50 of the Biggest Disappointments in Sports History

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIFebruary 10, 2012

50 of the Biggest Disappointments in Sports History

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    Being a disappointment comes in many different forms.

    Perhaps you didn't fulfill the hype you had coming out of the draft, or maybe your team just looked unstoppable all season long, to only fall apart when it mattered the most.

    Sometimes a bad choice can lead to the demise of your fame, causing many to be displeased with what you had going for your career.

    Whatever it may be, there are many different ways that sports have disappointed us over the years.

    Before the 1980s, there were not as many disappointments in sports for what we have seen in recent years.

    Perhaps it is due to our higher expectations, or maybe just the greater access we have to information, but through all the research, today's sports seem to stand higher with disappointments compared to what we have seen in the past.

    With that said, this list is made up of more recent situations than older ones. Perhaps something was missed through the research done, so please feel free to add anything that you feel was missed in the comments.

    Here are 50 of the biggest disappointments in sports history.

50. 2008 Detroit Lions

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    While there were not high expectations for the Detroit Lions heading into the 2008 NFL season, nobody expected the team to fail to win a single game—going 0-16.

    In 2007, the Lions finished the year 7-9 under head coach Rod Marinelli. The team moved on from quarterback Jon Kitna, and ultimately decided to replace him with Minnesota Vikings' great Daunte Culpepper after the had already lost seven games.

    Unfortunately—it wasn't good enough. As the Lions just continued to have a pathetic season that many thought would be impossible.

    During the season, long time general manager Matt Millen was fired, as well as Marinelli at season's end.

    The following season wasn't much better, as the team went 2-14. At least now it appears that the team is back on track.

49. Kimbo Slice

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    Kimbo Slice—wow, you even just get excited about that name.

    Slice came into UFC with a ton of hype, winning three of his four previous MMA fights with EliteXC. He got his shot in the UFC at the TUF 10 Finale, where he defeated Houston Alexander in three rounds with a unanimous decision.

    He got his second shot with the UFC going up again Matt Mitrione at UFC 113, to only lose that fight by TKO in two rounds.

    He was cut from the UFC following the fight, which ended all the hype behind the man they called Kimbo.

48. LeBron James

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    Alright LeBron James fans, before you jump on me here and beat me down, hear me out.

    James has been a phenomenal player over the course of his career, but one thing he hasn't done is won a championship.

    In all honesty, that is quite disappointing from a player who has won the NBA MVP award twice in eight seasons (not including 2011-12, obviously).

    He has been to the finals twice already, once with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the other being with the Miami Heat. He has come close, but there is still that void in what has so far been a storied career. 

    James has been a force in the NBA, but in the end championships are important. The King has to grab one before he is taken off of any list like this.

47. 2000 Sydney Olympics Chinese Women Gymnastics

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    As you will see throughout this slide, cheating is a big disappointment in my book.

    At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, many had speculated about the Chinese women's gymnastics team, as some of their gymnasts looked far too young to be competing in the games.

    The Chinese lied about the age of one of their gymnasts, who turned out to be 14 years old at the time of the games. The Chinese were forced to give back the award, and Dong Fangxiao had to forfeit all of her records at the games.

46. Harold Miner

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    Harold Miner, the 12th overall pick by the Miami Heat out of USC at the 1992 NBA draft, was picked by many to be the next great thing in the league.

    Over his career, he only averaged 9.0 points per game, as he never was able to become a force in the league.

    Still, he managed to win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in both 1993 and 1995. Unfortunately, that was never enough to propel his career into the right direction, as he faded from the game following his 1996 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

45. Reggie Bush

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    Reggie Bush is an iffy pick because he actually is coming off of his first 1,000-yard season in the NFL, but still, his career hasn't been as electrifying as we all had hoped when he came out of USC.

    Going along with the discussion of his time with the Trojans, many were disappointed when they heard that Bush was involved in a recruiting scandal with his college, which forced the team to vacate wins from their 2005 Orange Bowl win and the entire 2005 season.

    Bush also gave back his Heisman Trophy, which he won following the 2005 season.

