JR Hildebrand and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
If they didn't have bad luck, they wouldn't have any luck at all.
Hildebrand -- the rookie driver in Sunday's Indianapolis 500 -- and Earnhardt -- NASCAR's most popular driver who hasn't won a race since June of 2008 -- will always be linked because of the way they lost Sunday's two major races.
Hildebrand was leading on the final lap of the Indy 500 when he blew the final left turn of the race and went into the wall, skidding down that wall to finish second. Earnhardt was leading (!) the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte later Sunday with one mile to go when he ran out of gas and puttered to a seventh-place finish.
Other guys won those races but they will be forgotten. Hildebrand and Earnhardt will be remembered for how they lost.
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: "I think we consider too much the luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm."
For this week's list, we are thinking about the worm. In honor of Hildebrand & Earnhardt, we are asking for your nominations to make this list: "Top 10 Unluckiest Breaks in Sports." Send your nominations -- along with a comment about each -- to firstname.lastname@example.org including your first name, initial of your last name and your location. (Don't use Hildebrand and Earnhardt as they have suffered enough.)
You have until noon Wednesday as the list will appear here Thursday.
And if there is any consolation for the two drivers' "buzzard luck" -- "can't kill anything and nothing will die" -- John Barnes, co-owner of Hildebrand's car, had the philosophical advice that are words to live by for all of us:
"Stuff happens," he said.
Indeed it does.