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Old 05-09-2020, 08:25 PM
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Your Personal All Time Top 10 Sports Moments


Yeah, I know we've done this thread enough times that there could be a "Your Personal All Time Top Ten "Your Personal All Time Top Ten Sports Moments Threads" thread, but whatever, there's not one on the front page right now and I just worked this out for another board, so deal.

And I just clicked submit for some reason, so you'll have to go to the next post to find out mine. Can you bear the suspense??

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Old 05-09-2020, 09:24 PM
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Do you mean Top 10 as in for our side (i.e., our favorite team,) or as in an unbiased Top 10 objective sports moments (so other teams as well?)
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I interpreted this as to us personally. For me:

1. Final out of the 1992 World Series; Otis Nixon grounds out, Timlin-to-Carter, and the Jays win it all for the first time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c9A-52LzaE

2. Carter's home run to win the 1993 World Series
(Joe Carter was the last person to act in three straight playoff series; he made the putout that ended the 1992 WS, made the putout that ended the 1993 ALCS, and scored the run that was the last act of the 1993 WS. That has to be a unique accomplishment.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F5HwiGm7lg

3. The Raptors win the 2019 NBA Finals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ5n0pPX5wU

4. "Bautista with a drive! Deep left field! No doubt about it!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UdsVO7HaJg

5. "The Blue Jays have finally won the pennant!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeiwMQPPNSE

6. The Shot. Bounce bounce bounce bounce
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChT3ewZXTfM

7. The Jays make the playoffs for the first time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksTqH28JHWk

8. Edwin Encarnacion wins the 2016 Wild Card game with a monster home run
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONGLEUUesN0&t=10s

9. Daniel Alfredsson's goal to win the 2006 EC Finals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMDKuxWYNrk

9.84 Donovan Bailey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2p2yDH8WX0
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1. Red Sox win WS in 2004.

2. Patriots 2001 SB.

3. Dave Robert's steal.

4. ALCS 2004 game 7.

5. Snow Game.

6. 28-3

7. Malcolm, go!

8. Papelbon 2007.

9. 42-1-3

10. Koji

Wow, Joe Buck is featured prominently here.
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1 thru 10, this is easy for me. April 14, 2005, the day baseball returned to Washington, D.C. Even the championship last year pales in comparison.

I was 18 when the (second) Senators left for Texas, 53 when it returned. I dropped everything and flew (from Boston) to D.C. for the 2005 home opener. Still have the ticket and the program.
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I interpreted this as to us personally. For me:

1. Final out of the 1992 World Series; Otis Nixon grounds out, Timlin-to-Carter, and the Jays win it all for the first time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c9A-52LzaE
2. Carter's home run to win the 1993 World Series
(Joe Carter was the last person to act in three straight playoff series; he made the putout that ended the 1992 WS, made the putout that ended the 1993 ALCS, and scored the run that was the last act of the 1993 WS. That has to be a unique accomplishment.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F5HwiGm7lg
3. The Raptors win the 2019 NBA Finals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ5n0pPX5wU
4. "Bautista with a drive! Deep left field! No doubt about it!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UdsVO7HaJg
5. "The Blue Jays have finally won the pennant!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeiwMQPPNSE
6. The Shot. Bounce bounce bounce bounce
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChT3ewZXTfM
7. The Jays make the playoffs for the first time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksTqH28JHWk
8. Edwin Encarnacion wins the 2016 Wild Card game with a monster home run
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONGLEUUesN0&t=10s
9. Daniel Alfredsson's goal to win the 2006 EC Finals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMDKuxWYNrk
9.84 Donovan Bailey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2p2yDH8WX0
As a fellow Canadian, I am more than a bit surprised you left our Paul Henderson's late-game series winning goal in Moscow in 1972.
ETA: You must be a youngster!

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Old 05-10-2020, 08:43 PM
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I'll try to list 10, but won't put them in order:

- Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1997. All of SE Michigan erupted for this one

- Vinnie Johnson hits the buzzer beater to win the championship for the Pistons in 1990.

- Nadal vs. Federer in the 2009 Wimbledon final. The next day, someone asked McEnroe if this was the greatest match of all time and he immediately confirmed it was. It still holds up as the best tennis final in history.

