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Friday, September 14, 2012
Agony of Defeat takes the football field

By The Agony of Defeat
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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, mostly from football as the seasons start to simmer:

Arkansas coach John L. Smith after a loss to Louisiana-Monroe
Already in a tenuous position with his interim tag, Arkansas coach John L. Smith felt understandable unease after losing in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe on a fourth-down touchdown run.
Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin after losing to Florida
Welcome to the SEC. Kevin Sumlin's Texas A&M started hot, but lost at home to Florida.
Oklahoma State QB Wes Lunt after a loss to Arizona
Wes Lunt and the rest of the Oklahoma State Cowboys felt the pain of losing big to Arizona.
Novak Djokovic after losing to Andy Murray in the U.S. Open
We interrupt this football for Novak Djokovic, who begrudgingly accepted the runner-up trophy after losing the U.S. Open final to Andy Murray -- which prevented a second Djokovic Grand Slam in 2012.
New Orleans Saints players after losing to Washington
The New Orleans Saints had a rough offseason -- and a rough start to 2012, losing to Washington.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers after losing to the San Francisco 49ers
The Green Bay Packers' malaise hit late last season and extended into this one, as the San Francisco 49ers went into Lambeau Field to beat Aaron Rodgers' crew in Week 1 of the 2012 season.
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler in a loss to the Green Bay Packers
The Packers got to pass on their malaise four days later, though, to Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears.
To see more photos like this, visit The Agony of Defeat on Tumblr.