Monday, September 17, 2012

Loss #81 is a BIG one.

The Red Sox lost their 81st game game of the season yesterday, guaranteeing that they can not finish the year above .500.   Click here to read my column for CLNS Radio about this and the upcoming Tampa series.  As you may have heard, it'll be the first time since 1997 that the Sox haven't had a winning record.  But what you are probably not aware of is the fact that it concludes an incredible streak of success by the four major Boston sports teams.  Between the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins, the last club to have a losing record was the '06-'07 Celtics. For twenty consecutive seasons every Boston team won more than they lost.  Previously I calculated the odds of this to be in the neighborhood of 1,048,576 to 1.

Have we just seen the greatest 5 years in sports history?
But, what I need help with is trying to figure out if this is the greatest 5 year run any city has ever had.  There are currently 11 other metropolitan areas with at least one team in each sport: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  Based on my vast knowledge and detailed recollection of insignificant sports information, I feel confident in saying that no other city has had 20 straight winning seasons in recent memory.

But was Boston's streak the longest ever of it's kind?  At the moment I don't have the time or man power to research this, if you have any idea how to acquire such data please let me know.

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