Everyone likes to see their team win. But what’s better than watching your team win? Watching them destroy the other team. There’s a certain visceral enjoyment we all get from watching our favorite sports team rack up the score on their opponents. With that in mind, here are some of the worst sports blowouts from around the world
Detroit Red Wings 15, New York Rangers 0 – 1944
Anybody that’s watched a hockey game knows that scoring is often at a premium. The rules don’t lend themselves to high scores, especially double digit scores. That’s why it’s amazing that the Red Wings were able to put up 15 goals against the Rangers back in January of 1944. Professional teams just shouldn’t give up points like that.
Australia 142, Namibia 0 – 2003
So Rugby isn’t the most popular sport in the United States, but over in Australia, it’s huge. Keep in mind that in Rugby there’s no way to get more than 7 points when scoring in Rugby, so Australia would have had to score….a lot.
49ers 55, Broncos 10 – 1990
Super Bowl XXIV (that’s 24 for those that can’t read Roman Numerals), the site of a sound thrashing by Joe Montana and the Niners against John Elway and the Broncos. I remember this game, and it just got embarrassing by the end of the game. Montana and the 49ers had their way with Elway’s Broncos, repeating as Super Bowl champs and putting up the most lopsided Super Bowl score in history.
Cleveland Cavaliers 148, Miami Heat 80 – 1991
While I’m sure this rivalry will be reignited thanks to Lebron leaving the Cavs for the Heat, at least Cleveland can rest easy knowing it handed the Heat one of the worst sports blowouts in history. A 68 point differential is huge when you consider that every player on the court was a professional to one degree or another.
Stade Olympique de l’Emyrne 0, Adema 149 – 2002
I had been listing the winners first, but the reason I list Madagascar’s Stade Olympique de l’Emyrne first is that they scored on themselves at will in a soccer match against Adema, whom didn’t actually score any goals. The act was a protest by the Madagascar team’s coach, but on purpose or not, the score stands in the record books and is huge blowout in the world of soccer.
Secretariat Wins Belmont Stakes by 31 Lengths – 1973
In a sport known for photo finishes and winning by a nose, Secretariat won the 1973 Belmost Stakes by a mind-boggling 31 lengths. That’s 1/16th of a mile. There’s a reason that he’s not only a Triple Crown Winner, but tied to one of the worst sports blowouts in history.
Chicago Colts 36, Louisville Colonels 7 – 1897
Usually putting up 7 runs in a baseball game would get you a win. Unfortunately for the Colonels, the Colts (now the Cubs), put up 36 runs. The modern record was set by the Texas Rangers when they put up 30 against a Baltimore Orioles team that could only score 3 runs.
Chicago Bears 73, Washington Redskins 0 – 1940
While the 49ers had the biggest Super Bowl blowout, the biggest football blowout honor is owned by the 1940 Chicago Bears. The Bears, along with quarterback Sid Luckman, put up huge numbers against the Washington Redskins of 1940. The Redskins had beaten the Bears 7-3 in the regular season and called them “crybabies and quitters”. The Bears got their revenge in the league championship game.
South Korea 92, Thailand 0 – 1998
That’s a hockey score. Yeah, hockey. You thought the 1944 Red Wings putting 15 up against the Rangers was bad, imagine having 92 goals put up. While nobody is going to accuse South Korea of being a hockey power, Thailand is probably less of a power, and it’s depressing to see that they couldn’t even put up a single goal against South Korea. Thailand should probably pick up some training equipment from HockeyMonkey.com to ensure this never happens to them again. This is easily one of the worst sports blowouts in history.
Georgia Tech 222, Cumberland 0 – 1916
We’re used to seeing lopsided scores in college football. It’s long been an issue of the haves and have nots, but putting up 222 points, even in a sport that awards 6 points for the most basic form of scoring, is insane. This is an era before the BCS and having to think about style points and getting voters to see how dominant you were. Georgia Tech rushed for over 1,000 yards in a single game and didn’t allow Cumberland to make a single first down. This is far and away the worst sports blowout in history.