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The Real Fumble

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Thirty years ago, this past week, The Fumble happened. No, not Earnest Byner’s boo-boo in Denver, The Original Fumble. The “Miracle at the Meadowlands” may be the term used by sportscasters for the fumble recovery that cornerback Herman Edwards returned for a touchdown on November 19, 1978. It may be known to Eagle fans as the “Miracle At The Meadowlands,” but to fans of Big Blue, it’s simply “The Fumble.”

With the game safely in hand at 17-12, the Giants were easily capable of running out the game’s final seconds — all they had to do was take a kneel-down. (The Giants had the ball, the Eagles had no timeouts remaining, and the clock had about 30 seconds.) Everyone watching expected quarterback Joe Pisarcik to simply take the snap and down the ball, running out the clock and preserving a G-Men victory. Instead, he inexplicably attempted to hand it off to fullback Larry Csonka and botched it, allowing Edwards to pick up the ball and run 26 yards for the winning score and a shocking 19-17 victory. The sickening footage can be seen here.

I remember watching this one with my dad, and when it was over and the shock had worn off, I don’t know who was more upset. The Giants had endured many years of futility and pop seemed to think this was just another disappointing loss and bad karma for moving to Jersey. I wanted to punch a nun. Well, it was bad, really bad at the time, and it would take several years for the Giants to recover from this type of ineptitude. It would eventually lead to the dumping of then-head coach John McVay, which paved the way for the hiring of Ray Perkins, and his able assistant Bill Parcells. Pisarcik, Edwards and Csonka will forever be inextricably woven together by The Fumble. For the Iggles, they’d use this play to propel them to playoff births that year and the following year, and eventually a trip to the Big Dance following the 1980 season.

Thirty years and three Super Bowl Victories later, the Giants fan still looks back on this play as perhaps the darkest day in franchise history, but in many respects, it became the catalyst for the good things that followed. (A full analysis of this play and its aftermath is available at Wikipedia.)

Interesting, but not really earth shattering, were the uniforms sported that season. The Giants sported their standard, post-New York, Meadowlands fare, with the “GIANTS” on their helmets (after their 1975 disastrous change to this), and blue jerseys for home games and white for the road. The Eagles were resplendent in their green home jerseys, white aways, matched with silver pants. Their helmets were at this time green with silver wings.

Got a similar “lowlight” in your team’s history? Lets hear it.

“On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is, can you win or lose like a man?” — Phil

 

190 comments to The Real Fumble

  • mike | November 22, 2008 at 7:07 am |

    Buffalo Bills- wide right. Enough said.

  • Jon | November 22, 2008 at 7:30 am |

    Followed closely by Buffalo Bills – Music City
    Miracle

  • Ricko | November 22, 2008 at 7:55 am |

    Well, hereabouts, for dumbness AND unsightliness…
    Jim Marshall running the wrong way against the ‘Niners.

    In purple pants.

    In terms of a losing moment, that would be…
    Gary Anderson’s first missed field goal of the season against the Falcons to end the run of one most exciting offensive teams I’d ever seen (and remember, I saw the first seasons of the AFL).

    –Ricko

  • RugbyJosh | November 22, 2008 at 8:43 am |

    As a Michigan fan, I’d have to say…today?

  • JTH | November 22, 2008 at 8:43 am |

    As a Cubs fan, there are so many. Which is the one?
    There’s the obvious — the Bartman* game. I was there. I realize that I’m one of approximately 2,357,937 people who claim to have been at that game, but I assure you I was there. My seat was in the upper deck — aisle 436, second-to-last row, which is about as far from that play as you can be and still be in the ballpark.

    There’s the Leon Durham game, which is not nearly as well known but definitely did much more emotional damage. It was game 5 1984 NLCS (when the LCS format was best of 5). Cubs had a 1-run lead over the Padres in the 7th. Leon Durham let a routine grounder go through his legs. The tying run scores. The Padres go on to take the lead later in the inning and ultimately win the NL pennant.

    However, neither of those incidents came at the end of the game. The Cubs still had a chance to come back. The game that really epitomizes Cub futility to me is the Brant Brown game.

    Milwaukee County Stadium, September 23, 1998 — the Cubs were up by 2 runs with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. Jeromy Burnitz hit a routine fly to left that was a sure game-ender. Brown lost the ball in the sun and dropped it. 3 runs scored to end the game.

    Pat Hughes and Ron Santo had the infamous radio call:

    SANTO: Oh, nooooooooo!
    HUGHES: He drops the ball!
    SANTO: Nooooooooo!
    HUGHES: Three runs will score, and the Brewers have beaten the Cubs.

    The loss ended up costing the Cubs the Wild Card outright. They were forced to play the Giants in a tie-breaker in order to earn the right to get their brains beaten in by the Braves in the playoffs.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * Any rumor you may have heard as to Steve Bartman’s whereabouts is probably untrue. He and my wife work in the same office and she sees him fairly regularly.

  • RugbyJosh | November 22, 2008 at 8:46 am |

    Fortunately we will still be one of the best looking teams in college football while we humiliate ourselves. I suppose, seeing as this is a uniform discussion, that consolation might be worth more here than anywhere else.

  • Philly William | November 22, 2008 at 8:51 am |

    1993… Joe Carter’s homer off Mitch Williams. The Phils win this year has dulled the pain, but I still cringe every time I see that clip.

  • Bob Andrews | November 22, 2008 at 9:05 am |
  • Andy--01 | November 22, 2008 at 9:18 am |

    Tyus Edney, 5th Down, The Kicked Ball.

    Even folks who aren’t fans could likely place what team I’m talking about.

    Tyus Edney: 1995 NCAA Tournament 2nd round. 4.3 seconds left. Missouri up by 1 over #1 UCLA. Tyus F***ing Edney drove the length of the court, around 2 stationary MU defenders to make the game-winning layup. I’m sure you all see it EVERY FREAKING MARCH. UCLA would go on to win the NCAA Title. Missouri has yet to go to a final four.

    5th Down: 1990. #1 Colorado is in town and Missouri is winning with time expiring. 1st Down: MU stops them. 2nd Down: CU Spikes the ball. 3rd down, MU stops them. 4th down: CU spikes the ball. 5th down: Colorado scores a touchdown to win the game.
    Of course, the benefit of 18 years of watching the video shows us all that Colorado didn’t even get into the end zone.
    There is precedence for this. 50 years earlier, Dartmouth and Cornell ended with Cornell winning on a 5th down. They conceded victory to Dartmouth after being shown film that there were 5 downs. Colorado would do no such thing in 1990 en route to a National Title.

    Kicked Ball: 1997. Missouri is once again on the verge of upsetting #1. This time it’s Nebraska. With 7 seconds left, Scott Frost passes into the endzone. A perfectly covered Shelden Wiggins drops the pass. The ball bounces up into the air and is caught by Matt Davidson. The game is now tied and Nebraska wins in OT en route to a National Title.

  • DJ | November 22, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    Well, it was bad, really bad at the time, and it would take several years for the Giants to recover from this type of ineptitude. It would eventually lead to the dumping of then-Head Coach John McKay, which paved the way for the hiring of Ray Perkins, and his able assistant Bill Parcells.

    John McVay, not McKay. John McKay suffered his own separate years of futility as the first head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Tom V | November 22, 2008 at 9:24 am |

    I’m an Islanders fan, the year, 1997, I believe his name was Spano…

  • Robb | November 22, 2008 at 9:24 am |

    26 game losing streak, my team started on a low point

  • LI Phil | November 22, 2008 at 9:27 am |

    [quote comment=”301422″]Well, it was bad, really bad at the time, and it would take several years for the Giants to recover from this type of ineptitude. It would eventually lead to the dumping of then-Head Coach John McKay, which paved the way for the hiring of Ray Perkins, and his able assistant Bill Parcells.

    John McVay, not McKay. John McKay suffered his own separate years of futility as the first head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[/quote]

    fixed. thanks!

  • tim | November 22, 2008 at 9:33 am |

    The Twins will turn back the clock for their final season in the Metrodome. On home Saturdays next season, the Twins will wear throwback uniforms from 1982, their first season in the Dome. First baseman Justin Morneau and pitcher Glen Perkins will be at the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis at noon Monday to model the uniforms. The Twins also announced that they will wear a final-season commemorative patch on their regular jerseys. They will move into Target Field for the 2010 season. — Pioneer Press

    http://www.twincitie...

  • u2-horn | November 22, 2008 at 9:34 am |
  • Adam | November 22, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    Colts- 2006 AFC divisional playoff game, after Bettis fumbles on the goalline, an injured Nick Harper picks up the ball, and returns it for what looks like a sure TD until Ben Roethlisberger gets a shoe-string tackle. Mike Vandejagt then misses a FG that would have sent the game to overtime. and to add insult to injury, vanderjagt then goes on David Letterman and kicks an equivalent FG on the streets of New York.

  • jc | November 22, 2008 at 9:42 am |

    two years ago, south carolina goes into florida and lines up for the winning field goal…its blocked…dammit…
    the vandy game this year…dammit…
    this year, georgia at carolina, georgia intercepts the ball near the 10 with 30 seconds on the clock to seal the game where knowson moreno was held to like 60 yards…dammit
    last year, carolina at lsu…and the bayou bengals run a fake field goal run when matt flynn flips the ball to the kicker who runs it in untouched, shifting the momentum to les tigres…sombitch…

    welcome to the life of a gamecock fan…we’ve had so many close games over the past four years, if we could have just held on…carolina could be one of the elit teams in the sec, instead we’re making excuses about how florida was #3 this year, they should be able to kick our asses. and its not spurrier’s fault…its a lot easier to recruit 18-year-olds to gainesville than it is for them to come to columbia…at least we’re not clemson this year

  • Leo | November 22, 2008 at 9:46 am |

    I know that soccer if foreign to many posters here, but this is my worst moment.

