|Biggest championship blowouts|
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This week, Page 2 lists the 10 biggest championship blowouts in sports history.
Take a look at our list, then read how our readers ranked their choices for the biggest championship blowouts. And be sure to vote in the poll to crown sports' No. 1 championship blowout of all time.
1. Secretariat wins Belmont by 31 lengths (1973)
Sham and Secretariat set a blazing pace, hitting six furlongs in 1:09 4/5, but Sham falters, and it's all Secretariat from there on. His time of 2:24 for the 1½ miles shatters the track record by 2 3/5 seconds.
2. Redskins go down in infamy, 73-0 (Dec. 8, 1940)
3. Tiger Woods wins U.S. Open by 15 shots (2000)
4. Foreman fells Frazier (Jan. 22, 1973)
5. The Bay Series blowout (1989)
6. Bears hold Pats to six yards in Super Bowl XX (1986) The bad Bears are cocky -- the "Super Bowl Shuffle" video is filmed seven weeks before the big game -- and, as it turns out, they have a right to be. Chicago's awesome defense holds the Pats to just six yards rushing and shuts down the passing game with seven sacks. By halftime, it's over. After opening a 23-3 lead, the Bears put a period at the end of the sentence with a 96-yard TD drive early in the second half. Then the Bears defense goes on a scoring spree, as CB Reggie Phillips returns an interception 28 yards for a TD, defensive lineman Fridge "Two Way" Perry, coming in to play fullback, scores on a 1-yard run, and finally, in the fourth quarter, DE Henry Waechter puts the last nail in the Pats coffin, bringing down Steve Grogan for a safety. The final score: Bears 46, Patriots 10. The Bears set a Super Bowl record for most points scored.
7. 49ers trounce Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV, 55-10 (1990) The 49ers make the bookies look bad -- they come into the game "only" 12-point favorites over the Broncos -- but they also make Terry Bradshaw look awfully smart. Before the game, Bradshaw says, "I don't see any way in the world the 49ers won't win this football game. This sucker could be as bad as 55-3." The 49ers start strong and get stronger. Joe Montana hits Jerry Rice for a TD on the first drive, and San Francisco leads 27-3 at the half. The tale of the QBs tells the tale of the mismatch: MVP Montana's final line -- 22-of-29 for 297 yards and five TDs. Elway's line: 10-of-26 for 108 yards and two interceptions.
8. Michigan trounces USC in 1948 Rose Bowl, 49-0 Michigan comes into the Rose Bowl with the best offense in the country, averaging 412.7 yards per game. Among the offensive stars: Heisman runner-up halfback Bob Chappius and Big Ten MVP Bump Elliott. The defense is worth bragging about, too -- it allows only 53 points all season. But they're not national champs -- Notre Dame has already received that honor, after being ranked No. 1 in the "final" AP poll.
The big game against the Trojans, who are 15-point underdogs, is never much of a contest; Michigan leads 21-0 at the half and then piles on the points in the second half. Chappius passes for 139 yards and runs for 91 more and is named player of the game.
Then, after the game, the AP decides to hold another poll, and Michigan comes out on top. But the extra poll is controversial, and both Notre Dame and Michigan claim the national title.
9. UNLV crushes Duke 103-73 in 1990 NCAA Final It's the night Duke canšt even hit a high-five -- Brian Davis pokes Christian Laettner in the eye during a post-basket celebration gone awry. It's never much of a game. The Runnin' Rebels, coached by the celebrated (and denigrated) Jerry Tarkanian, are on top 47-35 at the half, then go on a three-minute, 18-0 tear early in the second half, and Duke seems to surrender. "I felt like they gave up on themselves," says UNLV's Moses Scurry. "A team like that, I thought they'd be better, smarter than that."
UNLV becomes the first team to score 100+ in a final game, shooting 61 percent from the floor. On defense, the Rebels also set a final game record with 16 steals.
10. Dodgers hold powerhouse Yankees to four runs in 1963 World Series Consider this: The Yankees finish the 1963 regular season with a 104-57 record, thanks to a slugging offense that boasts eight players who hit 12 or more homers (that meant something, in 1963), and a pitching staff that balances veterans Whitey Ford and Ralph Terry with young fireballer Jim Bouton and the 22-year-old Al Downing, who strikes out 171 in 175 innings.
Ford, Terry, Bouton and Downing all do their jobs -- they hold Los Angeles to only eight runs over the final 32 innings, after the Dodgers score four in the second inning of Game 1 (Ford pitches a 2-hitter and still loses Game 4). So how can you call it a blowout? In sweeping the Yankees, Dodger pitchers Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Johnny Podres hold the Pinstripers to only four runs in four games and yield only 22 hits. The Yankees bat .171 for the Series, and have an anemic slugging percentage of .240. New York never holds the lead during the Series, and their four-run total is the second lowest in World Series history.
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