The story you know: 40 years ago, the Yankees rallied from 14 games back to overtake the Red Sox. The one you don't: key to their revival was a New York newspaper strike that calmed the Bronx Zoo, brought the team's focus back to baseball—and heralded a change in American life.
Chelsea was supposed to struggle this season as it transitioned to life under new manager Maurizio Sarri and pulled back a bit on transfers, yet the Blues have won their first five matches of the season and look primed to silence doubters yet again.
Devoid of marquee players or draft picks, the Nets were a barren franchise when Sean Marks accepted their GM position. But after a short stay in the abyss, big wins could be on the horizon in Brooklyn.