Not a decade ago a 37 year-old Curt Schilling was able to miraculously muster up enough strength to grind and gut out Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees with a torn tendon in his right ankle. He went 7 strong and led the Sox to a win against all odds. This performance came after an injury ridden pitching display in Game 1 which contributed toward the 0-3 hole that was eventually overcome in an epic 4 game comeback. Schilling's bloody sock resides in the Hall of Fame and is branded as an iconic image in the hearts and minds of everyone in Red Sox Nation.
Fast forward 7 and a half years, standing in an Eastern Conference Finals, Boston is again faced with a tall task against another star-studded opponent, the Miami Heat. A 36 year-old Ray Allen is a veteran all-time great with championship pedigree and a history of clutch performances. However, lately he has been ineffective game after game, playing through worsening bone spurs in his right ankle. In Game 1, his shooting and defense were a factor in the loss, no doubt in large part due to the pain.
But could there be one more Alamo moment for Ray? I think the potential is there. Lets hope that before the Eastern Conference Finals are out, Ray can channel the same heart of a champion that HE has showed us, that Curt Schilling showed us, and give us one more memory to remember his Celtic career by.