Agony of Defeat: College football returns

August, 31, 2012
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Losses. Bad breaks. When these things happen, players and coaches and fans wear the fallout on their faces, showing a side of sports that's painful -- but also compelling. So Playbook is working with the Tumblr "The Agony of Defeat" to find the most eye-catching photographic examples each week.

Here are the selections from the past seven days:


Jordan RodgersFrederick Breedon/Getty ImagesCollege football returned Thursday, and with it, the pain. Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Aaron, showed it in the Commodores' 17-13 home loss to No. 9 South Carolina.

Washington State Cougars Jake Roth/US PresswireWashington State also felt the hurt during a 30-6 loss at Brigham Young.

Caroline WozniackiEmmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty ImagesOnce ranked No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki continued to struggle, losing in Round 1 to Irina-Camelia Begu.

Jo Wilfried TsongaAP Photo/Paul J. BereswillJo-Wilfried Tsonga lasted one round longer before being upset at the U.S. Open by Martin Klizan.

Stephen StrasburgAP Photo/Wilfredo LeeWith his innings limit bearing down, Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg had his worst career outing against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday (seven runs, five earned, in five innings).

BarcaGonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty ImagesIt won't be its last shot at Real Madrid, but Barcelona felt the sting after a 2-1 Super Cup loss.

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