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While You Were Lost

May 24, 2010
May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

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Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
2010 WORLD CUP
2010 World Cup
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While You Were Lost

Catching up with sports over six seasons of the ABC hit

Imagine that you crash-landed on a deserted island on Sept. 22, 2004, but that you survived and only returned to civilization this week. When it comes to sports, you'd have a whole lot of catch-up ball to play. Such a scenario would face the characters of ABC's Lost, whose immensely anticipated finale airs this Sunday (9 p.m. EST). For instance: Since Oceanic 815 crashed, almost 28,000 regular-season games have been played in the four major American sports leagues. In honor of Lost writers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof—both big-time baseball fans—and Sunday's series finale, here's a look at sports through the eyes of an islander.

This is an article from the May 24, 2010 issue

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MLB

YANKEES .591

ROYALS .400

NFL

COLTS .809

LIONS .223

NBA

MAVERICKS .693

TIMBERWOLVES .346

NHL

RED WINGS .690

ISLANDERS .474

CFB

BOISE STATE .928

DUKE .194

CBK

KANSAS .850

NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY .127

Combined regular-season winning percentages since Sept. 22, 2004

226 HRs hit by Ryan Howard and 148 served up by Bronson Arroyo and Aaron Harang

195 TD passes by Peyton Manning and 106 interceptions thrown by Brett Favre

13,597 points scored by LeBron James and 1,646 turnovers by Steve Nash

201 wins by goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who allowed an NHL-high 901 goals

Hey Jack, Did ya hear?

In season one, Jack (Matthew Fox, below) and his father invoked the mantra, "That's why the Red Sox will never win the World Series." Two seasons later Jack witnessed footage of the Curse's demise—a clue that free will versus fate would be a theme throughout the series. Full disclosure: Writer Carlton Cuse is a Sox fan. But what if he hadn't been? Here, a few hindsight-aided rewrites: "That's why Brett Favre will never leave Green Bay." "That's why Peyton will never win a Super Bowl—and his little brother? Oy." "That's why O.J. will never go to jail."

The rise and fall—and rise and fall—of the most polarizing people on and off the island

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MANNY RAMIREZ

TIGER WOODS

POPULARITY

+ -

KATE AUSTEN

SAYID JARRAH

World Series MVP

Fixes transistor

Marries Elin

Rescues Claire's baby

Regains No. 1

Finds food drop

Kisses Jack

Dad dies

AP Male Athlete of the Year

28-game hit streak

ALDS walk-off HR

Epic U.S. Open win

Moves in with Jack

Shoots Ben

Falls from No. 1

Fugitive?

Terrorist?

Tortures Sawyer

Misses Nelson cut

"Trade me"

Sex with Sawyer

Returns for Jack...

Interrogates Juliet

...And back with Sawyer

Assassin for Ben

Traded to L.A.

Saves Ben

PED suspension

R.I.P.

Possibly possessed

Car crash

Hitting .359

Masters front nine

Pain in neck

"I have let my family down"

Sept 22, 2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

LOST IN THE DETAILS?

Stephon Marbury's March 29, 2005, statline: 4 defensive rebounds; 6 of 8 3PT; 15 of 16 FTs, 2 offensive rebounds and 3 fouls over 42 minutes.

For Stewart Mandel's take on the Lost finale, go to SI.com/mandelpodcast

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