By Kyle Garlett

In 1919, the Boston crimson Sox traded Babe Ruth to the hot York Yankees to finance a Broadway exhibit. In 1968, NBC grew to become off the Jets-Raiders video game with merely seconds left to teach the made-for-TV motion picture Heidi. In 1994, Tonya Harding determined tips to win Olympic gold used to be by way of removing Nancy Kerrigan's kneecap. In all of those events, and lots of, many extra, there's only one query fanatics can ask: What have been they thinking?!

In those pages, sportswriter and fellow fan Kyle Garlett recounts the pinnacle activities errors that made you tear out your hair, beat your chest in soreness, and yell on the television till your acquaintances known as the law enforcement officials. no matter if it really is boneheaded coaches, idiotic common managers, or briefly insane gamers, each fan has obvious his workforce move from the edge of victory to overall defeat for no logical cause. no matter if it truly is baseball, soccer, golfing, hockey, or the other game, you will find what particularly occurred in the course of those painful moments and why they ended up the incredible means they did.

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A disciplinarian and perfectionist before the war, five years of serv46 Coaches/Managers ing in the wartime navy only reinforced those traits in Hayes. In his first year as head coach he was threatened with “consequences” by school administrators for being too hard on his players. In 1949, after a pair of undefeated seasons at Denison, Hayes moved on to the “Cradle of Coaches,” Miami University—adding his name to the likes of Paul Brown, Ara Parseghian, Weeb Ewbank, Sid Gillman, and Bo Schembechler as coaches who at one time called the school in Oxford, Ohio, home.

Baseball, with its rally cap, aversion to stepping on the foul lines, and the often unhygienic practice of not washing a lucky pair of socks— 17 What Were They Thinking? or worse—is by far and away the most superstition laden of all the major sports. You do not want to be the player who starts a losing streak by failing to tap your bat on home plate. And you certainly don’t want to be the guy who jinxes a no-hitter by talking about it to the pitcher while it’s still in progress. So as the Padres began batting in the bottom of the eighth, trailing the Mets 1–0, no one said a word to the twenty-twoyear-old about his shot at baseball immortality.

But just 3:19 remained in the game and the Jets’ lead stood at 16–7. It was too little, too late, and just not enough time for the future Hall of Famer to pull off the miracle and salvage the championship that had just three hours earlier been a foregone conclusion. The Jets were Super Bowl champions. Joe Namath and his guarantee were the talk of pro football. The much maligned AFL had gained the respect of its older and previously better cousin, the NFL. And Don Shula had gained a considerable amount of wisdom when it came to choosing a Super Bowl starting quarterback.

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