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June 14, 2017

Both of last year’s basketball team runnersup, North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament and the Golden State Warriors are champions a year later, upon quick and likely accurate review, a first in 70 possibilities.

The NHL Penguins and NBA Warriors, who won 2 of those titles as the Philadelphia Warriors, each claimed their 5th crown, again most likely after quick review, the highest total of same year/same number titles in NHL/NBA annals.

At the moment three of the six champions (those 6 are from the four major North American sports leagues and college “pig”/football and basketball), were second best a season ago, Clemson winning vs defending champion Alabama after losing to them a year earlier.

In 1975, the New York Islanders stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins, overcoming a (3-0) quarterfinal series deficit, winning game 7 at Pittsburgh with Ed Westfall, scoring the lone goal. That year the Warriors were upstart NBA champions, having not even qualified for the NBA ‘offs the year before.

Last year, a night after the Pens claimed the title with a Sunday night game 6 road win, the Warriors both failed in that night’s game 5 and eventually lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 7 game NBA title series.

When the Islanders overcame the (3-0) deficit vs the Pens in ’75, they became just the second team in any major North american sports league to do so.

The only other team at that point to do so were the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (vs the Detroit Red Wings in the 19″FORTY TWO” NHL final).

Now a year after the Pens win/Warriors lose juxtaposition of a year ago, and FORTY TWO years after the Warriors win/ Pens dissipate a (3-0) “quarters” lead situation, they are for the first time, respective league champions together.



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