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Biggest failures

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Bill Horton, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. Bill Horton

    Bill Horton Active Member

    Doing some research here and could use some of your knowledge and opinions:
    What single pro or college sports team is the biggest failure of all the time, the team to fall furthest from its preseason goals or expectations?
    For example, the Knicks had the highest payroll in the NBA last season, won only 20-something games and fired a coach with a five-year contract after only one season. Measured by that standard, the Knicks might be the biggest flop of all time.
    I'm not looking for a team such as the Royals, with its low payroll and expectations, but for teams that had many reasons and resources to succeed and still failed.
    Any ideas? Examples? Opinions?
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  3. PaseanaARG

    PaseanaARG Guest

    That U. Arizona football team in the late 90s was supposed to challenge for a national title ... and finished with a losing record.

    Notre Dame football fell a long way a few years back despite a lot of resources. Look at the press-box food, for example.

    Real Madrid soccer this past season. Competitive, sure, but worth all the money?
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    The USSR hockey team in 1980.
  5. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

  6. franticscribe

    franticscribe Well-Known Member

    I don't think I'd call it the biggest failure of all-time, but North Carolina and its talented freshmen class was ranked 19th in the 2001-02 preason AP poll and finished 8-20 -- first losing season in 38 years, most loses in a single season, etc. etc.

    It's up there for a pretty big collapse.  
  7. rolling

    rolling Member

    Mizzou basketball. Pick a year.
  8. New York Yankees, 2001-present.
  9. Driver 8

    Driver 8 Member

    Tennessee football team this fall was an exceptional failure, though nobody was talking national title at the beginning of the year.
  10. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    BYH's stamina.
  11. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Dan O'Brien, 1992 Olympic decathlon
  12. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    The fifth-ranked U.S. soccer team failing to get out of the first round of the 2006 World Cup?
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