October 16th 2004 vs May 21st 2023

Posted: May 22, 2023 by datechguy in Uncategorized

On October 16 2004 the Boston Red Sox , down 2 games to nothing against the New York Yankees suffered one of the most, if not the most lopsided defeat in their playoff history as the Yankees demolished them by a score of 19-8.

Boston briefly left 4-3 after two coming back from a 3-0 deficit and when the Yanks took the lead in the top of the 3rd tied it back up in the bottom of the inning so the two teams were even at 6-6 after 3. At this point the Yanks scored 5 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th, and four in the seventh to take a 17-6 lead. The token two runs Boston managed in the 7th were counted by two more Yankee runs in the 9th.

Not only did the Yanks score 19 runs on 22 hits but all of those runs were earned. Every sports expert declared the Red Sox Season Over.

Then came David Ortiz and Curt Schilling and history was made.

On May 21st 2024 he Boston Celtics the prohibitive favorite in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, with the second best record in the league played the Miami Heat in game three of their best of seven series for the right to go to the NBA finals. Miami had shocked everyone by winning the first two games in Boston and delivered a beating for the ages winning 128 to 102.

The Celtics were down by 8 after the 1st quarter. They were down by 15 at the half after 3 and down by 30 after three in a game that was considered a must win. The only players with a Positive +/- rating were Payton Prichard, Luke Kornet and Sam Houser who all played 12 minutes in the 4th quarter and were a +4 against the Heat’s subs cutting the final lead to 26 from 30.

Tonight every sports expert is declaring the Celtics dead and on Tuesday we will find out if they are as dead as everyone has declared them to be or if there is any pride left in the team.

But what would really be interesting would be to discover that there is an Ortiz or a Schilling on that team just waiting to emerge.

Miami doesn’t seem like the type of team to let this happen but there is a reason why you actually play the games.

After all who picked the Patriots when they were down 28-3 to Atlanta with 8:31 left in the 3rd?

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