Five worst moments in Colorado sports history (inspired by Rox's 17-week Sunday losing skid)

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The Rockies should have known it wouldn't be their night when Chris Nelson decided to play "Pin the baseball on the coach's face" with Rich Dauer before the game in a gaffe seen in the background of an ESPN live shot. Then the Rockies' unfortunate play was caught by ESPN cameras -- and the Rox made the kind of dumbfounding history that makes fans want to cancel the rest of the season.

Last night's loss continued a disturbing trend of losing on Sunday and added to the five worst moments in Colorado sports history -- a surprising amount of which come from recent years.

5. Rockies' seventeen-game Sunday losing streak
In the team's lone appearance on ESPN this season, the Rockies broke one of their coach's nose, watched two of their best players strike out with the bases loaded (Troy Tulowitzki did it twice) and set a major league record for random awfulness. The Philadelphia Phillies had three different clubs that lost sixteen Sundays in a row -- and since the Rockies couldn't top the Phillies in the playoffs two years ago, they decided to best them at being bad. If the Rockies don't win next week against the Dodgers, it will be a full four months since they last won on Sunday.

4. Avalanche lose 9-1 to Calgary hours after Peter Forsberg retires, again
In Forsberg's most recent stint with the Avalanche this past season, he played two road games and then retired just before he was set to make his home debut on Valentine's Day. The rest of the team seemed to take it personally, giving up five goals in the first period. The Avs' went on to the most lopsided loss in team history. To add injury to ass-kicking, Matt Duchene left the game with a hand injury. The embarrassment was the squad's eighth of ten straight losses. They would then win one game before losing another ten in a row. Thanks to this streak of putrid, a team that was expected to make the playoffs finished as the second worst team in the Western Conference.

3. Nuggets win eleven games... in a season
If the team hadn't caught on absolute fucking fire by winning two of its last six games, 1997-98 Nuggets would have tied the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers for the fewest wins in an NBA season, at nine. The Nuggets were especially bad in the first half, winning just three of the first 41 games. On average, this team was outscored by nearly twelve points a game. Why so bad? Take a look at the roster. If you remember a single significant play made by anyone on that year's team, I will buy you Nuggets season tickets for next year (Note: Offer void if NBA actually has a season this year.)

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Who wrote this? Did they move they move to Denver a couple years ago? Granted the nuggets have had a few bad seasons, but in the 90's a crappy season was all that this city expected from the team. The worst moment in Denver sports history was the divisional playoff game against Jacksonville... Followed by Super Bowl XXII when a backup qb led the redskins to a 35 point second quarter and an eventual victory. The third worst moment was either the devastating super bowl against the 49ers. Fourth, if you are going to say that the avalanche losing a regular season game constitutes an epic fail for Colorado sports try looking at some if their playoff failures first. Try game seven of the western conference finals when the avalanche forgot to show up losing 7-0 to the hated red wings. For the fifth worst moment in Colorado sports history it might be wise to just include the entire mcdaniels era. The two year period where ppl on the streets of Denver almost felt ashamed to wear orange and blue. The loss to Oakland wasnt the terrible moment we all cringe thinking about but the hallmark for the worst coach in Colorado history.

And on a side note the Rockies 19'th straight Sunday loss is more of a unfortunate coincidental statistic. Did you really think a team without a everyday third baseman and a right fielder could do any damage this year.


Though we didn't realize it at the time, the voters' 66%-33% rejection in November of 1972 of the XII Winter Olympiad, the 1976 Winter Olympic Games, was as bad a moment as there ever was in Colorado Sports.

Colorado had been awarded the games via bid by the IOC in May of 1970.. All that stood in the way was voter approval to fund the games by passing a 5 million dollar bond issue.

A rise in cost, fears of terrorism, and environmental concerns all played into it, but the measure was defeated soundly in th1972 General Election.

Colorado's in the running for the "22 Winter Games. I honestly thought we'd never get another chance, but chance, however outside it may be, it is.

I wonder what will happen this time.     

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Great observations, Eric. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

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