- Michigan Football season 1997 - I attended every single home game and we tied for the national championship. For a key moment, the Ohio State game, which was amazing. I'm embarrassed Mich. football is not at that level anymore.

- Agassi comes back to win the French Open in 1999. Two sets down, he had been on a career skid for awhile. Comes back from two sets down and wins the tournament.

US wins the Davis Cup in 2007 - well, men's tennis is down now, but this was the last hurrah. I hope we win it again some time.

The catch in 1994 - I was standing in the stadium for this play. Painful, but I will never forget seeing it live. I'm in the video(well, a pixel size dot in the crowd). I was on the 50 yard line, up high, great view. a moment burned in my mind.

- Claude Lemieux assaults Kris Draper - 1996. I'm sure there is more to the story, but in Detroit we see it as Claude attacked Kris. About a year after, Darren McCarty beat up Lemieux and it felt great.

- Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game - I did not see it live, but it was amazing. The whole perfect game plus the blown call plus the sportsmanship around it. Amazing.

2000 USA wins gold in baseball at the Sydney Olympics
- Tommy Lasorda at the time said it was his biggest moment in baseball. I believe it. Stunning and incredible. It was in Australia, but I watched it late at night(I think). I cheered.
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- Agassi comes back to win the French Open in 1999. Two sets down, he had been on a career skid for awhile. Comes back from two sets down and wins the tournament.
And completes the career grand slam. The look on his face after the final point was priceless.

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As a fellow Canadian, I am more than a bit surprised you left our Paul Henderson's late-game series winning goal in Moscow in 1972.
ETA: You must be a youngster!
I wasn't yet a year old. Means very little to me except as a historical event. Sidney Crosby's goal almost made it.
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I've got ten here, but probably could have picked a bunch of others. These are all games or incidents that are particularly memorable to me for one reason or another. They're in no particular order.

Australia defeats England in the final to win the 1991 Rugby World Cup.
Twickenham, London, England.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKm_FxUVVTc

I was living in England at the time, and the World Cup had already provided plenty of excitement for an Aussie fan, with a desperate last-ditch, come-from behind try to defeat Ireland in the quarter-final, and then a powerful display to beat the dreaded All Blacks in the semi. The final was a nail-biter, but Nick Farr-Jones lifted the Webb Ellis trophy.

1999 Cricket World Cup semi-final. Australia drew 213-213 with South Africa, but went through to the final based on head-to-head record.
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.

https://scroll.in/field/843918/flash...di-ever-played

What a game. The Aussies seemed in control, then Lance Klusener came in and blasted 31 runs from 14 balls and looked like he was going to guide South Africa to a win with a few balls to spare. But then came the calamitous runout, leaving the game tied and sending Australia to the final against Pakistan, which they won easily. It was well after midnight in Sydney, and my housemates were asleep, so I had to leap around the living room in crazed silence.

Last-minute, length-of-the-field try wins the game for the Kangaroos, Second Rugby League Test, Australia v. Great Britain, 1991.
Old Trafford, Manchester, England

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11y0Sk7EoDU

I was there in the stands to watch it happen. 'Nuff said.

Pavel Bure scores a breakaway goal in triple overtime to win Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs, Vancouver Canucks v. Calgary Flames, 1994.
Saddledome, Calgary, Canada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St_UHzwsaqY

I was living in Vancouver and the Canucks were my team. This was, at the time, the longest hockey game I'd ever watched, and I was on the edge for my seat for the whole thing. I thought that the first overtime period would give me a heart attack, but then there a second, and a third. The goal seemed to come out of nowhere, a great pass from Trevor Linden, with Bure skating in alone and putting it away.

1983 America's Cup, Race 7, Australia II comes from behind to beat Liberty
Newport, Rhode Island, USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z09v_cWpKA

The sporting event that the whole nation got up in the middle of the night to watch. The Aussies had been down 3-1 in the series, but had come back to tie it 3-3. It's incredible that something so boring (especially on TV) could captivate a country, but even my pretty strict boarding school allowed us all to get out of bed and watch the race. The massive tacking duel after the Australian boat took the lead was pretty amazing, and when the cannon smoke signaled the victory, the whole country went mad. The prime minister, Bob Hawke, announced on TV that "any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum."

The final day of the regular Major League Baseball season, 2011.
Multiple venues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrNoK1V7V4Q

Too much incredible action to even describe. If you watched it, you know what I mean.

Joe Carter's home run to win the 1993 World Series
Skydome, Toronto, Canada.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F5HwiGm7lg

I was living in Vancouver, and had not yet moved to the United States and adopted the Orioles as my team. As a Canadian-born Aussie, I naturally adopted the Blue Jays. I was working in a bar, and it was packed on the night of the game. The chaos when Carter hit the home run was amazing.

Cathy Freeman wins gold, Women's 400m, 2000 Olympic Games
Olympic Stadium, Sydney, Australia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOVhDUkmIvk

Local girl beats the world on the world stage in front of her home crowd. Awesome. Just goes to show that, if you're an aboriginal person and you want Australians to love and respect you, all you need to do is be the best in the world at something.

Dennis Lillee bowls out Viv Richards on the last ball of the day to leave the West Indies reeling at 4/10 on their first innings. Day 1, First Test, Australia v. West Indies, 1981.
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBCp7ciGBwA

The West Indies were at the height of their world dominance, and Viv Richards was their most dangerous batsman. Australia scored only 198 in their first innings, and the West Indies came to bat with only 7 or 8 overs to face. The two openers went very quickly, and captain Clive Lloyd sent in Colin Croft as a nightwatchman, but when he was also dismissed, Richards came to the crease. He looked uncharacteristically nervous for the six or seven balls he faced, before he dragged a lovely cutter onto his stumps on thee last ball of the day. I was only 12 at the time, and I was leaping around the living room like a banshee. Australia went on to win the match, one of only 18 test losses for the West Indies in their 20-year run of dominance from the mid-70s to the mid-90s.

Tim Cahill scores for Australia against the Netherlands, FIFA World Cup, 2014
Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brasil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2tmftLN2lY

Fantastic goal, scored literally seconds after the restart following a go-ahead goal by the Netherlands. Tied the score 1-1, but the Australians went on to lose the game 3-2.


And I'm going to cheat and add #11, possibly my favorite Olympic moment of all time:

Steven Bradbury wins Gold for Australia, 1000m Speed Skating, 2002 Olympic Games
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfQMJtilOGg

Growing up in Australia, I got used to our athletes doing reasonably well at the Summer Olympics, especially in swimming. The Winter Olympics, though, were another story. Before 2002, Australia had only ever won two bronze medals in all Winter Olympics. Steven Bradbury became not only the first Aussie, but the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to win a Winter Olympic Gold Medal.

And he won it because all four guys in front of him fell down.

Awesome!
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Chronological order. I was present at those marked *. The rest I watched live on TV

* August 1958. One of the very first baseball games I attended in person. I was 9. Vic Power steals home at some point. The game goes into extra innings and Vic Power steals home again in the 10th to win it.

* circa 1959-60. We're attending an Indians game. They are losing going into the bottom of the 9th. Dad says let's go to beat the traffic. The first batter gets on base and they put George Strickland in to pinch run (Yes I know who? but he was my favorite player for several years around then.) Dad says, "I guess we have to stay don't we?" We do and he Indians win the game. Dad had earlier in the game got a foul ball which when I was sick some time later he got George Strickland to sign for me.

December 1964. The Cleveland Browns with the NFL Championship (before the Super Bowl started). It was the first championship for any of "my" teams.

May (?) 1970. The Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup in overtime over St Louis with Bobby Orr's "flying" goal. 1970-1 was a pretty marvelous season all along where the Bruins dominated the league, then lost to Montreal and stupid Ken Dryden. "My" teams are basically Cleveland, but I started to watch hockey when I went away to college in Boston and Cleveland didn't have an NHL team.

* Late fall 1971. Chris Evert (then a virtually unknown 16 year old) defeats Virginia Wade 6-1 6-1 to clinch the Wightman cup for the US. Wade gets so upset at one point that she pulls up the artificial surface of the indoor court.

February 1980. Team USA defeats the 'unbeatable' Russian hockey team and then wins the gold beating Finland for the Gold, which was almost an anti-climax.

