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Mexico’s loss to Argentina in the World Cup had shades of the Georgetown Hoyas’ loss to North Carolina in the 1982 NCAA basketball championship game. The play all fans of the losers are going to remember was a flub.

Mexican defender Ricardo Osorio dished off to a guy in a white and teal jersey, just as Hoya Freddie Brown sealed his team’s fate by dishing to UNC’s James Worthy in a panic in the final seconds.

And their teams were done.


After the match, Mexican Coach Javier Aguirre told the world his team lost because of “two errors”; one by the referees, the second by his own player. “We lacked the mental strength and concentration to overcome the error that wasn’t our own, and then we committed the second one.”

Brown’s coach, John Thompson, took a different approach back in ’82: He gave the flubber a big hug.