It hardly seems like 14 years ago. But in September 2004, the Red Sox’ inability to win the World Series was so ingrained in our expectations that it was a small but important element on Lost. The idea of fate was encapsulated by the words of Christian Shephard and his son Jack: that’s why the Red Sox will never win the Series. Within two months of the premiere of Lost, that changed (which would also memorably be used on the show two seasons later). Since 2004, the ghosts of Bucky Dent and Aaron Boone and Bill Buckner and the non-existent Curse of the Bambino have all been exorcised. The Red Sox, once baseball’s hard luck team, are now the dominant power of baseball, with their fourth title since 2004, more than anyone else (and three more than the hated Yankees). There may or may not be such a thing as fate. But if there is, it must just be the Red Sox’s fate to be great.
- Tyrone Lue and Hue Jackson were fired within a day of each other. Terry Francona must be a bit nervous.
- The most shocking firing of the week, however, is in Madrid, where Julen Lopetegui was given the boot following an embarrassing lose to Barca, and after only four months on the job.
- I join with British soccer fans in mourning the tragic death of Leicester City’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, in a helicopter crash after the team’s game on Saturday.
- Is this the end for Jameis Winston? Is FitzMagic real?
- Klay Thompson sets a new record for most 3-pointers in a game. It’s just not fair!
- Will the WNBA players strike?
As always, all sports topics welcome.