    If Bush continues to turn his career around in Miami with the Dolphins, he will at least have one disappointing part of his career off his resume.

44. Freddy Adu

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    At 22 years old, Freddy Adu is still relatively young.

    Fact of the matter is, he entered the professional soccer picture at the age of 14, and he has yet to really accomplish that much.

    From 2004-07 with the MLS, Adu only had 14 goals over those four years. Since his return to the MLS in 2011, he only had two goals this past season with the Philadelphia Union.

    Things were promising from a young age, but honestly time is starting to run up on what was assumed to be the future of American soccer.

43. Yao Ming

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    Wait, what? Yao Ming, the former No. 1 overall pick who averaged 19.0 points per game over his career labeled as a disappointment?

    Yep—for the sole reason that it was a disappointment that the 7'6" center out of China had to leave the game early due to ongoing foot injuries, which essentially forced him to retire after seven seasons.

    Yao was by far one of the most impressive international stars in the NBA, but the last time he was able to really contribute was during the 2008-09 season where he averaged 19.7 points per game.

    He didn't make it back to the court until the 2010-11 season, but was forced to retire after just five games.

    There was certainly a lot of promise out there for Yao, but unfortunately we were cut short on what could have been an incredible career.

42. Tim Donaghy

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    It isn't so much Tim Donaghy, but the reality that came with the situation.

    Donaghy is of course infamous for being caught cheating by betting on NBA games that he was officiating, and unfortunately the sad truth is that this was more common than just this situation.

    With the league likely keeping a closer eye on things, hopefully things are done in a much more professional way in all sporting events.

41. 2001-02 Sacramento Kings

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    When your team is made up of Mike Bibby, Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic and Doug Christie all in their prime, you should not lose.

    Not to mention a bench made up of Scot Pollard, Bobby Jackson, Hedo Turkoglu and Gerald Wallace, it is hard to imagine how they didn't go on to claim the Sacramento Kings a title.

    The team had an overall record of 61-21 during the 2001-02 season, being the best team in the Western Conference.

    The team lost in the conference finals to the Los Angeles Lakers 3-4, as they dropped Game 7 and the hope of Kings fans everywhere.

40. John Daly

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    After winning the 1991 PGA Tour championship as an alternate, many people had high expectations for American golfer John Daly.

    Unfortunately, he never really panned out to be the man that many had hoped to see.

    He only won one other major tour over his career, the 1995 Open Championship. Besides that, he has been a rather disappointment.

    Not only that, but his outfit choices are quite disappointing to anyone who puts on pants in the morning.

39. Tony Romo

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    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been named to the Pro Bowl three times of his career, as well as thrown for 20,834 yards with 149 career touchdowns.

    He has also taken the team to the playoffs three times, but has failed to take the team to even the NFC championship game.

    From the interceptions to the botched snaps on field-goal attempts, Romo has been a disappointment for Cowboys fans for many years, no matter how well his numbers and results have been.

38. Michael Vick

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    While with the Atlanta Falcons, quarterback Michael Vick upset the entire nation when he was found guilty for holding illegal dog-fighting rings.

    The entire situation set back the quarterback who had a huge following, as well as putting him in prison and out of the NFL for two seasons.

    Vick has recently returned with the Philadelphia Eagles, and has been continuing where he left off. Still, people won't be able to let go of what he did, and what result that will have on his career when it is all said and done.

37. 2011 Boston Red Sox

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    The collapse of the 2011 Boston Red Sox was a disappointment for a few reasons.

    First off, the team dropped 18 of their final 24 games, a feat which essentially took them out of the playoffs.

    Following the playoff fallout, the team ran into problems with their locker-room situation, as rumors of stories about beer and chicken in the clubhouse emerged.

    The team was beginning to be a laughingstock, which led to a front-office clean with the firing of long-time skipper Terry Francona and the resignation of general manager Theo Epstein—the two men responsible for putting together Boston's two World Series-winning squads.

36. 2012 Orange Bowl

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    Final score: 70-33.

    That pretty much sums up the disappointment here for any fan of college football that watched one of the most pathetic BCS games of all time as the West Virginia Mountaineers destroyed the Clemson Tigers.

