Sometimes great professional athletes don’t know when to hang it
Now is a pretty exciting time in sports: the NFL Playoffs have begun, we are in the middle of the NBA season, the NHL season is in process, NCAA Football is amidst it’s bowl week, and the NCAA basketball season has gotten underway. While many teams experience great success throughout their seasons, other teams face embarrassing defeats and crushing losses. Let’s take a quick look at the worst losses in history of these sports.
The NFL: Chicago Bears 73 vs. Washington Redskins 0. This embarrassing performance happened way back in 1940 and believe it or not, actually occurred in a Championship Game. This was the equivalent to the Super Bowl before the Super Bowl was actually made. Both teams aren’t very good now.
NCAA Football: 1916 Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech. The final score between these two universities was a whopping 222-0, in favor of Georgia Tech. Before the season, Cumberland had discontinued its football program, but for some strange reason, was unable to cancel the game. The score after each quarter was as follows: 63-0, 126-0, 180-0, 222-0.
NBA: Miami Heat 148 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 80. This crushing defeat occurred during the 1991-92 season. No starting player for the Cavs played more than 30 minutes of the 48-minute game. The Cavs played only bench players in the fourth quarter and still outscored the Heat by 29 points in the final frame.
NHL: Detroit Red Wings 15 vs. New York Rangers 0. I am a big Rangers fan, so this one hurt to write. But this game took place on Jan. 23 1944. The Red Wings, though not the only team to score 15 goals in a game, are the only team to score this many consecutive goals in one game. They scored two in the first period, five in the second, and eight in the third. The score actually would have been 16-0, since a last minute shot at the end of the game went into the net, but after time had expired.
NCAA Basketball: Long Island University 179 vs. Medgar Evers 62. This 117-point loss occurred on Nov. 26 1997. The score at halftime was 81-30, but instead of slowing down and running out the clock, LIU ramped up their aggressiveness and scored 98 points in the second half.