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Friday's Mashup: 'What If?' Boston sports edition

Nick "Fitzy" Stevens
June 04, 2020 - 6:43 pm

Happy Friday! What a week. What a year, right?

Good news - you made it! There's a weekend ahead (it's the two consecutive days that begin with S). Let's keep those minds open, spirits up, beverages filled and grills lit.


2007 Red Sox Postseason Encore World Series Game 4: Red Sox at Colorado Rockies - 8 p.m., NESN

Like watching the Red Sox win a World Series ever gets old?


Thursday on The Dale & Keefe Show (with Keefe and Wiggy) the gang played a version of the time-honored "What If...?" game. This time centering on pivotal Boston sports moments. Sort of an alternate universe "Sliding Doors" hypothetical aimed at sparking debate as to how some games, careers and seasons could have turned out, if... Considering how close so many championships have been, what kind of epic comebacks and fails we've been witness to, and how so many memories could be wildly different if somebody had just made one throw, one catch, one slight movement or decision. It really was a welcome sports fan's respite from the topics that have burned white hot over the last few weeks. You can listen to the segment HERE. The guys made their picks, and they were interesting, for sure. Here are the Top 5 lists they came up with...

Some solid choices, a few odd wrinkles for sure. But in a sports rich region like this, with the success of the past two decades considered, you'll have options galore. And so, this got me thinking, obviously, about my own Top 5 ... that's the point of the segment, right? Curious what you think of this quickly assembled alt-5.

As soon as I wrote my list I immediately thought of several other moments that would qualify for top-tier inclusion. And followers, readers and fans alike reminded me in no time of many other worthy moments, or made their own lists...

Low-stakes, high-volume sports bargument fare for the masses. There are so many moments that broke in the favor or Boston sports teams, so many moments that didn't, so many moves and decisions worth questioning...grab a cold one, tear our lists apart, make your own and holler at us. @FitzyGFY and of course to the instagators, @dalekeefeweei. And please don't @ me anymore about leaving Len Bias out!


It's officially coming back at the end of July. I know that's almost two months from now. But if you made it this long...can't imagine I've ever wanted to watch Jazz/Spurs more in my life.


Would you believe of all places we look to a sitcom with monsters from over 50 years ago for inspiration, guidance and words of wisdom during these most tumultuous times?


Anyone wanna take a second and remember how awesome Jon Lester was with the Sox? How easy he was to root for? How clutch he was? I'd say let's play "What If the Sox didn't trade Lester..." but that would sting too much.