I like to believe that I'm a fairly logical person, but what we love about sports are the heartfelt, comeback, underdog, turnaround, you-name-it moments we see. And maybe those are the moments that will happen for the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia is the home of Rocky Balboa, after all.
But, from a Chicago perspective, it seems that anything bad that can happen to a Chicago sports team will happen to a Chicago sports team.
I don't mean to be a Debbie-downer, but I just happened to stumble upon some similar trends between the Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs, which is why I'm holding my breath while watching the series.
The Cubs agreed to give up their slot on WGN-AM 720 to air the Stanley Cup Finals. What a gracious reminder that the entire city of Chicago is rooting for their hometown team.
A gracious act, but one that only reminds Chicago fans how long it's been since either team has won a title. Share our air-time, share our curse. (But it's a good thing the Hawks have no recorded curse shunned upon them like the "Curse of the Billy Goat").
The Cubs hold the longest World Series drought, currently shooting for year No. 102.
The Hawks hold the longest Stanley Cup drought as well, unless they win this year. (Oops, did I just jinx the Hawks? Well, as I said earlier, let's prove superstitions wrong).
Championship droughts are probably the only hard facts I can think of for similarities. Let's talk deja vu?
Watching the Hawks play in this series reminds me of when I was watching the Cubs play the Florida Marlins in the 2003 National League Championship Series.
Though the Cubs lost Game One, they battled back to take the next three games. All they needed was one more, just one, and Chicago felt like they had it in the bag. Looking at postseason trends, it's not easy (and highly unlikely) for any team to comeback from a 3-1 deficit and win a championship title.
In the NBA, that trend is set at 2-0. No team down 2-0 in a series has ever come back to win the NBA title. The Chicago Bulls tried to break it in 2006 when they were down 2-0 against the Miami Heat. The Bulls gave its fans false hope when they battled back to tie the series at 2-2, but the Heat put the series away by winning two straight and ended up winning the championship title.
Oh wait, and the Marlins also won the 2003 World Series after defeating the Cubs.
For the Blackhawks, they're already in the Stanley Cup Finals. They were also up 2-0 in the series. When the Hawks lost Game Three, many fans claimed that the Hawks just wanted to win the series at home so the festivities could be in Chicago.
I heard the exact same thing when the Cubs lost Game Five to the Marlins.
The Cubs had two more chances to win, and both at home, so might as well win it at home, right?
No more scapegoats, please.
So after a comfortable 2-0 lead by the Hawks, the Flyers tied the series at 2-2, which was similar to what happened in last season's Finals series between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Now, the Hawks lead the series 3-2. If they lose Wednesday, I'm predicting the same scapegoat excuse that they'll want to win it in Chicago.
That'd be great, minus the fact that I won't get a peaceful sleep.
But hockey, as I slowly learned, is not a "trendy sport."
Momentum from a previous series doesn't carry over to the next. Though the Hawks dominated Game Five, the Flyers proved that they can strike hard at home.
There are no known "curses" in hockey, so why am I being antsy about the Blackhawks running on bad luck? Because they're a Chicago team, and as I always fear, anything bad that can happen to a Chicago team seems to happen.
I'll admit I've avoided mentioning the White Sox winning the 2005 World Series. But it hurts for Cubs fans to watch your crosstown rival win the World Series after an 88-year drought and breaking their own curse (the White Sox had the "Curse of Shoeless Joe").
I didn't forget the Chicago Bears and the unimpressive performance put on by Rex Grossman.
When the Bulls had their epic 2009 playoff series against the Boston Celtics, I had the same ominous feeling that anything bad that can happen to the Bulls will happen.
The Bulls simply had the inability to hold any lead and Ray Allen's shots were just falling for him.
Though Sunday's game was one of the highest scoring hockey games I've watched, the Flyers were slowly chipping away at the Hawks' lead until the Hawks pulled away for good.
All this superstitious junk is just a feeling. All we know is that the Blackhawks can either break the Chicago trend or break Chicago hearts by the end of this week