What's the benchmark for comparison?
First season that comes to mind for me is 1986. That calendar year saw one title (Celtics), appearances in the World Series and Superbowl, playoffs for the Bruins (tho an early exit).
If we start the clock today, what can happen within a year? Hoping for a second title at least...
Can't think of one calendar year better than '86.
I could certainly see a second title. The Pats, especially if they move a pick for Demaryius Thomas, will be absolutely unstoppable on offence. With Gordon, Edelman, Gronk, Michel, White, Thomas, Hogan, Dorsett, Patterson and Allen all getting into a groove with Brady, I think that offence is borderline unstoppable. The defence seems to be coming together too, after a shaky start.
The Celtics, if we stay healthy and continue this upward trend, should IMO make the Finals, and have the ability to push whoever comes out of the West.
No clue about the NHL though