Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The worst sports tragedies

Been a sad week in sports. News is bleak out of Florida as the Coast Guard has called off the search for two missing NFL players and a third man lost in the chilly Gulf of Mexico waters.

Sad times spark other melancholy thoughts. There have been many sports tragedies, with lists being published of athletes who have perished in plane crashes, college sports tragedies and soccer devastation.

We put our own list together of horrible sports tragedies. These are high-profile, relatively-recent events that garnered a bulk of media attention.

Feel free to disagree and leave your thoughts in the comments.

5. Roberto Clemente

Such a generous, talented and wonderful player, Clemente was doing charity work aiding earthquake victims when his flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico en route to Nicaragua went down.

4. Players lost at sea

Just fucking terrible. A routine fishing trip that turns tragic? This is not The Perfect Storm. Just to imagine what those guys went through is painful.

3. Oklahoma State basketball team's plane crashes

In early 2001, the plane with two Cowboys players, six staffers and broadcasters goes down. All 10 people were killed. Being a mid-season tragedy brought even more attention to the disaster.

2. Marshall Plane Crash

In November, 1970, a plane crash kills 75 members of the Marshall football family -- including 37 players, the head coach and four assistant coaches.

This led to the 2006 film We Are Marshall which probably would have been better without Matthew McConaughey.

1. 1972 Olympics

Terrorist attacks infiltrated the Summer Games in Munich when a Palestinian terrorist group killed 11 Israeli athletes. A world event that mixed sports and politics in an awful way.


Anonymous said...

all of these are just horrible

GMoney said...

And Munich was a fucking horrible movie.

rstiles said...

The Marshall plane crash was terrible because of the large number of people who died...

Here's one you forgot - Thurman Munson - plane crash in 1979

Anonymous said...

Hearing about Derrick Thomas and Reggie White both hit pretty hard. Just so out of the blue.

Anonymous said...

same for darryl kile and cory lidle.

Anonymous said...

The entire University of Evansville men's basketball team was killed in a plane crash in 1977.

Anonymous said...

len bias.

pookiewookimookiefookiyookie said...

you guys also forgot about the uruguayan rugby team plane crash in the himlayan mountain ranges.

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