Most disappointing teams of the year
Tonight, two of the most disappointing teams of the year are in action. That would be the USF Bulls and the Philadelphia Eagles. To commemorate the occasion, here are our choices for the most disappointing teams of 2011.
USF Bulls football
If the Bulls lose tonight -- and they are a slight underdog at home to West Virginia -- they will not qualify for a bowl game. That's nuts. There are 35 bowl games, meaning 70 teams make a bowl. 70! And USF might not be one of them? No one expected USF to contend for a national title, but a run at the Big East championship and a top 25 ranking were legitimate goals. Instead, the Bulls could finish last in the Big East.
Before the season, backup QB Vince Young called his Eagles a "dream team.'' Even then, most chuckled because the Eagles, while talented, weren’t the '85 Bears or '78 Steelers. Still, Philadelphia seemed to be the best bet to challenge the Packers in the NFC. However, the Eagles enter tonight's game against Seattle with a 4-7 record, which puts them three games behind the Cowboys in the NFC East as well as three games out of the wild-card race. It looks like this dream will end when the regular season does.
There are different levels of disappointment. Normally, reaching the championship round is considered a smashing success. And, if you're the Miami Heat, you can proudly say that only one team in the NBA last season had a better season than you did. But the 2010-11 version of the Heat was on a championship-or-bust journey after putting together a "dream team'' that included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The story was not supposed to end with a six-game loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox, by far, are the most disappointing sports team of the year and, really, of recent memory. What appeared to be a World Series shoo-in turned into a team that will forever be known as having one of the biggest collapses in baseball history. The Sox went 7-20 and blew a nine-game AL wild-card lead over the Rays in September to miss the postseason. Then came stories about pitchers drinking beer and eating fried chicken during games. What a mess.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Before this season, I predicted the Blue Jackets would be a "team on the rise'' in 2011-12. They won two of their first 15 games and six of their first 23. Oops.
Florida Gators football
Did anyone think a 6-6 season was coming in Will Muschamp's debut? Plus, they came this close to losing to Vanderbilt, which would have left the Gators sitting at home during bowl season with a 5-7 record. Even still, a loss in a bowl game and the Gators finish with their first losing record since 1979. Heck, even Ron Zook never had a losing season at Florida.
Fox NFL Sunday
What used to be the best NFL pregame show on television has turned into the most disappointing because of all of the horsing around and goofball humor that is not nearly as funny as the cast thinks it is. It's like amateur night at a comedy club.
NBA Players Association
Who was running the show for you guys? You don't do a deal with the NBA owners and the season ends up being delayed by two months. When a deal is finally struck, it was you who made most of the concessions? If this were a basketball game, the owners would've won by 30.