Thursday, June 29, 2006

NESN is airing a new show called What if..., which explores what might have happened at key points in New England sports history. They first episode is about what would have happened if He Who Must Not Be Named took Pedro out in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. You can also vote for the top 10 other "What if?" moments. Here's their list.

What if...
Buckner made the play on Mookie Wilson’s grounder?

The Manny Ramirez-Alex Rodriguez trade was approved in the winter of ’03?

Jeff Bagwell was never traded to Houston?

Glen Wesley scored in OT of Game 1 in the 1990 Cup Finals?

Bobby Orr’s career hadn’t been impacted by significant injury?

Drew Bledsoe hadn’t been hit by Mo Lewis and Tom Brady remained the back-up in 2001?

Bill Belichick remained the head coach of the New York Jets?

Len Bias hadn’t died of an overdose and lived to play alongside Reggie Lewis?

The Celtics won the draft lottery in 1997 and chose Tim Duncan?

Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary pass had fallen incomplete?

It's a pretty good list, but almost all the events happened within the last 20 years. So in the feedback box on the survey I added some of my own suggestions from earlier periods in history:

- What if Ted Williams hadn't lost nearly 5 seasons to military service?

- What if Tony C never got hit by Jack Hamilton?

- What if Jim Lonborg hadn't damaged his knee skiing after the 1967 season?

- What if Ben Drieth doesn't make that call against the Patriots in the playoff game against Oakland?

- What if Dom DiMaggio doesn't leave Game 7 of the 1946 World Series with an injury and is playing center field when Enos Slaughter tries for home?

- This one's almost too obvious, but what if Babe Ruth never got sold to the Yankees?

Got any other good ones? Leave them in the comments below.


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