October 1995. The Indians win 100 games in the 144 strike shortened season of 144 games and win their first pennant in my memory. (I was alive in 1954 but don't recall the season)

October 2004. the Red Sox come back from 3 games to 0 and defeat the Yankees for the AL pennant (More noted personally that it was the hated Yankees who were the first to lose after leading 3-0 rather than it was the Red Sox winning.

June 2016. The Cavaliers win the NBA Championship. Actually I real didn't much care as I don't follow basketball, but at least is stopped all those stories that no Cleveland team had won a Championship since the Browns in '64.

Late season 2017. The Indians win 22 straight games. The longest ever winning streak in MLB with no ties.

And how I do so wish I could have put Nov 2016 on that list

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Another Aussie here (like Mhendo) - my Top 10 are different (although his are great as well).

In No Particular Order (not all good moments, either).

1. Ben Johnson 1988 Olympics - yes, it was the dirtiest race in history, but at the time, nothing has given me a more visceral gut-punch of excitement.
2. Mike Powell - Carl Lewis Long jump 1991 Tokyo world champs (poor Carl - he's on the wrong end of a couple of great moments).
3. Germany 7-1 Brazil. Against Brazil! In Brazil!! 5-0 after 20 minutes!!! Just insane.
4. Australia losing to the West Indies by 1 run 1993 in Adelaide. That one really, really, really hurt. Funnily enough, Australia has won many more test matches than lost in my lifetime, but we have an abysmal record in the really close ones. A close finish in a test match is the most intense sporting experience you can have. And we generally lose.
5. Greg Norman beaten by the Larry Mize chip-in. If he'd missed the cup by an inch, that ball was in the water. I liked Greg. Someone up there didn't.
6-10. I'm an amateur track and field coach (I coach kids up to about age 15). When some of those 'magic moments' happen to kids you have personally worked with, those give you the greatest euphoria. Even more than your own kids' successes.
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As a fellow Canadian, I am more than a bit surprised you left our Paul Henderson's late-game series winning goal in Moscow in 1972.
ETA: You must be a youngster!
Henderson's goal was second to come to my mind. Joe Carter's World Series-winning home run came first.

I will say, for Rick's benefit, that Canada basically shut down the day of that hockey game. I was a middle-school student then, and school wasn't cancelled--we still had to show up--but nothing was being taught and every TV at school was pressed into service, in order to show the hockey game. There weren't enough TVs for each classroom, so classes doubled up, and teachers piled in too. I remember my friends and I quietly complaining how hard it was to see the TV when the very obese art teacher was sitting in front of us.

It's difficult for me to narrow my favourites down to a Top Ten, but in addition to the two above, among them would be Jose Bautista's bat flip, the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the 1967 Stanley Cup, and the Blue Jays' very first game on April 7, 1977. I skipped school to go home and watch that game on TV.
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4. Australia losing to the West Indies by 1 run 1993 in Adelaide. That one really, really, really hurt. Funnily enough, Australia has won many more test matches than lost in my lifetime, but we have an abysmal record in the really close ones. A close finish in a test match is the most intense sporting experience you can have. And we generally lose.
I remember having my eyes glued to the TV, hoping that Tim May and Craig McDermott could pull them through. So close!

In the same vein, the MCG Boxing Day Ashes Test in '82-'83, with Allan Border and Jeff Thomson almost pulling out an amazing win.

The most recent gut-wrencher, and one that almost made my list for the sheer brilliance of the performance, was Nick Stokes' one-man salvation of England in the third Ashes test last summer. One of the greatest innings in test history.
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Henderson's goal was second to come to my mind. Joe Carter's World Series-winning home run came first.

I will say, for Rick's benefit, that Canada basically shut down the day of that hockey game. I was a middle-school student then, and school wasn't cancelled--we still had to show up--but nothing was being taught and every TV at school was pressed into service, in order to show the hockey game. There weren't enough TVs for each classroom, so classes doubled up, and teachers piled in too. I remember my friends and I quietly complaining how hard it was to see the TV when the very obese art teacher was sitting in front of us.
I'm quite aware of the event and the impact it had on Canada. It's one of the most important sports moments in the history of the country, maybe the most important. That's not what the OP was asking, though.

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* August 1958. One of the very first baseball games I attended in person. I was 9. Vic Power steals home at some point. The game goes into extra innings and Vic Power steals home again in the 10th to win it.
That was in fact the last time any player has stolen home twice in one game. It was August 14, 1958.

Power, of course, did not generally steal bases. He played a long time but stole only 45 bases, a figure Rickey Henderson used to pile up before the All-Star break. Actually, in Vic's day, people generally didn't steal bases at all; the stolen base was kind of a dead strategy. Power's 10th inning steal also came with Cleveland's best hitter, Rocky Colavito, at the plate, so I am not sure what the hell happened exactly.

Here's another weird thing that I don't understand; both pitchers that Power stole home off of, Bill Fischer and Frank Lary, were right handed. That's AMAZING. The great majority of steals of home are off lefthanded pitchers, because a lefty is facing away from third base and has more difficulty holding a runner there. (For the same reason, lefties are more effective at preventing runners at first from stealing second.) To do it twice is a hell of a thing.

Vic Power was an interesting player, a very odd mix of skills. He was a first baseman but he didn't hit like one; he had good batting averages but did not hit for power or draw walks. He was, however, one of the greatest defensive first basemen who ever lived, despite being righthanded. He had the athleticism and skill to play second base or third base (which he did occasionally when they needed him to) but he started out at first and was so amazing at it they kept him there.
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I'm quite aware of the event and the impact it had on Canada. It's one of the most important sports moments in the history of the country, maybe the most important. That's not what the OP was asking, though.
Right, I took it as being a reflection on personal experiences in sports.

Under different circumstances, I probably would have listed the first championship victories for two of my childhood teams, the Penrith Panthers (rugby league, 1991) and the Sydney Swans (Australian rules, 2005). But unfortunately, I was living overseas for both of them, and didn't really experience the victories except as news stories. That just doesn't have the same immediacy and personal impact.
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3. Germany 7-1 Brazil. Against Brazil! In Brazil!! 5-0 after 20 minutes!!! Just insane.
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Thank you for reminding me. I watched it live and it probably belongs in my top 10. I could not believe it. I still can't believe it. I have seem some seriously embarrassing moments in sports, but to have that happen.....to Brazil(!)....in Brazil...was outrageous. My jaw still drops thinking about it.
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As primarily a baseball and specifically Royals fan, my list will be very heavy on the 2014-2015 Royals teams, because they just had so many MOMENTS. I've been a fan of the team since 1982, but although there were some other good times in there, they didn't quite have as much drama as there was in every game of those two post-seasons. Nonetheless, there are two non-Royals sports moments that are etched into my memory. Here goes:

1) Salvador Perez's Wild Card Game walk-off Exhilirating conclusion to an incredibly exciting game.
2) Alex Gordon's game-tying home run, 2015 World Series Game 1. I had given up hope that the Royals would get back into the game, facing the Mets' closer.
3) Eric Hosmer's mad dash, 2015 World Series Game 5.
4) Dane Iorg sends the 1985 World Series to Game 7.
5) Yordano Ventura and the Royals dominate the Giants in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series. Personal for me because I was actually there. I've never seen so many Royals fans on their feet cheering for a full game.
6) Matteau! Matteau! Matteau! I remember hearing this call on the radio. Rangers trying to shake the "1940!" jeer, double-overtime in Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals. The excitement in the city was electrifying.
7) Royals Opening Day, 2004. It wasn't just a comeback win. It wasn't just that the game was tied by a home run from a most unlikely source. It was the optimism the Royals fans had coming off their first winning full season in a decade and the feeling that they would break through that year. Alas, it was not to be, but the sad rest of the season can never take away the exhiliration of that win.
8) Wild-Card New York Giants spoil Patriots' perfect season and win Super Bowl XLII. Crazy play, that helmet catch. Aside from rooting for my local teams except in baseball, anything that wipes a smile off of Bill Belichick's face is a good thing.
9) Royals complete miracle comeback as Kendrys Morales ties game in Houston, Game 4 of 2015 ALDS. I have never heard a stadium go from raucous cheering to depressed silence as I did in the 8th inning of that game. Single, single, single, single, single...it just kept on coming.
10) Cardinals come completely unglued in Game 7 of the 1985 World Series. The Royals dominated the whole game, and of course, the last out made the win "official", but to me the most memorable moment was when Joaquin Andujar blew up in frustration in the middle of a 6-run Royals 5th inning.
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I already had my ten listed, but I recalled one other very memorable moment, the pine tar home run. It's not the home run itself, but the Royals protested the umpires' decision and the game had to be replayed from that moment (two outs in the ninth with the Royals up by a run) later in the season with the home run now counting.

