Not all losses are created equal.
There are times that players will pour their entire hearts and souls into a game—play the best they've played in their entire lives—and it still won't be enough. These are times when it's okay for them to walk off the field with their heads held high. They can tell themselves, "We did all that we could do, we got beat, and that's okay."
There are also times that teams lose close games on boneheaded mistakes, fall to a major underdogs due to lack of focus or play horribly after proclaiming their own greatness to the media.
These are the times that players walk off the field with their heads down, thinking to themselves, "Oh God, please don't show that on SportsCenter."
There are a lot of things you can do to make a loss really profoundly embarrassing.
You can lose to the wrong team.
You can lose in the wrong way.
You can lose too many times in a row.
You can lose by too much.
This year, much to the delight of the millions of mean-spirited fans in America, we have already seen a plethora of all of these.
Today, we count down the very best 10 of 2014.