Flyers-Sabres: The Magic That is Game Seven

Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers are going up against the Buffalo Sabres in game seven for the chance to advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Facebook is abuzz with fans from both teams expressing their love for one and disdain for the other. Coverage on ESPN and other stations are increased because of the weight of the situation. Analysts are mentioned and asked for their opinions more often (specifically Barry Melrose and Matthew Barnaby who, when surveyed by 100 people for Most Annoying ESPN Analysts, finished first in front of Mark May and Lou Holtz.) These factors got me thinking, what makes a game seven so special?

            The obvious reason is the epitome of any playoff sports series is game seven.  Two teams battling to an even 3-3 draw that excites more than just those directly involved, whether fans or athletes.  For example, in 2010, game seven of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, the two starred franchises in the NBA, drew the highest ratings in 10 years. The other obvious answer is that it is a win-or-go-home situation.  That two teams who have battled for two weeks (or three if you’re the NBA) and the only solution is a one-game playoff leaving one team with a feeling of absolute excitement and a permanent stamp on the sports world. (See the Boston Red Sox- New York Yankees 2004 ALCS.  Side note: I looooove reminding Yankees fans of this series.)  The other is left with nothing but heartbreak and a terrible taste in their mouths that causes sports talk radio shows to blow-up with messages about firing the coach and getting rid of the franchise player because “he can’t win the big game.” (Strange, the number five just popped in my head.)

            However the real beauty of game seven is engrained into us at a young age.  Think back to when you were playing wiffle-ball or baseball as a kid, it was always: bottom of the 9th, two outs, bases loaded, full count, game…seven.  Why, because it represents the highest level of competition. It represents the drama that ignites your childhood imagination because there is either advancement or defeat.  There are no other options.  Let’s face it, in any given series there is always a game or two where players from each team may have a bad night or just be nonchalant about it (like the Miami Heat- 76ers series, yeah the 76ers stole a game, but the Heat will end it on Wednesday.).  But, in a game seven there is never a dull moment.  The athletes are at their peak competitive abilities AND mentalities. Trash talk is never used more and the players are never as amped. It’s in a game seven where the best play, well, their best (if you’re not getting excited just from the thought of all of this, you have no pulse). It’s in a game seven where the legends of Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins were created and still resonate throughout all of sports

            There is no doubt that there is something special with a game seven.  It has all the tangibles above and certain unexplainable attributes that make it the greatest game for any playoff series and although Flyers fans would prefer the series be over before seven games, they can’t deny how exciting the atmosphere and game itself will be.  I wonder what Melrose would have to say about all this…

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  • […] Sports Illustrated « Flyers-Sabres: The Magic That is Game Seven […]

  • […] A few months ago I posted about the “Beauty of a Game Seven.”  Most underdogs can either steal or over-achieve in two games which improve the quality of a seven-game series because it allows the best team to win. But, game fives don’t have the same magic.  The lesser of the teams CAN win a series because the margin of error is so small.  A team only needs three wins to advance to the next round instead of four. On paper, the difference is only one more win, but there are still two teams.  A 2-2 series compared to a 3-3 series is TWO more games which, in the scope of baseball (only sport with five-game series), is at least 18 more innings, one less chance to use the team’s Ace on full rest, and creates a “hot-team” complex that can be argued doesn’t exist.  It doesn’t have the same grueling drama or bravado that a seven game series has.  Game five is game seven’s little, more annoying brother who just wants to know, “Why can’t I go to movies with you?!” Which big brother would reply, “Because you’re just not old enough, now SCRAM!”  Game five is the reason that the pressure is on the Phillies to win on Friday. […]

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