BFTB Tournament of Terrible: Lance Alworth trade or getting blown out in the AFL title game?

Malcolm Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Our 3 vs 6 seed matchup feature a lot of terrible moments that predate my birth, so several of these required more research than memory.

Our 3 vs 6 seed matchup feature a lot of terrible moments that predate my birth, so several of these required more research than memory.

Our next matchup is: (3) the 1971 trade of Lance Alworth to the Dallas Cowboys vs. (6) getting blown out in the 1965 AFL title game.

What happened?

(3) Lance Alworth was the first San Diego Charger as well as the first AFL player to be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His number, 19, was retired by the team in 2005. He was selected to the AFL All-Time Team and the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and is the only player to make both. Alworth played nine incredible seasons for the San Diego Chargers and is arguably the greatest offensive player to play for a team that has had some incredible offenses in its history. On May 19, 1971 Bambi was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for Tony Liscio, Pettis Norman and Ron East. Liscio would never play a game for the Chargers and the latter two were good but certainly not great players. Alworth would go on to win Super Bowl VI with the Cowboys. He would later be quoted as saying that his two receptions in the Super Bowl (one of which was a touchdown) were the two most important of his career.

(6) The 1965 Chargers led by quarterback John Hadl and running back Paul Lowe finished the regular season with the second best record in the American Football League at 9-2-3 (yes, three ties) and the best record in the West division. This was good enough to earn a second shot at the Buffalo Bills (with whom they tied during the regular season and who had the best record in the AFL for the year). The game was played on December 26, 1965 in Balboa Stadium in San Diego. Home field advantage would prove to not be enough as the Bills went on to win handily 23-0.

Which was worse?

You tell me. I wasn't alive for either of these.

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