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 Posted: Sat Jun 19th, 2010 12:41 pm
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2. The Seattle Slip

Very fond memory, I was chatting with LAF online while that was happening. It was great. The Romo fumble. And in the Pick Em Pool I couldn't decide between the teams so I had Dallas (+2 1/2) to cover and Seattle to win straightup. It was like having a pre-paid hooker show up at your door.

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stingmark wrote:
1988-gm 7 loss to the Lakers in the NBA finals. First chance for a team to "three peat" in a bit of time. 

2009-SC finals gm 7-FUCK YOU PITTSBURGH PENGUINS.

2005-NBA finals-Pistons couldve(and shouldve) repeated here, but Larry fucking Brown, couldnt decide what team he wanted to coach, and that fucked us all up. Fuck you Larry Brown


Thanks, Sting, you covered most of my list.  I'm too lazy to research the rest of the dates, but they are close.

87 I believe... Bird steals Isiah's inbound pass.

85 Dave Henderson kills the Angels and Donnie Moore.

95 Paul Coffey scores in his own net giving the Avs game one of the Conference Finals. The Wings just unravelled from that point.  Keep in mind they had set the record for most points in a season, and looked like they were playing against pee-wee teams all season.  They lit Pat Roy up for 10 goals and ran him out of Montreal.  Everyone thought they should have skipped the playoffs and just given the Wings the Cup.

 



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As a fan of the Ohio teams I could write a fucking novel, but to narrow it down some...

1.) Jose Mesa, Game 7. 

2.) 2006-7 BCS Championship.  With the exception of the 1990 Liberty Bowl when they lost to Air Force, I have never, ever seen a Buckeyes team look so completely unprepared.  I spent a year of my life in anticipation of that inevitable championship appearance and I switched the thing off at halftime.

3.) 2007 ALCS.  Specifically game 7 when 3B coach Joel Skinner holds up Kenny Lofton with 1 out in the 7th inning when Lofton could have easily scored the tying run.  Casey Blake promptly grounds into an inning-ending DP and the Tribe pen coughs up 6 runs and any chance of a comeback.  All after being up 3-1 in the series.  This hurt a lot because there's no doubt we would have taken Colorado if we could have won won more freaking game against Boston.  Now I wonder if I'll ever see the Tribe in the playoffs again.

4.) The Drive.  Would be #1 but I was too young to get *that* emotionally attached to a sporting event, and also too young to realize that the Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians would shatter me many, many, many more times.

5.) Greg Oden and the Buckeyes' loss to Florida in the 2007 NCAA finals.  Even though we weren't favored, it was bad enough that we got our asses kicked by the Gators in one sport--then it had to happen again at the hands of that fucker Joakim Noah.

I only have about a million other options to choose from--double that if you include regular-season games that were essentially elimination contests.

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Famous Mortimer wrote: Back to the point, changing allegiance in sports teams is incredibly rare. Size of country may make a difference, as people can move to the other side of the country and it's still only a few hours journey to see your team.
This, right here.

Let's all keep this in perspective: the country of England is roughly the same size as Alabama.  Looking at a map, I see almost every Premier League team is based either in London or Manchester--about 4 or 5 are isolated.  There just isn't the amount of large regional variation and distance that there is in the U.S., and--to my knowledge--almost no such thing as regional TV/radio coverage, either.

Shrink everything down to an Alabama-sized sports system--think high school or small college sports--and you're not going to see any allegiance shifts there, either. 

As someone else said, Americans are more transient, and only in the last ten years have satellite dishes and high-speed Internet made it feasible to regularly watch a team that's "out of market."  Before then, if you moved to LA but wanted to remain a fan of a Cleveland team, regardless of which sport, your only hope to watch them on TV was if they were on a national telecast or playing a SoCal team.

The size of the country also led to things like franchising back when sports (or baseball, specifically) first went professional around the 1880's.  Even though the major teams only stretched from New England to St. Louis, that's still a territory far bigger than any country in Europe.  Owners wanted to monopolize their control of a city--something you could do when you had lots of big, spread-out cities to choose from.  That's why you have franchise movement that continues today and why there never would have been a relegation system developed in the U.S.

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Mine are all hockey, as I only watch other sports without favorite teams.

1. After a miracle Playoff run, the Oilers are fucked by their own d-man (Marc Andre Bergeron) who runs the hottest goaltender of the playoffs (Dwayne Roloson)  Which then led to Ty Conklin doing this (Yes LAF, it still hurts.  We would have beat Buffalo though)



2. Coming back to tie the finals 3-3, then losing game 7.

3. STEVE SMITH!

4. Marc Crawford not putting Gretzky into the Nagano games shootout was bad.

5. Losing to Gretzky in the 89 playoffs. after being up 3 games to 1.



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Cory17 wrote: Mine are all hockey, as I only watch other sports without favorite teams.

