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Kafka
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Biggest screwup in sports history?

My nominee: Tom Osborne in the 1983's Orange Bowl/NC game Nebraska vs. Miami

All he has to do is kick an XP to tie the game, which win the national title for Nebraska.

Instead he goes for 2, fails, loses 31-30 and Miami wins the NC.

For some reason this decision has disappeared from the collective sports memory. You still hear about Bill Buckner, but IMHO Osborne was far worse. It wasn't an instinctive play in the middle of a game, but a conscious, thought-out decision.


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re: Biggest screwup in sports history?
Leon Lett is up there


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re: Biggest screwup in sports history?
Chris Webber, 1993 National Championship Game, calling timeout against UNC with no timeouts left


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12Pence
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SERIOUSLY?


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Jim Rockford
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re: Biggest screwup in sports history?
The Georgetown player inbounding to the opposing player in the NCAA tourney was pretty huge. I'm too lazy to look it up, but it was in the eighties when the Hoyas were dominant.


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I thought it was the absolute correct call and I'm glad he went for it. I respected Tom Osborne all the more for it. You either deserve the title or you don't. Play for the win. I think it's the single BEST call in sports, because it shows a philosophy I whole-heartedly endorse. No shortcuts. He didn't try and take the cheap way.

And the biggest screw up is Merkle's Boner. Just because it's fun to say.


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re: Biggest screwup in sports history?
Bartman isn't close. Not his fault they continued to choke. Plus he's a fan. He paid money to be there. Not the other way around. Most people would probably do the same thing.


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The Georgetown player inbounding to the opposing player in the NCAA tourney was pretty huge. I'm too lazy to look it up, but it was in the eighties when the Hoyas were dominant.


It was in the national title game after Jordan hit the winning shot. Hoyas had another possession but the guy absent mindedly passed directly to James Worthy around half court
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SabiDojo
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re: Biggest screwup in sports history?
Another one:

Darius Washington, Jr. of Memphis

Missed 3 Consecutive FT's when two would have tied the game.

I think it was against UCLA in 2005.


Kafka
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Baloo, you're a good poster and one of the better admins, so I'd like to ask you a question:

Have you ever agreed with anything I've posted?


REG861
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re: Biggest screwup in sports history?
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Darius Washington, Jr. of Memphis

Missed 3 Consecutive FT's when two would have tied the game.


Got your facts mixed up a little. He made the first one. Then needed to make two to win, one to tie. He missed both


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re: Biggest screwup in sports history?
Leon Lett is definitely up there...you're right...craziness...don't know what he was thinking.


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Colorado football - 5 downs


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Got your facts mixed up a little. He made the first one. Then needed to make two to win, one to tie. He missed both



Ah. Thanks. I just remember feeling so bad for him.


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Drafting Sam Bowie


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re: Biggest screwup in sports history?
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Biggest screwup in sports history?My nominee: Tom Osborne in the 1983's Orange Bowl/NC game Nebraska vs. Miami



Strongly disagree. One of the toughest calls in sports history. I applaued Osbourne.


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Buck_Nasty
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Bill Buckner was the first thing that popped into my head, though I'm sure there are lesser known, but worse screwups, it just seems this one has been drilled into everybody's heads.


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quote:

Have you ever agreed with anything I've posted?

Probably. I don't keep track of what people post honestly. I don't really look at who posts things, I just read the content and respond. And usually only if I disagree. Feel free to assume I agreed with everything you have ever posted on this board I did not respond to...


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TheFranchise
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1/9/2012 All Miles had to do was dance with the one that brought him...


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