Jim Weber runs LostLettermen.com, devoted to keeping tabs on former players and other bits of nostalgia. Today he revisits the "Fifth Down" game, ahead of the final Missouri-Colorado game as conference rivals on Saturday.
If you think umpire Jim Joyce has it bad, imagine being J.C. Louderback after 20 years of counting and recounting five simple snaps by Colorado:
Joyce was thrust into instant infamy last June when he missed a call at first base that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Gallaraga a perfect game on what should have been the last out of the ninth inning. He was ridiculed, vilified and hounded by fans, and even received death threats. But 20 years before Joyce, the same role belonged to Louderback, the head official who somehow missed an entire down in the 1990 Colorado-Missouri game in Columbia, Mo. – a gaffe that cost Mizzou the win, sent the two programs in opposite directions and ultimately had a part in multiple people losing their jobs.
[Rewind: Another umpRead More »from 20 years later, Colorado-Missouri can't escape the "Fifth Down"