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25 Sports Events That Robbed Fans of Their Money

Darren - June 17, 2021
Sports

25 Sports Events That Robbed Fans of Their Money

Darren - June 17, 2021
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13. Mickey Bey vs. Miguel Vazquez (2014)

Vazquez attempted to defend his IBF lightweight title for the seventh time against Bey in Las Vegas. He failed and the only good thing to say about this is that it ended. The fight was incredibly boring and robbed fans of precious minutes of their lives. Neither boxer threw many shots and it was difficult to score.

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It was close but not in an exciting way. Fortunately, Floyd Mayweather fought Marcos Maidana in the main event and this created more energy. But neither fight covered themselves in glory in this bout. It was very disappointing. At the end of the day, fans expect a certain level of performance when they pay to watch a boxing match.

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12. England vs. Algeria (2010)

Every time England qualifies for a major soccer tournament, the media overhypes them and things almost certainly go wrong for them. A case in point was their 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa. Their game against Algeria was one of the most depressing in their history. In short, everyone underperformed.

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Legions of fans saved their money to travel and watch their nation compete. Then, England served up some of the worst soccer in the tournament. Their star player Wayne Rooney failed to get a single shot on target. Actually, it looked like Algeria was going to snatch a win. But this finished as one of the drabbest games of the tournament.

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11. David Wright’s Farewell Game (2018)

A New York Mets’ legend, Wright finally retired in 2018 after 14 seasons with the franchise. His farewell game came against the Miami Marlins. Injuries afflicted Wright for the previous two seasons but he was able to feature in this game. However, it might have been better if he didn’t. That’s because it was an awful game of baseball.

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In fairness, the game went about as cosmically perfect as could be. It was scoreless for 12 innings before some action finally began. Meanwhile, Wright didn’t last for long and left the field with a wry smile on his face. To be fair, his appearance created a playoff-style atmosphere. But the game itself was very anti-climatic.

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10. Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Joseph Agbeko (2013)

Any boxer who steps into a ring deserves respect. That being said, some fights just aren’t fan-friendly. This one was a case in point. Rigondeaux is an Olympic gold medallist but his style didn’t make him popular. While he was an effective athlete, he wasn’t exactly fun to watch. Many of his fights went the same way as this one.

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To be fair, Agbeko didn’t help matter because he did his best turtle impression for the entire fight. His output was incredibly low and his coach, Roger Mayweather, became frustrated. But Rigondeaux was content to pick his shots from a distance without pursuing his opponent. He defended his titles but robbed the fans of entertainment.

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9. Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis (2018)

On paper, this was one of the most exciting match-ups ever. Ngannou and Lewis are two of the scariest one-punch KO artists in the UFC. But like many heavyweight bouts, this turned out to be a major disappointment. Ngannou came into this fight with his first defeat hanging over him. This affected his performance against Lewis too.

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In short, it was a staring contest. Viewers tolerated the lack of action for the first couple of rounds. But when it became clear that nothing was going to happen, they lost patience. Referee Herb Dean even told them to be more active. Finally, Lewis won by way of decision. But this was only because he had slightly more output. To sum up, it was one of the worst fights ever.

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8. Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys (2002)

There is no reason why anybody would remember this game. But if anybody reading this attended the game we’re sorry if we’ve triggered PTSD. To sum up, this is a classic example of football at its most miserable. Detroit is up there with the most wretched franchises in the NFL. They lived up to this label on the day.

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Every score in this game came from a field goal. Nobody wants that. To make matters worse, the first score at Ford Field came in the third quarter. It wasn’t that officials made bad decisions or there were bad weather conditions. No, the two teams were just terrible. Anyway, Dallas was better on the day and in the end, they won.

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7. Chelsea vs. Manchester United (2007)

Soccer is amazing at its most pulsating. But when a game is bad, it’s a really boring experience. Chelsea and United are two of England’s best soccer teams. They met in the 2007 F.A Cup final and fans expected fireworks. However, great teams often cancel each other out. Unfortunately for their supporters, this was exactly the case.

