Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Two IKEA games Monday. Neither involved teams we care about. We still have a coffee table. Phew. Others might not be as lucky.
1. Syracuse defeats Cornell 10-9 OT in NCAA lacrosse championship:
No. 5 Cornell had defending champs Syracuse on the ropes. The Big Red (their mascot should totally be a big, bad fire truck) led 9-6 with 5:31 to play. The game seemed over. The Cornell players were nearly celebrating on the field, the announcers were saying the next few minutes were all but a formality; the game was over.
But the Orange cut the lead to 9-8 with about two minutes left. Syracuse had its chances in the final minute but TURNED IT OVER with like 25 seconds left. GAME OVER!!!!! THEY'RE BURNING DOWN ITHACA!
But as the Big Red tried to run out the clock, they TURNED IT BACK OVER, Syracuse made two passes -- one nearly intercepted by Cornell -- and tied the game with FOUR SECONDS!!! Dude, HURL THE FUCKING BALL TO THE OTHER END OF THE FIELD. Or throw it in the FUCKING SKY. GAME OVER!
Syracuse finished it off about two minutes into OT and got its second-straight title. Cornell and its fans bought every bottle of whiskey and ever 9mm in all of New England.
Why it's so bad: Huge stage and the game was virtually over.
Why it isn't that horribly awful: Blowing a three-goal lead in five minutes isn't that unreasonable in lacrosse.
2. Indians beat Rays 11-10:
Who says every game doesn't count in baseball?
The Rays jumped out to a 10-0 lead and led 10-2 entering the bottom of the eighth. The Tribe, trailing 10-5 heading to the home half of the ninth, rallied for seven runs and walked off on Victor Martinez's two-run single.
The 10-run comeback is the largest in baseball in over five years.
Why it's so bad: NINE RUNS IN TWO INNINGS! Tampa relievers couldn't manage six outs.
Why it isn't that horribly awful: One of 162.
Worse loss? Debate in the comments.