As a New York sports fan, last night can only be described as “horrific.”
I get home and immediately go online to check the scores. After three quarters, the New York Knicks were down 14 points to the Miami Heat. I expected this outcome- the Knicks won Game 4, and I promised myself earlier in the year that if the Knicks won a single playoff game (and thus win its first playoff game in over 10 years) I would be happy. So even though it was sad to see the Knicks be eliminated by the Big Three and Company, I was content with their single win.
Then I went to check the Rangers score. The Rangers were just coming off a nearly improbable comeback overtime win against the Capitals and had the chance to eliminate Washington. Instead of feeding off the momentum from the previous night, New York came out completely flat. They did finally score with about 50 seconds left, but at that point the still need another goal to equalize. The final score was 2-1 Capitals and once again the Rangers go to a Game 7. If they do win on Saturday, they will be severe disadvantage, as the New Jersey Devils would have been rested for nearly a week before the conference finals start.
Finally, to put the icing on the cake, David Robertson came in the ninth inning to protect a 1-0 lead the Yankees put up for him against the first place Rays. And, without missing a beat, Robertson immediately loads the bases without getting an out. He has done this before, earning him the nickname “Houdini.” ESPN kept putting up a graphic that since 2010, hitters are 1 for 21 against Robertson with the bases loaded. And then, after a strikeout, a sacrifice fly and Robertson blows the first save post-Mariano era. And then the dagger- a three run homer to sink the Yankees in 4-1 hole they are unable to climb out of.
On the bright side, at least the surprising Mets swept the Phillies. Unfortunately, I’m a Yankees fan, so I couldn’t care less.
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