This is an article I think most of you will be able to enjoy and sympathize with.
Over the years of being a fan of particular teams, I have seen highs and I have seen some lows, I have taken some bad beats! I know, I know, I did not play on any of these teams so I, in essence, did not take the beat. However, there are sociological ideas that people ascribe to and thus assimilate themselves into their favorite teams.
I felt the pain of all of the losses, just as many of you have.
I have to start here and some of you already know why! Notre Dame plays in one of the games that you get to grow old and tell your grandchildren about!
"I remember where I was when Ivory Covington knocked down the pass to beat Free Shoes University, better known as FSU." To then go into the next week, and lose to a Boston College team who has a knack for giving the Irish fits?
This was a bad loss after coming off a great win. Not to take anything away from BC; they played a great game and deserved to win; however, this isn't where the bad beat reels its ugly head.
FSU finishes the season with one loss and ND finishes the season with one loss and somehow the voters vote FSU National champions and ND number two? To this day, I still count this as a National championship for the Irish. There is no way that two teams who have the same record and played head-to-head should have the losing team be National champion. At the very least, ND should have got a split of the National championship.
As you see in the above picture, I am an Arkansas Razorback fan (WOOOO, PIG SOUI). In 1994, Arkansas won the National championship! They are set and primed to win back to back when they meet UCLA for the National championship.
UCLA was a great team. The Brothers O'Bannon, Tyus Edney, Toby Bailey, the big fella George Zedik, but they shouldn't have even made the finals. Mizzou had them beat up with 4.7 seconds to go, and Ty Edney races the length of the floor to hit a last second layup to win the game.
Stop the ball, Mizzou! That's all you have to do: Stop the ball!
I had been worried about this game the whole weekend. During the game, I felt as if the hogs could catch a break! Tyus Edney goes down, nothing too serious, but serious enough that he cannot play the rest of the game. I think to myself: Back-to-back, baby. There is no way. Cameron Dollar will be able to deal with 94 feet of hell (Arkansas famous 1-2-1-1 press). Not only did he handle it, but Toby Bailey played the game of his life! Toby Bailey never got any better than he was on this night! This was one of the worst beats I had to take as a fan in my life.
As a 49ers fan, I have had the luxury of winning a lot of games in my youth. Not as many as of late, but the 49ers are working towards being the team they once were.
The 1990 season was another great season for the club, and they marched through the playoffs as team after team came to Candlestick and got their season ended.
Then came the G-Men. It was always a battle with those guys; they had a great defense and a power offensive ground game. It went back and forth throughout the entire game, then it happens: Joe Montana gets flushed out the pocket and he tries to make a play and he gets hit in the back.
This is the play that ends Joe Montana's career as a 49er. All the 49ers have to do is hold onto the ball, they win the game. Easy to do one would think, right? WRONG!
Roger Craig fumbles the ball, gives it back to the Giants. They march into field goal range, and there it is. Giants are off to play the Bills in the Super Bowl.
That was a tough one! To make it worse, the 49ers let Roger Craig go on Plan B and they let go of my all-time favorite football player go in Ronnie Lott.
So this is like three losses for me.
The last bad beat I am gonna talk about was the first one I ever had to deal with: 1990 Notre Dame/Colorado. An epic game. I was 9 years old.
I remember watching Eric Beienamy do his thing. He was such a beast in college.
The game goes back and forth. With 1:37 seconds left on the clock, Colorado punts to ND. Rocket runs back the punt! TD Notre Dame. Potentially a game winner.
Then, there is the phantom clip. I have watched this play, and to this day I have not seen the clip. I have not been able to let it go!
I know we all have taken some bad losses, and these were just a few that stuck out to me that I wanted to share!