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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Agony of Defeat: Colleges crash out

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 -- all from a dramatic week in sports:

Terrence Brooks looks on during Florida State's loss on NC State
Three 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 Florida
Tharold 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 Carolina
And then there were the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, crushed by the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning after Sunday's game in Foxborough
Peyton 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 Colts
The 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 Braves
The 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 Tigers
Two 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 Reds
The 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.