The Top 10 Biggest Sports #Fails of All Time
For athletes on the world stage, nothing is worse than choking under pressure. Here are the 10 most memorable transgressors
- By Jim Morrison
- Smithsonian.com, June 28, 2012
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The plot: The Cubs, victims of the curse of the Billy Goat, hadn't won a World Series since 1908, but there they were, leading the series three games to two, just five outs away from defeating the Florida Marlins en route to their first World Series since 1945.
The choke: After fan Steve Bartman deflected a ball hit into the stands, arguably taking away an out from Cubs outfielder Moises Alou, shortstop Alex Gonzalez misplayed an inning-ending double play. The Marlins went on to score eight runs and then win the seventh and deciding game of the series.
Editor's Note: This entry originally stated the Cubs were up three games to zero. We've corrected the mistake and regret the error.