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Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: Sometimes, they blow up in your face

Bucky Gleason and I often commiserate about a frequent columnists' pitfall: We tend to write at the extremes, and it's often when a streak or trend is about to flip and blow up in your face.

Two Februarys ago, I pointed out in this space that the Sabres were on pace for their worst-ever home record. They won at home that night and two nights later. A year later, I did a Mailbag lead on them being 1-12 at home on Thursdays. They won at home that night, a Thursday.

Last season, the Padres were shut out in the first three games. I promptly suggested they could become the first team in 44 years to average under three runs a game. They scored 13 that night and 16 the day after.

So early last Sunday, I posted a column about the dull, one-sided NBA playoffs. The Warriors and Cavs hadn't lost. The Cavs had just won by 44 in Boston. Let's be done with it and start the Finals. On the set of Sports Talk Sunday that evening, I told Bucky about the column. He laughed. We knew what was coming. Cleveland blew a 21-point lead and lost at the buzzer a few hours later.

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