The Moment Of Crisis

In 1998 the Yankees dominated MLB, clinching the AL East on September 9th in Fenway and finishing with 114 wins. They swept the Rangers in the ALDS, but then the script changed. After an easy Game 1 victory over Cleveland in the ALCS, the Yankees lost their cool and Game 2 in extra innings when Knoblauch held onto the ball and argued instead of getting time officially called. Game 3 was a disaster as Andy Petitte got roughed up and suddenly the Yankees, a team that had dominated all year, were facing the prospect of seeing their magical season end.

I was thinking about that last night as I watched Oklahoma City take apart Golden State and take a 2-1 lead in the Conference Finals. That did not look like a team that won 43, let alone 73 games, last night and the pressure is now clearly on the Warriors. For all the celebrations about winning 73 games, that won’t matter unless they can go the distance. The 72-win Bulls closed things out. The 1998 Yankees rebounded and did so as well, but think about the 2001 Mariners. 116 wins, but a loss in the ALCS denied them a shot at immortality. Those are the stakes for the Warriors. Win and become legends, lose and become an interesting footnote.

Which way will Golden State go now? I have no clue, but it is going to be a lot of fun to watch. Game 5 is Tuesday night at 9PM EDT.

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  • blmeanie  On May 23, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    very odd team, the Warriors, I find myself rooting for them still even though they won last year and won the 73 games. Usually I root against teams on such a run (outside of Boston of course). I think they wake up and tie it back at 2 and make it a short series, anything can happen, as we all know.

    • nysportsfanatic  On May 23, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      Can’t argue with your prediction, Curry alone could carry them to the finish line, but curious as to why you are attached to them?

  • blmeanie  On May 24, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Rooting for them is perhaps too strong. Rooting for them over any remaining teams might be better. Outside of laundry rooting, I am typically an underdog rooter. Curry and personality make them rootable I think.

    • nysportsfanatic  On May 24, 2016 at 8:37 am

      I like Curry, but I can’t root for those guys. They already won, give someone else a chance!

  • blmeanie  On May 24, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    if they repeat, I’m with you going into next year

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