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    I’m going to go tell myself that it was a great game again. Great game.. yeah… amazing.

  • Fat Frank | November 22, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    How about that “Never was”……FRANCISCO CABBERA….16 losing seasons since!

  • Welks | November 22, 2008 at 9:49 am |

    Edmonton oilers….

    Steve Smith scores off the foot of Grant Fuhr

  • Fat Frank | November 22, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”301427″]http://www.dallasnews.com/img/photo/09-02/r17.jpg

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    I cheered and laughed when that happened!! It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy than Jackie Smith. Thanks for the drop, and our 3rd Super Bowl! GO STEELERS!

  • DrBear | November 22, 2008 at 9:54 am |

    If you’re a Packer fan, the three worst words in the world are “4th and 26”. That’s all I need to say.
    *goes off to watch the Ice Bowl again*

  • Tim F. | November 22, 2008 at 9:55 am |
  • Shaftman | November 22, 2008 at 10:15 am |
  • Patrick in MI | November 22, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    I recently picked up a book at an estate sale titled “Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Hockey” by Brian McFarlane, copyright 1971. I found this interesting tidbit…

    Q: How much do goal pads weigh and where are they manufactured?
    A: NHL goal pads are hand-made by members of the Kenesky family in Hamilton, Ontario. Hand tailored to individual specifications and size, the pads are worn by all NHL goalies and have been for over 40 years. They weigh approximately 11 pounds and represent a minimum of hindrance combined with a maximum of protection.

    Does anyone here have any more info on this little gem?

  • Shaftman | November 22, 2008 at 10:19 am |

    For the Knicks it’s a toss-up between:

    Finger Roll

    &

    December 22, 2003 – April 2, 2008

  • Matt Lesser | November 22, 2008 at 10:20 am |

    The non-firing of Mike Brown.

    /thread

  • Chris M | November 22, 2008 at 10:27 am |

    “No goal” – Buffalo Sabres

  • The Ol Goaler | November 22, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”301421″]Tyus Edney, 5th Down, The Kicked Ball.

    Even folks who aren’t fans could likely place what team I’m talking about.[/quote]
    Yep, there’s only one Mizzou… especially when it comes to getting the short end of the stick from football zebras.

    Here’s the video evidence… at least Mizzou looked good in their traditional black jerseys and gold pants.

    And there’s this crime against humanity in the “Flea Kicker” game.

    If my Tigers have been on the lucky side of a blown call since my freshman year in 1971, I sure haven’t seen it!

  • Greg V. | November 22, 2008 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment=”301439″]The non-firing of Mike Brown.

    Agreed. Or Montana to Taylor in the back of the endzone in Super Bowl XXIII. Or anything that happened in the 1990s. Or Kimo vs. ACL, PCL, and MCL in 2005. When it comes to decades of heartbreak and ineptitude, it’s tough to top the Bengals.

  • The Ol Goaler | November 22, 2008 at 10:29 am |

    Trying to close my tags… sorry!

  • Joseph | November 22, 2008 at 10:34 am |

    The worst sports moment for me has to be the last 7 years on Rocky Top.

  • TD | November 22, 2008 at 10:38 am |

    I’m a Steelers fan so I pretty much don’t have a right to be in this topic, but the 1994 AFC Championship Game when the Steelers lost at home and subjected the world to a 49ers-CHARGERS Super Bowl still bugs me.

  • Nick | November 22, 2008 at 10:39 am |

    Please, there isn’t a reel big enough to contain every Cleveland sports lowlight we fans have been subjected to.

  • Stuby | November 22, 2008 at 10:41 am |

    I’m a SF Giants fan, so I have much pain.
    -Jose Oquendo’s 3-run homer in ’87.
    -The earthquake in ’89
    -Salomon Torres in ’93
    -Losing twice to the Marlins in the playoffs
    -Dusty’s ball flip to Russ Ortiz in ’02

  • Beats in Buffalo | November 22, 2008 at 10:41 am |

    Thanks Phil if being a Buffalo sports fan wasn’t hard enough I have you reminded all of us of our teams worst moments. At least my school has reason to celebrate this weekend going to a bowl game 50 years after declining their only other invitation. Go UB BULLS!!!!!!!

    http://sports.espn.g...

    Paul posted the link but it is a great story about University of Buffalo’s 1958 football team that declined a bowl invitation because of segreagation.

  • Giancarlo | November 22, 2008 at 10:56 am |

    Dolphins fan here. Most emotionally draining: the epic playoff vs. San Diego in January 1982 in which putting away Dan Fouts & the Chargers seemed harder than killing Dracula. I haven’t looked at the game summary since then but I remember the collapsing feeling when Miami (in aqua jerserys btw) missed a would-be winning FG in OT.

    But at least that particular team was a contender & fun to watch. The true lowest point in the franchise was probably in November 2007 when the team (in muddy white jerseys) lost to Pittsburgh 3-0 on a field goal with 17 seconds left in the game, bringing their record to 0-11.

  • Matt | November 22, 2008 at 11:02 am |

    Not really a moment; this was a month in the making.

    By 1996, the Broncos were back in a big way. They’d clinched home-field with two games left, so Mike Shannahan told everyone to play it safe, don’t get hurt, the last two game don’t matter. So they lost those two games and had a bye for the first round of the playoffs.

    Having not won a game for four weeks, they hosted the Jaguars in the divisional playoffs. The unthinkable yet predictable result: Denver lost in Denver.

    The turnaround point was when Shannahan admitted his mistake and said from that point forward, whatever the circumstances, losing was unacceptable. In new unis, the Broncos went all the way the following two seasons.

  • Terri | November 22, 2008 at 11:13 am |

    [quote comment=”301440″]”No goal” – Buffalo Sabres[/quote]

    Ha, may be your worst moments, but it’s one of my favorites!
    As for the Giants game, I grew up with that story- my mom, a die-hard Giants fan, was at that game. She remembers getting up and putting her coat on to leave, and turning around and seeing the play unfold, screaming “No! No! Noooo!” the whole time.

    She still doesn’t take an easy breath during a Giants game, and after years of therapy, she’s still not over it- I caught a story ESPN did on the game last weekend, so I called her and had her turn it on to verify it was the game I had been hearing about my entire life, and all she said when she saw it was “thank you for making me relive the worst moment of my life.”

  • interlockingtc | November 22, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    Those Eagles uniforms were so brilliant back then. And that glorious helmet!

    Just look at what they wear today….

  • MPowers1634 | November 22, 2008 at 11:21 am |

    This is gonna hurt, REAL BAD:

    1. 4th and FU#&ING 9

    http://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    EVEN WORSE:

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Strangely enough, even though ND lost, it is my favorite game of theirs, ever.

    Even moreso than FSU in 1993.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Dig the INCREDIBLE soundtrack from my fathers’ favorite film, “Last of the Mohicans”.

    We will not EVER discuss what happened the following week.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    C’mon, who spells Glenn with two N’s?

  • MPowers1634 | November 22, 2008 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”301455″]This is gonna hurt, REAL BAD:

    1. 4th and FU#&ING 9

    http://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    EVEN WORSE:

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Strangely enough, even though ND lost, it is my favorite game of theirs, ever.

    Even moreso than FSU in 1993.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Dig the INCREDIBLE soundtrack from my fathers’ favorite film, “Last of the Mohicans”.

    We will not EVER discuss what happened the following week.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    C’mon, who spells Glenn with two N’s?[/quote]

    Oh and how could I EVER forget this damn play against Colorado in the Orange Bowl?

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • jiec | November 22, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    A little off topic…
    Notice the upside down 5 used as a 2 for an Omar Vizquel commemorative jersey during some ceremony in Caracas.

  • jiec | November 22, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    Oops…botched url

    http://www.noticiero...

  • B. GRimm | November 22, 2008 at 11:33 am |

    As a Cavs fan its Jordan over Ehlo
    http://www.geocities...

    As a Tribe fan its the ’07 ALCS against the f’n Sox
    http://theneoteric.n...

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | November 22, 2008 at 11:35 am |

    As a Cubs fan I will say 2003 NLCS Game 6 is my heartbreaking moment.

    BUT! I do not blame Steve Bartman for anything (NO TRUE CUBS FAN WILL). I BLAME THAT PUNK ASS SHORTSTOP ALEX GONZALEZ!

    After the infamous Bartman-Alou play, Castillo remained the batter at home plate. On the next pitch, Prior walked Castillo with a wild pitch that got away from catcher Paul Bako, also allowing Juan Pierre (on second) to advance to third base.

    Next, Ivan Rodriguez hit an 0-2 pitch hard into left field, singling and scoring Pierre, giving the Marlins their first run of the game and making the score 3-1. Then, with the Cubs still in the lead and a chance to get out of the inning, Miguel Cabrera hit a ground ball toward shortstop Alex Gonzalez, that could have ended the inning on a double play. Gonzalez, who ironically led all NL shortstops in fielding percentage, closed his glove a little too early and the ball landed in the dirt, allowing Cabrera to get on base, loading the bases. On the next pitch, Derek Lee drilled a double into left field, scoring Castillo and Rodríguez to tie the game at 3-3. That ended Prior’s night, and five more runs would cross the plate that dreadful inning. When that eighth inning was over, the score was Marlins 8 Cubs 3. The Cubs lost the game and eventually the series.