    The Tigers were looking like a solid team during their 2011 campaign, so nobody was expecting a result like this.

    Still, the Mountaineers killed them. Wait, that is saying it too nicely. They murdered them, while making a point to all of us that the BCS is not living up to what it is supposed to be.

35. 2007 New York Mets

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    After viewing the Boston Red Sox' situation from 2011, many would think there isn't any way things could have ever been worse.

    Well, they were.

    In 2007, the New York Mets were in full control of the NL East, as they were poised to win the division for the second straight year.

    The team had a seven-game lead in the division, but managed to lose 12 of their final 17 games. The team fell out of the playoffs, as the Philadelphia Phillies took a one-game lead to finish out the year.

    The Mets didn't have enough to claim the Wild Card, ending any chance they had at glory for what was supposed to be a great 2007 season.

34. 2006-07 Dallas Mavericks

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    When a No. 8 seed defeats a No. 1 seed, there is no way it can not be mentioned as a disappointment.

    When the Dallas Mavericks were pitted against the Golden State Warriors, as well as their former head coach Don Nelson, no one had them dropping this opening-round series.

    They dropped the seven-game series in just six games, as the Warriors just demolished them in pretty much every game—besides for the losses, of course.

    Not often does this happen in sports, so it is quite disappointing to see the top seed ousted so early during the playoffs.

33. 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings

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    Oh yes, we were just talking about No. 8 seeds defeating the No. 1 seed, so here is yet another.

    In 2006, the Detroit Red Wings were the cream of the crop in the NHL, and it didn't seem like anyone was going to take them down.

    With a record of 58-16-8, why would anyone think otherwise?

    When they went into their series with the Edmonton Oilers, things just were not going their way.

    The Red Wings dropped the series 4-2, ruining any chances at hoisting the Stanley Cup despite their phenomenal season.

32. Andy Roddick

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    On the men's side of tennis, the Americans haven't had the best of luck as of late.

    One man who many had picked as the savior for the country was Andy Roddick, who was a young gun with a whole lot of power.

    Roddick shot up to No. 1 in the world following his win at the 2003 US Open, but he was never able to claim another slam title during the prime of his career.

    Playing during the time of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal doesn't help his case, but four semifinal appearances at the Australian Open and three failed finals at Wimbledon are pretty disappointing results for what was seen as the next great American tennis player.

31. Robinho

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    Being regarded as one of the best players to ever play the game, Robinho has really failed to live up the expectations that were set.

    After starting his career with Santos in Brazil from 2002-05, he made the big jump to Real Madrid in 2005 where he failed to make an impact like many had expected.

    Through 2005-08, Robinho only scored 25 goals in 101 appearances. His next stop was with Manchester City, as he transferred there for $51.15 million.

    With City, Robinho continued to fail to really shine, scoring 14 goals while appearing in just 41 games over three years. Even though he was the team's best scorer, he didn't see enough time to really make the impact that he was being paid for.

    He has been with AC Milan since 2010, where he has managed to score 17 goals in 51 appearances. It will remain to be seen how his career with shape over the next few years, but by no means has Robinho impressed us thus far.

30. 2003-04 Minnesota Timberwolves

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    In 2003, the Minnesota Timberwolves had a team made up of Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell, Latrell Sprewell and Wally Szczerbiak.

    The team looked like a solid shot for the Wolves to finally claim an NBA title, especially since Garnett had been struggling to be satisfied in Minny for quite some time.

    The team finished 58-24 that season, which set them up for a promising playoff run. They ousted the Denver Nuggets in the first round with a 4-1 series, and then took out the Sacramento Kings in a tough 4-3 series.

    It was then the big, bad Los Angeles Lakers that would be the roadblock to this team's success. The Lakers won it 4-2, ending the title hopes of Garnett and the T'Wolves.

29. Kwame Brown

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    Michael Jordan has made a few disappointing picks during his day as the GM of the Washington Wizards, but nothing was worse than the pick of high school standout center Kwame Brown.

    Over his 11-year career, Brown has averaged over 10 points per game in just one season (10.9 in 2003-04) and never has he averaged anything near double digits in rebounds.

