Friday, August 11, 2006

FBO: 'Favorite Failed League'

This week the NFL is celebrating its new commissioner, and ESPN I'm told is making a nod at the 25th anniversary of the death of the wonderful USFL league that featured the Oklahoma Outlaws, but the FBO's favorite failed league is the ABA. The American Basketball Association played hoops with a red-white-and-blue ball in the colorful period between 1967 to 1976, including players like Julius Erving and Moses Malone and teams like the Kentucky Colonels and Dallas Chaparrals.

The ABA folded with some teams being incorporated into the NBA -- eg San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, NY Nets, Denver Nuggets -- but we particularly applaud those who refused to move to the NBA, such as the Pittsburgh Condors and Virginia Squires. We encourage you to learn more at from this fan site.

Please contribute to this week's poll -- your favorite failures in sports.

FBO Admin
Mobile/Semi-Permanent HQ -- Brooklyn, NY


Failed Bands of Oklahoma said...

My favorite failure in sports is the Florida State national championship win over Nebraska in the 1994 Orange Bowl. Highly favored Florida State found themselves down by one to the 'up-the-middle' running attack of Tom Osbourne's Cornhuskers with 1:20 remaining, and Heisman trophy winner Charlie Ward led them to a go-ahead FG with 0:20 left. With 0:08 remaining, Nebraska caught a pass at the FSU 30-yard-line as time ran out. Bobby Bowden dunked with gatorade in his first national championship. But wait. He looks up in disbelieff as the refs put a second back on, and Nebraska MISSES the last-second field goal.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, my favorite failure has to be Ryan Leaf. His locker room meltdowns and horrible play were legendary. I was amazed (and delighted) when teams gave him chance after chance.


Waska the Rocker said...

ARENA FOOTBALL. While not technically a failure yet, it's day is coming. And while I'm at it, I'd like to say congrats to all of the failed high school and college jocks who were given a second chance to shine in the AFL. Don't quit your day jobs.