Before the first pitch to the "next batter", Hal McRae, Billy Martin had the Yankees team appeal at first and second (but not third as I recall) that Brett had missed that base in his home run trot and should be out. The umpires called Brett safe even though they had not been the umpires at the original game and could not have seen whether Brett had touched the bases or not.

When Martin came out to protest this, the home plate umpire (or perhaps the crew chief) produced an affidavit from the original umpires that Brett had touched all the bases. I thought that was great anticipation on the part of the umpires, and the hated Billy Martin was put in his place.

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  • Tony Parker's 0.1 second shot that won Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the Heat (sadly, the Heat ultimately prevailed in the series)
  • South Korea advancing to the semifinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup (although aided by a great deal of underhanded officiating, unfortunately)
  • Vince Young scoring on 4th-and-5 with nineteen seconds remaining to give the Texas Longhorns the win over the USC Trojans in the 2005 NCAAF football championship game
  • Japan beating China 3-1 in the Asian Cup Final on China's own home turf in Beijing in 2004
  • England making it to the 2018 World Cup semifinals (I had hoped for England v. France in the final; alas, not to happen)
  • Mavs overcoming numerous deficits to beat the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals
  • Cavs overcoming 3-1 deficit to beat the Warriors in 2016 NBA Finals
  • Germany smashing Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals on Brazil's own home turf (could have been 8-0 if it weren't for Ozil)
  • Cowboys overcoming six turnovers to beat the Bills 25-24 on Monday Night Football, 2007
  • Japan coming back from deficits twice to beat the U.S. women's team on penalties in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
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The most recent gut-wrencher, and one that almost made my list for the sheer brilliance of the performance, was Nick Stokes' one-man salvation of England in the third Ashes test last summer. One of the greatest innings in test history.
I think you mean Ben Stokes

I didn't see that one live, but I did see the end of the World Cup final a few weeks earlier, which was just about as inspired and insane as sport gets. To make it crazier I was flicking madly back and forth between channels because Federer and Djokovic were playing out their last-set tiebreaker at Wimbledon at the same time.

Sticking to events I actually saw as they happened:

- Another Australian heartbreaker - the last day of the 2005 Edgbaston Test (I was listening to the end of the Trent Bridge Test on radio and tense doesn't begin to describe it).

- Makhaya Ntini kissing the turf at Lord's after becoming the first black South African to get on the honours board.

- The last day of the 2000 Lord's Test - the four-innings-in-one-day game. Those were the days when the West Indies still had the hoodoo over England, and I wasn't expecting things to change when England folded up in their first innings. They ended having to chase 188 against Ambrose and Walsh and Dominic Cork just barely got them home.

- France's comeback against the All Blacks in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. The phone went in the middle of it all and it was my rugby-mad friend screaming "Are you watching? Are you watching?"

- Bath-Brive in the 1998 Heineken Final - one of those endings no-one would believe if you tried to script it.

- A solo try by Arwel Thomas against Scotland some time in the '90s - he outjumped John Jeffery who was at least a foot taller than him.

- Another French World Cup semi-final, against Australia in the first World Cup back in 1985. The game went back and forth for 80 minutes - Serge Blanco won it with a dive in the corner with no time left and half a dozen players horizontal on the ground.

- Last Suspect's Grand National in 1985. Don't know why that one stuck with me but it did.

- And the Benson and Hedges Final in 1983. I was there with my Dad, who is a lifelong Middlesex member. Essex made them look second-rate for most of the day - at one point they needed about 20 from 7 overs with 5 wickets left - but Middlesex pulled it off in the end. The game finished at about 8:45 - no lights in those days - with Daniel and Cowans bowling full throttle. We could barely see anything in the stands - I can't imagine what it must have been like to bat.
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2004 - OSU v St. Joseph, Elite 8
  • Probably the height of OSU basketball in my lifetime, unfortunately. Went to San Antonio, but that game wasn't nearly as fun as this one on TV.

2007 - Boise State v OU, Fiesta Bowl
  • OU lost in deliciously entertaining fashion. Trick plays out the wazoo. A post game proposal. I became a fan of Boise State on this day.

2007 - OSU v Texas basketball, regular season
  • One and done Kevin Durant gets beaten in triple OT by a scrappy OSU team.

2010 - USMNT v Algeria, World Cup final group game
  • US needs a win, but Algeria is content to go home with a draw. US counters late to win.

2011 - USWNT v Brazil, Women's World Cup Quarterfinal
  • A controversial penalty retake, extra time, the worst injury faking I've seen, the US tying it all up in injury time due to that faking, a shootout.

2011 - OSU v OU, Bedlam Football (in person)
  • Good guys triumph in a major ass kicking.

2012 - OSU v Stanford, Fiesta Bowl (in person)
  • Brandon Weeden v Andrew Luck. OSU wins to remind everyone that Bama doesn't deserve to be in the National Championship

2013 - USMNT v Mexico, World Cup Qualifier (in person)
  • Dos a cero. Again. (Did he miss the penalty in 94' on purpose? Probably not, but kept the scoreline)

2016 - OKC Energy v Rayo OKC, US Open Cup (in person)
  • Local rivalry (well, Rayo lasted only one season, so not really). Tense as can be, goes to extra time and Energy win at the death

2018 - US v Sweden, Curling Gold Medal Match
  • My favorite every four years sport. Nobody believed in them. Fun to stay up stupid late to drink and watch.
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I think you mean Ben Stokes
LOL. I think I gave away my history of watching the early seasons of CSI.
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Old 05-11-2020, 06:31 PM
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1. Last out of 2002 World Series (was a primary Angels fan as a child/20-something)

2. Last out of 2010 World Series

3. Warriors win 2015 NBA finals

4. Warriors win 2017 NBA finals

5. Last out of 2010 NLCS

6. Edgar Renteria HR in 2010 World Series game 5

7. UCLA wins 1995 men's NCAA basketball title

8. Warriors win 2018 NBA finals

9. Angels win 2002 ALCS

10. Last out of 2012 World Series

(Basically, football has never given me anything worthwhile or rewarding)
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A lot of people are obviously posting their favourite team's championship wins - and fair enough too, that's the main reason we watch sports.

I think I have been unlucky (in one sense) - my football team has won several premierships, but they haven't won a close one since 1967. The win is more a relief - 'Whew! We didn't blow it!'. I haven't had that ecstacy of a last-second triumph - the 9th inning home run, the extra-time goal.

My team won in 2017 after a long drought - but the game was a blowout, and it was over half-way through the 3rd quarter. They also won in 2019, but that was over half-way through the 2nd quarter. Both pretty dud games, to be honest.
I was 6 in 1967, so missed that.

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- Another Australian heartbreaker - the last day of the 2005 Edgbaston Test.
Just a couple of days ago, Shane Warne called Ponting's decision to bowl after winning the toss the "worst decision ever, by any captain."
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I'm not really a sports fan, so will just mention four moments.
  • AlphaGo's stone #37 stunned the world of go,with an unheard-of shoulder hit on the fifth line. Three and a half years later, Lee Sedol, perhaps the strongest human player in the world, retired from the game, distraught that A.I. Go would only get stronger and stronger.
  • Lee Sedol had expected to win 5-0 in the famous 2016 match but ended up happy to win just the 4th game, salvaging a 1-4 defeat. In that game, Lee's #78 stone, a wedge move, was played "by the Hand of God." (IIUC this is the only game AlphaGo ever lost to a human.)
  • More than five decades ago, my high school team scored a touchdown in the final minute to go ahead in our Thanksgiving Day game! With only seconds to go, the other team scored its own touchdown. In the very final seconds ... our team scored again and won. (I'll not name the high schools, to help preserve my anonymity. ... Or perhaps this has already given my identity away? )
  • Finally, since no one else has mentioned it, there was the time Willie Mays caught a fly ball.
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