ESPN the Magazine, what have you done?
Last week our sister periodiocal produced an innovative issue devoted entirely to Boston sports. All four major sports were lauded in an article titled "Decade of Dominance." But the question now is will the issue be remembered as when the dominance died?
Grantland's Bill Simmons ended the issue with a dire (is there any other kind?) warning that for Boston followers, the issue was a terrible idea. He feared to praise Boston in such grand fashion would be hubris that would cause the sports gods to strike back.
Well, that 6-ton satellite didn't fall on Fenway Park but Simmons may have been right. Consider:
• The mighty New England Patriots laughingly took a 21-zip lead over their personal man servants, the Buffalo Bills. But, lo and whoa, somehow the Bills intercepted the godly Tom Brady four times and won 34-31. Buffalo at 3-0 now leads the AFC East. Did someone check to see if the sun rose in the West this morning?
• Granted, the Boston Red Sox have been gasping for the Heimlich Manuever all September, so they didn't need an additional jinx. But the Sox had to play about a day-and-a-half Sunday to split a doubleheader with the hated Yankees. That leaves the Sox just one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays after having a nine-game lead on Sept. 4.
• The Boston Celtics, of course, are out of work. So is the rest of the NBA but, still, if you see a Celtic on the street corner, give him some spare change.
• The Boston Bruins are playing exhibition hockey. That sounds like a curse in itself.
So there's the evidence and now comes the work. Our reader-generated list for this week is "Top 10 Signs Boston Sports Are Doomed." Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org -- including your first name, initial of your last name and your location. You have until noon Wednesday and the list will appear here Thursday.
We are expecting a ton of entries from the New York area.
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