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  • Jim Ciscell

    I remember the Kentucky / LSU one distinctly. I was on a couch and could not find a remote to change the channel while I was at college at Ole Miss. The only reason why I kept watching that game. The LSU basketball program was not right for years after that game. The same thing happened with an improbable comeback of the Dallas Cowboys on the New York Giants when Emmitt Smith played with a bum shoulder. But for the life of me, I dont have a date on that one.

  • Jyotishman

    And i must say, ye the creator of this list, you live in the blind side. “Epic”…? “Sports History”…? And where are you, the Great American Plain, where football (true football) and many other “World” games are mowed down in “Epic” slinger battles of the Great-American-Bullying style? When will you Americans wake-up from your self-proclaimed ownership of everything “Epic” and all things “Historical”? A foolish list, certainly one which will be an “Epic Collapse’ for a toptenz fan…!

  • Re:epic

    I think the next time this site uses the word epic, is when a list is written titled “Top 10 Epic failures of lists that use the word epic”. This list can be at number 1!

    • I agree with the loosely used term epic in any setting. This one got by me. Give us some credit though. We have only used the word “epic” in the title twice, with over 1,000 lists on the site. The first time was here:

      See, we’re not all bad, but we probably aren’t epic either.

  • Charles Bronson

    I have no problem with lists having only American sports…but Toptenz Master would you mind changing the title to ” Top 10 Most Epic Collapses In American Sports History”

    • If we did that, where would that leave the two hockey teams from Canada? Or The Open Championship played in Scotland?

      • brian

        Saying that only Canadians and Russians care about hockey is an ignorant statement (which there has been a lot of lately). Just because most American like lame sports like baseball doesnt mean there arent plenty who like hockey. Hockey is popular in Finland, Sweden, Slovakia etc.

        • Who said only Canadians and Russians care about Hockey? Certainly not I.

          • brian

            this was meant to be a general comment not a reply. It is directed at the writer

  • Graeme

    Yeah a title change is required. To ignore something as recent as Man Citys title win, or Man United Champions League win with the 2 late goals is embarrassing.

    • It’s all about the location. I just asked a few friends and no one knew anything about this. Just as you probably didn’t know much about some or all of these sporting collapses.

      • stuthedude

        Indeed, I just asked a few of my friends about the entries in the list and none of them knew anything about any of the baseball, basketball, ice hockey or American football entries (80% of the list).

        To be honest I knew about the Yankees – Red Sox one but the rest are pretty obscure for anyone outside the US.

        • I’m sure your country must have a top 10 list site, right? Not that I want to lose readers, but we don’t have the insight and aren’t immersed in other cultures to write on all topics relating to other countries. I don’t know where you live, but surely there is a site doing lists that focus on your country and has plenty of American’s claiming it isn’t international, right?

          We do lists that are international, and now one seems to care, at least no one comments on them to that fact. We keep trying though.

        • I agree it is all about your location. No one in the world will find this list perfect, not even us Americans.

  • worst list ever

    The only thing this list demonstrates is that to Americans, the word World and the word America have the same meaning.

    • Or, this list is written by Americans for a predominantly American site with a predominantly American audience. No offense meant.

      • stuthedude

        Or you lose international readers because the posts are predominantly written by insular and ignorant Americans! All you need to do is change the title – no one cares if the list is about American sports. If you refer to “Sports History” (without a subset or qualifier) then you need more than just the token British Open entry!

        • If we lose international readers because we can’t write to everyone’s satisfaction then we are doomed. Every list for a variety of reasons falls short for just about everyone, except the writer. 😉

          • stuthedude

            The point is not that every list needs to interest everyone but that if a list is called “The Greatest x in y History” and 90% of it is American then you are going to irritate anyone outside of the continent (which in turn is why you get so many comments when this occurs).

            In addition you are just perpetuating the stereotype that Americans are myopic and ignorant.

            Personally I find most of your lists interesting regardless of whether they are “American” (e.g. about American presidents) or not but for some reason lists that pose as The Greatest x in y History” really rub me up the wrong way. Based on the comments on this list (and in previous ones I have seen) this is a common trend.

            • “common trend” is very subjective. I would argue that when there are over 1,000 lists on this site. Lists that are fairly or unfairly criticized for being too American are a very small percentage. Less than 5%-10% I would imagine. Hardly a common trend. But your point is taken. We can all move on to today’s uncontroversial list (note sarcasm) on genocide.

      • worst list ever

        Great point. So, since i’m not American, i’ll stop visiting your website – since it’s clearly not aimed at me. Nice work.

  • I remember the Houston Oilers game. Wow, I was an Oiler’s fan and thought we had it all wrapped up. Surprise! I meant Frank Reich years later when he spoke at my church. I felt a lot better after talking with him and finding out he is really a nice guy, who just happened to crush my teams Super Bowl hopes.

    • SeanP

      Ugh!! Every time I see one of these lists I know the Oilers are going to make an appearance. I was born and raised in Houston so of course I was a die hard Oilers fan (now a die hard Texans fan-Bulls on Parade). I was stationed in Yorktown, VA when this game was played and was helping a buddy and his wife move. We watched most of the game but by the time Houston had that huge lead we went ahead and staring moving furniture (TV being 1st of course). In the twenty to thirty minutes it took us to get everything to the new house and get the TV hooked up we turned it on to see the game was going into OT. Talk about a WTH moment. Epic collapse.

      • JackLW

        I too remember this game VERY well. I was working as a real estate salesperson at the time and I was at our office that afternoon which was a Sunday if memory serves. It was just me and my trusty 12″ black and white portable TV I had brought from home to watch the game. I remember thinking after halftime that I wished I had brought my VCR and some movies with me because this game was going to be pretty darn boring now. How wrong I was of course, thank God the phone didn’t ring all day and nobody came to the office. Maybe that’s why I moved to South Carolina that spring… cause I didn’t make a dime working there.

