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Mazz's most heartbreaking moments in Boston sports history

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  May 21, 2010 11:37 AM

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Most heartbreaking moments in Boston sports history

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Roughing the passer, Dec. 18, 1976. The Patriots had a legitimate Super Bowl team and were on the verge of beating the Raiders when referee Ben Dreith made this infamous call. Thank heavens for the tuck rule.
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Too many men on the ice, May 14, 2010. For all of the backbreakers in our considerable sports history, no Boston team ever had blown a 3-0 series lead in any playoff series. That is, until now.
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Too many men on the ice, May 10, 1979. Truth be told, the original was far more devastating than the sequel. The Bruins had the Habs beaten and were on their way to the Stanley Cup finals, but then … ugh.
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Bucky Dent, Oct. 2, 1978. You all know the story. The Red Sox had a 14-1/2-game lead at midseason and blew it. They won their final eight to force a one-game playoff. Then Bucky (Bleeping) Dent came along.
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Bill Buckner, Oct. 25, 1986. Easily the most traumatizing moment in the history of Boston sports. The Red Sox had gone 68 years without a world title and were thiseclose to winning it all. Mercy.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

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The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
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For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
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Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
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Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
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You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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