    Why am I Cubs fan?….I dunno. Maybe I’m a masochist deep down inside.

  • Stuby | November 22, 2008 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment=”301461″]Oops…botched url

    http://www.noticiero...
    That is one fancy shirt Omar is sportin’

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | November 22, 2008 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”301462″]As a Cavs fan its Jordan over Ehlo
    http://www.geocities...

    As a Tribe fan its the ’07 ALCS against the f’n Sox
    http://theneoteric.n...

    oooooooooo! Thats one of my favorite Bulls/Jordan moments. Sorry dude…I got the video to that.

    The final minutes…
    http://www.youtube.c...

    “The Shot”
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Sammy | November 22, 2008 at 11:41 am |

    The entire Ford ownership of the Detroit Lions.

    And, so far, the Rich Rodriguez era of the University of Michigan. Although, Michigan has been lucky. They’ve been on the Eagles end of the Fumble a few times. Penn State ’05–last second TD for the win. Alabama Orange Bowl ’00–Bama kicker misses an extra point in OT for Michigan win. MSU games are always memorable–two consecutive overtime games that UM won, the 60:01 game that they won, etc. I’m too young to remember much before ’97.

  • Jamie | November 22, 2008 at 11:42 am |

    I’m a Cowboys fan, and I really think that it is not Romo’s failure to hold a football.

    I’ll take The Catch.

  • Ric | November 22, 2008 at 11:49 am |

    The curse of Bobby Layne. The Lions have won a single playoff game since they won the NFL title in 1957 and traded their hall-of-fame bound QB Bobby Layne. Do I really have to explain the futility of the Lions any more than that?

    On a different note… Joe Tiller is coaching his final game today in the Battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. He is the innovator of the spread in the Big Ten. He is Purdue’s all-time winningest coach. He will be missed up here on campus.

  • Mike Engle | November 22, 2008 at 11:55 am |

    Imagine pulling off a crazy chain of laterals to be within an extra point of overtime, only to totally blow the PAT and drop out of playoff contention. Ladies and gentlemen, the 2003 New Orleans Saints.
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Terry Mark | November 22, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    Kirk Gibson and Dennis Eckersley, Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. That home run sent my A’s into a death spiral for that postseason. It was my first reminder that the best teams don’t necessarily win the World Series.

    The long-term consequences were minimal, as the A’s returned to two more Fall Classics, though they were trounced another time by an inferior team in the Reds.

    I give the Dodgers and Reds credit for being very good teams that got on a roll. In the Dodgers’ case, the Gibson home run created a wave of emotion that carried them to the ’88 Series (Having Orel Hershiser on your side doesn’t hurt either.) But judged strictly on talent level and season-long accomplishments, the A’s were the better team in those two Series.

  • MPowers1634 | November 22, 2008 at 12:15 pm |

    If they even exist, Oakland A’s fans must absolutely loathe seeing this:

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  • Terri | November 22, 2008 at 12:24 pm |

    Can my worst sports moment be now? Brendan Morrow is out indefinitely with an ACL tear and my beloved Stars are last in the NHL. I think I’m gonna go watch “no goal” goal highlights…

  • max | November 22, 2008 at 12:26 pm |

    i have to disagree with the knicks fan who mentioned ‘the finger-roll’ – disheartening, yes. and isiah thomas is the devil, of course. but charles smith. oh dear god, charles smith. 6’10” and he doesn’t have the gumption or cojones to just dunk the damn ball. he tries a goofy lay-up THREE frickin’ times. and misses or is rejected all frickin’ three. we never did get by the bulls…

    i believe this says it all:

    http://usversusthem....

  • max | November 22, 2008 at 12:30 pm |

    the charles smith play:

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Hail_To_Pitt | November 22, 2008 at 12:34 pm |

    The Pittsburgh Pirates…
    ‘nough said

  • Teebz | November 22, 2008 at 12:34 pm |

    Let’s see…

    – only making the second round of the playoffs once in team history.
    – trading away the biggest star to ever play hockey in the city during my lifetime for Chad Kilger and Oleg Tverdovsky.
    – watching the NHL tell the city that we’re too small-time for the NHL.
    – seeing the trucks leave for the Phoenix desert.
    – watching the Phoenix Coyotes piss all over the WHA and NHL history of the Winnipeg Jets.

    But I’m not bitter. :o)

  • =bg= | November 22, 2008 at 12:37 pm |

    Cowboys..LEON LETT. Ruined the Thanksgiving THAT year.

  • MPowers1634 | November 22, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  • Richard Craig | November 22, 2008 at 12:38 pm |

    As a Chargers fan, this one’s easy (and no, I’m not referring to the hiring of Norv Turner). The Holy Roller game in 1978 tops the list by a mile, especially since I was at the game as a little guy. Every Chargers fan hates the Raiders with a cold fury, and we’d gone through a stretch where the Chargers hadn’t beaten them in 10 years.

    So we were finally about to beat them, then they fumbled the ball forward for 15 yards into the end zone and the refs all stood there looking at each other like the Three Stooges and then ruled it a TD. I was crushed in a way that only little kids get crushed.

    That was bad enough, but being harassed about it by Raider fans (the ones who were out on parole) was doubly awful. At least we’re beating the crap out of them regularly now…

  • Michael Emody | November 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm |

    Concerning the lead story, back in the late 70’s it seemed the NY Giants
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    and the Buffalo Bills
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    had blue jerseys made from the same “template.”

  • Doc | November 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm |

    vikes eliminated from the playoffs in 2003 by the cardinalas. as told by tecmo super bowl. Classic call by Paul Allen.
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Andy--01 | November 22, 2008 at 12:52 pm |

    Shaftman – at least Molina was a player making a great play. True, it was one of about 4 HRs he hit that year, but it was a player beating you through no fault of your team.

    As a Cardinals fan, I have been on the good side of several of these worst moments, but most of them were unexpected plays by the winning team, NOT horrible plays by the losing team, or referee mistakes.

    For instance, I’m not nearly as bitter about Steve Yzerman’s blue-line goal in Game 7’s OT as I am about Don Denkinger (at least until I got over it in 2006).

  • odessasteps magazine | November 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    Lions fan – pick one. For me, it’s the playoff game with the Packers where Barry got negative yardage. I was in grad school and watched the game with a room full of people from Wisconsin.

    IU fan – during my time there, the loss to Kansas when IU was #1 but Alan Henderson got hurt right before March Madness. Our best chance to win during that era.

    Padres fan – 1984 or 1998? Which is worse? I’ll say the latter, since it was against the Yankees, but there was no real chance of winning.

    Wings fan – I never actually expect them to win the cup, so I’m always pleasantly surprised when they do.

  • Richard Craig | November 22, 2008 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”301484″]Lions fan – pick one. For me, it’s the playoff game with the Packers where Barry got negative yardage. I was in grad school and watched the game with a room full of people from Wisconsin.

    IU fan – during my time there, the loss to Kansas when IU was #1 but Alan Henderson got hurt right before March Madness. Our best chance to win during that era.

    Padres fan – 1984 or 1998? Which is worse? I’ll say the latter, since it was against the Yankees, but there was no real chance of winning.

    Wings fan – I never actually expect them to win the cup, so I’m always pleasantly surprised when they do.[/quote]

    That’s an interesting mix of teams you’ve got there. How did you end up rooting for the Padres in 1984 if you’re a Lions and Wings fan?

  • My Name is Not Earl | November 22, 2008 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”301455″]This is gonna hurt, REAL BAD:

    1. 4th and FU#&ING 9

    http://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    EVEN WORSE:

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Strangely enough, even though ND lost, it is my favorite game of theirs, ever.

    Even moreso than FSU in 1993.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Dig the INCREDIBLE soundtrack from my fathers’ favorite film, “Last of the Mohicans”.

    We will not EVER discuss what happened the following week.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    C’mon, who spells Glenn with two N’s?[/quote]

    You knew that the BC game was going to be bad when NBC pulled Charlie Jones, who called the Florida State game, and replaced him with that toolbag Mike Hammond.

  • Roger Faso | November 22, 2008 at 1:22 pm |

    As an A’s fan – Jeremy Giambi’s non slide. Research the squad we had. That was an exciting team and to see it end like that was rediculous.

    As a Raider fan – Super Bowl against the Bucs. I remember Lynch saying something to the effect of, “I can’t believe it. They’re running every play we ran in practice.” The organization still hasn’t recovered from the embarrassment of that Sunday.

    As a Warrior fan – Any time I watched Rony Seikaly run up and down the court. He was a reminder that we were going to suck for a very long time.

  • Aram | November 22, 2008 at 1:27 pm |

    Michigan’s Tim Jamison had to change his jersey during the game for some reason, just made a sack in a NNOB #78 instead of his usual 90.

  • Quint | November 22, 2008 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”301472″]If they even exist, Oakland A’s fans must absolutely loathe seeing this:

    http://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.youtube.c...
    Yes, we do in fact exist, and the worst part about both of our terrible defeats (’88 and ’01) is that they are replayed ALL THE DAMN TIME! I get so tired watching Gibson’s homer, with everyone acting like it was the greatest moment in baseball history, and Jeter’s play as some sort of “evidence” that he’s a defensive god and not, in fact, an awful defensive shortstop. Another moment: Roberto Alomar’s homer in ’92 (although as a Canadian, that one doesn’t hurt as much. And we do have Rickey’s ’89 ALCS to ease that pain as bit).

