The passing of the Brexit vote and Britain’s pronounced exit from the European Union dominated the headlines this week. Britain’s exit vote kicked of a global stock market downturn that left the Dow 600 points light at Friday’s closing bell.
Sports has had it’s share of nasty breakups, whether it’s a player or a franchise leaving, or an unforgivable performance. Sometimes the bridges are torched and there’s just no going back.
Here are 5 examples of sports Brexits:
- Art Modell moves the Browns – Modell may still be the most hated man in Cleveland and he’s been dead for four years. When he moved the Browns to Baltimore in 1995, he ripped out the soul of the city and Cleveland fans bitterness has only aged like a fine wine.
2. Bill Buckner boots the 1986 World Series – Bill Buckner’s infamous boot on a routine grounder to first base in the 1986 World Series is maybe baseball’s most famous error. The play turned the World Series and that the Mets won in 7. Buckner became persona non grata in Boston who didn’t win their first World Series until 2004.
3. The Giants and the Dodgers move to Cali – Another move that left fans holding the bag. On May 28, 1957 Major League Baseball approved the move of the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to California. The defection expanded baseball to the west coast, but New Yorkers didn’t just fuggiduboutit.
4. Reggie Bush and USC – Reggie Bush was a rockstar during his USC days. A national championship, a Heisman, he had professional sports popularity as a college running back. When it was discovered that Bush took cash, the Trojans were forced to vacate their 2004 National Championship and all of their 2005 season wins. Bush felt like he was hung out to dry by the school and the fences have yet to be mended.
5. Primetime to the Cowboys – Deion Sanders won NFL Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead a powerhouse 49’ers to the 1994 Super Bowl title. Even though he only played for the San Francisco for one year, his defection to the hated Cowboys in the midst of the NFC arms race was a bitter pill for the Niners to swallow. Sanders addition helped the Cowboys win the Super Bowl in 1995.