cleaning up so well (jones_casey) wrote,
cleaning up so well

you can't fight the recurrences

belatedly, as always, here's a thing:

one of my favorite writers, the sports guy, has been on a gradual ascent to celebrity status. on friday may 3rd he wrote:

"my beloved wife and i got married 10 years ago today. (happy anniversary, honey!) my beloved celtics are trying to become the second boston team to erase a 3-0 playoff deficit against a new york team. (good luck tonight, fellas!) my dad is in town because my daughter turned 8 yesterday. (happy birthday, z, and hey, dad!) it's a great day. i'm spending it the way i always thought i would — wearing a suit, doing halftime shows and watching four game 6's in a cramped room with jalen rose, michael wilbon and magic johnson. wait, what? WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO MY LIFE????"

(this is not my beautiful wife!)

but it's the first sentence of his next paragraph that embodies three of the major things i like about him:

"true fact: this is only the second time we've had a quadruple-header of game 6's [i.e., four nba playoff games on the same night which are the sixth game of each series]. the other time? two days before i got married. now that's just goofy.1

1. all four teams up 3-2 won that night"

which is to say,
a) his use of footnotes
2) his use of phrases like 'true fact'
iii) his penchant for noticing and commenting on unusual coincidences and seemingly trivial details

so this occurrence of 4 game 6s on the same night just happened to be a decade apart, almost to the day.
but here's another true fact:

just like in 2003, in 2013 all four teams which led their series 3-2 won their game. not a single series was stretched to 7 games.
now that's just goofy.
Tags: athletics, grace notes, peculiar pattern is setting in, true story, un histoire vraie

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