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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
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
Kobe Bryant was just getting started when he hoisted this first-quarter jumper over Morris Peterson.
Bryant scores 81 against the Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006.

• Men's basketball: Kansas 150, Kentucky 95 in 1989.

Kyle Farnsworth vs. Paul Wilson.

Australia 31, American Samoa 0 -- 2002 World Cup soccer qualifier.

• 1991 Stanley Cup finals clincher -- Game 6: Penguins 8, North Stars 0.

• 2002 NHL Western Conference finals -- Game 7: Red Wings 7, Avalanche 0.

• Edwin Moses vs. the world: Hurdler was undefeated in 122 consecutive meets, over a period of over nine years.
• Alexander Karelin, super heavyweight wrestler from USSR/Russia. He was undefeated in international competition from 1987 to 2000.
--Robert, Berkeley, Calif.

• Dec. 31, 1994, Barry Sanders rushes for minus-1 yard on 13 carries against the Packers.

Tiger Woods defeats Stephen Ames, 9 and 8, in the 2006 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.

• Ned Jarrett's win at Darlington in the 1965 Southern 500 by 14 LAPS!
--Steve, Lexington, S.C.

Pete Rose vs. Ray Fosse.
-- Mike, Waldorf, Md.

Dan Cloutier vs. Tommy Salo.
-- Kenny, Merrimack, N.H.

• Don King over Mike Tyson's career.
-- Darren, Los Angeles

Nate Robinson (5-foot-9) blocks the shot of Yao Ming (7-foot-6).

2006 Ryder Cup: Europe 18½, U.S. 9½.
-- Russell, Winnipeg, Manitoba

• The refs vs. the Seahawks, Super Bowl XL.

• Chuck Bednarik vs. Frank Gifford.
-- Brian, Columbus, Ohio

• Mike Shanahan vs. Al Davis.
--Ron, Rochester, N.Y.

Peter, Michael and Samir vs. the fax machine in "Office Space."
-- Chris, Dallas

• NHL playoffs vs. Maple Leafs, 1968-present.
-- Byron, Halifax, Nova Scotia

• Wayne Gretzky vs. the NHL -- 92 goals in 1981-82 and 215 points in 1985-86, both records.

• Don Larsen vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, Game 5 of 1956 World Series.

• Michael Jordan vs. the world.
Editor's suggestion: The curveball vs. Michael Jordan, 1994.