So in that last minute of garbage time, we got cutaways of Alex Rodriguez biting his lip, and grimacing Derek Jeter (As ever). That they both decided to show up tonight thinking they'd see a nice easy preordained sweep of the Celtics, called in some favors to get courtside seats... and to instead send them home to probably lie awake half the night thinking of that week 18 1/2 years ago, hearing the phrase "Boston avoids the sweep" echo through what passes for their brains as they toss and turn, is already some measure of recompense for us.
But I'd prefer to think that they're our good luck charms, that as long as they're a part of some Boston sporting event, the sporting gods will never favor our opponents. And I hope they show up 3 more times in this series.
edit: oh, and did you hear what the 3-point makes were, from the announcers as those last seconds ticked down? "19 to 8 advantage", they said. A fateful tally for us if there ever was one.
Username checks out, mr. 2004 juju.I couldn't help thinking similar. They brought their 2004 juju with them tonight.
Anyway, the Athletic's writeup noted the same thing:
I can't get enough of 2004 continuing to be the knife in the back of their careers. Yeah, they staggered forward, likely into the hall of fame, but that thing is still sticking out of there, and people keep noticing and bringing it up. Truly, the gift that keeps on giving.