In a recent Embarrassing Moments in Sports package, SI.com asked readers to share the embarrassing and disgraceful moments that they thought were left out. Here are some of the responses.
You left out the lovely fans of New York in 1961, who hated my favorite player ever, Roger Maris, while he went after and got the most important baseball record of all time, the one year home run record of Babe Ruth. And while we are at it, let's not forget Ford Frick taking away the record from him with his nasty asterisk. This demeaning of a man who went through so much (without any artificial helpers) is, in my opinion, the worst treatment any single player has ever had to endure. What was his crime...being the best he could be? And who came to his defense in baseball... nobody (except Billy Crystal in his movie *61). It took another 37 years and a bunch of steroids to break his record. A terrible shame on all of baseball.
-- Roger Bennett, New York
You could argue that Kevin McHale's entire tenure as a GM has been a disgrace, but the secret maximum contract that he signed Joe Smith to has to be the nadir. Beyond the obvious embarrassment to the team and league, due to the penalties imposed, McHale effectively wasted the prime of one of the NBA's most charismatic superstars over a career 10 and 5 guy.
-- Nathan, London
In the 1993 playoffs, Dale Hunter hit a completely unaware Pierre Turgeon from behind after Turgeon had scored. Simply one of the worst cheap shots in sports history -- superceded on the ice only by the criminal acts of Todd Bertuzzi and Marty McSorley -- it resulted in a 21 game suspension for Hunter.
--Adam Felenstein, Los Angeles
The undefeated Auburn BCS mess was far greater than the three one-loss teams in 2004.