Curb Stomp Battle: Sports

Running up the score (as it's known) is generally frowned at, due to the perceived lack of class and sportsmanship. However, some sports coaches justify this, stating that their job is to score points, and it was the opposing team's job to keep their team from scoring.

American Football

  • The New Orleans Saints vs. the Indianapolis Colts football game October 23, 2011 (Saints 62, Colts 7). The game also contained examples of Ho Yay and Foe Yay, both involving Saints' tight end Jimmy Graham.
    • That's nothing. 1940 NFL championship game: Chicago Bears 73, Washington Redskins 0. Towards the end of the game, the referee asked the Bears to run the ball in for the extra point, as the officials were running low on footballs (at the time, there was no net behind the endzone to catch field goals or extra points) and were afraid if the Bears kept scoring the game would have to be called.
  • Super Bowl XIX was expected to be an epic struggle between two great teams: the 1984 Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. The first quarter proceeded as everyone had expected; that it would be a fantastically exciting battle between the top two offenses - between Dan Marino and Joe Montana. Then they played another three quarters... The Dolphins went scoreless after halftime and the 49ers ended up winning 38-16.
    • Another notable one involving Marino was his final pro game, a 2000 playoff game where the Jacksonville Jaguars clownstomped his Dolphins 62-7.
    • The 49ers had a tendency to do this a lot. They absolutely shitstomped the Denver Broncos, 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV, still the largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history. They also creamed San Diego 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX.
    • The Dallas Cowboys' 52-17 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII was not as close as the score makes it appear. In fact, the score would've been even higher had Leon Lett not started celebrating too early and had the ball stripped from him.
    • Super Bowl XLVIII, between the Seahawks and the Broncos, was a particularly shocking one. Going into the match, the narrative was the battle between the #1 defense in the league (the Seahawks) and the most lethal, highest-scoring offense in NFL history (the Broncos). The end result? A 43-8 massacre in favor of the Seahawks that you could say was practically decided on the very first playnote , with future first-ballot Hall of Famer Peyton Manning limited to throwing a single touchdown (which was late in the third quarter, long after the game was decided).
  • The Buffalo Bills demolished the Raiders 51-3 in the AFC Championship game in January of 1991.
  • January 14, 2001: NFC Championship Game, New York Giants shut out the Minnesota Vikings 41-0.
    • The Giants then ended up on the other end of this in Super Bowl XXXV, on January 28, 2001. The Baltimore Ravens won 34-7 and the farthest the Giants' offense got down the field was the Ravens' 29-yard line. Their only points came on a kickoff return for a touchdown, which the Ravens answered by returning the next kickoff for a touchdown themselves.
  • December 6th, 2010, the New York Jets faced the New England Patriots. In previous weeks it seemed like it was going to be a difficult game for the Patriots, with both teams coming in at 9-2. However...when it came down to it, the Patriots won 45 to the Jets'...3. It's also worth noting the Jets got their revenge. They knocked the Patriots out of the playoffs that same year.
    • The aftermath of the above was even weirder — the Patriots went into Chicago during the first big snowstorm of the season in the upper Midwest and delivered a full-service beatdown to the 9-3 Bears, blanking them at the half 33-0 for a final score of 36-7. Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan was openly mocked in the New York papers and they lost the next game to the mediocre Miami Dolphins in a 10-6 snoozer. (In soccer terms, that's sort of equivalent to grinding out a 2-2 tie and losing on a penalty kick.) Some Pats fans noted that there might be a touch of irony that a previous generation's Pats lost Super Bowl XX to the 1985 Bears in a curbstomp almost as humiliating as the current team had delivered to the Jets the previous week.
    • It's even stranger when you remember that that's one of New England's smaller curb stomps. Ever since 2007, the Patriots have usually had at least one game like this per season. This includes the 2007 season's 52-7 win over the Washington Redskins, 56-10 win over the Buffalo Bills, the 2008 season's 41-7 win over the Denver Broncos, 47-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals, and the 2009 season's ridiculous 59-0 win over the Tennessee Titans.
    • Not to mention a repeat curbstomp of the Jets in the 2012 Thanksgiving evening game, winning 49-19. They racked up 35 points in the 2nd quarter alone, including a mind-boggling 21 points in less than a minute (aided by a number of Jets bloopers, including Sanchez's infamous "Butt Fumble").
  • On Christmas Eve, 2011, the Jets would play the Giants in their quadrennial "Battle for New York". The Jets, coming off of two deep playoff runs the previous year and eyeing their third in a row, with both teams facing elimination upon losing the game. Rex Ryan talked up how the Jets were the real toast of New York and the Giants were a relative backwater in the football world, and proceeded to cover up the Giants' super bowl mural in Metlife Stadium (shared by both teams). The Giants proceeded to blow out the Jets 29-14 (with the second Jets touchdown coming when the game had already been decided), aided by a 99 yard touchdown reception by Victor Cruz and 6 sacks on Mark Sanchez (his most humiliating performance until the aforementioned Buttfumble the following year). The Giants would defeat the Patriots in the Super Bowl that year, and consider that touchdown to be the point where they knew they had the potential to do so. The Jets, meanwhile, would never recover.
