Monday, October 01, 2007

The Worst Sports Weekend Ever?

Has there ever been a worse sports weekend for San Diego, or for any city, for that matter?

Let's recap.


* The Padres need to win one of the last two games against the Brewers in order to clinch a playoff spot. We lead 3-2 into the 9th inning with Trevor Hoffman on the mound ... and Tony Gwynn Jr triples to tie the game. The Pads lose 4-3 in 11 innings.

* The San Diego State Aztecs get their lunch handed to them by Cincinnati Bearcats - 52-23, and it wasn't that close. Aztecs are now 1-3 with the real prospect of being 1-11 at the end of the season.


* The Padres still need to win one to get in. They lead 4-2 in the 4th inning, but the Brewers score a bunch to win 9-5. What a terrible game. But wait, the Rockies win to tie the Padres at 89-73, forcing a one-game play-in in Denver on Monday to determine the wild card team.

* The Chargers really need to win a game, entering this weekend 1-2 after two poor games in New England and Green Bay. The anticipation for the season was REALLY HIGH ... The Kansas City Chiefs show up and play us tough in the first half, but the Bolts lead 16-6 at half time. The offense clicked fairly well, and the defense was better than the last two weeks. In the second half, the Chiefs outscore the Bolts 24-0, with two offensive TDs and a fumble return. The Bolts were terrible on offense in the 2nd half - couldn't run and couldn't complete a pass, with a dropped touchdown and two more turnovers. The defense was worse, as Damon Huard burned them with passes. So the Bolts are 1-3 in a dismal season. The fans are calling for Norv Turner's head. Does the coaching staff make that much difference? Apparently! Can the season be saved? Only by winning about 5 in a row now.


* The Padres are in Denver to play the Rockies in the play-in game. The winner gets to play Philadelphia, and the loser goes home whining. The Padres ace, Jake Peavy, is starting against Josh Fogg, the Rox #5 starter. The Rox quickly score 3 runs on Peavy, but then Adrian Gonzalez hits a grand slam in the 3rd and the Pads are ahead 5-3. The Rox score three more off Peavy over the next 4 innings to go ahead 6-5. In the 8th, the Padres score on a misplayed fly ball in LF to tie the game. The relievers for both teams do a good job until the 13th inning. The Pads score 2 on a Scott Hairston home run, then call on Trevor Hoffman to save the game and take us into the playoffs. Well, Trevor doesn't save. Three long hits and a sacrifice fly brings home 3 runs and the Rockies win 9-8. Of course, the 9th run really didn't score ... the runner missed the plate but the catcher dropped the ball and the umpire, screened from seeing any part of the plate, calls him safe. I'm whining... I've earned it.

So was this the worst sports weekend in San Diego ever? What other city has experienced something this bad in one weekend?

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