After winning the World Series three times in four years, the Red Sox finished sixth in 1919. Boston Herald columnist Bob Dunbar was sanguine: “Probably this is the best thing that could happen to the Hub. There is such a thing as a surfeit of World Series, and a year off now and then will only increase interest in the grand old game right here in the Hub. Anyway, next season’s another year.”
Boston fans know better now. That next championship could be a long time in coming. That’s why the Pats’ AFC title game loss smarts so much.