Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wow, that really didn't work out

Dario Franchitti's foray into the Sprint Cup Series has ended with less-than stellar results. Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates have pulled the plug on the #40 team, leaving Franchitti and about 70-employees outside of NASCAR's pinnacle series. The Scot made just 10 races (of 17) and sits 41st in points. The icing on the Ganassi-shitcake was spread at Infineon Raceway, where the supposed road racing ace DNQ'ed. Damn.

Ah, the fate of the 2007 Indy 500 and IndyCar Series' champion... A fickle sport, this auto racing is...

This epic collapse got us thinking about other questionable moves throughout the history of all sports, not just the cruel bitch known as motor racing.

With some help from Protrade, here's a list of things that, at one time, seemed like a good idea, but shorty broke the hearts of fans and GM's alike:

*Phillies trade Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa to Cubs for Ivan DeJesus in 1982.

*Orioles trade Curt Schilling, Steve Finley and Pete Harnisch to Astros for Glenn Davis in 1991.

*Colts trade the draft rights to the John Elway to Denver in exchange for quarterback Mark Hermann, the rights to offensive tackle Chris Hinton and a first-round pick in the 1984 draft, which ended up being guard Ron Solt.

*Red Sox trade Babe Ruth to Yankees for $100,000 in 1920.

*Dodgers trade Pedro Martinez to Montreal in a straight-up deal for second baseman Delino DeShields in 1993.

To be fair, Delino DeShields was pretty awesome... Add to this list every driver to leave American open-wheel competition for F1 in, say, the last 25 years.

Hey, look on the bright side Dario, now you have more time to enjoy your wife (oh, and running in the Nationwide Series).

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