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The Biggest Sports Team Collapses in History

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Call them sports failures or call them upsets, either way, these sports teams and athletes embarrassed themselves and shocked people around the globe by making history, and not in a good way.

These professional MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams, as well as individual athletes, squandered leads, stunk up their seasons or lost at the worst possible moments to create the biggest sports collapses of all time.

William Shakespeare once wrote, "Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits." While he likely didn't have a sports team in mind when he wrote that, as these teams and athletes prove, where there is great expectation is often where the biggest disappointments arise.

These sports teams had huge leads in games, were way ahead in the standings or had nearly almost won a game, series or championship but at the last minute collapsed and lost. It's not the best way to remember these teams, but unfortunately their collapses live on in infamy.

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    2004 New York Yankees

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    The scene was game four of the 2004 American League Championship Series and the New York Yankees led the series three games to none against fierce rivals Boston Red Sox. It was the bottom of the ninth and the Yankees, up 4-3 in Boston, needed just three outs to advance to the World Series.

    Three outs they got, but not before Boston added a run to tie the game at four. Another three innings followed with the Red Sox stealing two more runs in the 12th to take the game. So the Sox take one game, leaving the Yankees with a 3-1 lead. No big deal, right? Wrong. The Red Sox did the unthinkable and swept the next three games to take the series, including one game in 14 innings. As New York sat back stunned of the massive lead they'd blown, Boston went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series for the championship.

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