After giving Twitter followers and Facebook fans a chance to weigh in on the sporting event results they would most like to see reversed, here are some themes:
1. Reds fans chose Game 7 of the 1972 World Series against Oakland.
Cincinnati battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the series to force a Game 7, but the A’s took the finale 3-2 behind the pitching of Catfish Hunter, Ken Holtzman and Rollie Fingers.
2. Bengals fans had a harder time deciding between the Super Bowl losses than I might have expected.
I chose XXIII because I wasn’t alive for the first loss to the 49ers, but I would have expected the second game to be more painful because it came down to the wire. Of course, that goal line stand in Detroit still stands out after all of these years.
3. UD Flyers fans of course thought big.
The most responses on the Flyer Nation page went back to 1967 when UD was trounced by mighty UCLA in the national championship game.
Tournament losses to Arkansas in 1990 and Georgetown in ’84 also got two votes apiece.
4. My Twitter followers must regretted a pair of Ohio State defeats against Michigan most.
There were a few votes for the recent national championship games against Florida and LSU, but the Ohio State loss to Michigan in 1995 was the winner (this was also my top choice).
It’s just tough to get that image of Tim Biakabutuka out of our minds after all of these years, eh?
I will never forget seeing him rip off a couple of long runs to start the game and thinking, “This is not a good sign…”
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The Buckeye basketball team’s Elite Eight loss to Michigan’s Fab Five also scored pretty high, which caught me by surprise even though it was on my list.
Again, I guess it’s tough to miss the chance to change history there — and Ohio State had proven to be a better team during the regular season.
(Keep in mind there was a caveat: People were only supposed to vote for games that happened in their lifetime.)