    His career averages are 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game. Those are not numbers for a former overall pick, especially since he really never became anything anyways.

28. 2006 Ohio State Buckeyes

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    In 2006, the Ohio State Buckeyes looked unstoppable.

    They finished the regular season 12-0, being ranked the No. 1 team in the nation for all 15 weeks during that stretch. They actually received a perfect 1.000 score from the BCS after they defeated the Michigan Wolverines 42-39 to finish out the year. It was also the first and only time that has ever happened.

    The Buckeyes just could not keep it going in the BCS title game, as they fell to Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators.

    The game looked promising with Ted Ginn Jr. returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but things just went the opposite direction as the team fell 14-41.

27. Seattle Mariners

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    In addition to losing the Seattle SuperSonics, it must really hurt to be a Seattle Mariners fan—or a fan of any team located in this northern part of the United States.

    The Mariners, who were established in 1977, have yet to make an appearance in the World Series. The team has actually only qualified for the playoffs four times during their entire history, including 2001 when the team had 116 wins.

    That season, the team was poised to perhaps make their first run at a title, but they were not able to finish the year when it came to the playoffs.

    The team defeated the Cleveland Indians in just five game of the ALDS, but they were later put up against the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

    The team won just one game, where they scored 14 runs. Outside of that game, the team scored just eight runs in the four other games of the series.

26. Andy Murray

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    Andy Murray, the No. 4-ranked tennis player in the world, has failed to succeed where his counterparts have for many years.

    Over the course of his career, the Scottish player has never been able to claim a Grand Slam title, despite reaching three finals over the last four years. He has also failed to reach the finals at Wimbledon, a place where he is considered a hometown favorite.

    He has won 22 titles over his career, but until he finally wins a Slam, Murray will continue to be the little guy in the "Big Four."

25. 2004 New York Yankees

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    The poor 2004 New York Yankees.

    After finishing the season three games ahead of their AL East foes in the Boston Red Sox, the team must have been mad to see them still make the playoffs as the wild-card team.

    The Yankees stormed through the Minnesota Twins to win the ALDS, but they were going up against the Red Sox in the ALCS.

    The Bronx Boys went up 3-0 in the series, already knocking off guys like Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez and Ramiro Mendoza. Things were not over, though.

    The Red Sox stormed back, taking the final four games to move on to the World Series—which they would eventually win.

24. Alexandre Daigle

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    Alexandre Daigle. the No. 1 overall pick from the 1993 NHL draft, is considered one of the biggest busts in NHL history.

    The Ottawa Senators selected the can't-miss superstar expecting big things from their new young wing. To say the least, he never really amounted to anything.

    Over the course of his NHL career, Daigle hit a career high in points with just 51 twice, and besides that he was pretty much worthless in every other season.

    With expectations so high, it was clear that Daigle was not going to be the next best thing to hit the ice.

23. Darko Milicic

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    I don't know what is more disappointing, the fact that the Detroit Pistons selected Darko Milicic or just the way he has panned out in the NBA.

    The second overall pick of the coveted 2003 draft class, Milicic is the piece that just doesn't fit. I mean, you have LeBron James taken No. 1, then Darko and then after that, we have Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and even guys like David West and Josh Howard.

    All of whom have been better than Milicic.

    He perhaps wasn't ready for the NBA, but averaging 1.4, 1.8 and 1.5 points per game over the first three years of his career wasn't exactly what the Pistons were looking for.

    He has been playing better over the last two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, so perhaps he has finally found his spot in the league.

22. 1954 Cleveland Indians

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    After finishing the season 111-43, the 1954 Cleveland Indians looked unstoppable.

    With the team being led by third baseman Al Rosen and center fielder Larry Doby, there didn't seem to be much that could have stood in the way of their pursuit of a World Series title.

    Well, other than the New York Giants.

    The two teams met in the big series, which the team lost in a pathetic four-game sweep while only managing to score four runs the entire series.

21. Tiger Woods

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    One thing is for certain: Tiger Woods has not disappointed us on the golf course with his ability to perform.

    With 14 major championship titles, it is clear that Woods is one of the best to ever play the game.

