"There's no way they will choke again this year."
Ah yes, the naivete. That was the thought on mind of every Mets fan who sat and watched them completely fall apart in 2007. That and, "We got Johan Santana."
But just as it does on the field, bad luck always seems to find you if you truly are afraid of it. Most fans will probably admit that their confidence in this team entering the 2008 season was simply hiding the scars left by 2007, and most fans will also probably decide to be true to themselves this year and not ignore the fact that it could happen again.
But when you think about it, was 2008 really a "choke" job? Or is everyone just so quick to call it so because it happened exactly twelve months earlier? Perhaps the term is being used a bit loosely, and here's why...