Summary of Art of the Choke

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This video discusses the history of sports chokes and provides examples of when teams have blown large leads. The video also discusses the concept of a jobber in sports and how it can be useful in some cases.

  • 00:00:00 This video discusses some of the most infamous sports bloopers, including the butt fumble by the New York Jets and the Jose Canseco blooper. These moments are interesting because they show how even the best athletes can make mistakes.
  • 00:05:00 In 1964, Minnesota Vikings defender Jim Marshall scooped up a fumble and ran 75 yards for the score, but he scored for the other team because he carried the ball in the wrong direction. In 2008, Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Rolofsky obliviously trotted out of the back of the end zone, resulting in the Lions finishing the season 0 and 16. The polar opposites of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who finished a perfect 17-0, are the 1972 Minnesota Vikings, who had two minutes to go in the Super Bowl and kicker Garo Yapremian was sent out to ice the game with a long field goal. However, the dolphins had a chance to end their 17-0 season with a 17-to-nothing victory, but your premium has it throws a pass up with the ball. What a kooky player. Gary Premier lost his head and tried to throw a pass, resulting in Mike Pass scoring. Despite the pitiful comedy of errors on that play, the dolphins hung on to complete what is thus far the only undefeated season in the Super Bowl era. Most of the other stories on this list wish that they could have been as fortunate. On their own bloopers errors and mistakes are mostly inconsequential, but sports
  • 00:10:00 In this video, the author provides a brief history of sports chokes, including examples of when teams have blown large leads in major sports. The author also discusses the concept of a jobber in sports and how it can be useful in some cases. The author then provides an example of a sports choke in which a team, heavily favored, loses to an opponent they were supposed to easily beat.
  • 00:15:00 The video discusses the history of big-time college sports, including the classic cinderella story of a team that is eliminated from a tournament early on but comes back to win later on. It then discusses the 2007 New England Patriots, who were considered by some to be the greatest NFL team of all time. However, they were defeated by the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. The story then transitions to Mike Tyson, who regained his heavyweight championship after losing it to Buster Douglas. The Patriots won three more Super Bowls, and Brazil won five World Cups. This shows that most professional athletes eventually recover from their chokes.
  • 00:20:00 offers a variety of premium products, such as an outdoor home cooking kit, that are much better value than Jaguars tickets. Each month, subscribers receive a preview of the products before they are shipped. One of the most infamous examples of a player's legacy being ruined by one mistake is Jackie Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. Smith was a key player on the team that made it to the Super Bowl in the 1970s, but his lone chance at winning the championship was dropped due to a penalty in the final quarter of the game. Smith is now mostly remembered for this one mistake.
  • 00:25:00 This video discusses the NFL's worst missed field goal in history, which occurred in the 1990 NFC Championship Game between the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings. Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal that would have won the game for the Bills, but the real tragedy is that Norwood's career was destroyed as a result. Scapegoating of the player(s) responsible for the loss is common, as is the feeling of devastation that a missed field goal can create.
  • 00:30:00 In the 1999 British Open, John Vandeveld was playing the tournament of his life and was on the cusp of winning one of golf's crown jewels events. However, in the final hole, Vandeveld would sink even deeper and achieve a real-life horror movie. Alex would eventually come to his senses and thank God for his escape.
  • 00:35:00 This video discusses the infamous Boston Massacre, in which the Boston Red Sox lost 14 games in a row to the Yankees, leading to their eventual elimination from the postseason. The Boston Red Sox were given one last chance to make up for their mistakes by playing a tie-breaker game in their home stadium, but were unsuccessful.
  • 00:40:00 This video discusses the art of choking, or losing a game due to poor decision-making. The most notable example is when Chris Paul lost a playoff game for the Houston Rockets in 2011 due to a ridiculous 23-minute stretch in which he missed 27 shots. Choking can also manifest on a microscopic level, as it did with Indy 500 drivers Hildebrand and Earnhardt Jr. in 2016.
  • 00:45:00 The video discusses the phenomenon of three major sports teams choking in the same season. The first example is the Oklahoma City Thunder losing to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. The second example is the Cleveland Cavaliers losing to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. The third example is the Atlanta Falcons losing to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. All three of these chokes were incredibly dramatic and were almost unprecedented. However, the Boston Red Sox choke in the 2004 season is the most iconic and historically fascinating.
  • 00:50:00 The video discusses how the 2004 Boston Red Sox team overcame a 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees to win the World Series. The video reminds fans that even the greatest teams can lose, and that this is part of sports history.

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