  • The December 9, 2012 game between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals ended with the Seahawks winning 58-0 (the highest score in franchise history) after forcing eight turnovers and limiting the Arizona offense to a grand total of 43 rushing yards.
  • September 18, 2014: The Thursday Night game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended with the Falcons winning 56-14. The Falcons scored eight touchdowns in the first three quarters, the Buccaneers only scoring in the 4th quarter.
  • November 30, 2014: A game between the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders ended with the Rams winning 52-0. The only other time the Raiders lost worse was in 1961, when they lost to the Houston Oilers, 55-0.
  • A lot of football experts thought Florida in 1995 would beat Nebraska. However, Nebraska and its fans had the last laugh, as the Cornhuskers beat the Gators 62-24 to win its second consecutive national title.
  • The 1916 college football match between Georgia Tech and Cumberland remains the most brutal curbstomping in the history of organized American football. Tech won the game by a score of 222-0, scoring touchdowns on almost every single offensive play, racking up almost 1,700 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns, and not even attempting a single pass play. Cumberland finished the game with -82 offensive yards.
    • In fairness to Cumberland, they had cancelled their football program before the season, but remained contractually obligated to play this game, so they made a team of fourteen young men who would clearly not have made any team under normal circumstances. Also, Georgia Tech coach John Heisman (for whom the Heisman Trophy was named) wanted to challenge the notion that had sprung up in college football that margin of victory mattered more than the quality of your opponent. By utterly demolishing a clearly outclassed opponent, Heisman proved that who you play matters.
    • However, Cumberland may not have had totally clean hands. Earlier that year, Cumberland's baseball team laid a similar curbstomping on Georgia Tech, winning 22–0. The Cumberland team allegedly featured several professional players posing as students, which apparently angered Tech's baseball coach... one John Heisman.
  • In 2009, Jim Harbaugh's Stanford Cardinal stomped Pete Carroll's USC Trojans, 55-21; post-game, Carroll infamously asked Harbaugh, "What's your deal?"
    • The rivalry between Harbaugh and Carroll carried over to the NFL; in December 2012, Carroll's Seahawks stomped Harbaugh's 49ers 42-13, and again on September 2013, to the tune of 29-3.
  • In 2014, Ohio State needed to prove they were worthy of the first College Football Playoff, and despite being 4 point underdogs against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship, OSU won by a score of 59-0, making it the biggest spread upset in college football history.
  • This is sometimes planned in college football. Big schools with well funded football teams full of top recruits will often pay huge guarantees to smaller schools with less-competitive football teams to play them (thus boosting the bigger school's number of wins), which often results in ridiculously horrible losses. For example, University of Miami (5 time AP National champions) played Savannah State University in 2013 and beat them 77-7. It got so bad that the two coaches agreed to shorten the 4th quarter to 12 minutes. And it wasn't even Savannah State's worst loss. The year before they lost to Oklahoma State 84-0.
  • The most lopsided game between two major college teams was Houston's 100-6 victory over Tulsa in 1968. This was the result of several converging factors: Tulsa had beaten Houston the year before so revenge was on UH's mind, the Tulsa team had been ravaged by flu, and Houston coach Bill Yeoman was notorious for running up the score. After Tulsa scored early in the 3rd quarter to cut Houston's lead to 24-6, the Cougars scored 27 more points in the 3rd quarter and 49 in the 4th.
  • During the 2013 IFAF Women's World Chapionship, The United States women's national football team did this to all of their opponents, defeating Sweden 84-0 in their first game of the tournament, then Germany 107-7 in the other group stage game, that touchdown being the only points scored on the US team in any world championship, they closed this out with a 64-0 victory against Canada in the gold medal match.
    • In the same tournament, Spain lost all of their matches in this fashion, but not quite as badly, 47-0 against Finland and 50-0 against Canada in group play, and in the fifth place match, losing to Sweden 64-0. They did not score once in the entire tournament.


  • The USA 2008 Olympic Basketball team curb stomped most of the planet at the Beijing Olympics. Named the Redeem Team as a play on the 1992 team's nickname of The Dream Team and as a indicator of how the team had struggled for a decade, they beat China by 31 points, Angola by 21 points, Greece by 23 points, reigning World Champion Spain by 37, then beat Germany by 49 points and easily made it to the knockout round. Once there, they beat Australia by 31 points in the first round, Argentina (who was the favorite coming into the Olympics) by 20 in the second round, then faced a rematch with Spain in the finals. Even though it was the only game the USA played that was remotely close, they still won the Gold Medal by a score of 118 to 107.
