Losses. Bad breaks. When these things happen, players and coaches and fans wear the fallout on their faces, showing a side of sports that's painful -- but also compelling. Playbook is working with the Tumblr "
The Agony of Defeat" to find the most eye-catching photographic examples each week.
Here are the selections from the past seven days, mostly from football as the seasons start to simmer:
Already in a tenuous position with his interim tag, Arkansas coach John L. Smith felt understandable unease after losing in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe on a fourth-down touchdown run. AP Photo/Danny Johnston Welcome to the SEC. Kevin Sumlin's Texas A&M started hot, but lost at home to Florida. AP Photo/David J. Phillip Wes Lunt and the rest of the Oklahoma State Cowboys felt the pain of losing big to Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images We interrupt this football for Novak Djokovic, who begrudgingly accepted the runner-up trophy after losing the U.S. Open final to Andy Murray -- which prevented a second Djokovic Grand Slam in 2012. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images The New Orleans Saints had a rough offseason -- and a rough start to 2012, losing to Washington. Chris Graythen/Getty Images The Green Bay Packers' malaise hit late last season and extended into this one, as the San Francisco 49ers went into Lambeau Field to beat Aaron Rodgers' crew in Week 1 of the 2012 season. Benny Sieu/US Presswire The Packers got to pass on their malaise four days later, though, to Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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