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 Posted: Fri Jun 18th, 2010 02:06 pm
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dogfacedgremlin34



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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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