    • While we're at it, the original 1992 Dream Team, the first Olympic team that NBA players were allowed to participate on, contained 11 hall-of-famers and is pretty much the greatest team of all time. In any sport. Period. It utterly humiliated any and all of the outclassed teams it came into contact with, from the opener against Angola (won by 68) to the Gold Medal game against Croatia (won by 32), with coach Chuck Daly never feeling he had to call a timeout. Likewise, the 1996 was only slightly less dominant, winning each of its games by an average of 31.8 points. It wasn't until the 2000 team (which won gold, but only after several close calls) and the 2004 team (known as the "nightmare team", losing to Puerto Rico, Lithuania, and Argentina before beating Lithuania in the rematch for the bronze) that it ever seemed like the rest of the world wasn't going to be forever curb-stomped on the court.
    • Come 2012, the United States did it again. They won their group undefeated with a point differential of +191 and won the gold medal with only two close wins throughout the entire tournament: an unusual five-point victory over Lithuania and a seven-point win over perennial contender Spain in the finals. And let's not even get started on the US women's team, who won their fifth consecutive (seventh overall) gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
    • The 2014 US team fielded for the FIBA World Cup (the new rebranding of the FIBA World Championship) cruised to the championship. None of their opponents got closer than 21 points.
  • This high school girls' basketball game had a final score of 108-3.
  • At Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics managed to wrap up the series and win their 17th NBA title by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92. The 39 Point margin is the largest margin of victory of a series-winning game in the history of the NBA finals.
  • Any shutout win in basketball. Ever. Most of them like this seem to be amongst high school girls though. However, this one (a regional boys' tournament in Stockholm, Sweden) takes the cake; Mats Wermelin scored all 272 points in a 272-0 win.
  • On August 1, 2013, the FIBA World Basketball 2013 has Iran's team leading a 100 score against the Malaysian team.
  • In a 1990 college game, UConn jumped out to a 32-0 lead over New Hampshire. UNH scored their first point (a free throw) with 8:12 left in the first half and finally made their first basket about two minutes later. UConn also managed a 21-0 run in the second half on their way to an 85-32 win.


  • Some notable curb stomps in Major League Baseball:
    • August 22, 2007: Texas Rangers 30, Baltimore Orioles 3. Texas scored all of their runs after the Orioles had already jumped out to a 3-0 lead. And the game was in Baltimore too. Texas became the first major league baseball team to score 30 runs in a game in 110 years.
    • May 18, 1912: Philadelphia Athletics 24, Detroit Tigers 2. In protest over a suspension handed down by American League President Ban Johnson against star player Ty Cobb, the rest of Cobb's Tigers teammates went on strike. The League threatened Detroit's owner with a $5000-per-game fine if he didn't field a team, so he ordered manager Hughie Jennings to find some replacement players. Jennings cobbled together a lineup of sandlot amateurs from the local neighborhoods and threw them out on the field against the Athletics, with predictable results. Cobb persuaded his teammates to end their strike the next day.
    • October 2, 1936: In game 2 of the World Series, the New York Yankees bounced back from a 6-1 loss to the New York Giants in game 1 by shellacking the Giants 18-4 in game 2, which is still the most lopsided game in World Series history. There wasn't much doubt who was going to win the Series after that.
    • Subverted in the 1960 World Series. The Yankees won three games by double-digit margins (16-3, 10-0, and 12-0), they outscored the Pirates 55–27, outhit them 91–60, posted a .338 batting average to Pittsburgh's .256, and hit 10 home runs to Pittsburgh's four (three of which all came in one game). When the dust cleared, though, it was the Pirates who won the Series, 4 games to 3.
    • September 30, 2000: Oakland Athletics 23, Texas Rangers 2. Needing a win to stay ahead of Seattle in the standings and stay on track for their first playoff berth since 1992, the Athletics pounded out 24 hits including 4 home runs, scoring 9 runs in the first inning, 5 in the fifth, and 8 in the seventh. Texas manager Johnny Oates said after the game, "Custer must have felt like this."
    • September 16, 1975: Pittsburgh Pirates 22, Chicago Cubs 0. Modern baseball's most lop-sided shutout.note  Pirates second baseman Rennie Stennett had 7 of the Bucs' 24 hits (the Cubs could only muster 3 hits). In the post-game interview, announcer Jack Brickhouse told Cubs outfielder Jose Cardenal that he seemed distracted in the outfield during the late innings. Cardenal replied, "I was watching a spider crawl through the ivy. What else can you do in a game like that?"
    • Unfortunately the Pirates have been on the opposite side as well. April 22, 2010 they suffer their worst defeat in the 124 years of the club,losing to the Milwaukee Brewers 20-0. The defeat was so bad that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed the image of the scoreboard on the front page, devoting an article to discussing where the franchise went wrong. Relief pitcher Brenden Donelly was quoted as saying, "We should all be embarrassed to have Major League Baseball uniforms on our back today. It was an atrocity. We set a record. We should all be embarrassed about it. That's how I feel."
