Recalibrate the mind – critical mass free throws become critical finish exacta, furlong times, the jockey and mile-and-a-quarter.
Names on our mind’s marquee change too. Julius, Cauley-Stein, Russ and Luke give way to horse owner imaginations – Vicar’s In Trouble, Chitu, We Miss Artie and Uncle Sigh.
The most exquisite element in sports that draws us back as calendar rolls over, that changes too. What if and If only.