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On Super Bowl Sunday, local fans can only sulk

Boston sports fans used to be connoisseurs of losing, then of winning. Now, the championships we didn’t win haunt us.

For major news events, such as elections and big sports games, the Page One editors often design two versions of the Globe's front using older pictures as placeholder images until the photos from the event arrive. After the news occurs and the page is remade to reflect reality, these mock-ups are often discarded. But occasionally they're found on a computer or tacked to a wall in someone's office, offering a glimpse - sometimes painful - into an alternate universe.
Super Bowl XLII
The Globe's front page on Feb. 4, 2008. To read the story, go here.
This page lauding a 19-0 season was intended to be a souvenir celebrating the Patriots' victory at Super Bowl XLII in Arizona.
Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS
Page One for Oct. 20, 2008, after the Sox lost to the Rays, 3-1. The Rays went on to the World Series, losing to the Philadelphia Phillies. To read the story, go here.
The proposed headline and design of Page One for a Red Sox victory in Game 7 of the 2008 American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Super Bowl XLVI
Page One for Feb. 6, 2012, reecting a 21-17 loss to the New York Giants. To read the story, go here.
The proposed headline and design of Page One for victory in Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.

Robert S. Davis, Patrick Garvin/Globe Staff

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