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Most Crushing Disappointment as a Sports Fan?

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James   

Tony's post over in the Baseball thread gave me the idea for this one.

What's the most crushing loss for you as a fan of sports?

Mine:

1975. Ohio State went into the Rose Bowl ranked #1, nobody was even close if I recall. All they had to do was beat UCLA who they'd beaten in the regular season something like 42-17!

Dick Vermeil was the coach of UCLA then. Again, Ohio State had destroyed UCLA earlier in the season and this Ohio State team was phenomenal...maybe the best ever. Cornelius Green, Archie Griffin, Pete Johnson et. al.

The National Title was ours. It was a done deal!

UCLA 23 Ohio State 10

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Kirk   

I feel your pain, James!

For me, probably the Jan.'02 snow bowl- Patriots against the Raiders. The infamous 'tuck' call where the ref stole the game from the Raiders and the Pats go on to win in O.T. That was a fumble!! In addition, it might have been the only chance in history of having a Raiders/Rams Superbowl... mad

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missm   

James, there have been 4 in my life...

1. Dallas fired Tom Landry (*)

2. Dallas signed Ryan Leaf (*I wept and put away all of my Dallas gear for the season including "rockin' randall")

3. In the 1995 Super Bowl SF split the Chargers safety's twice in less than 10 minutes!!

4. Chargers released Junior Seau!!!

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Though there have been a few disappointments throughout the years, unfortunatley the moment that Francicsco Cabrera singled to score Sid Bream in game 7 of the 1992 NLCS is hands down the biggest. Just ONE out from the World Series, the Pirates have not had a winning season since.

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2003 NL NLCS. Game 6. Wrigley. 5 outs.

I don't blame Bartman at all, I didn't then, but I cried very, very hard after that game. Sure they had another game to play, but I knew it was over. It's the Cubs way.

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Jerry   

The 1997 World Series... the Cleveland Indians vs the Florida Marlins... The Tribe lost Game 7 in extra innings, one of many heartbreakers for Cleveland fans—The Catch, Red Right 88, The Drive, The Fumble, and The Shot.

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GMan   

No question. 2004 ALCS when the Red Sox down 3 games to my Yankees sold their souls to the Devil and came back to win four in a row over my beloved Yankees.

I have to agree with Tommy on this one. I still cannot think about that season. DEVASTATING!

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I understand the Yankees thing is hard to take... but then again, it happened to the team that has done more to ruin other teams and fans dreams than any other, so it is kinda hard to feel too badly on that one...

I remember the Braves-Pirates one... that might have been a crusher to the Pirates, but to a life-long Braves fan, it was the greatest game ever!!!

Speaking of the Braves... how about year after year for 14 years going to the post season and having one title to show for it... frown

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The 2006 14-2 Chargers sealing the playoff victory against the Patriots 1, 2, 3 times...only to give Brady three more chances on a dropped interception, then a 4th down personal foul, then an interception fumble back...

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This is an easy one for me - I am a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan - It is the 1979 World Series!! angry It still bothers me 31 years later! Baltimore was up 3 games to 1 and then the stupid Pirates with their "We Are Family" crap won the last 3 games. To this day I can't listen to that song. grumpy

Tim

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In 2009, Miami University's hockey team (my son went there) was beating Boston University by two goals in the FINAL game of the Frozen Four with 1:00 (ONE MINUTE) to go. BU scored twice, put the game into overtime, and won the National Championship on a shot off a Miami player.

Five or so years ago Xavier (my alma mater) blew a 10-point lead with 2:00 (two minutes) left to #1 seed Ohio State University in the second round of March Madness. OSU's first year coach was Thad Matta, who had left XU to coach the Buckeyes.

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Michigan Wolverines losing to the USC Trojans by a score of 14 - 6 back in January 1, 1977 in the Rose Bowl. Michigan was # 1 in the rankings. Had they won, they would have been # 1. Michigan Quarterback Rick Leach did not had a good day. Matt

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Easy. Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Phillies are up by 1 run going into the ninth. Jim Fergosi decided to bring Mitch Williams into the game. At that point I was throwing harder than Williams. He walks the first guy. That brings Joe Carter to the plate. One pitch later, the season is over.

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1)1971 Chicago Blackhawks leading the Montreal Canadiens three games to two, then lose game six, and the series returns to Chicago. Hawks blow a 2-0 lead at home, when with the game and Stanley Cup seemingly in hand, future Hall Of Fame goalie Tony Esposito loses a puck in the lights on a shot from center ice and the momentum clearly changes and Montreal goes on to win 3-2. Bobby Hull and Jim Pappin both hit the goalpost in the final minute in desperate attempt to tie the game.

2) Already mentioned by writerheather on the 2003 Cubs, though I do give some of the blame to Bartman for hitting the ball away from Moises Alou. Sure handed shortstop Alex Gonzalez makes a huge error shortly after and the brilliant performance by Mark Prior just unravels as the Marlins score eight runs and go on to win. I've never forgiven Dusty Baker for not going out to the mound to settle down Prior after he was clearly upset with the Bartman development.

3) 1984 Cubs, clearly the best team in baseball, blow a 2-0 series lead in a best of five with San Diego. Cubs were supposed to have home field advantage, but network insists on night games, which Wrigley does not have at that time, so San Diego gets home field. With Cubs on top in game five, ball squirts through Gatorade soaked glove of first baseman Leon Durham, ironically the Cubs replacement for Bill Buckner, who would deal with same issues two years later, and Padres win. I could not watch the World Series between San Diego and Detroit that year and to this day, cannot tell you anything about that series, other than knowing that Detroit won. I was absolutely ill. Had to go to a Blackhawks game that night and listen to taunting White Sox fans all night about it (never mind that they had choked against Baltimore the year before).

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missm   

Was no one crushed by the Padres/Yankees series?? Despite growing up in San Diego County AND BEING A LIFELONG YANKEES FAN...the series merely amused me. In fact for me it was a win/win situation!! cool

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