      • In 1990, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Boston Red Sox by a score of 18-0. Making this curb-stomp more embarrassing for Boston, the Brewers did not have Paul Molitor or Jim Gantner in the lineup, and pulled Robin Yount in the 7th inning.
  • The ninth inning of Game 7 of 2001 World Series. The Diamondbacks had their way with Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer ever who only managed to get one out.
    • Game 6 as well, facing elimination, the Diamondbacks scored 15 runs off the Yankees pitching staff.


  • Bobby Fischer's wins in the candidates' matches: 6-0 against Mark Taimanov (the Communist Party was not amused) followed by the same score against Bent Larsen, widely thought to be the best player outside the Soviet Union. Both of them were rated in the top ten in the world before the matches. After that, he somewhat relaxed and clobbered Tigran Petrosian (a former world champion and renowned defender) 6.5-2.5.
  • In the 1963-64 US Championship, Fischer won every game, finishing 11-0. Hans Kmoch jokingly congratulated Larry Evans, second with 7.5 points, on winning the tournament, while congratulating Fischer on winning the exhibition.
  • In the 2nd Sinquefield Cup in September 2014, Fabiano Caruana, then the world #3, scored 8.5-1.5 (starting 7-0, then finishing with three draws) against a field consisting entirely of top-10 players: Magnus Carlsen (world #1 and current world champion), Levon Aronian (#2), Hikaru Nakamura (#5), Veselin Topalov (#8, twice a challenger for the world championship), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (#9). Carlsen was a distant second with 5.5 points.


  • The Bulgarian Women's Ice Hockey Team suffered four of these in the 2010 Winter Olympics Qualifiers, losing 82-0 to Slovakia, 41-0 to Italy, 39-0 to Latvia, and 30-1 to Croatia, conceding a total of 192 goals in four games.
    • Keep in mind a hockey game is 60 minutes long and each goal only counts for one point: the Slovakians were scoring, on average, once every 43 seconds.
    • Then Canada curb stomped Slovakia 18-0 in the actual Olympic tournament.
    • Speaking of Canadian curb stomps, the Canada-Russia game on the men's side of the same Olympics has to be mentioned. Many of the best NHL players play for either team, so everyone naturally assumed this would be a close affair. What actually happened was, as some forum-goers put it, Team Canada going Super Saiyan and utterly dominating the Russians 7-3. While the score doesn't seem that one-sided, keep in mind that the score at one point was 6-1.
    • China also got on the wrong side of this trope, losing 12-1 to the USA.
  • National Hockey League:
    • 2011-12. Calgary Flames 0, Boston Bruins 9.
    • On January 23, 1944, the Detroit Red Wings delivered one to the New York Rangers, a 15-0 blowout, which remains the largest margin of victory by one NHL team to this day.
    • Patrick Roy has been the victim of two curb stomp battles, both against the same team (the Detroit Red Wings). The first was on December 2, 1995, when Roy's Canadiens lost 11-1, and Roy was only pulled after allowing nine goals in two periods, five of them coming in the first (this ended up being his last game in Montreal as he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche soon after). His second came in Game Seven of the 2002 Western Conference Finals. While the blowout wasn't as bad (a 7-0 loss this time), Roy still allowed six goals in two periods before being benched.
  • 2011 Ice Hockey World Championship final. Sweden (5 championships) was confident that it would easily defeat Finland (1 championship). Finland proceeded to win 6-1, with the only Swedish goal scored by a half-Finn...

Mixed Martial Arts

  • Anderson Silva, the current Middleweight UFC champion, has delivered a few of these. Coming off a lukewarm record in other promotions, Silva made his UFC debut by mauling the rugged Chris Leben in only 36 seconds. He next faced Rich Franklin, the two-time defending middleweight champ. Silva pummeled Franklin with punches and knees for three minutes before Franklin dropped with a shattered nose. When Silva moved up a weight class to face James Irvin, some wondered if Silva could handle a seasoned striker who outweighed him. Silva knocked Irvin out with a single punch just 1:01 into the first round. When Silva went up in weight again, he faced the former light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin. Silva massacred Forrest in under four minutes, spending most of the fight with his hands down and contemptuous of Griffin's power.
  • UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida (15-0, 7-0 UFC) had an odd form of curbstomping where he would make good opponents look bad by nullifying all of their offense and landing perfectly timed strikes. Machida uses a family variant of Shotokan karate combined with other MMA disciplines in a unique style that perplexed his opponents. FightMetric has the numbers, along with his career numbers. However, Machida's dominance would fall threatened after lackluster performance against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
  • Controversial heavyweight slugger Kimbo Slice was scheduled to fight Ken Shamrock in the main event for Elite XC: Heat until Shamrock dropped out. Seth Petruzelli, a virtually unknown light heavyweight with a mediocre record, was pulled from his scheduled fight literally minutes before the event to face Kimbo. Petruzelli dropped Kimbo with a jab in 14 seconds.
