Blown leads

Sofi Zeman, Co-Features Editor

     The past year is notoriously known in sports as the year of blown leads. The Super Bowl, NBA Finals and World Series ended with the underdog winning overall.

     In June 2016, the Golden State Warriors faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Championship Finals. After the fourth game of the finals, the Warriors held a 3-1 lead over the Cavaliers. At this point, Golden State only needed to beat the Cavs in one more game to take home the title.  But, game 5 changed all expectations in the Finals. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers to take a 112-97 win over Golden State. With following victories in game 6 and 7, the Cavaliers brought a championship title back to Cleveland for the first time in 52 years.

     Coincidentally, a 3-1 lead was also blown in November of 2016 in the MLB World Series. The Cleveland Indians, trying to bring a second championship to Cleveland, had a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs made a comeback, winning games 5 and 6 of the series. Finally on Nov. 2, Chicago. In the final inning of the game, the Cubs were ahead of the Indians with a score of 8-7. Kris Bryant threw to Alex Rizzo at first base for the final out of the game, winning the World Series for Chicago.

     Most recently, Super Bowl LI ended in with an unexpected comeback. In the third quarter of the game, the Atlanta Falcons took the lead over the New England Patriots at 28-3.  After a 13-play 75-yard touchdown drive, the Patriots began to make their comeback. Throughout the third and fourth quarter, New England’s game became successful, raising tensions at the end of the fourth quarter when the two teams tied 28-28, going into overtime. New England won in overtime with a score of 34-28.

    It becomes evident that the past seven months have consisted with a series of blown leads, victories and excitement in sports.