Thursday, May 2, 2013

Deja Vu For New York Sports Fans?

History, by definition, is the study of past events. Some people even believe that if we understand the past, we can predict the future.

Time and time again, history has proven that it repeats itself. Fashion trends will come back into style, television show themes will return (Golden Girls were the inspiration for Sex & the City), and even food fad’s will become popular again (McDonald’s brought back the McRib).

Another place where history repeats itself is in sports. Back in 2004, the Boston Red Sox completed a miraculous comeback against their arch rivals, the New York Yankees. Down 3 games to 0 in the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox fought back and won Game 4 in extra innings. They proceeded to win the next 3 games in a row to complete the greatest comeback in sports history. The Red Sox not only won those 4 games in a row to advance to the World Series but they also won all 4 games against the St. Louis Cardinals to become the 2004 World Series Champions. This was their first World Series title in 86 years.

We may now be seeing another improbable comeback between Boston & New York. It’s not on the baseball field though…this time it’s on the hard-court. The #2 seeded New York Knicks held a 3 games to 0 lead against the #7 seeded Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Since then, the Celtics have won 2 straight (including a hard fought overtime win in Game 4…similar to the Red Sox Game 4 extra innings win).

If the Celtics do complete this comeback and eliminate the Knicks, it won’t be as unbelievable as the Red Sox 2004 revival. The Yankees had won (at the time) a record 26 World Series titles. The Knicks haven’t won a World Championship since 1973 or a playoff series in 13 years.

It’ll still be Wicked Awesome for Bostonians though…

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