Super Bowl weekend signals the end of another football season. Even if your favorite high school, college, or pro team is top-notch, chances are they suffered several frustrating losses before the season was over.
Some ways of losing are just more frustrating than others. Therefore, I have compiled a list of twelve of the more frustrating ways that games can be lost. Many of these are actual ways in which my favorite team, the Washington Redskins, have lost games in the past. So, here we go:
1) Your team collapses and blows the game after having built a seemingly insurmountable lead.
2) Your team is down by 20 or more points and almost completely closes the gap, except for the last field goal or touchdown they need but just can't quite get.
3) Your team maintains a small lead for most of the game, while failing to cash in on multiple easy opportunities the other team gives them to extend the lead and/or put the game away. Instead, they let the other team continue to hang around. The other team, meanwhile, gets very few scoring opportunities, except for the one near the end of the game, when they score and take the lead for good.
4) The other team maintains a lead for the entire game. Every time your team scores to get within a touchdown or field goal, the other team also scores to extend the lead again. This scenario is repeated over and over again throughout most of the game. In the last few minutes of the game, your team finally stops the other team from extending the lead and gets the ball back with a chance to win, but then the other team finally stops your team.
5) Your team dominates almost every aspect of the game - rushing yards, passing yards, total offense, and total defense - but too many turnovers prevent them from winning.
6) Your team's offense is an irresistible force, pounding the other team's defense into submission - until they get inside the red zone, that is. Then they freeze up like a block of ice, unable to score touchdowns and missing many of their field goal attempts. Of course, the other team scores every time they get inside your team's 40-yard line.