    Oh well. At least we have the ’29 8-0 comeback over the Cubs.

  • The Hemogoblin | November 22, 2008 at 1:32 pm |

    There’s a few:

    Game Seven, 1999 Western Conference Finals

    January 1st, 1995, Oregon loses Rose Bowl

    December 10th, 2001, Oregon, as number two in both polls, gets looked over for Nebraska for the National Championship Game.

  • Bob Andrews | November 22, 2008 at 1:35 pm |

    While the Jeffrey Maier moment was a lowlight for me as an Oriole fan, I’ve thought about it and decided that as a Houston alum the worst moment I’ve ever spent in a venue came in the Chicken Soup game .. Joe Montana’s last second “TD” that won the 1984 Cotton Bowl for ND over my Cougars.
    I have never gone from so high to so low in so short a time. And I’ve never ever been so damn miserable at a game. Montana wasn’t half as sick and cold as I was. The fact that it took a day and a half to get back to Houston due to road conditions just made a bad thing worse.

  • Peter | November 22, 2008 at 1:37 pm |

    As a NY Rangers fan: parise goal to beat us 11 seconds into overtime.

    As a SF Giant fan: Willie being traded to the Mets and beating us with a HR in his first game

  • Dan | November 22, 2008 at 1:42 pm |

    As a San Francisco fan, my worst low was the NFC Championship game against the Giants – Roger Craig’s fumble, Montana getting knocked out by Leonard Marshall; this is nothing against the Giants, but that game to me was the catalyst of the breakup of that great team that had enjoyed so much success beforehand. It wasn’t even the possibility of the threepeat that bothered so much, more the long term impact of the game.

  • Bobb | November 22, 2008 at 1:43 pm |

    As a Maverick fan, the phantom Dwyane Wade foul in Game 5 of the 2006 Finals.

  • jon | November 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”301428″]Colts- 2006 AFC divisional playoff game, after Bettis fumbles on the goalline, an injured Nick Harper picks up the ball, and returns it for what looks like a sure TD until Ben Roethlisberger gets a shoe-string tackle. Mike Vandejagt then misses a FG that would have sent the game to overtime. and to add insult to injury, vanderjagt then goes on David Letterman and kicks an equivalent FG on the streets of New York.[/quote]

    not sure this should count because the refs were the only reason the game was that close in the first place. they blew the polamalu interception (he CAUGHT that ball), and a phantom pass interference call led to the colts’ touchdown before the bettis run.

    as for my bad sports moment:
    2003 afc divisional playoff – titans at steelers. in overtime the titans line up for a field goal, attempt it, and miss. but they get a second chance because one of the steelers rushers shoved from behind by a titan lineman into a grazing blow with the kicker. the penalty gives the titans five yards, another try, and the eventual victory when they make the kick.

  • dtsa | November 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm |

    these are great. brings back great(horrible) memories.
    My favorites are the ones where Missouri loses.

    ROCK CHALK.2008 National Champions.

  • dtsa | November 22, 2008 at 1:53 pm |

    my favorite ones are the ones where Missouri loses.

    ROCK CHALK. 2008 National Champions.

  • tommy forrester | November 22, 2008 at 1:55 pm |

    dolphins vs bills in the afc title game at miami. the bills just killed us 29-10 in marino’s last real shot at the super bowl. deflating is a good word for it.

  • Tim | November 22, 2008 at 1:59 pm |

    As a Minnesota sports fan, I second Gary Anderson’s missed FG (comment #3).

    But why focus on the Vikings when the Golden Gophers are so eager to provide material?
    Purdue 2001
    (http://www.youtube.c...)
    Michigan 2003
    (http://www.youtube.c...)
    Texas Tech 2006
    (http://www.youtube.c...)

    Not single moments, I suppose, but that makes it that much worse.

  • fluxcap | November 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm |

    The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, Edgar Renteria, at least we win something

  • RaoulDuke | November 22, 2008 at 2:13 pm |

    My beloved St.Louis Blues wore their 3rd jerseys for the first time last night. I went to the game a walked in just as the game was getting underway, I was told that beforehand they had Blues of previous generations come out in the sweater of the time they played.

    Anybody got pics?

  • Jamie | November 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”301478″]Cowboys..LEON LETT. Ruined the Thanksgiving THAT year.[/quote]

    I was really considering that too.

  • aflfan | November 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    Anyone know what is up with Montana’s jersey’s today in football? Their school colors are Maroon and Grey and they are in Orange and Yellow. I went to the University of Montana website and there is nothing.

  • =bg= | November 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm |

    I have another one..living in Cinti. Jan 89 I think. Bengals up in the SB vs the Niners. Like two minutes to go. I am watching it in a restaurant and everyone’s excited, we’re gonna win, two minutes left.

    I said, ‘that’s Joe Montana on the other side of the ball. He has ice water in his veins.’

    I called that one, sadly.

  • Terri | November 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm |

    Giants v. Ravens super bowl. I don’t care how many undefeated seasons Kerry Collins leads the Titans to, I will never forgive him. Ever.

  • The Hemogoblin | November 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    First time ever that Washington State is in all crimson.

    Red helmets don’t look too bad, have the “Cougars” wordmark on them.

    Red jerseys and pants are OK at best.

  • The Hemogoblin | November 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm |

    Paul Wulff is Paul’s kind of coach.

  • MPowers1634 | November 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”301486″][quote comment=”301455″]This is gonna hurt, REAL BAD:

    1. 4th and FU#&ING 9

    http://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    EVEN WORSE:

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Strangely enough, even though ND lost, it is my favorite game of theirs, ever.

    Even moreso than FSU in 1993.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Dig the INCREDIBLE soundtrack from my fathers’ favorite film, “Last of the Mohicans”.

    We will not EVER discuss what happened the following week.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    C’mon, who spells Glenn with two N’s?[/quote]

    You knew that the BC game was going to be bad when NBC pulled Charlie Jones, who called the Florida State game, and replaced him with that toolbag Mike Hammond.[/quote]

    Hammond wears more eyeliner than my grandmother.

    Bull Durham was GREAT BTW.

    I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much earlier in life.

    However, a few problems.

    Crash wore #8 while catching, but his BH had #20.

    Adjustable caps.

    Wheaties Box with Sweetness on the cover was a’ight though!

  • The Hemogoblin | November 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    Wrong video… but Paul Wulff doesn’t like purple.

  • JTH | November 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    One more. Dishonorable mention to Scottie Pippen’s phantom foul on Hubert Davis in game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinals. The Bulls were up by 1 in the closing seconds when Davis put up a prayer that missed and seemingly ended the game. Not so fast. Referee Hue Hollins (who was not in position to make the call) whistled Pippen for a foul. Davis drains both free throws and the Knicks win it.

    The Bulls win game 6 only to drop game 7.

    I was doing a job down in the Virgin Islands. The game was on TNT. The only place we could find within a 10 mile radius of our hotel that had TNT was a strip joint, so my four coworkers and I had to watch the game there.

  • MPowers1634 | November 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”301493″]As a San Francisco fan, my worst low was the NFC Championship game against the Giants – Roger Craig’s fumble, Montana getting knocked out by Leonard Marshall; this is nothing against the Giants, but that game to me was the catalyst of the breakup of that great team that had enjoyed so much success beforehand. It wasn’t even the possibility of the threepeat that bothered so much, more the long term impact of the game.[/quote]

    How about when Leonard Marshall planted Montana into the ground?

    http://www.sportsecy...

    https://auction01.ch...

    http://www.bigbluevi...

    TO, Jeff Garcia, and Julian Peterson helped to get even in the playoffs a few years back though.

  • Andrew | November 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |

    A toss up between David Stern deciding that Boris Diaw and Amare Stoudemire standing up was a prelude to violence, and the Shaq trade.

  • Andrew Bolte | November 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |

    Not sure if it’s been reported on UW yet, but New Mexico is the latest addition to the System of Dress cadre:

    http://www.flickr.co...

    Can’t find a better photo that isn’t in a photo gallery on the UNM site (and hence non-bookmarkable).

  • Mike | November 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |

    Washington State is going all Crimson for the Crapple Cup today… not sure how I feel about it… I guess it depends on if they win or not hahaha

  • Mike | November 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm |

    Worst moment? Try being a Seattle sports fan for the last year. Sonics? Gone. Mariners? Second worst team in Baseball. Seahawks? Stink after four straight NFC West titles. UW Football? Worst in the nation (yay) WSU Football? Second worst in the nation (boo) Even the T-Birds (local WHL team) are god awful. Trust me, Seattle has it worse right now.

  • JTH | November 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”301484″]
    IU fan – during my time there, the loss to Kansas when IU was #1 but Alan Henderson got hurt right before March Madness. Our best chance to win during that era.[/quote]
    Nah, the loss to Duke in the Final Four the year before was worse. At least to me it was. I was at the Metrodome for it. Hoosiers had a huge lead at halftime only to piss it away in the second half and lose by 3. I went from elated to dejected in those 20 minutes.

    That was a great team. They easily beat Shaq’s LSU team and a pretty good Florida State (Sam Cassell, Bobby Sura, Chalie Ward) in the second and third rounds and then they absolutely trounced UCLA in the Elite 8. Also, there was a 39-point drubbing of Eastern Illinois in the first round, which was only memorable to me because I had a bet with a friend who was going to EIU at the time. I gave him 19.5 points (even though the official spread was something like 25). This meant that he had to give me a full case of beer rather than the 12-pack we were betting.

