The 7 Worst Sports Moments of the 21st Century in Cincinnati

Coach Bob Huggins’ Bearcats were voted # 1 after a dominant regular season by Martin, their multi-talented senior center.

That all changed when he broke a leg in the Conference USA tournament and the Bearcats finished second in the NCAA tournament.

They lost to Tulsa in the second round.

January 8, 2006: Carson Palmer’s torn knee

That shouldn’t be so cruel. This is how it starts …

The Cincinnati Bengals are known today for failing to win playoff games under Marvin Lewis. This was his first shot, and it was still the best … at least at the beginning of the game.

Carson Palmer linked up with Chris Henry on a 66-yard pass in the second game of the Bengals’ first drive, but that was it for the budding star quarterback. He left the game after the former Bengali Kimo von Oelhoffen knocked him down.

Jon Kitna threw two interceptions to Palmer’s relief and the Steelers won 31-17 on their way to a surprising Super Bowl win.

CINCINNATI – JANUARY 8: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer # 9 lies on the ground after being hit in the knee on the first drive of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on January 8, 2006 in Cincinnati was, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 31-17. (Photo by Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

Photo credit: Andy Lyons

Photo credit: Andy Lyons

October 6, 2010: Roy Halladay’s no-hitter

The Reds went into the 2010 postseason without great expectations, but were still able to disappoint.

A three-game game against the Phillies began with Halladay, who allowed Jay Bruce to just walk in a 4-0 win. It was only the second no-hitter in postseason history.

The Reds weren’t satisfied with writing this dubious story. They made four mistakes and took the lead by four runs in Game 2 before knocking out 2-0 in Game 3 to end a disastrous streak.

December 11, 2011: The Crosstown Shootout Brawl

The game that aims to showcase the best basketball in town ended in ugliness.

After instigating the fight with relentless trash talk during their blowout victory, the Xavier players embarrassed themselves and the city with embarrassing post-game comments that gave the impression they had done nothing wrong.

Numerous bans were issued and the game had to be played on a neutral course for two years.

October 5, 2012: Giants end the NLDS comeback

After beating San Francisco 14-2 in the first two games of the series, the Reds only needed to win one of three games at Great American Ball Park to advance the postseason for the first time since 1995.

They dropped the first one at home but had Mat Latos ready to start Game 5. He was acquired to win this type of game but instead was shot at and given up five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Reds set up tie runs with only one in the ninth inning, but Bruce was kicked out and Scott Rolen knocked out to end the game.

January 9, 2016: The collapse

Like Homer Simpson, who removed the stone of shame from his neck and then was chained to the stone of triumph, the Bengals may have traded one tribulation for another.

After 14 years without a playoff (see above) the Bengals were mostly competitors … but in the postseason they are 0: 7.

The 18:16 loss to the Steelers that night is the next loss and the most painful loss.

An exciting fourth quarter comeback fell by the wayside as Jeremy Hill fumbled and 15-yard penalties against Adam Jones and Vontaze Burfict resulted in an easy game-winning field goal for Pittsburgh.

March 19, 2018: Double catastrophe in the city of music

Dreams of a Crosstown Shootout rematch in the Final Four died badly on a Sunday night in Nashville when Xavier (# 1) and Cincinnati (# 2) landed large leads in a matter of hours en route to humiliating defeats on the same floor.

The games inspired numerous tweets about the city’s haunted sports and silly lists like this to pass the time until the next heartbreak – or triumph?

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