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Top Ten Sports Breakups in History
Sometimes in sports, teams must break up with players or coaches and cities must break up with the teams that call that city home. It can be difficult, but it is a fact of life.
Here are the top 10 breakups over the year:
Joe Paterno and Penn State
Joe Paterno had been the head coach of the Penn State football team since 1966. After coaching for 45 years, the beloved coach ended up being fired. His termination came as Penn State found itself embroiled in scandal.
Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers
Brett Favre chose to retire from his long-time team in 2008. The Green Bay Packers had been the home of the quarterback for the past 17 season. Players retire every year, but this time, it was the later actions that left Green Bay fans feeling betrayed.
Tiger Woods and Steve Williams
In July of 2011, after 13 years of working together on the golf course, Tiger Woods and Steve Williams parted ways. The decision may have been all on Woods. Williams indicated that he did not know it was coming.
Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox
George Herman Ruth, better known to baseball fans as Babe Ruth, was an integral part of the early success of the Boston Red Sox. In 1920, the team sold Ruth to the struggling New York Yankees. This has gone down in history as the "Curse of the Bambino".
Bob Knight and Indiana University
The basketball coach for Indiana University from 1971 until 2000 was Bob Knight. Knight was best known for both his winning record and horrific temper. The biggest problem for the coach was that his temper often took a physical turn. In 2000, the coach was fired.
Lou Gehrig and the New York Yankees
One of the most emotional separations of a player and team had to be Lou Gehrig leaving the New York Yankees. Gehrig was a talented and much-loved player for the New York Yankees, but his career was cut short because he developed ALS.
Dodgers and Brooklyn
The Dodgers got their start in Brooklyn in the 1890s. The team had a rich history, including the signing of Jackie Robinson in 1947. However, the long history was cut short in 1957, when the Brooklyn Dodgers moved across the country to become the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers
When Wayne Gretzky left the Edmonton Oilers, it was a sad day for hockey fans. Gretzky was one of the all-time best hockey players. After being a key part of the Oilers for years, in 1988 the team made a stunning announcement—the player had been traded to the L.A. Kings. He still had a long career in hockey and did not retire until 2000.
Pete Rose and the MLB
Pete Rose had been considered a great baseball player. At the end of his career, however, his exit from the sport was disgraceful, to say the least. He was accused of gambling on baseball, including instances where his own team was playing, which is forbidden.
Magic Johnson and the NBA
It came as a shock to basketball fans from all over the nation when one of the top players of the 1980s announced that he would be retiring from the sport in 1991 because of AIDS. Though he would go onto play in a few more basketball games, he would not return to the NBA.
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