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11/02/2007 12:22:00 PM
Most Overhyped Sports Events
The Bears domination of the Patriots in Super Bowl XX made the game a snoozefest.
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Maybe you heard about it, but there's a big football game Sunday afternoon. The Colts and Pats are both great teams, but after a week of sound and fury, it's unlikely the two teams will produce a game competitive enough to live up to the hype. This happens often -- we talk about what a great match-up is approaching, and then the game turns out to be a bust. Here's our top five most disappointing overhyped sports events...
1. Superbowl XX: The Chicago Bears dominated throughout the regular season, but in the run-up to the big game, people started to assign hope to the Patriots, figuring they'd probably figure out a way to keep it close and perhaps eke out a win. Instead, Da Bears destroyed them, 46-10.
2. 2007 Fiesta Bowl: After nearly a month of discussion, No. 1 Ohio State squared off against Florida for the BCS crown. The Buckeyes are still smarting from that Gator bite, as they lost 41-14. Kirk Herbstreit never saw it coming.
3. 1992 NCAA Tournament Final: After Duke went through hell and Rick Pitino's Kentucky team to make the Final Four, they ran into Steve Fischer and Michigan's surprising and exciting Fab Five in the final game. Could the freshmen hang with Coach K's well-drilled ballers? Not a chance, as Duke won going away, 71-51.
4. Holyfield/Tyson II: After Evander Holyfield won the Heavyweight Title from Mike Tyson with a TKO, the rematch was supposed to be Tyson's chance to earn respect. Everyone was watching, as Tyson went Tyson and bit off Evander Holyfield's ear.
5. The 1992 Olympic Decathlon: Reebok spent months promoting Dave Johnson and Dan O'Brien, two Americans favored to battle for gold in the Barcelona games. Instead, O'Brien didn't even qualify for the Olympics and Johnson made it but finished third.
What was your most disappointing overhyped sports event? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
Prediction of the most over-hyped sporting event of this year -
This weekends matchup between the Colts and Patriots. The Colts stand NO chance in this one - Brady will own Peyton by the time the game is over - and when this season is over, he will own Peyton's single season TD record.
The 2007 Fiesta Bowl is a strange pick. It was never that hyped; everyone thought it was going to be a blowout. And it was, but just not with the winner people expected. If you want to pick a college football game, pick the USC/Oklahoma BCS Championship.
Anyway, the top 30 most overhyped sports events are all Super Bowls.
Can't say I agree with your top choice. Super Bowl XX was entirely about the Bears- the Patriots were an afterthought that everyone thought would be crushed. The final result was a surprise to nobody. If you wanted to include a Super Bowl disappointment (of which there were many,) you only had to go one year previous to Super Bowl XIX when the 15-1 Niners crushed the 14-2 Dolphins in what was supposed to be a clash of titans. Instead the Niners demolished the Dolphins in Dan Marino's only Super Bowl appearance.
The last dozen or so Super Bowls have gotten an ungodly amount of hype, but what Super Bowl in particular really stood out was Super Bowl XL, Pittsburgh v. Seattle. Rarely will anyone see a more ugly, disjointed, boring game in their lives.
How about every Olympic Games that has ever been? Remind me why we have a contest every four years with all of these countries in which the real contest is in guessing which one of them hates us the most.
I'm a Bucs fan, but even I thought the Bucs/Raiders Super Bowl didn't live up to the "#1 Offense vs. #1 Defense" hype or the "Raiders v. Chucky" storyline - that's not to say I didn't enjoy the Bucs owning Jokeland, however...
Hands-down winner of course was the 1992 Olympic basketball competition. Can't imagine why anyone would have bothered watching a single game of what became the sporting equivalent of "Operation Desert Storm".
anything with Shaq in it. This is the most overrated athelete in the history of human endeavor. No weapons except his size. This from a Laker fan of 50 plus years. Cannot have him in the game in crunch time, shot puts up more bricks than a Mason and only because the NBA needed a face for their game after Mike left do they allow Shaq to lower his big shoulder and knock people off the block.
How did the post three above this one make it past the admins? Granted, Lang Whitaker has his faults (most of which stem from a lack of research or homerism for his alma mater UGA; the former being evident in this column and the latter on display in the column on BCS Blunders), but that type of language is uncalled for and offensive. Come on admins, wake up and do your job!