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Monday, October 18, 2004

 
You'd think I'd learn.....

I was about to commit the same mistake I've committed before and regretted. But what can I say, I'm a slow learner.

I was about to state as a fact that no team in professional sports history has come back from a 3-0 deficit. I'd gathered this notion from years of watching baseball and pro basketball when I heard so many sports announcers say, "No team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit."

However, there's a fourth major professional sport out there: hockey.(Well, not this year.)
As Jim Caple of ESPN.com points out, there are indeed two professional teams that have come back from the 3-0 hole: the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders.

Take heart, Red Sox fans, it has been done. Whether or not the feat can be repeated against the Yankees is another question. I'm just happy about an October afternoon ball game.


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