    Maybe the reason I don’t remember that Kansas game being particularly painful is that this is my only clear memory of that game. A big group of us got together to watch at someone’s house. At the beginning of the game, some clown asks “Which team is IU?” To which someone gives the only appropriate response, the sarcastic one: “Uh, the ones with the blue uniforms.” At the end of the game, the same guy yells out “whaddaya think will happen if I run down the street yelling KEN-TUUUUCK-Y… KEN-TUUUUCK-Y?”

    “Dude — they just lost to KANSAS!”

    His response: “Yeah, I mean Kansas.” silence for about 10 seconds followed by “I can’t believe the IU wore blue uniforms today.”

  • Hugh | November 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”301499″]As a Minnesota sports fan, I second Gary Anderson’s missed FG (comment #3).

    But why focus on the Vikings when the Golden Gophers are so eager to provide material?
    Purdue 2001
    (http://www.youtube.c...)
    Michigan 2003
    (http://www.youtube.c...)
    Texas Tech 2006
    (http://www.youtube.c...)

    Not single moments, I suppose, but that makes it that much worse.[/quote]

    Let’s not forget Wisconsin 2005 & Northwestern 2000 & 2008

  • JTH | November 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm |

    Gah! Last sentence should not have “the” in it:

    “I can’t believe IU wore blue uniforms today.”

  • S. Menecola | November 22, 2008 at 3:36 pm |

    I was doing a job down in the Virgin Islands. The game was on TNT. The only place we could find within a 10 mile radius of our hotel that had TNT was a strip joint, so my four coworkers and I had to watch the game there.[/quote]

    Well I’m sure if you really wanted it to you could’ve had a happy ending…….BAAAA-ZING!

  • JTH | November 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”301520″]
    Well I’m sure if you really wanted it to you could’ve had a happy ending…….BAAAA-ZING![/quote]
    I set it up and you knocked it down.

    And I only had to wait 39 minutes — not bad for a Saturday

  • Stevo | November 22, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

    As an Iowan, I have witnessed many moments of heartbreak. On the Iowa side there’s Northwestern State in the NCAA Tournament, Ronnie Harmon in the Rose Bowl, and the botched offsides onsides in the Capital One Bowl. Up Cyclone way there’s the one-year period where the men lost to Hampton in the first round (last 15 to beat a 2), and the football team went from almost beating Florida State (I swear Seneca was in) to being ranked in the top 15 (after The Run) to getting their teeth knocked in by OU (which started a freefall that included losing to UConn and Boise State and that continues to this day). Even Drake University isn’t immune, this year’s first round game vs Western Kentucky being the latest.
    On a personal level, there’s the first round of the 1998 State Basketball Tournament, when my Bondurant-Farrar Bluejays succeeded in scoring exactly zero points in the entire 4th quarter after starting the season ranked #1.

  • LI Phil | November 22, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”301521″][quote comment=”301520″]
    Well I’m sure if you really wanted it to you could’ve had a happy ending…….BAAAA-ZING![/quote]
    I set it up and you knocked it down.

    And I only had to wait 39 minutes — not bad for a Saturday[/quote]

    dont know if you have Friendlys restaurants in chi-town, but they’re all over the northeast…i always wanted to shake the hand of the ad-man who thought up this promo

  • Macca P. | November 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm |

    As a Houston Oilers fan, it never got worse than this.

    Oh, right…

    Luv’d ya Blue!

  • My Name is Not Earl | November 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |

    Ole Miss is wearing the red jerseys today at LSU. I would have thought that Houston Nutt would have done away with the red jerseys (reminding him a bit too much about Arkansas), but not so. At present, the red jerseys are winning.

  • Jim | November 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |

    I really like the Giants capital “NY” worn in 1975. Do you say it was “disastrous” because the team was horrible that season or because you think the logo is bad?

  • JP | November 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |

    Washington State, which is one of the few remaining two-helmet teams, has never worn these helmets before. They have the “Cougars” wordmark like on their silver helmets, but are crimson (Their regular crimson helmets have the WSU logo on them).

  • Stevo | November 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”301523″][quote comment=”301521″][quote comment=”301520″]
    Well I’m sure if you really wanted it to you could’ve had a happy ending…….BAAAA-ZING![/quote]
    I set it up and you knocked it down.

    And I only had to wait 39 minutes — not bad for a Saturday[/quote]

    dont know if you have Friendlys restaurants in chi-town, but they’re all over the northeast…i always wanted to shake the hand of the ad-man who thought up this promo[/quote]

    Just be careful which hand you shake there.

  • JTH | November 22, 2008 at 4:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”301523″][quote comment=”301521″][quote comment=”301520″]
    Well I’m sure if you really wanted it to you could’ve had a happy ending…….BAAAA-ZING![/quote]
    I set it up and you knocked it down.

    And I only had to wait 39 minutes — not bad for a Saturday[/quote]

    dont know if you have Friendlys restaurants in chi-town, but they’re all over the northeast…i always wanted to shake the hand of the ad-man who thought up this promo[/quote]
    No, unfortunately. That’s brilliant. So wholesome and yet so raunchy.

  • Jordan Sogn | November 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm |

    Great video of the grounds crew prepping Owen Field in Norman. I will have to pull “stat boy” & correct the gentleman in the video. The change in the endzones between conference & non-conference games started in 1999…Stoops’ first year.
    http://www.cstv.com/...;

  • LI Phil | November 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”301526″]I really like the Giants capital “NY” worn in 1975. Do you say it was “disastrous” because the team was horrible that season or because you think the logo is bad?[/quote]

    i can’t speak for all giants fans, and i don’t know for sure why they made the one year switch to this, but im pretty sure it was universally reviled by almost all big blue fans…of course, im 99% certain they switched to this when they moved to a state whose initials weren’t “NY”…so as not to ‘alienate’ the garden staters

    i suppose it’s all a matter of personal preference and taste, but i always hated the ‘outline NY’ and am glad it lasted but one season (even if that season was the only one they ever shared shea with the mets)…had nothing to do with their play in 1975 (although that was unremarkable as well), but just never liked the logo…ever

  • Mark M | November 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”301504″]
    I said, ‘that’s Joe Montana on the other side of the ball. He has ice water in his veins.’

    I called that one, sadly.[/quote]

    Me too, as the Bengals scored I simply said “it is too much time.” I had learned from ’81. Have I mentioned I hate Joe Montana?

  • Johnny F. | November 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm |

    Phil! I’m finally just getting settled in New York, after a few crazy long days…. I start catching up with the folks here at UW, and there’s a beautifully done New York Giants submission by L.I. Phil himself. Not to mention the fact there’s some neat pics, some cool history and some sarcastic/funny/painful Giants commentary to boot.

    Ahhh…. Welcome back to New York :)

  • Johnny F. | November 22, 2008 at 4:44 pm |

    Re: Today’s topic

    Knicks- Ewing’s missed finger roll…pretty much jaded me against the underrated big guy for years. Charles Smith’s missed layups. What a douche.

    Mets- 2007,2008…and Kenny Rogers’ ball 4

    Giants- The “onside kick” playoff game vs. the Vikings, Trey Junkin’s long snap playoff game vs. San Fran.

    Rangers- Losing the series to Pittsburgh, when they were the best team in hockey, arguably, in 1992. One of my first memorable moments as a diehard Ranger fan… then came 1994 :)

  • u2-horn | November 22, 2008 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”301525″]Ole Miss is wearing the red jerseys today at LSU. I would have thought that Houston Nutt would have done away with the red jerseys (reminding him a bit too much about Arkansas), but not so. At present, the red jerseys are winning.[/quote]

    And both teams look fantastic.

    Too many untucked shirts for Mississippi though.

  • subway | November 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm |

    As a Rangers fan: losing to the Islanders four staight years was bad but having Jim Dolan owning my team, with all that he’s done to wreck New York sports (especially preventing the Jets from returning to NYC) is a nightmare that continues.

    Mets: Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano. Who the hell trades their best pitching prospect for a sore-armed pitcher?

  • Cathy | November 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm |

    As a Cubs fan I will say 2003 NLCS Game 6 is my heartbreaking moment.

    BUT! I do not blame Steve Bartman for anything (NO TRUE CUBS FAN WILL). I BLAME THAT PUNK ASS SHORTSTOP ALEX GONZALEZ!

    DITTO, I say that all the time. Bartman got a raw deal.

    I’d say the Cubs colossal collapse in the 1984 NLCS against the Padres ranks up there for a Cubs fan. But it isn’t a one game collapse so it really doesn’t qualify…still stings though.

  • Jordan | November 22, 2008 at 5:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”301517″][quote comment=”301484″]
    IU fan – during my time there, the loss to Kansas when IU was #1 but Alan Henderson got hurt right before March Madness. Our best chance to win during that era.[/quote]
    Nah, the loss to Duke in the Final Four the year before was worse. At least to me it was. I was at the Metrodome for it. Hoosiers had a huge lead at halftime only to piss it away in the second half and lose by 3. I went from elated to dejected in those 20 minutes.

    That was a great team. They easily beat Shaq’s LSU team and a pretty good Florida State (Sam Cassell, Bobby Sura, Chalie Ward) in the second and third rounds and then they absolutely trounced UCLA in the Elite 8. Also, there was a 39-point drubbing of Eastern Illinois in the first round, which was only memorable to me because I had a bet with a friend who was going to EIU at the time. I gave him 19.5 points (even though the official spread was something like 25). This meant that he had to give me a full case of beer rather than the 12-pack we were betting.

