The Agony of Defeat: Colleges crash out

October, 9, 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. 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 -- all from a dramatic week in sports:

Terrence Brooks looks on during Florida State's loss on NC StateStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesThree of the top five college teams lost. One: Terrence Brooks and No. 3 Florida State (to NC State).
Tharold Simon during LSU's loss to FloridaJake Roth/US PresswireTharold Simon's LSU Tigers (ranked No. 4) were another of the victims, losing to the Florida Gators.
T.J. Stripling and the Georgia Bulldogs wh9ile losing to South CarolinaDaniel Shirey/US PresswireAnd then there were the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, crushed by the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning after Sunday's game in FoxboroughJared Wickerham/Getty ImagesPeyton Manning moved to Denver, then moved to a measly 4-9 against Tom Brady.
Mason Crosby, missing a potentially game-tying field goal against the ColtsAndy Lyons/Getty ImagesThe 2011 Green Bay Packers dreamed of an undefeated season. The 2012 version is 2-3, thanks in part to kicker Mason Crosby's miss of a potentially game-tying field goal against the Colts.
Bottles and cups on the field during St. Louis Cardinals-Atlanta BravesKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesThe St. Louis Cardinals were happy, but Atlanta Braves fans weren't during their one-game playoff on Friday -- as evidenced by the bottles thrown on the field after a controversial infield fly rule call.
Cliff Pennington during the Oakland Athletics' loss to the Detroit TigersRick Osentoski/US PresswireTwo of the eight remaining playoff teams got off to rough starts, including Cliff Pennington and the Oakland Athletics, who lost a pair of close games at the Detroit Tigers to fall behind 2-0.
The San Francisco Giants during a loss to the Cincinnati RedsAP Photo/Eric RisbergThe other one: The San Francisco Giants, who -- like the A's -- take an 0-2 deficit into Tuesday.
To see more photos like this, visit The Agony of Defeat on Tumblr.

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