Bragging rights edge: White Sox, then Red Sox, then Cubs
A strong claim can be made for the Red Sox, having won two World Series to the White Sox's one and the Cubs' zero. And indeed, the Red Sox hold a certain psychologically abstract edge over the Cubs.
But the White Sox beat the Red Sox decisively in their lone playoff matchup. They get points for a sweep, for knocking out the defending champs, for beating a team en route to their own championship and for outscoring Boston 24-9 in the three games.
The One That Didn't Happen: The Apocalypse Series, aka a World Series showdown in 2003 between the haven't-won-since-1908 Cubs and the haven't-won-since-1918 Red Sox. How close did we come? The Cubs blew leads in Games 6 and 7 of the NLCS at home, while the Red Sox led 5-2 in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS.
BLACKHAWKS vs. BRUINS
Playoff history: 5-1 Bruins (lost in '75, won in '27, '42, '70, '74, and '78)
Recent performance: Blackhawks won the Cup in 2010, lost in 1992; Bruins won the Cup in 2011, lost in 1988 and 1990
Bragging rights edge: TBD by 2013 champion
Yes, the Bruins hold a distinct edge over the Hawks in playoff matchups, but two of their postseason wins came before the conclusion of World War II, while the most recent was 35 years ago. In the words of Eddie Murphy: "What have you done for me lately?"
The One That Didn't Happen: The Hawks and Bruins came close to playing for the Cup in 1990 and 1992. In 1990, the Hawks lost the conference finals 4-2 to eventual Stanley Cup champ Edmonton, which beat the Bruins 4-1. And in 1992, the Penguins swept the Bruins in the conference finals, then swept the Hawks for the Cup.
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