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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Biggest Choke

--posted by Tony Garcia on 8/23/2005

Last night I was watching a program with a very intriguing question. I bring it to you.

What is the biggest "choke" in sports history...and why?


Blogger JRJ said...

I don't know how you could get any bigger than Bill "Between the Legs" Buckner giving away the 1986 World Series to the Mets.

August 23, 2005  
Blogger JRJ said...

"You know, from this distance Gary Anderson is automatic." - John Madden
For those of you not in the know, or from Minnesota, that would be the Minnesota Vikings choking in the 1998 NFC championship.
That also brings to mind the Vikings losing the 2003 NFC Central title, even though they owned first place during all regular season minutes. They lost with zero seconds left on the clock in the final game, playing the ultra-crappy Arizona Cardinals, and losing on a hail mary, giving the Packers the division title. Due to this the Vikes were shut out of the playoffs that year.

August 23, 2005  
Blogger JRJ said...

FYI - Anderson had hit all 39 field goals he attempted that year and was 67-for-67 with extra points. The one that he missed, when it counted most, was only a 39-yarder. Just adding salt to any still-open wounds for Vikings fans. Go Rams!!!

August 23, 2005  
Blogger Captain Bogs said...

Wow In golf there must be a million. Els at the Masters twice, once against Tiger a few years ago when he drove a ball so far right on 13 they had to use Jerry Falwell to find it, nd last year when he got the lead at 10 and then parred in, letting Phil win his first major. Jean Van de Velde at Saint Andrews. Thomas Bjorn last year at the British. Everyone in the field when Ben Curtis won the British Open. Me with a 5 footer to break 90. The list is endless.

August 23, 2005  
Blogger Trillin said...

Billy F'n Buckner

Hey, I am a Democrat, doesn't mean I don't like to vote in Tony's polls

August 24, 2005  
Blogger Tony Garcia said...

Until I watched this show on ESPN I would have thought the Frenchman's choke on the 72nd hole of the British Open a few years ago was the biggest. Then the show's number one came up and I thought...THAT IS THE ONE.

The Yankees last year were but 2 strikes away from sweeping the Red Sox and going to the World Series. They blew that game (Game 4) and lost Game 5. Then they lost Game 6 and Game 7 in New York. They became the first team EVER IN BASEBALL to blow a 3 game lead in a playoff series.

What makes it better is that it was the Yankees that blew it!

August 24, 2005  

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