Superbowl Fails That Merit Attention
The playoffs are over now and two teams have the chance to win the ultimate prize: the Super Bowl. Players on both teams have chances gain glory, establish legends and, of course, suffer humiliation.
Speaking of humiliation. Here are six awesome superbowl fails….
Garo Yepremian’s botched Kick
The 1972 Dolphins are the NFL’s one and only completely perfect team, having won every single game of that season including the Super Bowl (sorry ’07 Patriots). Their Super Bowl win could have also been a perfect stomping of the Washington Redskins but it was not to be. With two minutes left in the game, Miami lined up to kick a field goal, botched the attempt and Dolphin kicker Garo Yepremian picked up the ball and attempted a pass. What Garo failed to understand about passing a football, though, is that it’s supposed to go forward, not backward and consequently he made the worst looking pass in the history of the game. I think that Ray Finkle is loosely based on Garo.
I’ll bet most of you out there have no clue who this guy is. Well, you should. The Super Bowl is quite a game and some people just can’t handle the pressure. Speaking of which, Raiders’center Barrett Robbins in Super Bowl XXXVII. Two days before the game, Robbins apparently woke up in the middle of the night in a manic depressive state, booked it down to Tijuana and was found in a dive bar, chugging tequila. He then spent the Super Bowl in the mental ward while his teammates were blown out by the Bucs. Ouch.
Must be great to be the league MVP right? Wrong. Not when you throw 5 interceptions in the Superbowl. Three of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns. Now what makes this even worse? In the nine years since, the Raiders have yet to put together another winning season.
You don’t put together a list like this without including Scott Norwood. As a kid you have this dream, “eight seconds left in the super bowl and (your team) is down by one point. It all comes down to (you) making a 47 yard field goal. The ball is snapped, the kick is up…and it’s good!” Not for poor Scotty Norwood. Wide Right! Wide Right!
Eugene Robinson was a starting safety for the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl XXXIII team. The night before the Super Bowl he was awarded the Bart Starr Award for being a player of “high moral character.” Mr. Robinson made sure he thanked God for guiding him in his life and was so excited about winning the award that he immediately went out to solicit an undercover police officer for oral sex. God also guided Robinson during the game as he got burned deep twice, one of which included an 80 yard touchdown against him. The Falcons lost to Denver 34 – 19.
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