By Kyle Garlett
In 1919, the Boston pink Sox traded Babe Ruth to the recent York Yankees to finance a Broadway express. In 1968, NBC grew to become off the Jets-Raiders video game with simply seconds left to teach the made-for-TV motion picture Heidi. In 1994, Tonya Harding made up our minds tips to win Olympic gold was once by way of putting off Nancy Kerrigan's kneecap. In all of those events, and lots of, many extra, there's only one query enthusiasts can ask: What have been they thinking?!
In those pages, sportswriter and fellow fan Kyle Garlett recounts the pinnacle activities mistakes that made you tear out your hair, beat your chest in ache, and yell on the television until eventually your buddies referred to as the law enforcement officials. even if it is boneheaded coaches, idiotic basic managers, or quickly insane avid gamers, each fan has visible his staff move from the edge of victory to overall defeat for no logical cause. even if it truly is baseball, soccer, golfing, hockey, or the other game, you will discover what rather occurred in the course of those painful moments and why they ended up the unimaginable method they did.
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In the ﬁrst half he misﬁred all over the ﬁeld, throwing behind, and over, his players’ heads. In the second quarter alone he threw three interceptions—including one on the Jets’ 2-yard line, and the famous interception that came on a ﬂea ﬂicker that completely fooled the Jets, but saw Morrall fail to notice a wide-open Jimmy Orr near the end zone. Yet when halftime rolled around the Colts only trailed 7–0. Their offense had been abysmal in the opening two quarters, but they were far from sunk. They had an entire half to make up for the one touchdown deﬁcit and a healthy Johnny Unitas ready to come in and save the day.
Just how comfortable were the Phillies with their lateSeptember lead? They had actually started printing World Series tickets. And why shouldn’t they? Third baseman Dick Allen was cruising to the NL Rookie of the Year award, ﬁnishing the season in the top 10 in batting average, hits, walks, runs, doubles, 24 Coaches/Managers triples, and home runs. They had a rotation anchored by future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, who threw a perfect game earlier that season. 20 by season’s end). The stunning collapse started with the Reds in town and a heartbreaking 1–0 loss on September 21.
The team went into free fall the next season, turning their 12-4 record into a franchise worst 2-14 ﬁnish. Jack Pardee was ﬁred ten games into the year (1-9) and had to take a prideswallowing job in 1995 with the CFL’s Birmingham Barracudas. It would be his last year in coaching. Ryan had already skipped town, leaving Houston after the loss to Kansas City to become the head coach in Arizona. After only 12 wins in two seasons there, he was ﬁred, sending him into retirement on his horse farm in Kentucky.
What Were They Thinking?: The Brainless Blunders That Changed Sports History by Kyle Garlett