Best Comeback – Sports Stat of the Week

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.

15 thoughts on “Best Comeback – Sports Stat of the Week”

    • 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!

  1. 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.


  2. 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!

  3. 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

    • 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!

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

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

    Keri Eagan

  6. 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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