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First Pitch: A Precautionary Tale About Living in Fear of a Collapse

First Pitch: A Precautionary Tale About Living in Fear of a Collapse

I sat on the couch, staring intently at the TV. There are situations in sports when there is almost no hope available, yet for some reason you cling to the impossible. I was trying to find one small ounce of hope. The playoffs are when magical things happen. A comeback was unlikely, but I couldn't give up hope.

"Yes!"

My roommate on the couch next to me gave a small cheer and a fist pump, as if he even needed to modestly celebrate the New England Patriots scoring another touchdown to go up by 21 with two and a half minutes left. The rage slowly built inside of me. Thinking about how he had been talking all week about being a Patriots and Eagles fan, and how he might have a guaranteed championship, like that's not cheating. Thinking about how the Steelers went 15-1 on the year and looked like locks to win it all, only to lose to the damn Patriots once again in the AFC championship. Thinking about how I had a meeting scheduled that evening at work, and I didn't want to see anyone's...

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