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I think Bill Simmons might refer to these as the "Stomach Punch Games".  The rules for this list compilation are simple--keep it to 5 games or less, keep it to games that were part of a playoff or tournament (i.e., Olympic ice hockey, NCAA Final Four, World Cup, etc.), and keep it to teams and years that you actually rooted for, and actually had an emotional interest in.  (For example, one of the most disappointing losses that immediately popped into my head was the 1978 Red Sox "Bucky F'in Dent" game.  However, I was too young in 1978, and didn't follow the Sox or even baseball then, so I really didn't root for that team, nor did I have an emotional interest in the outcome of the game.)

Being from Boston, I have a selection of disappointing losses from the sports teams that I've rooted for and been loyal to from which to choose; as discussed here, last night's Celtics loss was particularly devestating to me, to the point that it comes in at number five on my list.  My list is:

1.  Patriots lose to NY Giants, Super Bowl XLII, 2007
2.  Red Sox lose to NY Mets, Game 6, 1986 World Series
3.  Red Sox lose to NY Mets, Game 7, 1986 World Series
4.  Red Sox lose to NY Yankees, Game 7, 2003 ALCS
5.  Celtic lose to Lakers, Game 7, 2010 NBA Finals

For the record, the only reason Game 6 of the '86 World Series is my personal number two is because (1) the Sox won in 2004 and (2) the Super Bowl XLII loss was so devestating.  If not for those two factors, Game 6 would've been my number one by default.



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Great topic DFG34 here's mine:

1.)NY Mets losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of The NLCS in 2006.

2.)Dallas Stars lose to The Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the NHL playoffs in 1997 in Game 7 when Todd Marchant scored in overtime on Andy Moog.

3.)NY Jets losing to the Denver Broncos 23-10 in the 1998/99 season AFC Championship game.

4.)NY Jets losing to The NE Patriots in the first game of the 1999 season and Vinny Testaverde goes down with a ruptured Achilles Tendon. They were favored to win the Super Bowl that season.

5.)The LA Lakers lose to The San Antonio Spurs in game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference Semifinals.


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1: Leafs losing to the Kings in Game 7 in 1993 Conference finals
2: Jays losing to KC in game 7 of 1985 AL Pennant, after having been up 3 games to 1
3: KU Jayhawks losing to Belmont in Round 1 in 2005
4: Leafs losing to Carolina in Game 6 Conference finals 2002
5: KU Losing to Syracuse in the 2003 NCAA Championship Game

Then off course what would have topped my list was the KU - Memphis title game in 2008 where KU was 2 minutes away from topping this list down by 7.....however the comeback, capped by the big FU to Calipari by Mario Chalmers 3pt shot with 2 seconds left changed everything.

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1.  Pats lose perfect season and Super Bowl to NY Giants

2.  Game 6 Red Sox lose to NY Mets  1986 Series - Buckner error

3.  Red Sox lose 1978 tie-breaker game to Yankees - fucking Bucky Dent

4. Celtics lose Game 7 to Lakers 2010 NBA Finals

5. Marvin Hagler loses split decision (robbed of middleweight title) to Sugar Ray Leonard  1987  *I know this is not a team loss but Hagler was adored by the Boston faithful and I personally wept at the injustice of this decision*


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Birmingham City:

1. Losing to Liverpool in the 2001 League Cup Final.  Since our formation in 1875, we have only won one major trophy, and against Liverpool we were massive underdogs in the final; yet we equalized in the 90th minute, and in extra time Andrew Johnson was felled in the penalty area.  Penalty and a red card for the Liverpool defender.  But no, the ref bottled the decision and gave a goal kick.  An outrageous decision, and one that cost us the game, as we lost on penalties.  More of a gut-kick in retrospect, as at the time we were largely amazed we had reached a final.

2. Losing to Portsmouth in this year's FA Cup.  Two shitty refereeing decisions cost us.  We would have been in the semis, 90 minutes away from a third FA Cup Final AND a guaranteed European place.  I still have deep suspicions about that game; I was so confident we would lose I made nearly $1000 on it as a result.  (The FA wanted Portsmouth, nearly bankrupt, to go as far as possible in the Cup and earn more money.)

3. Losing to Watford in the 1999 promotion play-off semi-final.  Not been in the top division since 1986, we knew that a poor Bolton were waiting in the play-off final, we had a 1-0 deficit from the first game to overcome, and scored within the first five minutes; only we had to contend with (a) a goalkeeper having the game of his life and (b) a cheating Watford team who practically gangraped the referee into sending David Holdsworth off for an innocuous header.  Lost on penalties.  Fucking Graham Taylor.

4. Losing to Wrexham in the FA Cup 5th round in 1997.  Unusually we knew the quarter-final opponents because the game had been rescheduled - and the opponents were third division Chesterfield.  There was only 1 team left in the competition (Chelsea) that were any good.  We should have been in the Final, but a stupid sending off when we had the game under control meant a comfortable 1-0 lead turned into a 3-1 deficit.

5. Losing to our local rivals Aston Villa in the League Cup 2nd round in 1993.  Not because we lost, that was expected, we were bottom of the second division at the time, they were near the top of the first, but HOW it happened, two 1-0 defeats in the two legs, the first after a clear penalty was not awarded to us, the second in one of the most bent refereeing displays I have had the misfortune to see; highlights being Paul Tait sent off for retaliation after Kevin Richardson had put Scott Hiley on a stretcher (and had not been punished) and the most offside goal in history against us.