  • Turk

    The 1986 Edmonto Calgary series scared me for life, I was 5 and at that time just assumed the Oilers always won, I think after I saw Steve Smith bounce the puck in off of Grant Fuhr’s leg I cried untill they won the cup in 1987. Intersting note I know Smith played for Calgary later on in his carreer and after Furh came back from being suspended for snorting a dump truck worth of blow he might have played for them too.

  • Barry Brien

    Wow 10 out of 10 of the most epic collapses in sports history just happened to have happened in the US, and all within the last 30 years. What are the odds of that? Once again I think you guys really need to reconsider the titles of some of your articles as they can be misleading. Top 10 Most Epic Collapses In US Sports Of The Last 30 Years would be a more accurate title.

    • Jason O

      Oh yes of course. Those well known American towns of Calgary and Edmonton, and that little known American territory of GREAT BRITAIN are the highlights of this American dominated list.

      • Thanks, Jason.

        • JackLW

          I really don’t understand this criticism of this list. If those of you are so darn passionate about the list being TOO American… do something about it. Don’t read it, or post your own. Call it “Epic sports fails of Europe, or Africa, or Central Asia, or the World for that matter” Who the hell cares what the title says? It’s a list in which the writer is expressing THEIR personal opinion. If you don’t like it, create your own. Good gravy people!

      • Barry Brien

        Sorry I meant to write North America to cover Canada as well. I didn’t notice the ONE entry from a Non-North American country. Guess my point is completely null and void now.

  • stuthedude

    As a reader from Africa, I generally enjoy reading your lists for recreation and to to increase my general knowledge and the best posts are those that are diverse and well researched.

    This list is made up of only 5 sports (golf, basketball, baseball, American football and ice hockey) and only one instance does the sport take place outside of North America – is Canada a real country anyway? :).

    Agree with the previous statements – an American centric top 10 view on life is fine but the title is erroneous (just remove the British Open golf and replace with another US example that no one outside of North America will care about or has heard about before and your list is sorted!).

    Would also say that there is difference between a collapse (or “choke”) and comeback (which is what some of the entries are).

    For me the one big collapse that is missing is in the Wimbledon tennis ladies final between Jana Novatna vs. Steffie Graf. Manchester United’s win over Bayern Munich is pretty famous (and I expect that even many ignorant American have heard of this, especially is they follow soccer) but was more of a comeback by United than a collapse by Bayern.

    • brian

      Is Africa a real country? No, so shut up. Put the bone back in you nose and go hunt a rhino.

      • stuthedude

        Sadly many Americans do think Africa is a country (from your statement it is difficult to know whether you know that or not). The rhino hunters would be the Vietnamese and other nations almost as ignorant as many Americans.

        Put the bone back up the orifice of your choice and go eat a Twinkie while you still can.

  • stuthedude

    Another one missed (that is American but many international people will know) is Mike Tyson’s loss to James “Buster” Douglas.

  • stuthedude

    And here is another that is more impressive than most of the others on the list – write up and video @:

    BTW, sevens rugby is one of the more representative international sports with competitive teams from a large number of countries (including the USA) participating in an annual World Circuit of tournaments (there is an American leg in LA I think).

    The final of the tournament above was held in Edinburgh so the list might be too Scottish is you included it though :).

  • Peter Boucher

    TopTenz Master. I hope that you didn’t write this list. If not, it was written by a Middle School Student. Lets put our memory caps on and that’s for everybody……..1). The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies of The National League (Baseball). An 8 1/2 game lead in first place with only 12 Games left. They blew it to the St. Louis Cardinals who went on to win the World Series vs. The New York Yankees……2). October 2, 1978. The Boston Red Sox vs. The New York Yankees. The Red Sox had a 14 game lead after the All-Star Game and blew it forcing a one-game playoff with The New York Yankees. Up to the plate walks Bucky Dent (who only had 40 Home Runs in a 12 season career) and hits a Home Run by just a couple of feet. They ehded up as World Series Champions…..3). The infamous “Heidi” game (Football), 1968. The New York Jets vs. The Oakland Raiders. With one minute to play and The Jets winning 32-30 with one minute left to play, the game was shut off to air the movie “Heidi” (NBC’s protocol of time limits. In the one minute left to play, Oakland scored two unanswered touchdowns to win the game 43-32….October 3rd, 1951. Bobby Thompson’s Home Run against the Brooklyn Dodgers in a forced playoff game. The “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” and broadcaster Russ Hodges yelling four times in succession “THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT”……..and if you want the exact date of No. 2, it was October 25th, 1986. Being a hard-core Red Sox fan, I likened it to Kennedy’s assassination or Japan’s invasion of Pearl Harbor in which FDR said “A Day That Will Live In Infamy” I remember the city I lived in (Concord, N.H.), The Brand of Beer that I was drinking (Rolling Rock), the food I was eating (Nachos with melted cheese), the Television set I was watching it on (Zenith, 25″ screen) and the celebratory bottle of shots that my friends and me were going to drink (Chivas Regal)…..after the game, dead silence for 15 minutes and many beer empty beer cans being thrown at the TV… the way, the bottle of Chivas ? We still polished it off to drown ourselves in sorrow and to cry into our drink.

  • Josh

    Number 10 isn’t an “epic” anything, as losing game seven of a playoff by one point can’t be that bad.
    Number 8 isn’t a collapse, as you so pointed out right in the description.

  • skeptic

    Lakers were helped by crooked refs. Game 7 was fixed.