    Maybe the reason I don’t remember that Kansas game being particularly painful is that this is my only clear memory of that game. A big group of us got together to watch at someone’s house. At the beginning of the game, some clown asks “Which team is IU?” To which someone gives the only appropriate response, the sarcastic one: “Uh, the ones with the blue uniforms.” At the end of the game, the same guy yells out “whaddaya think will happen if I run down the street yelling KEN-TUUUUCK-Y… KEN-TUUUUCK-Y?”

    “Dude — they just lost to KANSAS!”

    His response: “Yeah, I mean Kansas.” silence for about 10 seconds followed by “I can’t believe the IU wore blue uniforms today.”[/quote]

    Whippersnappers.

    While the Kansas and Duke games are fine choices of the #2 and #3 most heartbreaking games in Hoosier basketball history, the correct answer for #1 is the 1975 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Regional Final. Coach Knight brought his undefeated and top ranked team into a not-so neutral site matchup against archrival Kentucky at Freedom Hall in Louisville. The loss of junior Scott May late in the Big Ten season due to a broken arm against Purdue was the critical difference leading to a 92-90 loss to Joe B. Hall’s Wildcats. That single loss marks the only blemish on the Hoosiers’ record from the beginning of the ’74-’75 season until the National Championship in 1976. To me, there’s little doubt that this two year stretch was the greatest college basketball team of all time — accordingly, their single loss makes for possibly the most heartbreaking defeat of all time.

    (especially if you were six at the time and lived in Bloomington)

  • LarenR | November 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm |

    As a kid growing up in Palo Alto, nothing was worse than The Play…until Game 6 of the 2002 World Series.

  • Paul Lukas | November 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm |

    OK, I’ll play. … In late 1972, when I was 8 yrs old, the 49ers (my favorite NFL team) and Cowboys (my most hated team) faced off in the playoffs. The Niners were up 28-16 with 2:02 to play. Thanks to a big Roger Staubach comeback and a perfectly executed onside kick, Dallas ended up winning, 30-28. To this day, I’ve never fully recovered, and I’ve never stopped LOATHING the Cowboys. Details here:
    http://espn.go.com/n...

    As an aside, I bet my father a nickel on this game. So my heartbreak was coupled with financial loss (a nickel was a decent amount of scratch for a kid in 1972) — a powerful lesson. I have never bet on sports again.

  • MPowers1634 | November 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”301514″]Not sure if it’s been reported on UW yet, but New Mexico is the latest addition to the System of Dress cadre:

    http://www.flickr.co...

    Can’t find a better photo that isn’t in a photo gallery on the UNM site (and hence non-bookmarkable).[/quote]

    Same template as TOSU!

  • Nuk | November 22, 2008 at 6:07 pm |

    Canucks – two (of many low points)

    One – Otto kicks it in – Game 7, 1989
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Two – Bertuzzi – Moore. I’m not linking to that – we’ve all seen it way too much.

    Remains to be seen if Luongo’s injury today is up there….

  • MPowers1634 | November 22, 2008 at 6:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”301533″]Phil! I’m finally just getting settled in New York, after a few crazy long days…. I start catching up with the folks here at UW, and there’s a beautifully done New York Giants submission by L.I. Phil himself. Not to mention the fact there’s some neat pics, some cool history and some sarcastic/funny/painful Giants commentary to boot.

    Ahhh…. Welcome back to New York :)[/quote]

    Drop me a line when you’re totally settled!

  • MPowers1634 | November 22, 2008 at 6:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”301543″][quote comment=”301533″]Phil! I’m finally just getting settled in New York, after a few crazy long days…. I start catching up with the folks here at UW, and there’s a beautifully done New York Giants submission by L.I. Phil himself. Not to mention the fact there’s some neat pics, some cool history and some sarcastic/funny/painful Giants commentary to boot.

    Ahhh…. Welcome back to New York :)[/quote]

    Drop me a line when you’re totally settled![/quote]

    I’ll be at home counting the Under Armour logos on Texas Tech.

  • Stevo | November 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm |

    I forgot in my earlier post to mention some of my pro sports moments. As a Bears fan from Iowa, my heart sunk every time Kyle Orton was pulled for Wonderboy Rex Grossman in the playoffs, at which point the Bears would lose. As a Cubs fan, Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS hurts. For my Chiefs side there’s the 2003 shootout with Indianapolis, and I still hate Adam Vinatieri for taking a second Super Bowl win from Kurt Warner.

  • The Hemogoblin | November 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm |

    The Apple Cup was amazing to watch. Would have never guessed there wasn’t a win between the teams.

  • Salvamerican | November 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm |

    For any Notre Dame fans, is today a heartbreaking moment for all time? Losing to Syracuse? Ouch. I’m getting emotionally ready for a heartbreak in Norman tonight as Stoops and the Sooners will find a way to blow it against TX Tech.

    My heartbreak moment was OU’s Final Four loss to Danny Manning and the Jayhawks. I barely saw the free throws go into the hoop through the tears. I was a fourth-grader at the time.

  • aflfan | November 22, 2008 at 7:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”301546″]The Apple Cup was amazing to watch. Would have never guessed there wasn’t a win between the teams.[/quote]

    There was not an FBS win between them. Washington State beat Portland State earlier in the season.

  • Jeremy | November 22, 2008 at 7:09 pm |

    as a uk fan, i win… and by “i win” i mean “i lose”….

    uk/lsu…
    http://www.youtube.c...

    1993 peach bowl..damn you marty moore…
    http://www.youtube.c...

    i dont know if you guys have ever seen this one…
    http://www.youtube.c...

    with a chance to end the streak against tennessee…
    http://www.youtube.c...

    i can keep going if you really want me to.

  • Jordan Sogn | November 22, 2008 at 7:11 pm |

    OU/Tech uni notes:
    1. OU is wearing their pro socks (crimson top of the sock with white on the bottom). I don’t like them but I don’t think they’ve lost while sporting this look.
    2. OU also looks to be wearing white long sleeves as usual. I was hoping to see how the crimson would look with the home tops. They wore crimson long sleeves for the first time ever on the road against Kansas State a few weeks back.
    3. Tech is wearing black pants tonight.
    4. Go Sooners!

  • LI Phil | November 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm |

    boomer tonight!

  • casey (davis, ca) | November 22, 2008 at 7:41 pm |

    The Montreal Canadiens retired Patrick Roy’s #33 tonight. As usual, they are wearing a #33 retirement patch on the right chest.

    They are NOT wearing their Centennial patch or the All Star Game patch on the shoulders.

  • Eric B in KC | November 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm |

    i grew up watching (or trying to watch) the STL Cardinals play football. since half the games were blacked out, most of my memories were of the Big Dead losing on road turf. the one that really sticks in my mind was the last game of the 84 season. if neil o’donoghue makes the last second field goal to beat the redskins, the Cardinals are in the playoffs.

    that was that first time i remember getting in trouble for saying the f-word.

  • Judy | November 22, 2008 at 7:45 pm |

    Thanksgiving Day, 1974. Clint Longley to Drew Pearson, 50 yard TD with 28 seconds left. Final score: Dallas 24 Washington 23. As a lifelong Redskins fan, it still breaks my heart?

  • Mike | November 22, 2008 at 7:51 pm |

    you sound like you’re local, hemoglobin. Hopefully you enjoyed the game as much as I did. Go cougs :)

  • Smail | November 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm |

    Just noticed that McNeese State (FCS, Southland conference) is a TNOB squad. Not only that, they have different names on their home and road jerseys. The blue home jerseys read “Cowboys” and the white road jerseys read “McNeese”. Sorry, no pictures. You try finding images of McNeese State football.

  • Judy | November 22, 2008 at 8:07 pm |

    I stopped being rooting for them a long time ago, but one of my last gasps as an Orioles fan was in 1994 or 1995. I’d recently moved to California but was home in Maryland for a few days and my brother and I were planning to go up to Camden Yards. It was a little rainy so we ended up at my sister’s house watching the game on TV.

    Mike Mussina was on the mound for the O’s against the Cleveland Indians and he was having a brilliant game. I don’t remember all the specifics of the game, except that Mussina had a no-hitter going into the 9th.

    My memory says that there were two outs and Mussina was a pitch or two away from the no-no…and then Sandy F*cking Alomar Jr hit a crappy little bloop single.

    It was probably the closest Moose ever got to throwing a no-hitter, and I’ll never forgive Alomar for ruining it.

    My only consolation is that at least Mussina finally got his 20-win season before retiring.

  • Brian | November 22, 2008 at 8:11 pm |

    With 6 titles in my life time, I feel bad doing this. But I’ll play anyway.
    This:
    http://news.bbc.co.u...
    I was 13 at the time, and I was in disbelief. After Arizona tied the game, I walked into the other room. To this very day, I have never seen video of Gonzo’s hit. It rips me up thinking about losing that game, and the four-pete, especially in the fall of 2001.
    Honorable mention to the 2004 ALCS choke to the Sawx, but frankly ’04 has NOTHING on ’01, to me anyway.

    Then there’s this:
    http://imagecache2.a...
    Even linking to that picture today makes me sick. That the Patriots allowed themselves to get so cocky on defense to blow the 19-0 season, after Brady saved their asses again has been haunting me since February. I can’t even blame the 6 or 7 blatant uncalled holding penalties on that play, because the game should have never gotten there in the first place. Simply disgusting.
    Honorable mention to Super Bowl 31 loss to the Packers. To this day, I hate Brett Favre over that game.

  • Bob Andrews | November 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm |

    Oregon State is proof that Nike can supply a school with classy traditional uniforms without all the piping, funky pant stripes and crap like that. They look good against Arizona.