There have been a good few for England, but they have never had the same effect.



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5 - Danny Ozark fails to replace Greg Luzinski in left field (he subbed Jerry Martin for
Luzinski all year long) and Manny Mota lines a catchable (for martin) ball to Luzinski
(he blows it) and there goes game three of the 1977 NLCS.

4- Eagles travel to Chicago in 1988 and lose what becomes known as "The Fog Bowl"

3- Trailing 24-14 with five minutes left McNabb goes to the "slow down" offense
They eventually score but leave themselves only seconds to try and catch the
Patriots in the Super Bowl. A McNabb INT ends the season.

2- Tampa Bay Bucs come into Vet Stadium and roll the Eagles in the 2002 NFC Championship game. Philly had handled basically the same team many times before (easily) Tampa Bay having an 0-30 record in cold temperatures, etc. Compounded by the Raiders laying down for the Bucs in that Super Bowl. If they had won the NFC Championship like they should have they would have won the Super Bowl.

1- The Raiders kicking the Eagle's asses all over New orleans in the 1980 Super Bowl. I was actually a Raiders fan growing up so this one didn't scar me at all but plenty here still would have liked to have seen Dick Vermeil win a championship here.

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5. Charles Smith

4. John Starks

3. Flipper Anderson

2. Trey Junkin

1.  2004

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retroken wrote: 5. Marvin Hagler loses split decision (robbed of middleweight title) to Sugar Ray Leonard  1987  *I know this is not a team loss but Hagler was adored by the Boston faithful and I personally wept at the injustice of this decision*




Brutally called, I agree. Hearns losing to Leonard when he had the fight won in their first matchup was heartbreaking as well, almost as bad as leonard getting a gift draw against Hearns in the rematch. :?

Only one I can think of personally is the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals, game 1. The Hawks had the game in their pocket with a good lead in Pittsburgh, and then gave up two late goals to lose it (winner was scored with about 12 seconds left as I remember). It was only game 1 but as a hawk fan I KNEW they were done. That loss, in that fashion took all their spirit away. The next three losses were a foregone conclusion.

The most heartbreaking defeat for the hawks all-time had to be the game 7 loss to Montreal in Chicago in 1971. That didn't affect me personally (too young), but older Hawks fans to this day still bristle when it comes up and few will talk about how bad that loss hurt them. that may change now that the Hawks finally won a Cup, but it's a deep wound amongst older Hawks fans.



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In random order:

Marquette University losing to Miami of Ohio in the 1978 NCAAs.

Philadelphia 76ers not repeating in 1984.

Thomas Hearns losing to Ray Leonard in their first fight.

Oilers losing to Bills in the AFC playoffs, and setting some sort or record for biggest lead blown in the process.

UNLV losing to Duke, whenever that was.

Most of the recent Chargers playoff performances.




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Hey Tbolt how about those 1981 Chargers coming off a (classic) 41-38 win over Miami in the playoffs and then going to Cincy and being as flat as a ritz cracker for the AFC Championship.

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1. Phillies losing to Blue Jays 1993



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beejmi wrote: Hey Tbolt how about those 1981 Chargers coming off a (classic) 41-38 win over Miami in the playoffs and then going to Cincy and being as flat as a ritz cracker for the AFC Championship.

I was still an Oilers fan, as a holdover from the Phillips - Campbell years.  But I was watching, because I really liked the Fouts - Air Coryell teams.



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try to top these.  Of Course the Vikings and Pirates could add a lot more, same for WVU.  Retroken is the only one in  my league of heart breaking loses.

1.  October 14, 1992 NLCS game 7  - Braves beat the Pirates in bottom of the ninth single by Francisco Carbera and freaking Barry Bonds candy ass arm can't throw out Sid Bream at home palte.  An dthus starts the 17 years and counting of futility.  Had lower level World Sereis Tickets that were useless.

2.  Roger Staubach invents the Hail Mary Pass hitting Drew Pearson to beat the Vikings on December 28, 1975 as the Cowboys advance.

3.  January 24, 2010 NFC title game Brett Farve throws an interception at the end of the game with the Vikings in easy field goal range.  Vikings lose in overtime and no Super Bowl once again.

4.  January 17, 1999 NFC championship game- Gary Anderson misses a 38 yard field goal his first miss of the season and the Vikings blow a big lead and lose in OT to the Atlanta fucking Falcolns.

5.  March 26, 2005 NCAA Basketball Tourney Wesytern Regional Final.  West Virginia blows a 10 point lead in the final minute missing their last 4 shots and Louisville beats them in OT to advance to the Final 4.

Last edited on Fri Jun 18th, 2010 04:32 pm by Count Grog



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thunderbolt wrote: beejmi wrote: Hey Tbolt how about those 1981 Chargers coming off a (classic) 41-38 win over Miami in the playoffs and then going to Cincy and being as flat as a ritz cracker for the AFC Championship.

I was still an Oilers fan, as a holdover from the Phillips - Campbell years.  But I was watching, because I really liked the Fouts - Air Coryell teams.

It's a shame those teams never won anything. As awesome as the offensive show was the defense was every bit as bad.

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