This is an interesting time of year for sports. The NFL draft just passed and there are stories for every team after that event. The NHL playoffs are in full swing, and the NBA playoffs are too. MLB is now in full swing, so that's one draft, one regular season and two playoff options for sports fans.
For those who aren't all about team games and prefer combat sports, I have two phrases for you: Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather (yes, it was a decent fight), and Jon Jones and his recent law related drama. But moving back to what has most people glued to their television; playoffs. Whether it is basketball or hockey, we are edging ever closer to a champion in each sport.
Getting back to Mayweather/Pacquiao, most pundits and fans were in agreeance that this was a one-sided fight, which gave us the inspiration for this kind of list. Although it wasn't as bad as some of the entries on this list, it was pretty clear that "Money" Mayweather was the clear winner in the one-sided tilt.
Ideally, whether it's a team or individual sport, playoffs are supposed to get more exciting and contests are supposed to be closer as the finals draw near. Unfortunately, whether by poor performance, mismatches or just a quick, untimely slump, there are plenty of playoff battles and final contests that end in disaster for one athlete or team, as they simply do not live up to the name "championship contender."
These are the contests we will be counting down here. From Stanley Cup, NBA, and World Series finals that look more like systematic four game massacres, to Super Bowl bloodbaths, embarrassing World Cup finals and boxing and MMA title fights that disappointed fans who wanted a decent scrap; here are the most one-sided championships in sporting history. We have tried to keep it somewhat recent, but obviously with a couple of notable throwbacks to way back in the day.
15 Super Bowl XXXV
We'll venture back to early 2001 for our first entry in this list, to when the Baltimore Ravens viciously mangled the New York Giants 34-7. A young Ray Lewis took the Super Bowl MVP award for being his usual self; all over the field. The Ravens simply outplayed the Giants, whose sole touchdown came on a kickoff return in the third quarter.
14 1998 FIFA World Cup Final
This goes back to the year in which France won the World Cup on home turf of all places. 3-0 is by no means a massacre in the football (soccer) world, but it was a significant margin and it was over Brazil, the heavy favorite to win the game. One controversy surrounding the win was the condition of Ronaldo, who was rumored to have suffered a sudden onset illness prior to the match and was clearly not himself.
13 2002: Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson
Getting into combat sports, I should make a disclaimer, I will be including both successful title defenses as well as bouts in which belts changed hands. If this upsets you, that is what the comments section and Twitter are for.
Back in 2002, Lennox Lewis took on Mike Tyson and it ended up being a very one sided affair. Don't misunderstand, it was a decent fight, but Tyson was outmatched in every way past the first round. Lewis knocked him down several times, despite the fact that Tyson landed some significant shots over the course of the bout.
12 1969 Stanley Cup Finals
11 2013: Jon Jones VS Chael Sonnen
Back in 2013, Jon "Bones" Jones, one of the most controversial current fighters in the league given his drug issues and a recent hit and run incident, picked apart gifted smack-talker and fighter Chael Sonnen to keep his UFC Light Heavyweight belt.
10 2002 NBA Finals
9 1976 World Series
8 2005: Floyd Mayweather VS Arturo Gatti
Back in June 2005, Floyd Mayweather fought Arturo Gatti for the WBC Super Lightweight belt, and it was a painful thing to watch. Mayweather took it to Gatti and took the belt in just six rounds.
7 Super Bowl XLVIII
The Super Bowl for the 2013-2014 season was going to be a great end to a great story one way or another. The Seattle Seahawks had put together one of the finest defensive units the league had ever seen and the Denver Broncos, under Peyton Manning's leadership, had put on an offensive clinic all season.
6 2009: BJ Penn VS Diego Sanchez
5 1995 Stanley Cup Finals
4 2007 World Series
3 2006: Joe Calzaghe VS Jeff Lacy
2 2014: T.J. Dillashaw VS Renan Barao
1 Super Bowl XXIV
Remember that time a team got beaten in the Super Bowl worse than Peyton Manning and the Broncos? Sadly, it was the Broncos getting beaten again and instead of the Seahawks, it was the San Francisco 49ers. This was back in 1990, and John Elway and his Broncos just couldn't handle the likes of San Francisco.
Joe Montana, the MVP of the game, tossed five touchdown passes; three of which were caught by the G.O.A.T. Jerry Rice. Elway couldn't get into a decent rhythm with his receivers and their defense was impotent throughout.
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