.” Did the kick go in? Did it miss? Will we get any cash in free FanDuel bets? Is Rob Gronkowski nonetheless retired? So many questions.

17. “Proud Boys’ Enrique Tarrio will get file 22 years in jail for Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy.” There have been a bunch of native arrests and prosecutions stemming from the Jan. 6, 2020 Capitol riots — together with a pair from Worcester, a former Boston cop, and an Ashland physician — but it surely was this nationwide story concerning the large jail sentence for a distinguished Proud Boy that received probably the most consideration from readers in 2023.

18. “A South Shore man forgot a $3M lottery ticket, and the clerk claimed the prize. Now she and a coworker are dealing with fees.” You may learn this June story by Abby Patkin for the main points — they’re pretty difficult, involving a burned ticket, an alleged extortion try, a trip to Dorchester, and a bag of chips, not essentially in that order. 

19. “The place does the Boston accent come from?” This Wickedpedia story by Ross Cristantiello from March consists of all the things you ever (“evah”) wished to know concerning the Boston accent however had been afraid to ask. Different Wickedpedia subjects that made an impression in 2023: “Why is there no Terminal D at Logan Airport?”; “What’s the take care of these Pleasure Island Street indicators on Route 128 in Wakefield?”; and “What’s the shortest distance between two Dunkin’s in Mass.?”

20. “White supremacist indicators posted in Oak Bluffs beneath investigation.” Sadly, as evidenced by Katelyn Umholtz’s report on indicators apparently positioned by “one of the vital energetic hate teams within the area,” even the Winery isn’t immune from racists.