Worst Sports Moment By Year (2022 Update)

Now, that I have published my list of best and worst sports moments of 2022 it is time for me to evaluate which are the worst sports moments of every year of my life and beyond. As a sports history buff, there are stories I have either fallen in love or been devastated by that span back as the 1950’s, so altogether, I have come up with a list of my worst sports moments for every year since 1951. Again, these are not what are necessarily considered the objectively terrible moments of each year, but instead these are my personally least favorite sports moment from each calendar year. Please note that the bolded moments below are my worst sports moment from each decade.

1951Montreal Canadiens lose Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 1 to rival Toronoto Maple Leafs
1952Kentucky basketball is upset in 2nd round of NCAA tourney to St. John’s
1953U.S. tennis loves Davis Cup finals to Australia in 3-2 heartbreaker
1954Minneapolis Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals in Game 7 of NBA Finals to pull off first three-peat
1955Kentucky basketball gets upset by Marquette in 2nd round of NCAA tourney
1956Oregon State football chokes away upset bid of Iowa
1957Auburn wins first of two corrupt national football titles
1958Tim Tam injures foot in stretch run and loses Triple Crown bid with 2nd place finish in the Belmont
1959Louisville blows out favored Kentucky in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
1960Ohio State wins national basketball championship
1961Cincinnati Reds lose World Series to New York Yankees
1962Ohio State beats Wake Forest in Final Four game
1963Boston Patriots get destroyed in AFL Championship game by San Diego Chargers
1964Northern Dancer loses Triple Crown bid with third place finish in Belmont
1965UCLA wins second national title with in over Michigan
1966Texas Western upsets Kentucky in National Title Game
1967UCLA begins basketball reign of terror with first of seven straight national titles
1968Ohio State beats Kentucky in Elite 8 with bank shot in the final seconds
1969Drake falls just short of monumental upset over UCLA in Final Four
1970Artis Gilmore leads Jacksonville to shocking Elite 8 upset over Kentucky
1971Muhammad Ali suffers first career loss to Joe Frazier
1972Soviet Union screws United States in Olympic Gold Medal men’s basketball final
1973Kentucky Colonels lose ABA Finals in seven game series
1974Notre Dame beats Alabama in college football national title game
1975UCLA beats Kentucky in NCAA Basketball Title Game
1976Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X
1977UNC-Charlotte’s Cinderella run comes to hearbreaking end in Final Four
1978Affirmed Beats Alydar to win last Triple Crown
1979Michigan State beats Indiana State in NCAA Title Game
1980Kentucky loses another NCAA tourney heartbreaker to Duke
1981Larry Bird wins first NBA championship with Boston Celtics
1982Clemson football wins national championship
1983Wake Forest bball loses heartbreaker to NC State in first round of ACC tourney
1984Kentucky basketball plays worst 2nd half ever in loss to Georgetown
1985LA Lakers defeat Boston Celtics in NBA Finals
1986New England Patriots get destroyed in first Super Bowl appearance
1987LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics in last Magic vs. Bird NBA Finals
1988Roy Jones Jr. gets screwed out of Olympic Gold Medal in boxing
1989Detroit Piston beat Chicago Bulls in Eastern Conference Finals
1990Detroit Pistons beat Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals
1991Giants beat Bills in closest Super Bowl ever
1992Christian Laettner shot catapults Duke over Kentucky 104-103 in NCAA Tourney Elite Eight game (pictured below)
1993Kentcuky football loses Peach Bowl heartbreaker to Clemson
1994Kentucky basketball gets upset by Marquette in 2nd Round of NCAA tourney
1995Syracuse basketball chokes away 2nd Round NCAA tourney game to Arkansas
1996Greg Norman chokes away best chance at major on U.S. soil at Masters
1997Refs screw Arizona State out of Rose Bowl and National Title
1998Real Quiet loses Triple Crown in photo finish
1999Tennessee football beats Florida State in first-ever BCS Title Game
2000Clemson football beats South Carolina with controversial catch
2001Tim Henman loses Wimbledon semifinal to Goran Ivanisevic
2002LSU football beats Kentucky with “Bluegrass Miracle” Hail Mary
2003Cubs and Red Sox blow championship series in consecutive days
2004Smarty Jones loses horse racing Triple Crown
2005West Virginia basketball beats Wake Forest in 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament
2006Gonzaga chokes away Sweet 16 game against UCLA
2007Wake Forest fooball loses Orange Bowl game against Louisville
2008Undefeated New England Patriots lose to NY Giants in Super Bowl
2009Tom Watson loses British Open heartbreaker
2010Black Friday of College Football: Cam Newton comeback and Boise FG choke
2011UConn beats Butler in NCAA Basketball Title Game
2012NY Giants beat New England Patriots in Super Bowl for second-time in 5 years
2013South Carolina football loses to Georgia in SEC opener
2014California Chrome loses triple crown bid in Belmont Stakes
2015Wisconsin beats undefeated Kentucky in Final Four
2016Carolina Panthers lose Super Bowl 50
2017North Carolina Bball wins NCAA Basketball title game
2018Philadelphia Eagles beat New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII
2019Maximum Security gets screwed out of Kentucky Derby
2020March Madness gets canceled
2021Wake Forest loses ACC Football Championship Game to Pitt
2022Mike Leach dies


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