This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

The 10 Most Heartbreaking Playoff Losses in Sports History

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings are squaring off in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final for the chance to hoist the legendary trophy as the best hockey team in the land. The Kings last won the Cup just two years ago, while the Rangers have not been crowned champion since 1994, the last time the Blueshirts appeared in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are engaged in a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals in which the Heat defeated the Spurs in seven games. San Antonio is out for revenge and a fifth ring for Tim Duncan after Miami snatched victory from the jaws of defeat last season. LeBron James is trying to cement his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time.

All of this amounts to one thing: two of these teams/cities/fan bases will experience tremendous joys and celebrations, while the other two will suffer crushing defeat, heartbreak and agony.

So let's dive into that second category and revisit some of the most heartbreaking playoff losses in sports history. These are the games that made fans curse the heavens, question their sanity and call out from work the next day because they just couldn't handle it.

Up first...

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, 2004 ALCS Game 7

Truthfully, you could pick any of the final four games in this series, but Game 7 was the official, final nail in the Yankees' coffin. These two blood rivals had been in numerous postseason encounters up to this point, but the Yankees more often than not had the upper hand. New York had the 26 World Series Championships, while Boston had not won a title in 86 years thanks to the "Curse of the Bambino."

The Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the series after a 19-8 drubbing of the Sox in Game 3 and seemed poised to make the World Series for the seventh time in nine years. But the legendarily reliable Mariano Rivera blew the two-inning save in Game 4 and Boston had life. The Sox edged a 5-4 win in Game 5 and then survived a hostile Game 6 (police in riot gear stood on the field at one point) to force a decisive Game 7.

And it wasn't even close. The Red Sox raced out to an 8-1 lead after four innings at Yankee Stadium and Boston, the first team out of 26 to force a Game 7 after falling down 3-0, crushed the Yankees and their fans, 10-3, in the Bronx to reach the World Series. They would sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to complete their historic run.

Boston is, to this day, the only team in MLB history to come back from a 3-0 deficit.

1 of 10

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 18,030.21 +6.04 0.03%
S&P 500 2,081.88 -0.29 -0.01%
NASDAQ 4,773.4720 +8.0480 0.17%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs