If the 49ers need a morale boost after Sunday's crushing Seahawks loss, they can take solace in being nowhere near as pitiable as Oracle Team USA, which narrowly lost Race 10 to Emirates Team New Zealand at the extremely disappointing -- and now widely disparaged -- America's Cup regatta.
That puts the score at 7-1 in the best-of-17 race series, which could end as soon as Tuesday.
Despite a billionaire backer, a far-reaching technology pipeline, and a hand-picked home advantage, things have gone badly for Oracle. Add to that the $13.4 million that San Francisco squandered on this ill-fated regatta as of June, to recoup only $8.4 million from private fund-raisers. It's been a debacle on the water and off.
Things have gone so badly, in fact, that a group planning theatrical protests of the America's Cup and yachting billionaire Larry Ellison have called off the show -- over pity for Ellison.
That's right. The San Francisco Institute of Possibility, which had planned a series of stunts to mock America's Cup, announced Sunday that it would forgo the proceedings. More »