The 2014 World Cup in Brazil went from having a high rate of scoring to a quarterfinal round that produced five goals in four games.
Goalkeeping is a lonely existence. You stand in front of the goal, often reduced to a spectator, as your 10 teammates zip up and down the field. The blame aimed your way often overwhelms the plaudits. Anyone with a fragile psyche need not apply.
Maybe Brazil's harshest critics got it slightly wrong. The team might not have been the biggest flop early in the World Cup. But it was the biggest flopper.
The Pac-12 Conference launched its 2014 football season Wednesday under sunshine and umbrellas at Paramount Pictures ? the perfect venue for a league looking to rewrite the script to so many unhappy endings.