Best Comeback – Sports Stat of the Week

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Ever feel like you’ve started on the wrong foot? Maybe the project didn’t get off to a good start or the date started with you falling down a flight of stairs . . .

I hear these things, um, happen….

Can you get the win after a rough start?

On October 26th, 2009, the Toronto Maple Leafs got their first win of the season . . .

Just how bad was this losing streak?

hagmanThe Maple Leafs blew 8 regular season games to end up in the hole 0-7-1. That gives them ONE total point for a month’s worth of work.

Well, now they’ve tripled points, they’re up to 3! Mind you the division leaders sit with 18 points. Not an easy gap to close.

Who knew Haggie could step into a leadership role. We traded him a couple of yeas ago. Looks like it suits him well.

3starsleafsvducksAs for Anaheim, well, they’re in the worst way. If they weren’t Pacific Division rivals I might feel sorry for them. Look at Scott, how old is he now? He looks like a cowboy who has been left on the prairie too long. Get that man some moisturizer!

Sports Stat of the Week: Best comeback from a lousy Season to win it all . . .

NHL: 89-90 Oilers started season 2-11-2, but went on to win the Cup
NFL: 1979 LA Rams had the worst record with 9-7, but won the Superbowl
MLB: 2006 Cardinals worst regular season (83-78), but won the World Series

The 2006 Cards do indeed hold the record for worst regular season, but they got off to a great start so it’s not quite what I was looking for . . .

You baseball wonks keep dogging me about baseball stats. Let’s face it, I’m no baseball nut. If you can provide a worse start for a MLB team that then goes on to WIN the world series, I will gladly update this item.

As for the leafs, let’s just plan to keep the win streak short. The Leafs blow through town Wednesday night. Go Stars.

Published bykatemckeon

You can try anything one time in Texas . . . after that we may shoot you. -Kate McKeon


  • Scott Payne

    November 1, 2009 at 8:01 am Reply

    Thanks Kate… great stuff!
    I believe there is always hope to turn the ship around…
    Scott Payne

  • Greg

    October 31, 2009 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Go Stars!

  • Steve Chambers

    October 30, 2009 at 9:01 am Reply

    Which foot is the wrong one? Do I detect right-footed favortism here?

    Steve Chambers, Body Language Speaker

    • katemckeon

      November 1, 2009 at 9:11 am Reply

      Oh! Steve is hunting for favoritism. Don’t let anyone hear you, we’ll have to have special building codes to handle right footed versus left-footed people.

      For all our desire to even the playing field, we seem to dumb it down. Thanks for the reminder Steve!

  • Martin O'Connor

    October 30, 2009 at 7:46 am Reply

    Lot of good information to think about. Thanks!

    Martin O’Connor

  • Martin O'Connor

    October 29, 2009 at 7:02 am Reply

    Never say “Die.”

    Martin O’Connor

  • Jose Escalante

    October 29, 2009 at 12:55 am Reply

    This reminds me to keep going and work smart.

    Jose Escalante

  • Vicki

    October 28, 2009 at 5:11 pm Reply

    I’m not a sports buff – but I’ve had plenty of times when starting out on the wrong foot and sometimes staying there was not to fun. Best to just move along and start a new streak when that happens.


  • Lisa

    October 28, 2009 at 7:37 am Reply

    Well, I’ll admit I don’t know much about sports, but I do get the message. It’s amazing to break a losing streak much more than the other way around by far. Nice pic btw!

  • Las Vegas Boomer Dating Expert

    October 28, 2009 at 1:54 am Reply

    We LIKE Scottie!

    I am so frothing over a hockey fan that I just had to go google a little on the topic of Come Backs.
    who wins dot com
    thinks the 1975 Islanders who came back from a 3 game deficit. apparently the only other team to do that was the 1942 Leafs.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

    • katemckeon

      October 28, 2009 at 6:36 am Reply

      Sure, that was a great series (at least from looking at the stats), but both teams did relatively well that season.

      The teams mentioned above either started off on the wrong foot for the season or they had the worst season record before going on to win the entire enchilada.

      The research points to the idea that YES, you can comeback . . . only a tiny fraction of teams do, but YOU CAN come back.

      Thanks for being such a great fan!

  • Martin

    October 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm Reply

    It’s the potential/hope for comebacks that keeps many a fan hooked throughout the season.
    It’s also the same for gamblers!
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  • Keri Eagan

    October 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm Reply

    I’m off to check out what a “wonk” is. Sounds like the type of word I should know about.

    Keri Eagan

  • Mister P

    October 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm Reply

    It is always possible to turn negative streaks into positive streaks. Good to know.

    Bert (alter ego- Mister P)

  • Rob Northrup

    October 27, 2009 at 2:52 pm Reply

    At any point a new streak can be started that is opposite of the previous one.

    This is especially true in our personal lives when often our most competitor is ourselves so we control both sides of the playing field…

    The 1991 baseball World Series featured the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves… The year before in 1990 the Twins were dead last 29 GAMES out of first with a 74-88 record. That same year the Braves were also dead last 26 GAMES out of first with a 65-97 record…

    These two Worst-to-First teams played a great World Series (Twins won 4-3 on a 1-0 win in extra innings in Game Seven sending a dagger through the hearts of the Braves). The Braves went on to win an unprecedented 15 STRAIGHT division titles…

    Seize the Day,

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