    • This one was so bad that Elite XC folded almost immediately after the fight (due to mismanagement but also because the league was trying to build Kimbo Slice into the next Hulk Hogan, which failed due to the loss and Slice's lack of skills).
    • In 2003, Fedor Emelianenko challenged the then-greatest heavyweight ever in Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. He was viewed as not standing a chance. He proceeded to spend twenty minutes absolutely torturing Nogueira, assailing him with unbelievably powerful punches. In December of 2004, he did it again. Fedor has gone on to crush many more opponents, but he's always the clear favorite.
  • Pretty much the only way to describe BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez UFC 107, where the victor took more strikes to the head celebrating than his opponent landed in five rounds.
  • The very first UFC champion, Royce Gracie, curbstomped just about everything in sight from UFC 1-5 due to his opponents' unfamiliarity with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. UFC 2 was the most telling, as both he and Patrick Smith demolished three opponents to reach the final, and he proceeded to demolish Smith.
  • Bas Rutten, a great fighter from the early days of MMA, did this to Jason Delucia in a Pancrase fight. Throughout the fight Delucia claimed Bas punched him in the face multiple times (closed fist strikes to the face were banned). After getting a yellow and red card, essentially losing 30% of his paycheck, Rutten proceeds to utterly demolish Delucia with body shots so powerful he actually ruptures Jason's liver.
  • In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:
    • Roger Gracie went on an unprecedented streak in the 2009 and 2010 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship ("Mundials") of sixteen straight submission victories, submitting everyone he faced except for the 2010 super heavyweight division finals... who instead was defeated on points, 13 to 2. (His "absolute" division finals opponent was uninjured, so Roger won that by default.)
      • Just to make it crazier, in the 2009 Mundials every submission was by mounted choke.
  • Thai folklore contains an example of a mythological MMA curbstomp battle. From Nai_Khanom_Tom The Other Wiki:
    At the time of the fall of the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya in 1763, the invading Burmese troops rounded up a group of Thai residents and took them as prisoners. Among them were a large number of Thai kickboxers, who were taken by the Burmese to the city of Ungwa.
    In 1774, in the Burmese city of Rangoon, the king of the Burmese, Hsinbyushin (known in Thai as "King Mangra"), decided to organize a seven-day, seven-night religious festival in honor of Buddha's relics. The festivities included many forms of entertainment, such as the costume plays called likay, comedies and farces, and sword-fighting matches. At one point, King Hsinbyushin wanted to see how Muay Boran would compare to the Burmese art Lethwei[citation needed]. Nai Khanom Tom was selected to fight against the Burmese champion. The boxing ring was set up in front of the throne and Nai Khanom Tom did a traditional Wai Kru pre-fight dance, to pay his respects to his teachers and ancestor, as well as for all the spectators, dancing around his opponent, which amazed and perplexed all the Burmese people. When the fight began, he charged out, using punches, kicks, elbows, and knees, pummeling his opponent until he collapsed.
    The referee however stated that the Burmese opponent was too distracted by the kick, and the knockout was invalid. The King then asked if Nai Khanom Tom would fight nine other Burmese champions to prove himself. He agreed and fought them all, one after the other with no rest periods in between. His last opponent was a great kickboxing teacher from Ya Kai City. Nai Khanom Tom mangled him by his kicks and no one else dared to challenge him any further.
    King Mangra was so impressed that he remarked, "Every part of the Thai is blessed with venom. Even with his bare hands, he can fell nine or ten opponents. But his Lord was incompetent and lost the country to the enemy. If he would have been any good, there was no way the City of Ayutthaya would ever have fallen."
  • On the womens' side, there's Ronda Rousey; she's won 8 of her 11 fights (1 in King of the Cage, one in Hard Knocks, 4 in Strikeforce, 5 in UFC) in 1 minute, 6 seconds or less. She won her fight vs. Alexis Davis in sixteen seconds, and her match against Cat Zingano, which was hyped up as her toughest challenge yet, lasted all of fourteen seconds, a UFC record for shortest fight. Her first eight wins all came by armbar submission, leading to the popular slogan "Death. Taxes. Rousey by armbar."


  • The lead up to the recent Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight was built as perhaps the toughest challenge of the rising Pacquiao's career, who himself had curb-stomped his last two opponents, including the great (albeit way past his prime) Oscar de la Hoya. Hatton was close to his peak, bigger, and was unbeaten at 140 lbs, "his" weight. Come fight night, Pacquiao proceeded to absolutely destroy Hatton, using his blazing speed to beat Hatton consistently to the punch. He knocked Hatton down twice in the first round (the first one a right thrown before a Hatton left hook which Pacquiao smoothly ducked under in the same motion), then proceeded to put the solid-chinned Hatton out cold with a massive left hand at the end of the second round.
  • Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks in 1988. A blind guy in a wheelchair could've put up a better fight than Spinks did.
