I saw this comparison alot on my social media newsfeed last night, and felt like it needed to be addressed.
When one thinks of the phrase “so close” in sports, the Buffalo Bills of the ’90s surely come to mind. Between the years 1991 and 1994, the Bills were contenders in four straight championship games. And sadly, they were LOSERS of four straight championship games.
Those four games the Buffalo Bills lost arguably symbolize the worst luck a team has had in sports history. Even though organizations like the Cubs, Indians, and various others have gone through stretches WITHOUT a championship; the fact the Bills couldn’t win ONE in four tries is even more heartbreaking.
Losing streaks without a title hurt, but they turn into scar tissue after a while. But something like this just sinks in a little bit deeper.
I make this point so I could lead to this point; are the Dodgers on the verge of becoming the “Modern Day” Buffalo Bills of baseball? After two straight years of missed opportunities, are we on the verge of seeing yet another collapse in the sports world?
Eh, it’s hard to say.
I mean yes, losing two straight titles with the deciding game being on your home field can be rough. Hell, losing two straight titles PERIOD can be tough. But we can’t just jump to this conclusion quite yet. I mean for one, the Texas Rangers did the exact same thing back in 2010 and ’11 when they were defeated by the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals in back to back seasons. So what the Dodgers have done is not new.
However, if the same outcome comes up in the 2019 season, then we can have this conversation. That will be the time to actually sit back and say; “Are they really that comparable?” Sure, this is a major “what if” scenario that we are talking about here; but sometimes we need these “what if” scenarios before we start making these comparisons.
Think about it like this; since the Bills in the ’90s, there hasn’t been a team in ANY of the four major American sports leagues (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey) that has lost in three or more championship games in a row. Sure, there have been back-to-back losers here and there, but not three or more.
But if the Los Angeles Dodgers are able to accomplish this feat next year, I’d be willing to call them the “modern day” Bills. They have been nothing but disappointing for the last few years now, and three consecutive losses in a championship series would just cap off the misery.
And finally, to wrap this all up, I think I need to share a few words that were a pivotal part of my personal vocabulary for many years before 2016. Being a Cubs fan, I knew this sentence all too well.
Dodgers; “there’s always next year.”
What are your thoughts on the series as a whole? Did the team you want to win come out on top? And where should the Dodgers go from here? Let me know in the comments section below.