    Where we get disappointed in him is with what happened in his life, and how it infidelity destroyed the role-model label that he had for all that he accomplished on and off the course.

    Woods' decisions resulted in his life wife divorcing him, and a collapse in his career.

    With a clear head coming into 2012, hopefully Tiger will no longer disappoint us on the Tour.

20. Mike Tyson Falling to Buster Douglas

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    While many saw Mike Tyson eventually falling to someone, nobody pictured that man to be 42-to-1 underdog James "Buster" Douglas.

    The loss took away Tyson's heavyweight title, as well as his pride. 

    Following the loss, Tyson ran into problems with the law, which included a rape that sent him to prison for six years, but only ended up serving three.

    He did make his comeback in the sport to land fights with Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, but we all we all know how those ended up.

19. Donovan McNabb

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    It is quite disappointing that Donovan McNabb was never able to claim a Super Bowl title during his years with the Philadelphia Eagles.

    At times, he was the worst thing in the world, while other times he was picked to be the best thing since sliced bread.

    McNabb took the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004, but unfortunately the team was not able to fulfill their title aspirations against the New England Patriots.

    Of course, this whole situation revolved around the drama that was wide receiver Terrell Owens, and what kind of results that had on the mental stability of the franchise at the time.

    Now, McNabb has fizzled into nothing but a washed-up player, as his dreams of a Super Bowl title have vanished right before his eyes.

18. Netherlands National Football Team

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    As of their most recent attempt, the Netherlands have been the runners-up in the World Cup three times over the course of team history.

    In 2010, the team was poised to knock that monkey off their back, but they failed to do so as they dropped to Spain 1-0. The game was definitely the team's best shot at finally claiming the prestigious title, but they once again failed to do so.

    They can only hope that things will go a little differently in 2014.

17. Ryan Leaf

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    In 1998, the San Diego Chargers selected Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf with the second overall pick in the NFL draft, and to say the least, they didn't get what they paid for.

    Leaf came into the NFL with a lot of potential, but his career wasn't short of controversy and injury. His rookie season was extremely poor, throwing just two touchdowns with 15 interceptions for 1,289 yards through 10 games.

    After attempts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 and 2002, respectively, Leaf retired at just 26 years old.

    For being the guy taken after Petyon Manning, Leaf's career of just 25 games for 3,666 yards with 14 TDs and 36 picks was quite a disappointing mark for someone many had expected to be something special.

16. 1940 NFL Championship Game

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    The 1940 NFL Championship game is a disappointment to the sports community because it was a poor excuse for a title game.

    The Chicago Bears annihilated the Washington Redskins 73-0, making a joke out of anyone associated with the Redskins football team.

    The Bears were led by quarterback Sid Luckman, who only had four passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. The rest of the scoring?

    Well, seven of the touchdowns came from a combination of four different players running it in, as well as three interceptions that went for a score.

    To say the least, it wasn't a pretty game for anyone.

15. JaMarcus Russell

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    When the Oakland Raiders took LSU Tigers quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, they were likely figuring they were set at the position for years to come.

    Well, things didn't exactly go as planned.

    Over his last two years with the Raiders, Russell appeared in 27 games, throwing for a combined 3,710 yards with 16 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. That last season—2009—accounted for three of those touchdowns and 11 of the interceptions.

    Things were clearly going in the wrong direction, especially when he showed up for that season weighing about 300 lbs.

    Russell was released in May of that year, and has yet to find another spot in the NFL.

14. Gary Anderson, Randall Cunningham, Randy Moss and the 1998 Vikings

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    While I am not a Minnesota Vikings fan, it is hard to not cringe when thinking about the 1998 season.

    The Vikings had one of the best teams in the NFL with quarterback Randall Cunningham, wide receivers Randy Moss and Cris Carter, as well as running back Robert Smith. The team also had a kicker in Gary Anderson who had not missed one kick during the entire 1998 regular season.

    Until one game, where it was most important. In the NFC Championship game, the team was up by seven against the Atlanta Falcons, and Anderson was brought in to seal the deal and send the team to the Super Bowl.

