Tuesday, August 28, 2007 Updated: August 29, 2:17 PM ET
Readers sound off on the greatest beatdowns
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On the heels of the Texas Rangers' 30-3 romp over the Baltimore Orioles, our David Schoenfield compiled the 100 greatest beatdowns in history.
We invited readers to share their favorite beatdowns and offer additions to the list. Here are the best of more than 1,000 responses to the Page 2 mailbag. Most items were suggested by many readers, but the unique ones that made the cut are credited.
Thanks for participating.
Carlos Arroyo exults after Puerto Rico stunned Team USA at the 2004 Olympics.
• The 2004 Olympics in Athens. Puerto Rico's basketball team beat Team USA 92-73. American teams had been 24-0 since the professional Olympic era began." -- Rigel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
• Dan Gable 1972 Olympics. Wins gold medal and NEVER gives up a single offensive point. -- Jack, Fort Worth, Texas
• Jimmy Carter vs. the 1980 Olympics. -- Jim, Danville, Ill.
• Bart Giamatti vs. Pete Rose. -- Keith, Minneapolis
• Lisa Leslie scores 101 points in the first HALF of her high school basketball game causing the other team to forfeit. -- Spencer, Washington, D.C. Editor's note: In 1990, Inglewood Morningside led South Torrance 102-24 at the half. South Torrance forfeited, leaving Leslie four points shy of Cheryl Miller's then-national record.
• Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 0 in 2003. The Sooners plunged into the middle of the line four times to avoid scoring a 12th touchdown at the end of the game.
• Herschel Walker over Bill Bates, 1980. -- Clark, Atlanta Editor's note: This was Walker's first collegiate touchdown.
• 2005 Big 12 Championship Game: Texas 70, Colorado 3.
• 1991 Cotton Bowl: Miami 46, Texas 3.
• Notre Dame vs. Navy, annually since 1964.
Other various college football routs:
• Houston 95, Southern Methodist 21 in 1989. Editor's note: The Mustangs were just coming back from the NCAA death penalty.
• Virginia Tech 62, Syracuse 0 in 1999 -- the most lopsided defeat of a ranked team.
• Florida 82, Central Michigan 6 in 1997. Editor's note: Nice scheduling, Steve Spurrier.
• Michigan 130, West Virginia 0 in 1904. Editor's note: Nice scheduling, Fielding Yost.
• Army 59, Notre Dame 0 in 1944.
• Nebraska 84, Minnesota 13 in 1983.
• Texas Tech 70, Nebraska 10 in 2004.
• Colorado 62, Nebraska 36 in 2001. Nebraska earned Rose Bowl berth and right to play Miami for the national championship anyway.
• UCLA 66, Texas 3 in 1997. Editor's note: So long, John Mackovic.
• Southern California 66, UCLA 19 in 2005.
• LSU 40, Miami 3 in 2005 Peach Bowl. Two Miami players were reportedly knocked unconscious during a postgame brawl.
Back to the sports world at large:
• Kobe Bryant 62, Dallas Mavericks 61. Bryant outscored the Mavs 62-61 after three quarters on Dec. 20, 2005, before sitting out the fourth quarter.
Kobe Bryant was just getting started when he hoisted this first-quarter jumper over Morris Peterson.