    • Mike Tyson's famous comeback bout in 1995 against Peter Mc Neeley: The much-hyped fight broke the record for Pay-Per-View earnings. Mc Neeley took such a pounding his trainer entered the ring and called off the fight after just 89 seconds in the ring. There were accusations that the fight was set up to guarantee a victory, while Tyson was angry that he wasn't able to properly finish the fight.
    • Actually, nearly any boxer who faces Mike Tyson ends up unconsious.
  • Joe Louis/Max Schmeling II. Schmeling had handed Louis his first defeat, which was considered by Nazi Germany to be a triumph for the "Aryan race." Several years later, the two fighters faced down in a rematch. This time, Schmeling went down in two minutes and four seconds, after being knocked down three times and throwing only two punches in the entire fight.
  • Joe Calzaghe vs Peter Manfredo Jr. Despite remaining totally unbeaten throughout his career, Calzaghe still somehow managed to gain a mild reputation as being an overrated fighter with a habit of dodging his way out of "proper" fights. Peter Manfredo Jr., winner of Sylvester Stallone's television reality series The Contender, judging from pre-fight interviews, evidently agreed with this summation. Thought the ensuing match didn't exactly put paid to the nastier rumours surrounding Calzaghe's prowess, it certainly brought Manfredo Jr. down a few pegs:
  • In 1919, at Toledo, Ohio, excitement was rising for a boxing match for the World Heavyweight Title. It was Jess Willard -who had a serious weight and height advantage over his opponent- versus Jack Dempsey. In the first round, Dempsey knocked Willard over seven times, reputedly causing a broken jaw, broken ribs, fractured cheek bones, and a number of broken teeth. Willard looked like he'd been through a car accident.
  • In 1999, the World Wrestling Federation hosted Brawl For All, a legitimate Toughman Contest-style tournament amongst wrestlers who were Real Life tough-men. Surprising everyone, perennial curtain-jerker Bart Gunn ended up winning. As a true test, he was pitted in a match at WrestleMania XV against Toughman legend Eric "Butterbean" Esch, a massive man known for his knockout power. Butterbean knocked Gunn unconscious in 27 seconds, effectively killing his career in North America.
  • In a MMA vs. Boxing fight at UFC 118, Randy "The Natural" Couture fought James "Lights Out" Toney. James threw exactly one weak, wild punch before being taken to the mat and forced to submit to an arm triangle at 3:19 of the first round.
  • During the making of Enter the Dragon, a Too Dumb to Live challenger to Bruce Lee broke into his home and scared his children, Brandon and Shannon. An enraged Lee sent him to the hospital with one kick.
    • Heck, Bruce developed Jeet Kune Do because he felt his curb-stomp battles were taking a tad too long.
    • Bruce took down a Black-Belt Karateka in 15 seconds.
    • One of Bruce's film extras once taunted him, calling him "more actor than fighter." This kid was fast, strong, and bigger than Bruce Lee, and a "damned good martial artist." Bruce went on to drop the kid to the ground, and nail him repeatedly in the face until he was out.
  • Out of many examples of him making world class fighters look like beginners, superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. biggest example of dominance was against the late great Diego Corrales. Diego was known as a dangerous counter puncher with knockout power in both hands and was seen by both critics and fans as Mayweather's most dangerous opponent to date. However, during the fight, Mayweather knocked down Corrales 5 times before his corner threw in the towel.
  • One of the most famous curb-stomping in boxing is Muhammad Ali's first-round trouncing over Sonny Liston in their re-match fight.


  • In the FIFA World Cup final, the most comprehensive wins have been 1958 (Brazil 5-2 Sweden), 1970 (Brazil 4-1 Italy) and 1998 (France 3-0 Brazil).
    • For the group stage, it's usually big/traditional team vs. Naïve Newcomer/hopeless small country. The biggest one is Hungary's 10-1 win over El Salvador in 1982.note  Hungary had also set the previous record during the "Magical Magyars" era in 1954, with a 9-0 win against South Korea (they also beat West Germany 8-3... but only because the coach deliberately spared some of their best players, to ensure they could only see the Magical Magyars again in the final; they did, but this time Germany won 3-2), a score equalled by Yugoslavia against Zaire in 1974. However, the 2014 World Cup warranted a case of "two powerhouses, yet the perceived favorite is the slaughtered one" (Netherlands 5-1 Spain, where the Spaniards scored first and the first half ended 1-1) and big/traditional team vs. traditional-yet-mediocre (Germany 4-0 Portugal, who had The Ace Cristiano Ronaldo but basically no one else).
    • Knockout-stage blowouts are rare (one of those was by Spain, who in 1986 they managed to oust a Denmark team that had rolled through the group stage by 5-1), but in the first semifinal match of the 2014 World Cup, Germany beat Brazil 7-1. With Brazil as hosts! And the undermanned (they did not have their captain and their striker) and unprepared Brazilians, specially their defense, were so lost and startled the Germans scored five goals in the first half alone, four of those within six minutes of each other! Ouch. It was so bad that several Brazilian players and a good part of the Brazilian spectators were collectively sobbing by the end (including several fans walking out after the first half - the rest just started booing Brazil and cheering Germany's good plays), and the completely unexpected humiliation immediately reached Internet meme status (including the alleged flooding of the "public humiliation" category of a porn site).