    Anderson missed his first kick of the year, which eventually led to a Falcons score to tie the game. The Falcons won the game in overtime, and the Vikings' title hopes slipped right through their hands—or feet.

13. America's Cup 1983

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    After winning something 132 straight times, should you really be disappointed with one loss?

    Well, that is the case with the New York Yacht Club, as they were challenged by the Royal Perth Yacht Club of Australia.

    The Aussies came in and defeated the American team, ending the longest winning streak in sports history.

    Disappointing to the Americans, exciting to the Aussies. Still, disappointing to all who enjoy an ongoing record.

12. 2007 New England Patriots

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    If you hate the New England Patriots—or you're a New York Giants fan—then this incident likely didn't disappoint you, but the fact of the matter is that we all saw history collapse right in front of our eyes.

    The Patriots were in position to have the first-ever perfect 19-0 season, as they headed to the 2007 Super Bowl against the Giants.

    The Giants, fresh faces to the whole scene, were not seen to be competitors in any shape or form to derail the Patriots' historic run.

    With a few amazing catches, the Giants upset the Patriots 17-14 to end any chance at history being made. While the Giants accomplished a feat of their own, the world missed out on what was perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime shot at seeing something special.

11. Floyd Landis

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    When Floyd Landis got busted for PEDs in the light of the whole MLB ordeal, the world got a reality check that this whole thing was happening on a much bigger scale than many had thought.

    Landis, who won the 2006 Tour De France, was later deemed to be a cheater for his positive results revolving around PEDs in 2010.

    While this is caused much speculation to grow with other great cyclist Lance Armstrong, nothing has ever been officially linked to one of the sport's all-time greats.

    Still, the fact that this was happening in other smaller sports really opened the eyes of fans everywhere that all their greatest heroes perhaps cheat their way to the top.

10. 1919 Chicago White Sox

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    In 1919, the Chicago White Sox were playing the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series.

    The Reds took the series, but there was a conspiracy that the Sox players had purposely lost the games, allowing the Reds to take the Series.

    Many were skeptical of the situation, but it things were finally made clear when Sox great outfielder "Shoeless" Joe Jackson came forward in 1920, admitting that the game was fixed.

    The situation involved eight different players, including Jackson, pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude Williams, outfielder Oscar Felsch, infielders Fred McMullin, Arnold Gandil, Charles Risberg and George Weaver.

    The team took on the moniker of the Black Sox following the events, and all eight men have been banned from baseball and the Hall of Fame for their involvement in throwing the 1919 World Series.

    While they got what they deserved, it is disappointing to see America's past time thrown like this. 

9. Greg Oden

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    When the Portland Trail Blazers selected Greg Oden with the first overall pick, many had to wonder if the team made the wrong decision in selecting the Ohio State Buckeyes standout over Texas Longhorns stud Kevin Durant.

    Yep, they made the wrong decision.

    Sure, Oden was a promising player standing at 7'0" tall with a lot of athletic ability, but his durability was definitely in question.

    Before the season even started, Oden had microfracture surgery on his right knee, which sidelined him for his entire 2007-08 season.

    Oden made his NBA debut in the 2008-09 season, but left the first game with a foot injury. He went on to play 61 games that season, as he averaged 8.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds.

    After a 20-rebound game in December of his second year, Oden once again was injured and had to step down after 21 games into the 2009-10 season. He had to get microfracture surgery on his other knee, which caused him to miss the rest of that season and the one after that.

    It will remain to be seen if he will be able to bounce back for 2012 and beyond, but right now things don't look so promising.

8. Buffalo Bills

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    If you know anything about the NFL, then you likely know that it is not fun to be a Buffalo Bills fan.

    The team has never won the Super Bowl, despite making it to four straight title games from 1990-93.

    The Bills proved to the world that they could make it back there again and again after each failure, but the inability to claim a championship will haunt this franchise for a very long time.

    The team did make the playoffs again in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999, but they have been absent from the postseason stage ever since.

    After how much misery this franchise has been put through, fans can only hope that they will be able to claim that coveted title sooner than later. 

    Well, easier said than done.