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This was a momentous game for another reason. Wembley was the home of English soccer and after years of renovation, it finally reopened. The Cup final was meant to be a showcase for the sport but it was a failure. The game finished scoreless and went to extra-time. With just four minutes left, Didier Drogba scored and robbed fans of a penalty shootout.

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6. Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 (2016)

Kimbo Slice became a combat sports cult hero because of his street-fighting exploits. He also had a short MMA career and fans loved him. Dada 5000 was one of his old streetfighting rivals. Bellator MMA made an official fight between the pair and 2.5 million people jumped on board. However, it was a shameful bout.

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The two men gassed out after barely a minute of the first round. There was barely any meaningful action because they were too tired. Finally, Slice won TKO after three rounds. But this was because Dada collapsed in exhaustion. He also revealed that he suffered a minor heart attack during the fight. Anyway, they robbed the fans of their hard-earned money.

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5. The Snowplow Game (1982)

Some people feel nostalgic about this game because of its bizarre nature. However, at the timer, many fans felt like the NFL robbed them of their money. The Miami Dolphins traveled to play the Patriots in the middle of winter. However, a snowstorm beset Foxborough and made the game almost unplayable. The conditions were horrific.

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Both teams struggled because of the horrendous weather. There was one moment of excitement and controversy toward the end of the game. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots sent a snowplow onto the field to clear a space for a field goal. The Dolphins protested but officials allowed it. New England won 3-0 but their frozen fans were grateful to go home.

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4. Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul (2021)

Boxing fans rolled their eyes when news broke of this exhibition bout. But they became interested because of its freakshow nature. Mayweather is one of the greatest of all time while Paul is ‘just a YouTuber.’ However, he also had over 30 lbs of a weight advantage over ‘Money’ and was also much taller. Fans couldn’t help themselves and tuned in.

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In the end, it turned out to be a total waste of money and time. Mayweather was active in the middle of the bout but became frustrated because Paul kept holding onto him. The boxing icon didn’t pursue a knockout and robbed fans of their money. Meanwhile, he openly laughed at the amount of cash he made for the evening’s work.

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3. The Mud Bowl (2014)

Heinz Field Stadium hosted one of the worst games in the history of the NFL in 2014. The Steelers hosted the Miami Dolphins in nightmarish conditions. After a massive storm, Pittsburgh resurfaced their field. But things became worse for the players and fans. Next, a lightning storm delayed the game. However, the NFL always goes ahead.

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Unfortunately, the weather robbed the fans of a great experience. The field soon became muddier than Joe Biden’s memory. This had a terrible impact on the quality of football. The Steelers won the game 3-0 after scoring a field goal. Maybe the Dolphins should have done better because they were almost literally swimming through pools of water.

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2. Jose Canseco vs. Barstool Intern (2021)

Beware of exhibition boxing matches. They’re almost always a scam to exploit fans. In 2021, Canseco robbed his fans of their hard-earned dollars. The former MLB icon fought a Barstool Sports intern in a boxing match. But things ended very quickly for the former Oakland star. In sum, this event in West Virginia was very disappointing.

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His exhibition took place at the Rough n’ Rowdy event but didn’t last long. Canseco suffered a knockout in under 10 seconds. News emerged that he had an injury going into the bout. Immediately, he received accusations of taking a dive. Bookmakers also refunded all bets on the ‘fight’ and refused to pay out winnings.

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1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (2015)

This was one of the most disappointing fights ever. Firstly, Mayweather robbed the fans of something special by waiting until Pacquaio was older. This was a calculated move on Money’s part because he was wary of the Filipino’s power. The fight should have occurred at least five years earlier but boxing politics interfered.

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In the end, it was the fans who suffered. The bout was very boring because Pacquaio was unable to assert himself in terms of offense. Mayweather defended and countered for the entire fight. He constantly clinched his opponent and ground out a decision win. New arrived that Pacquiao had a srious shulder injury before the fight. By then, the fans’ money had already been gone for some time. It was the biggest pay-per-view in boxing history but didn’t really even get close to living up to the expectations.

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