  • The biggest wins in the Champions' League finals:
    • 1959-60: Real Madrid 7–3 Eintracht Frankfurt
    • 1968–69: AC Milan 4-1 Ajax
    • 1988-89: AC Milan 4-0 Steaua Bucureşti
    • 1993-94: AC Milan 4-0 Barcelona
    • 1999-2000: Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia
    • 2003-04: Porto 3-0 Monaco
  • The biggest wins in the English Premier League:
    • 1994-95: Man Utd 9-0 Ipswich
    • 2009-10: Tottenham 9-1 Wigan
    • 2009-10: Chelsea 8-0 Wigan
    • 2012-13: Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa (setting a new record loss for Aston Villa in the process)
    • 1998-99: Nottingham Forest 1-8 Man Utd
    • 2009-10: Chelsea 7-0 Stoke
    • Sunday 28 August 2011, Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Man City and Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal.
    • 2014-15: Southampton 8-0 Sunderland
  • Other notable wins:
    • In 2001, Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 during the World Cup qualifications, setting a world record. And even aside from that record, Aussie does this quite often during the qualifiers against their near-unknown Oceanian opponents. (to the point they moved to the Asian qualifiers to ensure a better competition)
    • While on Oceania, Tahiti qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup after a Dark Horse Victory in the 2012 OFC Cup... and facing one local potency (Nigeria) and two former world champions (Spain and Uruguay) Tahiti was easily trounced, scoring only one goal while opponents had an offensive party (1-6, 0-10, 0-8).
    • During their World Cup bid in 1998, Maldives was outscored in total 59-0 over the course of six games, including a 17-0 loss to Iran.
  • In 2010 FC Barcelona recorded a 5-0 win against Real Madrid, the most expensive team in the world.
  • October 27, 2009, Copa del Reynote : In the round of 32, Alcorcón, a team from the Madrid area that then played in Segunda División B (Spain's third level), was drawn against La Liga superpower Real Madrid. Just how different were they? (1) Alcorcón's total payroll that season was less than €1 million, while Real's was €110 million. (2) Real had spent over €250 million on new players the previous summer. (3) The day before the first leg of the cup tie, one of Real's sponsors gave the entire senior squad new cars worth a combined €2 million. (4) The average salary of an Alcorcón player that season was less than what new Real signing Cristiano Ronaldo was making per day. (5) Finally, at the time of the match, Real's youth side was in Segunda B alongside Alcorcón—and had lost only once in the teams' seven meetings. And what happens? Alcorcón wins the first leg at home 4–0. Oh yeah... Real's best player in that match was their goalkeeper. The second leg was 1–0 to Real, not enough to overcome the disaster in Alcorcón.
  • March 22, 2014. Arsene Wenger's 1000th game in charge of Arsenal is at the home of title rivals Chelsea. After three minutes, Arsenal's Olivier Giroud is denied by Chelsea's Petr Cech and a minute later Chelsea are ahead. After 22 minutes Arsenal are 3-0 down and with a player sent off in a case of mistaken identity. Final score: Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0.


  • In handball, Australia is usually a well liked underdog, who often gets curb stomped by the biggest nations in the sport, especially Scandinavians. Iceland 55-15 Australia (2003) is the biggest win since 1958, and Australia got curb-stomped by runners-up Denmark at the last world championships (2011, 47-12). Australia has only ever won one match (while they've participated in 6 tournaments), which was against Greenland (in 2003). Got a 51-11 against them when they played against Spain at the 2013 world championships.
    • Generally, handball matches between the top nations in Europe (hard top is currently Denmark, France, Spain and Croatia; while a handful of other nations can be expected to curbstomp most non-Europeans as well) and any non European nation, except Brazil, Argentina, probably Tunisia and South Korea (the latter only during the Olympics) will generally be expected to be one of these.
  • In the round of 16 of the handball Champions League 2012, Barcelona played against Montpellier. Barcelona in handball are comparable to, well, Barcelona in football, while Montpellier is the best teams in the French league (one of the best leagues in the world). Montpellier recorded a two goal victory at home, but when they came to Barcelona to play, the home team won 36-20.
  • The 2013 handball world championship final. Spain 35-19 Denmark. Biggest victory ever in a world championship final.

Other Sports

  • Horse Racing legend Secretariat's thirty-one-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes, which won him the Triple Crown. He set a record for a mile-and-a-half on dirt that is not only still standing but that has not even been approached; then he proceeded to set a track record for the mile-and-five-eighths while coasting out from under the wire.
