Do-or-Die in Dallas: How Our Teams Fare in Elimination Games
And, you know what? We're pretty damn good at them.
While the Rangers take their pathetic 3-11 playoff pedigree into tonight's decisive Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks have produced a combined post-season record of 177-176. You win more playoff games than you lose and you're doing OK, right?
Even better, in loser-goes-home games the three teams are a combined are 40-28.
To the Cowboys, of course, every playoff game is do-or-die. Dallas is 33-25 all-time in the post-season, including 5-3 in the ultimate decisive game - the Super Bowl.
The Mavericks, known as our biggest chokers, are a surprising 5-1 in all-time Game 5s and 7s. Dallas won a Game 5 in Moody Madness in '84, beat Utah in '01 on Calvin Booth's game-winner and won home Game 7s against Portland and Sacramento in '03, Houston in '05 and the landmark Game 7 in San Antonio on its way to the NBA Finals in '06. The lone loss: Game 7 of the '88 Western Conference Finals at the Lakers.
The Stars are 2-2 in elimination games, highlighted by Game 7 wins at Reunion Arena over the Colorado Avalanche in '99 and '00.
Over .500 in the playoffs and .588 in do-or-die games ain't bad at all.
You hear that Rangers?