This Day in Failure, January 04
2007: With ten seconds to go in an NHL game, Dallas Stars forward Patrick Stefan fails to tap in an empty-net goal after losing control of the puck in the Edmonton Oilers’ crease. The Oilers immediately regain possession, and eight seconds later Ales Hemsky bangs the puck past Dallas goalie Marty Turco to force overtime. “It was bad ice and I had time so I tried to carry [the puck] all the way to the net. As soon as I put it on my backhand it jumped over my stick,” says a relieved Stefan (after the Stars go on to win in a shootout).
2005: Entertainer Ashlee Simpson is booed following her live-vocal performance of “La La” at halftime of the 2005 Orange Bowl. The negative reaction comes just months after her controversial performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which definitively revealed she utilized pre-recorded vocal tracks.
2004: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck announces, “We want the ball, and we’re going to score,” immediately after the Seahawks win the overtime coin toss during a wildcard playoff game versus the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The comment is picked up by the referee’s microphone and is heard by both television viewers and the hostile crowd inside the stadium. Ultimately, a Hasselbeck pass does lead to the winning score—for the other team—as the overconfident QB throws throws an interception that Packers’ cornerback Al Harris returns for a touchdown, giving Green Bay a 33-27 win.
1990: The train Zakaria Bahauddin plows into the back of a 67-car freight train in Sangi, Pakistan, killing upwards of 300 people and injuring 700 more. The Zakaria had been misdirected by an inattentive signalman, who is subsequently jailed for manslaughter.
1981: The Broadway show Frankenstein opens and closes on the same night at the Palace Theater. The production loses $2 million but wins a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Lighting Design.