Welcome back to another addition of Friday Fail! Today we are going to take a look at a NHL playoff series that has caught our eye. Now most of the time with NHL you have games that are 2-1, 1-0, and if you are lucky, an offensive shootout along the lines of 4-2. This is what makes hockey in most people’s estimation “boring.” Its just like soccer in the US. But then you have a series like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers, and you are left thinking one of two thing: 1. What is going on here? or 2. Why doesn’t this happen in all hockey games. Let’s take a look.
The opening game of the series was a Flyers win, 4-3, with Philly making a comeback from 3-0 on the road. It’s the essence of great playoff hockey. Then the next game was an interesting one, a Philly win 8-4! Ok, well things can get out of hand. The next game should be back to normal right? Well the third game was on que with the rest, as the Flyers took it 8-5! Now I know what you are thinking. There have been double digit goals in two straight games. Why are you complaining? And this is true to a fault. Of course its great to see crazy goals, but as someone who can appreciate the thrill of a huge goal, and more importantly, great defensive play, it certainly leaves me scratching my head.
Then there was game 4. Let’s paint the picture. Philidelphia is up 3-0 in the series, with a chance to knockout their rivals on home ice, sweeping them out of the playoffs. Well to no one’s real surprise, the end of the first period saw a 4-3 Penguins lead. In the second, Philly allowed 5…count it, 5 goals, in the 2nd period alone! You tack on one in the third, and you have the Flyers losing at home 10-3 for a chance to close out the series! Check out the highlights, or lowlights if you’re a Philly fan, below.
Now this got us thinking. What are some of the worst defensive performances in sports history? Well look no further.
Basketball: There have been a few blowouts in the NBA, but the one that comes to mind is a matchup in 1991 between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavs. The Heat managed to score 80 points, but that paled in comparison to the 148 that Brian Daugherty put up. Yes, if you do the math, thats a 68 point win! In the words of the guys on NFL Monday Night Football: Come on man!
Baseball: Alot of baseball fans probably know where I’m going with this one. It was in 2007 when the Texas Rangers balled so hard on the Baltimore Orioles, putting up a 30-3 thumping on the birds, the worst defeat in modern baseball history. I mean, seriously?!? 20 runs is ridiculous. How do you manage to allow 30 in one game! Say it with me again: Come on man!!
Football: I had to do some research on this one, but I found a gem to end the segment on. Now, I know what most of you are thinking. Ok, they found a 77-7 game, or maybe even an 80-0 game or something like that. Well we did find a college football game in 1916 between Georgia Tech and Cumberland that was 63-0. At the end of the first quarter. Tack on a 63-0 second quarter, and you have a 126-0 game…..at HALFTIME. The game mercilessly ended with Georgia Tech winning 222-0! Don’t believe me? Check it out.
I’m not even going to say it, because I still can’t believe its real. But yeah, that happened!
Well that ends today’s Friday fail! Hope you enjoyed it. If you know another blowout, let us know in the comments!