7. Chicago Cubs

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    When your nickname is the Lovable Losers, you know there is some disappointment going on with your franchise.

    The Chicago Cubs, who have not won a World Series since 1908, have been one of the most struggling franchises in all of sports.

    The team was close to tasting glory in 2003, 2007 and 2008, but no matter what, this cursed franchise has never been able to shake the goat off its back.

    The team has gone on spending sprees, buying big-time players to help them get over the hump, but have still never been able to get it done.

    Whether it is freak injuries or fans grabbing foul balls, something always goes wrong for this franchise.

    It will remain to be seen if the curse-breaker himself, Theo Epstein, will be able to help the Cubs. Anyone who can find success on the North Side would be considered a savior.

6. 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers

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    After three straight NBA titles from 2000-02, the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to get things back on track after missing out on claiming a fourth straight title during the 2002-03 season.

    The team went out and grabbed two seasoned veterans who wanted to win now in guard Gary Payton and forward Karl Malone. Teaming them up with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, as well as coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers looked like the team to beat.

    The team fulfilled expectations making the NBA Finals, but they fell in five games to the Detroit Pistons, giving Jackson his finals series loss ever

    For anyone who wanted to see Malone or Payton grab a title, this was quite a disappointment for the two aging superstars. 

5. The BCS

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    I am sure you are asking, "How is the BCS a disappointment?"

    Well, think about every time you have watched the BCS selections and questioned their decisions.

    As fans, we are never satisfied with the BCS and how they do things. Sure, we are happy if our team makes the title game—and, more importantly, wins it—but for everyone else they will constantly contend that there should be a playoff format.

    Until then, fans will continue to be disappointed with the way the BCS picks their selection of BCS games.

4. Marion Jones

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    When Marion Jones' name came up during the whole PED situation, many people were likely caught by surprise.

    Jones was regarded as one of the best female athletes ever, winning 16 medals over her career. Seven of those medals were stripped from her after it came out that she was taking PEDs during her incredible 2000 Sydney Olympics performance.

    She came clean in 2007, so we must commend her for that. Besides that, this was a huge disappointment to not just the U.S., but to all fans and participants of the 2000 Olympic Games.

3. Pete Rose

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    If anything, we are all just likely upset with the actions of Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose.

    The shoo-in Hall of Fame player has been kept out of baseball and its prestigious honor indefinitely due to his involvement in betting on baseball while managing the Reds during the 1980s.

    The league took their action in 1989, as the Hall also decided that they would no longer select those who have been deemed permanently ineligible by the league. 

    While he continued to deny the reports, it wasn't until 2004 when Rose came clean about the accusations, hoping it would clear his name.

    It will remain to be seen what the league decides to do, but many have been calling for his induction for far too long—despite his actions.

2. Steroids in Baseball

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    So why does the MLB steroid situation stand tall above all the other situations we have discussed?

    Three names: Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds.

    All three men, who have been linked to steroids in the last few years, were essentially the face of MLB during this whole era.

    Fans were obsessed with them, and they were a major marketing tool for the league. From their playoff runs, the rivalries and the home run records, all three men were important pieces to MLB.

    There are many other players who have been linked to the steroid era, but nobody stands out like these three.

    McGwire is the only one who has come clean thus far, and he has since been able to return and work for the St. Louis Cardinals.

    MLB would be in much better shape if the rest would come clean, especially Sosa and Bonds, but nothing will ever erase the disappointment that us fans felt for the steroid era and what it meant to everything we believed.

1. 1980 Soviet Union Hockey Team

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    Well, if it is the biggest upset of all time, then it might as well be the biggest disappointment of all time, right?

    The United States men's hockey team defeated the Soviet Union at Lake Placid in 1980 at the Winter Olympics, and it has been regarded as the one of the greatest moments in sports history.

    But what about for the Soviets, who were considered favorites to take it all in this game?

    The Soviets had synergy and were a complete team, while the Americans were a bunch of amateurs who nobody had even really heard of.

    The U.S. won the game 4-3, which led to the famous Al Michaels line "Do you believe in miracles?!"

     

    Is this the biggest disappointment, or was it something else?