Man, Pendergast tries to add too many recent events in there.
For the Rockets, I get the disappointment in James Harden, but I’d think Tracy McGrady’s tenure was probably worse. Never out of the first round, the Game 7 loss to the Mavs by 40, the 2 straight Jazz losses when McGrady refused to drive in the 4th quarter and three after three clanged off the rim.
I’m not sure why the Texans-Chiefs game is on there; everyone knew the Texans were overmatched in that one. Not sure a Texans performance belongs on this list.
As far as the Oilers, the Buffalo debacle is the one that gets all the press, but the previous year’s loss to Denver might have been just as bad. 28-6 lead in Denver at halftime only to lose at the end when Elway flips the ball over Jerry Gray when Gray decided to go for Elway instead of covering the receiver for a second longer. 40 yards later and a field goal on the next play ended one of the most depressing games I’ve ever seen.
You could also throw in Jerry Glanville’s last game when he lost in the first round to the Steelers in a butt-kicking that saw him get fired for Jack Pardee.
Or the 61-7 loss in Cincy when Sam Wyche decided to rub it in on the Oilers, but everyone knew that one was coming.
For the Astros, '98 was disappointing, but '99 and '01 were pretty bad as well as they just couldn’t get past the Braves even though they had chances. '99 was the Walt Weiss series when he made that great play with the bases loaded in Game 3 and '01 was the strange choice by Dierker to use Mike Jackson instead of Wagner to close out one of the games in Atlanta.
And adding Pujols homer when we won the next game was disappointing, but what about heading to St. Louis with a 3-2 lead and Roger Clemens on the mound in Game 7 with a lead and not winning the year before.
But yes, the 2011 CUSA championship should have been on there unless you count it as part of the regular season.