Two years ago, I shared the following:
From 1978 to 1992, I was really into the NFL thing – and a pretty huge Giants fan. I watched the games every week and sweated out the big ones. But, after that time, I basically stopped watching pro-football. Since then, I’ve gone to a couple of Jets’ games, with a friend who has season tickets. And, I still watch the Superbowl each year – but, that’s just about the one and only football game that I watch on TV each season. I’ve just become disenchanted with the NFL.
And, my position on this has not changed since that time. That said, how could I not notice what the Giants did in the Meadowlands yesterday?
But, those were post-season games – and, at least, the Yankees did make the post-season in those years. When was the last time the Yankees had a shot at the post-season, at or near the end of the season, and mailed it in like the Giants did yesterday?
Would that be 1985? On September 12, 1985, the Yankees beat the Blue Jays to get within 1.5 games of them – and first place (with 23 games left to play that year). But, the Yankees lost the next three games to the Jays – 3-2, 7-4, and 8-5 – and, within a blink of an eye, New York was then 4.5 games back of Toronto with 20 games left to play.
Granted, those three losses to the Jays were close – and not a blowout-tank-job like the Giants pulled yesterday. But, what made it really bad in 1985 was that, after that four game set with Toronto, New York lost their next five games in a row – to totally non-contending teams like the Indians, Tigers and Orioles -to put themselves 6.5 games back (with 15 games to play). And, that was mailing it in…for sure.
So, was 1985 the last time the Yankees did what the Giants did yersterday – when they lost 8 in a row after getting to the point where they were 1.5 back with 23 to play? Or, is there something in between then and now that I missed?