  • Brian | November 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm |

    Quick typo on my previous post, it’s 7 titles, not 6.

  • Judy | November 22, 2008 at 8:44 pm |

    Quick correction to my first post…there’s no question that Longley to Pearson breaks my heart and pisses me off. The question mark is a typo.

  • LarenR | November 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”301558″]With 6 titles in my life time, I feel bad doing this. But I’ll play anyway.
    This:
    http://news.bbc.co.u...
    I was 13 at the time, and I was in disbelief. After Arizona tied the game, I walked into the other room. To this very day, I have never seen video of Gonzo’s hit. It rips me up thinking about losing that game, and the four-pete, especially in the fall of 2001.[/quote]
    Brian, have you been willfully avoiding it, or have you just never found the video? If it’s the latter, here ya go!

  • jude | November 22, 2008 at 8:59 pm |

    I went to the Notre Dame/Syracuse game today. As an ND alum, I was disappointed in the result. But as a Uniwatch reader, I did notice a couple of things about Syracuse’s uniforms that I thought I’d share. (My apologies if these have been discussed before.)

    The first is the decals on Syracuse’s helmets. I’m assuming the NY is for New York, but I couldn’t find any definite confirmation. Anyone help? Secondly, it looks like the players had number decals on their helmets, but they’ve since been removed.

    The second is the logo creep on the arm bands, seen here and more closely here.

  • Chip | November 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”301429″]two years ago, south carolina goes into florida and lines up for the winning field goal…its blocked…dammit…
    the vandy game this year…dammit…
    this year, georgia at carolina, georgia intercepts the ball near the 10 with 30 seconds on the clock to seal the game where knowson moreno was held to like 60 yards…dammit
    last year, carolina at lsu…and the bayou bengals run a fake field goal run when matt flynn flips the ball to the kicker who runs it in untouched, shifting the momentum to les tigres…sombitch…

    welcome to the life of a gamecock fan…we’ve had so many close games over the past four years, if we could have just held on…carolina could be one of the elit teams in the sec, instead we’re making excuses about how florida was #3 this year, they should be able to kick our asses. and its not spurrier’s fault…its a lot easier to recruit 18-year-olds to gainesville than it is for them to come to columbia…at least we’re not clemson this year[/quote]

    All I’m gonna say, JC, is…we need one year of playing Gamecock football at Clemson to remind us of what we have…that being said…Two years ago when South Carolina came into our place, Succop kicked the go ahead field goal, then our “all-american candidate” kicker, Jad “liquored up kicker” Dean decided to shank what should have won it back for us made me yell out that kickers should NEVER be a part of a football game. This being yelled out while sitting beside one of my best friends and his father, both of whom kicked in college. I still do not regret that statement. Stupid kickers.

  • LI Phil | November 22, 2008 at 9:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”301563″]The first is the decals on Syracuse’s helmets. I’m assuming the NY is for New York, but I couldn’t find any definite confirmation.[/quote]

    the orange have had that NY on their helmets since 2007…apparently, not everyone knows in which state syracuse is located, so…yes…the NY is for new york

  • Eric B in KC | November 22, 2008 at 9:11 pm |

    you can also see that the S on the right side of his helmet is creased

  • aflfan | November 22, 2008 at 9:14 pm |

    I was watching the NHL channel at 7 PM, waiting for this weeks game of the century to start. Anyway, The Leafs retired Wendell Clark’s #17 tonight. All the Leaf players were wearing the old (80’s) white leafs uniforms and the all had #17 and Clark on the back.

    Once the game started they had their regular white jersey’s on but they had the 80’s leaf logo in the upper left corner with 17 in the leaf.

  • Eric B in KC | November 22, 2008 at 9:20 pm |

    i’ve seen that done a few times already. it always seems to be hockey. is that just a hockey thing? is it a new thing? it already seems kinda played out to me.

  • BurghFan | November 22, 2008 at 9:41 pm |

    As a Pirate fan, losing the ’72 NLCS on Bob Moose’s wild pitch was awful, made moreso by Clemente’s death a couple months later. But ’92 was worse because we knew the team was going to break up after the season. (Of course, nobody expected that they wouldn’t have another winning season as we enter 2009.)

    As a Penguin fan, two playoff losses to the Islanders still hurt – the 1-0 loss in 1975’s game 7 after the Pens had a 3-0 series lead, and David Volek’s OT goal in game 7 that eliminated the 1993 team, which was the best in club history.

    At least the bad Steeler playoff losses are counterbalanced by victories.

  • KF | November 22, 2008 at 9:42 pm |

    Larry Bird stealing Isiah Thomas’ lazy inbounds pass in the ’87 East Finals makes me vomit every time I see it, over 20 years later. I’m getting sick writing this comment, gotta go.

  • LI Phil | November 22, 2008 at 9:49 pm |

    anyone watching the beavs & ‘cats? MY GOD it sure looks like arizona has a full one-piece unitard…it’s not…but it sure looks like it…great finish btw

  • Max | November 22, 2008 at 10:14 pm |

    Saturday, May 12, 1984 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium. Mario Soto took a no-hitter into the 9th inning. And with 2 out in the 9th, George Hendrick hit a home run midway up into the Green seats and broke up the no-hitter. That was the closest I ever came to seeing a no-hitter.

    That HR and the beginning of the end of the properly wearing stirrups in baseball are the two reasons I hate George Hendrick to this day.

  • Noel | November 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm |

    In watching the Syracuse-Notre Dame game late in the 4th quarter they kept showing ND defensive player #8. The back of his helmet had an American flag decal… upside down. Anyone else catch that? Maybe a screen grab?

  • chance | November 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”301565″][quote comment=”301563″]The first is the decals on Syracuse’s helmets. I’m assuming the NY is for New York, but I couldn’t find any definite confirmation.[/quote]

    the orange have had that NY on their helmets since 2007…apparently, not everyone knows in which state syracuse is located, so…yes…the NY is for new york[/quote]

    I’m pretty sure that’s part of their campaign to be New York City’s local college team.

  • Podunk Texas | November 22, 2008 at 11:06 pm |

    leon lett… showboating… and getting the ball knocked out of his hand. still cringing about that!

  • u2-horn | November 22, 2008 at 11:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”301550″]OU/Tech uni notes:
    1. OU is wearing their pro socks (crimson top of the sock with white on the bottom). I don’t like them but I don’t think they’ve lost while sporting this look.
    2. OU also looks to be wearing white long sleeves as usual. I was hoping to see how the crimson would look with the home tops. They wore crimson long sleeves for the first time ever on the road against Kansas State a few weeks back.
    3. Tech is wearing black pants tonight.
    4. Go Sooners![/quote]

    Another interesting note is that on the smaller Tech players, the “TEXAS TECH” wordmark on the front of the jersey does not fit in the white space…the first and last letters get lost in the black underarm horns. I hadn’t noticed this before.

  • u2-horn | November 22, 2008 at 11:23 pm |

    here’s one pic

    http://d.yimg.com/us...

  • u2-horn | November 22, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  • Jeff P | November 22, 2008 at 11:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”301567″]I was watching the NHL channel at 7 PM, waiting for this weeks game of the century to start. Anyway, The Leafs retired Wendell Clark’s #17 tonight. All the Leaf players were wearing the old (80’s) white leafs uniforms and the all had #17 and Clark on the back.

    Once the game started they had their regular white jersey’s on but they had the 80’s leaf logo in the upper left corner with 17 in the leaf.[/quote]

    Actually, the leafs only retire numbers in the case of early death or similar. They honor players instead, hanging a picture of them in the rafters.

    The number remains in use.

  • The Hemogoblin | November 22, 2008 at 11:47 pm |

    Not generally one to pimp my stuff, but you all have to listen to this radio show that has very little to do with uniforms but lots to do with football.

    And yeah, my voice is involved.

    http://thebestnflblo...

  • Jordan Pope | November 22, 2008 at 11:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”301515″]Washington State is going all Crimson for the Crapple Cup today… not sure how I feel about it… I guess it depends on if they win or not hahaha[/quote]

    well it worked

    [quote comment=”301546″]The Apple Cup was amazing to watch. Would have never guessed there wasn’t a win between the teams.[/quote]

    it was amazing in person….i was questioning the choice of all crimson but it looked really good when i gave my boy a hug after the game..go cougs

  • The Hemogoblin | November 23, 2008 at 12:02 am |

    [quote comment=”301555″]you sound like you’re local, hemoglobin. Hopefully you enjoyed the game as much as I did. Go cougs :)[/quote]

    I’m an Oregon student and a Uni Watch member, therefore I’m contractually obligated to hate the Huskies and purple, respectively.

  • LI Phil | November 23, 2008 at 12:09 am |

    [quote comment=”301580″]Not generally one to pimp my stuff, but you all have to listen to this radio show that has very little to do with uniforms but lots to do with football.

    And yeah, my voice is involved.

    http://thebestnflblo...

    and very little to do with football, or so it seemed…i tried to listen, i really did…got about 8 minutes in and couldn’t take it any more…at least you (kenny) made some sense…what part of so-cal are ben and danny from? TO?

  • =bg= | November 23, 2008 at 12:11 am |

    [quote comment=”301554″]Thanksgiving Day, 1974. Clint Longley to Drew Pearson, 50 yard TD with 28 seconds left. Final score: Dallas 24 Washington 23. As a lifelong Redskins fan, it still breaks my heart?[/quote]

    Clint Longely..the Mad Bomber. He punched Staubach, too. Not a big career move.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    Well, as a longtime Cowboys fan, I dug that game all day long. Then of course, Staubach did in the Vikes (74?) with that hail mary to Drew Pearson over Nate Wright..and then he nailed the Niners with a pair of passes in like the last minute or something. Boy, Roger was something in the last two minutes.

