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Friday, September 21, 2012
Agony of Defeat: Close calls and big losses

By The Agony of Defeat

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 season heats up:

JD Falslev
They had two shots to tie the game because of a bizarre penalty, but receiver JD Falslev and BYU couldn't take down heated rival Utah in Salt Lake City. The final, after the missed field goals: 24-21.
Tom Brady
The New England Patriots, too, had a chance to win late, but a missed field goal by Stephen Gostkowski sent Tom Brady & Co. off with a surprising home loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Romo
The ecstasy of an opening-week win over the Super Bowl champs? Erased for Tony Romo and the Cowboys, thanks to a thunderous loss on the road against the Seattle Seahawks.
Mike Shanahan, Josh Morgan
Mike Shanahan, left, and several Washington players weren't happy with a penalty committed by Josh Morgan (15), which pushed the team out of field goal range while down by three to the Rams.
Wandy Rodriguez
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez this week showed the anguish of his team's collapse.
Lane Kiffin
Lane Kiffin's USC Trojans once again couldn't solve Stanford, jeopardizing their BCS title hopes.
To see more photos like this, visit The Agony of Defeat on Tumblr.