It hasn't been a good year for my Cleveland Cavaliers.
Even if you're not a sports fan, I am sure you've heard that the Cavs and Warriors are pretty darn good basketball teams (or at least were before Kyrie Irving…no, this is not the place for that). The pair have faced off in the last three NBA Finals. Golden State won the first round and Cleveland struck back epically in 2016.
The hype for what many deemed as an inevitable rematch began long before the first game of the 2016-17 season tipped off, but for good reason. The two teams ultimately breezed through the playoffs, losing a combined one game on their way to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately for me Golden State won the rubber match…convincingly.
But after hearing that term, "rubber match," thrown around over and over again throughout the course of the eight-month NBA season, I got curious: Why "rubber?" The world of sports is littered with rubber, from athletic fields to equipment, yet how did a word that came to describe one of the most innovative compounds in mankind become synonymous with the word "tiebreaker." It didn't make any sense.