1. After a miracle Playoff run, the Oilers are fucked by their own d-man (Marc Andre Bergeron) who runs the hottest goaltender of the playoffs (Dwayne Roloson)  Which then led to Ty Conklin doing this (Yes LAF, it still hurts.  We would have beat Buffalo though)



2. Coming back to tie the finals 3-3, then losing game 7.

3. STEVE SMITH!

4. Marc Crawford not putting Gretzky into the Nagano games shootout was bad.

5. Losing to Gretzky in the 89 playoffs. after being up 3 games to 1.

and living in Raleigh, NC and working at the arena that Canes Cup win would be my top sports moment!  I can remember standing with a group of Oilers fans who drove (yes didn't fly) to raleigh to watch that game.  They were devastated, as I would have been had the Canes coked up a 3 game sto 1 lead.



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1. Vikings lose to the Falcons in the 1998 NFC Title Game. How did they manage to blow that game?

2. Gophers lose to Kentucky in the semis of the 1997 Final Four. I've never rooted as hard for any team as for the 1996-97 Minnesota basketball team.

The Gophs had always been an "almost" team. That year they won the Big Ten Title in commanding fashion, finished the regular season ranked #3 nationally, #1 seed in the Midwest Region, included 4 future NBA first round draft picks and a 5th who could and should have been, Bobby Jackson had the best all around season of any player I've ever seen wear the Maroon and Gold, and the atmosphere in Williams Arena was electrifying all year long. To be in Indianapolis at the Final Four with big shots like Kentucky, North Carolina, and Arizona was a dream come true.

I knew that winning the national title was unlikely, as was making the final, but being a fan means having hope and it was so disappointing to watch it end. Then the NCAA violations came to light and that season has been Stalinized out of history. The accomplishments have been wiped out, the banners were taken down, and as fans we can't even properly reminisce about it since technically the run never happened and the U can't acknowledge it as having happened. So no reunions or special commemorative events.

3. Vikings lose to the Saints in the 2009 NFC Title Game. Seeing what's become of the team this year and knowing the Vikes won't get as good a chance for a long time just makes it hurt more.

4. Vikings lose to the Giants in the 2000 NFC Title Game. I never considered the Vikes favorites as a road team, despite what some said at the time. However, I also never thought they'd lose 44-0 either.

5. Too many other games to mention.

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: 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.

Thanks for the bump, tamalie.  I can see by what I wrote here back in June that Sunday's Patsies debacle still wouldn't even register in my Top 5.  It might make my Top 10 though...I'd have to give it a bit more thought.  Lotsa disappointing Red Sox teams back in the day...



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Cory17 wrote: (Yes LAF, it still hurts.  We would have beat Buffalo though)

4. Marc Crawford not putting Gretzky into the Nagano games shootout was bad.


Nope.

And...is that the shootout where Hasek dominated the Canadian team and then split Richard Smehlik's head open during the celebration?

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LAF wrote: Cory17 wrote: (Yes LAF, it still hurts.  We would have beat Buffalo though)

4. Marc Crawford not putting Gretzky into the Nagano games shootout was bad.


Nope.

And...is that the shootout where Hasek dominated the Canadian team and then split Richard Smehlik's head open during the celebration?

Wow, now that was a good pick there Cory. I remember being so dumbfounded about that. There was a lot of head shaking and finger pointing over that decision for a long time afterward.

Thankfully we ended up getting the deal done in Salt Lake City. That moment would be in my top five greatest emotional moments as a sports fan if we had a thread on that...-wink-wink- there DFG34

And LAF I believe that was the shootout...Not 100% on that, but seems to me that was when that comedy of errors happened.

Talk about a celebration. The Czech Republic treated that victory as a HUGE national event. I was actually a bit happy for them to win it that year actually after all they were able to accomplish pretty much peacefully with their 'Velvet revolution' after the the fall of The Soviet Bloc in the 90's. The 90's was a turbulent era for a lot of those eastern bloc countries so it was great to see something like their Men's ice Hockey team win the gold at the Olympics to really unify the country basically at the end of the 90's. Highly emotional moment for them...Not so much for The Russians and more-so Canada. ;)

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BuddyPSHayes wrote: 3. Loss to Giants in '07 playoffs
This one hurt because the Cowboys were a better team on paper, but came out and stunk the joint out.

The 1994 NFC Championship game is also a piss off. If you take away that god awful first 10 minutes where the Cowboys spotted the Niners a 21-0 lead, they completely outplayed them the rest of the game.

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beejmi wrote:

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.


I loved that one.



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Benlen wrote:

1. Giants 6 outs away from winning World Series vs Angels. Leading 5-0 Starter Russ Ortiz allows the first 2 hitters to reach base. Dusty Baker pulls Ortiz and bullpen gives up 6 runs in the last two innings.

 


Again, another classic.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:

1997- Flyers get swept by the Red Wings in 4 straight.


2002- Eagles lose to Tampa in the NFC Championship game


Two of my favorites.



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