Monday, May 13, 2013

Levels of losing

Before I went to Game 6 of the Celtics-Knicks series, I had a discussion with my dad about how painful it might be if they lost and were eliminated.  After coming halfway back from a 3-0 deficit, Boston had a chance to tie up the series at home.  I didn't really expect them to win, so I felt like the only way a loss could really hurt would be if they held a big lead all night, and let it slip away at the end.  Of course I never considered the possibility of getting blown out, then having a near miraculous comeback fall just short (both in the game and in the series).

Yesterday I wrote that because of their passion and history of defeat, I might actually feel bad for Maple Leafs fans if Toronto couldn't complete the comeback from 3-1 down and win Game 7.  But as with the Celtics, I never considered the possibility of them holding a 4-1 lead with under 11 minutes to go, giving up 2 goals in a 31 second span of the final minutes against an empty net, and then falling in overtime.  Wow.  Sorry Toronto, you win; as far as losing goes.

Note: Yes, I was rooting for the Bruins.  But since I haven't given them much attention, it didn't seem right to get all giddy and write about how awesome a game this was.   It was an amazing comeback though, and clearly too big a deal not to discuss, so I chose this angle. 


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