  • The Hemogoblin | November 23, 2008 at 12:12 am |

    [quote comment=”301583″][quote comment=”301580″]Not generally one to pimp my stuff, but you all have to listen to this radio show that has very little to do with uniforms but lots to do with football.

    And yeah, my voice is involved.

    http://thebestnflblo...

    and very little to do with football, or so it seemed…i tried to listen, i really did…got about 8 minutes in and couldn’t take it any more…at least you (kenny) made some sense…what part of so-cal are ben and danny from? TO?[/quote]

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    They’re from Virginia.

    It gets more tolerable towards the end, I swear.

  • Jordan Pope | November 23, 2008 at 12:16 am |

    [quote comment=\”301582\”][quote comment=\”301555\”]you sound like you\’re local, hemoglobin. Hopefully you enjoyed the game as much as I did. Go cougs :)[/quote]

    I\’m an Oregon student and a Uni Watch member, therefore I\’m contractually obligated to hate the Huskies and purple, respectively.[/quote]

    I think Paul Wulff should get an honorary Uni Watch Membership.
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • The Hemogoblin | November 23, 2008 at 12:31 am |

    [quote comment=”301585″][quote comment=”301583″][quote comment=”301580″]Not generally one to pimp my stuff, but you all have to listen to this radio show that has very little to do with uniforms but lots to do with football.

    And yeah, my voice is involved.

    http://thebestnflblo...

    and very little to do with football, or so it seemed…i tried to listen, i really did…got about 8 minutes in and couldn’t take it any more…at least you (kenny) made some sense…what part of so-cal are ben and danny from? TO?[/quote]

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    They’re from Virginia.

    It gets more tolerable towards the end, I swear.[/quote]

    I apologize for Ben, he’s a good friend, and a GIANT, GIANT HOMER.

  • LI Phil | November 23, 2008 at 12:34 am |

    [quote]I apologize for Ben, he’s a good friend, and a GIANT, GIANT HOMER.[/quote]

    NTTAWWT

  • The Hemogoblin | November 23, 2008 at 12:37 am |

    [quote comment=”301588″][quote]I apologize for Ben, he’s a good friend, and a GIANT, GIANT HOMER.[/quote]

    NTTAWWT[/quote]

    He’s such a blind homer that he uses a cane.

  • Jordan Pope | November 23, 2008 at 12:38 am |

    my bad for pretty much reposting what you already posted today hemogoblin
    I’ve been in Pullman all day…what a day

  • The Hemogoblin | November 23, 2008 at 12:42 am |

    [quote comment=”301590″]my bad for pretty much reposting what you already posted today hemogoblin
    I’ve been in Pullman all day…what a day[/quote]

    No worries, I’ve spent my entire day being sick, so I haven’t really been on either. This is about the most awake I’ve been.

  • Jordan Pope | November 23, 2008 at 12:53 am |

    [quote comment=”301591″][quote comment=”301590″]my bad for pretty much reposting what you already posted today hemogoblin
    I’ve been in Pullman all day…what a day[/quote]

    No worries, I’ve spent my entire day being sick, so I haven’t really been on either. This is about the most awake I’ve been.[/quote]

    watching the huskies does that to people

  • The Hemogoblin | November 23, 2008 at 12:55 am |

    [quote comment=”301592″][quote comment=”301591″][quote comment=”301590″]my bad for pretty much reposting what you already posted today hemogoblin
    I’ve been in Pullman all day…what a day[/quote]

    No worries, I’ve spent my entire day being sick, so I haven’t really been on either. This is about the most awake I’ve been.[/quote]

    watching the huskies does that to people[/quote]

    Nah, it’s the dayquil and tea that’s doing it for me.

  • jon | November 23, 2008 at 1:03 am |

    [quote comment=”301589″][quote comment=”301588″][quote]I apologize for Ben, he’s a good friend, and a GIANT, GIANT HOMER.[/quote]

    NTTAWWT[/quote]

    He’s such a blind homer that he uses a cane.[/quote]

    like lou holtz?
    i swear that man would pick notre dame to win the michigan-ohio state game…

  • Trevor Banks | November 23, 2008 at 1:06 am |

    Ground Ball through the legs of Manny Lee against the Tigers in 87. Jays had the season well in hand. Then… swept by the Tigers. Event the third game of the series the Jays weren`t out of it. But after that ball went through his legs…. I just cried. Shock. Disbelief. Utter frustration. Major disapointment. Still have the scare on the sole to show for it. Thank the almighty for Joe Carter.

  • The Hemogoblin | November 23, 2008 at 1:10 am |

    [quote comment=”301594″][quote comment=”301589″][quote comment=”301588″][quote]I apologize for Ben, he’s a good friend, and a GIANT, GIANT HOMER.[/quote]

    NTTAWWT[/quote]

    He’s such a blind homer that he uses a cane.[/quote]

    like lou holtz?
    i swear that man would pick notre dame to win the michigan-ohio state game…[/quote]

    The man only looked like a picking genius when he took East Carolina because his son coached there…

  • Justin H | November 23, 2008 at 1:22 am |

    although its late and I doubt anyone is reading the end of the thread…

    …dude…
    http://www.youtube.c...

    not cool
    also, at a U of M fan, I was also pained to watch Nebraska punt that touchdown in 97 at Mizzou,
    because it allowed them to steal half a National Title from the wolverines just because their coach was retiring.
    F’n Osborne

  • Mike | November 23, 2008 at 2:04 am |

    I don’t know, the purple always makes me queasy.

    On a uni related note, Montana busted out some rather interesting “Copper and Gold” throwbacks for their whuppin of Montana State. Survey says?

    Picture montage:
    http://www.montanagr...

  • Marcus Ramsey | November 23, 2008 at 2:53 am |

    Oklahoma Sooners Football

    LSU
    USC
    Boise State
    West Virginia

    Drives me nuts.

  • mtjaws | November 23, 2008 at 2:57 am |

    Several low points for my various teams:

    Gators: watching Tommie Frazier and Mateen Cleaves get championship wins.

    Dolphins: Joe Montana in the Super Bowl; Marino retiring after Jax blowout.

    Bengals: Joe Montana in the Super Bowl yet again!

    Marlins: trading away everyone after both World Series, leaving no hope to be repeat champs. Firing Joe Girardi for doing his job well.

    FL Panthers: losing Cup to Roy and Avalanche. And trading away Luongo, then Olli.

  • TMcLaughlin | November 23, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    Aaron Fucking Boone. At least there was a Game 7 after Buckner, and I’m not old enough to remember one B.F. Dent.

    As far as the Pats are concerned, Super Bowl XLII hurt real bad, but at least we’ve moved far away from Rod Rust.

  • duker | November 23, 2008 at 12:44 pm |

    This was the darkest day in Orioles history, at least in my life time.

    Well I guess you could also count the entire 1988 season…

  • Nicole | November 23, 2008 at 6:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”301434″]If you’re a Packer fan, the three worst words in the world are “4th and 26”. That’s all I need to say.
    *goes off to watch the Ice Bowl again*[/quote]

    I didn’t make it to the site yesterday and when I saw Phil’s topic du jour, I did a search for 4th and 26 – I knew it would be here!

    Bah!

  • Peter | November 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”301437″]I recently picked up a book at an estate sale titled “Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Hockey” by Brian McFarlane, copyright 1971. I found this interesting tidbit…

    Q: How much do goal pads weigh and where are they manufactured?
    A: NHL goal pads are hand-made by members of the Kenesky family in Hamilton, Ontario. Hand tailored to individual specifications and size, the pads are worn by all NHL goalies and have been for over 40 years. They weigh approximately 11 pounds and represent a minimum of hindrance combined with a maximum of protection.

    Does anyone here have any more info on this little gem?[/quote]
    As a lifelong Hamiltonian I can tell you that Kenesky’s sports is still open at its original location on the corner of Barton and Wellington here in Hamilton. At one time most if not all of the NHL’s goalie pads were hand stitched by one guy. The original guy passed away a long time ago. The complete history is on their website http://www.keneskysp.... Goalie pads are made by machines now, but many of the greats of the past bought their pads from that little store in Hamilton. In some ways that numbs the pain of not having our own NHL team. Between Kenesky’s and having the first Tim Hortons’ I can say my city has been at the forefront of Canadian culture!
    As for bad sports memories, as a Detroit Tigers fan I’d point to the 119 loss season as the low point, and the repeated pitcher’s errors in the 2006 world series as the most painful to watch.

  • steve | November 23, 2008 at 9:17 pm |

    I’d have to say game 7 of the 92 NLCS where Sid Bream beat out Bond’s throw to the plate denying my buccos a trip to the world series. We were 3 lousy outs away and we haven’t finished a season above .500 since.

  • max | November 24, 2008 at 12:55 am |

    http://www.youtube.c...

    So I now hate Tennessee (for stealing our history from my tiny hands.) and I don’t like UT, so theres this too…

    http://www.youtube.c...

    an entire stadium cheering around one very pissed off real texan fan after that play. and then theres always Rosenfels… and the play that sums up my 2008 NFL season…

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Jeremiah | November 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm |

    John and Mike summed it up quite well in the first two comments. The worst part is, I’m a Bills fan now living in Tennessee.

  • mRoy | November 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm |

    test1

    NHL.

    thank you.