Remember the Red Sox

Now I may not be the most optimistic guy out there but when the Celtics dropped a third-straight game to the Knicks yesterday I got a sinking feeling (and I'm sure all of you did too) which only reminded me of the feeling I got nine years ago when the Red Sox fell 0-3 to the Yankees in the ALCS.  I thought at the time that the Sox were surely doomed and that the Curse had ruled again.  "Just please don't get swept by New York," was all I was hoping for.

As Game 4 commenced it looked as though the Yanks were ready to sweep the Sox, taking a 4-3 lead into the ninth.  But then, history happened...   Yanks' chief reliever Mariano Rivera allowed a lead-off walk to Kevin Millar...   Dave Roberts then came in as a pinch-runner and stole second base...   Bill Mueller's single allowed Roberts to score - tie the game and send it into extra innings...   and finally in the bottom of the 12th - Big Papi hit the two-run walk-off homer heard 'round the world.

The rest, as they say, is history epic.  The '04 Red Sox went on to win the next three games, the ALCS crown and then the World Series.

Now, I know at this moment many (if not all) of us do not have the same optimism for the 2013 Celtics but it has happened before and - who knows? - it may happen again.  Heartbreak is no stranger in New York and lightning could strike twice.  All we need is for the Celts to remember 2004's Band of Idiots and know that things can still come together.

Let's go #Celtics!!!  #BeatNewYork!

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