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Offline JSD

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My “Heartbreaking Sports Losses of The Past 20 Years” Top 10 List:

1. 2010 Celtics
2. 2007 Pats
3. 2003 Sox
4. 2011 Pats
5. 2017 Pats
6. 2006 Pats
7. 2012 Celtics
8. 2013 Bruins
9. 2018 Celtics
10. 2002 Celtics


Thoughts of my list? What am I missing?
« Last Edit: May 29, 2018, 05:15:48 AM by JSD »

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Trigger warning please ;)

I’m not as into baseball and ice hockey, so I have a few local sport references on there. But your NBA and NFL heartbreaks are legit

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This list seems about right with a couple of small moves. Cs are first for me in Boston sports (obviously), followed by the Pats, Sox, then Bruins. Those 1st two were absolutely killer and I am still unable to wrap my head around them. Aaron Boone, the Welker non-catch, the 21-3 lead on the Colts with Rex Grossman waiting in the SB, end of the Big 3 era...not really the thread you want to start your day with  :'(

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I'd maybe bump the 2002 Celts out for whatever year the Bruins blew both 3-0 series and Game 7 leads against the Flyers.

But yeah, that's some heartache on that list for sure.

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If we are talking how heartbreaking they were AT THE TIME, I think 2003 Sox has to be first.  The curse was alive and real. And it was a loss to the Yankees.  Winning the next year definitely helps it feel less horrible in retrospect, but at the time there was nothing worse than that loss, at least to me.

Great job and list. 

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I'd maybe bump the 2002 Celts out for whatever year the Bruins blew both 3-0 series and Game 7 leads against the Flyers.

But yeah, that's some heartache on that list for sure.


Thing about it is, it wasn’t at least conference finals, so it was really tough to elevate it to heartbreaking for me.

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Good thing you limited it to the last 20 years otherwise 1986 Sox would be #1.

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I’m not a Pats fan, so I stuck to a top-3:

1. 2010 Celts
2. 2013 Bruins
3. 2003 Sox

2010 was the worst loss I’ve ever felt. Most series / games are usually worth about 24 hours of misery. The Bruins loss stung for maybe a week.  The 2010 Cs loss hurt deeply, making me lose my passion for basketball for 5 or 6 months.


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2007 Pats
2003 Sox
2011 Pats
2010 Celtics
2013 Bruins

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2010 was the worst loss I’ve ever felt. Most series / games are usually worth about 24 hours of misery. The Bruins loss stung for maybe a week.  The 2010 Cs loss hurt deeply, making me lose my passion for basketball for 5 or 6 months.

I feel the same way. The Lakers, the title count, the way it all went down 21-6 FT disparity, game called totally different in the 4th, the blown lead. Makes me nauseous just thinking about it

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My “Heartbreaking Sports Losses of The Past 20 Years” Top 10 List:

1. 2010 Celtics
2. 2007 Pats
3. 2003 Sox
4. 2011 Pats
5. 2017 Pats
6. 2006 Pats
7. 2012 Celtics
8. 2013 Bruins
9. 2018 Celtics
10. 2002 Celtics


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This is a tough exercise, because not all people watch all 4 sports. Furthermore, fewer people are considering all of the big 4 to be on equal ground.

I think it's hard to compare the 2010 Celtics to the 2007 Patriots or 2003 Red Sox losses. The biggest losses in my lifetime were the 86 Sox, 07 Patriots, and 03 Sox.

While the Lakers loss hurt badly (b/c they could have won easily), they just won a ring 2 years prior. Same logic with the 2013 Bruins.

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Good thing you limited it to the last 20 years otherwise 1986 Sox would be #1.

Definitely the most awful of my lifetime.

I really hated losing to the Lakers in 85, but that was much more anger than pure heartbreak.

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This is easy.

I don't follow the Bradies - er- Patriots....or the Red Sox or the Bruins.

But the Celtics?

2010, easily - for me.

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2010 Celtics were so brutal.  Watching Artest beat us and seeing Rasheed wear down in real time.  The Lakers bruised us inside and you saw it coming.  But Artest hitting those big shots was just brutal to watch.

Still so tough because that team deserved more than 1 championship.
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My “Heartbreaking Sports Losses of The Past 20 Years” Top 10 List:

1. 2010 Celtics
2. 2007 Pats
3. 2003 Sox
4. 2011 Pats
5. 2017 Pats
6. 2006 Pats
7. 2012 Celtics
8. 2013 Bruins
9. 2018 Celtics
10. 2002 Celtics


Thoughts of my list? What am I missing?

do we really need to do this?  I forgot about half of these

my dummy move to enter this thread =T