  • There's a video out there of a karate instructor going to encounter a pimp after his actions caught his attention and interrupting a session with his class. The pimp attempts intimidate the master, the woman with him trying to pull him back. When the pimp gets too close, the master strikes him with on chop to the neck. As the woman and his driver are trying to get the still knocked out pimp to his car (a taxi, mind you), the instructor looks back at his filming students and just shrugs his shoulders.
  • Aleksandr Karelin is widely considered the best Greco-Roman wrestler of all time, with only one defeat in his thirteen-year professional career.note  Almost all these matches ended with his opponents scoreless.
  • Geelong's defeat of Port Adelaide in the 2007 AFL Grand Final. Geelong: 24.19 (163), Port: 6.8 (44). That's the highest grand final margin EVER.
  • A lot of Formula One races and even a few championships have gone this way, but the 2002 season in particular stands out. Michael Schumacher won a record 11 of the 17 races and finished second in all but one of the others (where he finished third). He ended the season with 144 out of a possible 170 points, almost double the points tally of the nearest challenger (his team-mate). To top it all off, in the Constructors' Championship, Schumacher's Ferrari team scored the same number of points as all the other teams combined.
    • McLaren almost did the same thing in 1988, when they had Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, two of the greatest drivers of the era, in the same team. Thanks to the rivals' season-long battle (which Ayrton eventually won...kind of), McLaren won all but one race and scored 199 points, while the other teams combined scored 201. McLaren got triple the points of the team in second!
    • Such was Schumacher's dominance in 2002 that the FIA actually changed the scoring system to try and make the championship closer (2nd place now scored 8 points instead of 6, for example). It worked the first year, with Schumacher winning by just 2 points...then in 2004 he won 12 of the first 13 racesnote , smashing his own record as well as everyone else's title hopes.
    • Back in the 1952 season, when things were a little less organized, Alberto Ascari entered 6 of the 7 races that year (not counting the Indy 500, which was part of the F1 championship in those days). He won them all...and set the fastest lap in all of them...and took pole position in all but one. Since only the best four results counted towards the championship that year, Ascari effectively won the maximum number of points possible (if that system hadn't been in place, he would have scored double what the runner-up got, making it even more of a Curb-Stomp Battle).
  • The 1994 Indianpolis 500 - Roger Penske utilized a little bit of Loophole Abuse (since at the time the Indy 500 was run under slightly different rules than the rest of Indycar) to put a ridiculuously overpowered Mercedes-Benz "stock block" engine in his team's cars. Emerson Fittipaldi and Al Unser, Jr. were the drivers, and they basically walked the race (leading all but 7 of the 200 laps). By Lap 175 Fittipaldi had a 25-second lead over his teammate in second, and 5 laps later Fittipaldi was the only car on the lead lap. It was only because of a crash 6 laps from the finish that Fittipaldi didn't win, while Unser drove his machine to Victory Lane.
  • Some notable one-sided matches in Cricket:
    • 20-24 August 1938: England (903 for 7 declared) beat Australia (201 and 123) by an innings and 579 runs. The great Australian batsman Donald Bradman and his teammate Jack Fingleton were both injured in the field during England's innings and were unable to bat, which may offer some explanation, but even so...
    • A first-class match in Lahore, Pakistan in 1964 ended with Railways (910 for 6 declared) beating Dera Ismail Khan (32 and 27) by an innings and 851 runs.
    • In cricket, a follow-on is when the second team to bat achieves a total much less than the first team to bat, and are made to bat again. This has happened nearly 300 times in Test cricket, and usually results in the following-on side losing. The three exceptions are 1894 (England follow-on vs Australia at Sydney), 1981 (England follow-on vs Australia at Headingley), and 2001 (India follow-on vs Australia at Eden Gardens). On the last occasion, India got as many runs in their second innings as Australia did in both of theirs—and also declared their second innings, meaning that they didn't even have all 11 of their players bat.note 
    • And in the Indian Premier League, people saw Royal Challengers Bangalore (263 for 5) rip Pune Warriors India (133 for 9) a new one on April 23, 2013. Special credit goes to Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle for blasting the records of Fastest Century not just in the IPL, but in the history of professional cricket as a whole by scoring a century in just 30 balls. He also broke the record of Highest Individual Score in IPL History scoring unbeaten 175 runs and also broke the record of most number of Sixes in a IPL Innings, hitting 17 sixes in the match. That's right: the entire Pune team were beaten singlehandedly by the Jamaican.
      • As if that wasn't impressive enough, Gayle got the rare opportunity to bowl during the final over. The results? Two wickets for only 5 runs. WOW.
  • The 1988 Womens French Open final between Steffi Graf and Natalia Zvereva. Graf won 6-0, 6-0 in 32 minutes, making this the shortest ever Grand Slam final in both games and time. Also, it is the only double bagel in a Grand Slam final in history.
  • Serena Williams curb stomped Maria Sharapova at the 2012 Olympics, winning 6-0, 6-1. As one newspaper noted, "At one point near the end of the first set, Williams had hit more aces than her opponent had won points."