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10 ugliest championships of all time

Jack Dempsey, Stacey Augmon, Tony Eason, Geoff Blum
Ugliness abounds (clockwise from upper left): Boxer Jack Dempsey, UNLV guard Stacey Augmon, Geoff Blum of the Chicago White Sox during the 2005 World Series, and Tony Eason on his back in Super Bowl XX. AP Photo/Getty Images
After the final buzzer sounded in last night's NCAA title game, may wondered: Did I just watch the ugliest championship game of all time?

Quite possibly. Butler missed 52 of 64 shots from the field. Connecticut's 53 points equaled the lowest total by a winning team in a title game since 1949. In one particularly agonizing stretch, both teams combined to make 1 of 21 from the field. We could go on but we don't want to torture you further.

The final score is not necessarily indicative of ugliness. For example, there have been countless blowouts in championships past: the 49ers crushing the Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV, Secretariat winning the 1973 Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths and Tiger Woods winning the 2000 US Open by 15 shots, to name a few.

But in those contests, there was something beautiful and awe-inspiring about the level of athletic dominance. In the UConn-Butler game, there was, well - just ugliness.

So here, in no particular order, is a completely subjective, unscientific list of 10 of the ugliest championships of all time.

1985, Super Bowl XX: Bears destroy Patriots 46-10

Though notable for showcasing the Bears' dominating defense, the game itself was a joke: Tony Eason earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first quarterback to start a Super Bowl and not complete a pass. (He misfired on 6 attempts before getting knocked out). The Bears scored 46 unanswered points in a laugher.

1919, Jack Dempsey obliterates Champion Jess Willard for heavyweight title

In the annals of boxing history, Jess Willard is known for two things. On the one hand, he won the heavyweight title from Jack Johnson in 1915 (thus earning the nickname "The Great White Hope"). On the other hand, he suffered probably the worst beat down in boxing history four years later courtesy of Jack Dempsey. Dempsey, 24, knocked Willard down seven times in the first round, nearly sending the champ through the ropes at one point.

1940 football title game: Bears vs. Redskins

Seventy-one years ago, the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins met for the league's championship game. Chicago scored 73 points. Washington scored zero. That's about all you need to know.

1952 Stanley Cup: Red Wings dominate Canadiens

Perennial powerhouse Montreal was appearing in its second straight Stanley Cup finals but turned in one of the ugliest performances in finals history. The Canadiens were shut out twice and mustered just one goal in each of the other two games as Detroit cruised to a four-game sweep.

2005 World Series: Chicago White Sox sweep Houston Astros

Does anyone (outside Chicago's south side and Houston) remember this yawner? Probably not - because not many people bothered to watch the White Sox's first world championship in 88 years. It ended up being the lowest-rated World Series ever.

2009. UConn women beat Louisville 76-54 for NCAA basketball championship

While not quite the biggest margin of victory in women's hoops title game history (that honor goes to Tennessee, who demolished Louisiana Tech in 1987), this game had the feel of a foregone conclusion. Led by Tina Charles, the Huskies led by as many as 26 points, and became the first team to defeat all of its opponents by double digits. Oh, and the victory capped the third undefeated season in program's history.

2005 Orange Bowl - USC 55, Oklahoma 19

The BCS title game proved to be ugly on two levels. On the field, though both teams entered the game with a perfect 12-0 record, the game ended up being a no contest. Matt Leinart threw 5 touchdowns in the first 3 quarters to lead the rout. Off the field, five years later, USC would be forced to vacate the national championship game after the NCAA turned up violations in the school's basketball and football programs.

1990. UNLV trounces Duke in NCAA championship game, 103-73

The Running Rebels became the first team to score more than 100 points in a final game, shooting an astonishing 61 percent from the floor. This was men against boys and it wasn't pretty. Ugliness personified: While "celebrating" a basket during the game, Duke's Brian Davis accidentally pokes Christian Laettner in the eye.

1980: Super Bowl XV: Eagles look ugly in loss to Raiders.

In his only Super Bowl appearance, "Jaws" got eaten up by the Oakland Raiders' defense. Ron Jaworski turned the ball over four times (3 picks and one fumble) as Oakland led the whole way and breezed to a 27-10 victory.

2011 NCAA title game: UConn defeats Butler 53-41

Just some of the ugly stats: UConn shot 34.5 percent from the floor - and won by double digits. Butler shot 18.8 percent, the worst ever in a title game. The 22-19 first half score was the lowest combined score since 1945. The 19 points by Connecticut were the fewest in a half for a championship game since 1960. Connecticut attempted 12 3-pointers for the game and made one. Butler went 13 minutes, 26 seconds in the second half making only one field goal.

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