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The Realm of the Coin
March 29, 2010
Jets-Giants? Small change! Here's how the fickle flip has really altered events
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March 29, 2010

The Realm Of The Coin

Jets-Giants? Small change! Here's how the fickle flip has really altered events

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Call: Heads

Comes up: Tails

The Bears and the Steelers each finish the '69 season 1--13, but the flip's winner gets the consensus first pick: quarterback Terry Bradshaw of Louisiana Tech. Bears chairman Ed McCaskey's wrong guess sends Bradshaw (left) to Pittsburgh and four Super Bowl titles.

1978: AL East playoff

The call: Lost in legend

Comes up: Boston's way

However they won, the Red Sox get to play the Yankees at friendly Fenway. That boomerangs when the Bombers' shortstop (right) lofts a pop fly (an out anywhere else) just over the Green Monster in left for the three-run homer that marks him forever in the Hub as Bucky (F------) Dent.

1998: Thanksgiving Day, Steelers at Lions, OT

Call: Tails or heads or both

Comes up: Tails

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