Kevin Drum posts an interesting list on his blog…his personal Top 10 Sports Moments that he saw either live in person or live on TV.
Here is mine (note: these are the only ones that I either attended or watched on TV, and that I actually remember):
- The final out of Game 4 of the 2004 World Series…with me tearing up right before hand and bursting out crying afterwards, rolling on the ground while my girlfriend looked at me in disbelief.
- Games 4-7 of the 2004 ALCS: The most improbable comeback in sports history began with a epic 14-inning game and Big Papi’s walk-off HR…the next day saw another epic 14-inning game with a walk-off single by Big Papi (notice a trend here…)…a couple days later, Curt Schilling pitches on one leg and throws a gem, and Game 7 Johnny Damon and the Red Sox mopped up the mess that was the New York Yankees.
- 2001 Super Bowl: Less then a minute left, tie game, no timeouts, and everyone (including infamously John Madden) outside of New England telling Tom Brady to run the clock out for overtime. Brady instead executes a perfect drive into field goal range and Vinatieri nails the game winning field goal as time expires…the first walk-off field goal in Super Bowl history.
- The Snow Game: It had everything, from a full-blown blizzard, a controversal call (Tuck Rule), the first of Tom Brady’s now famous comebacks, overtime, and the most clutch/hardest/spectacular field goals in NFL history by Adam Vinatieri.
- 2001 World Series: Rivera blows up and the Yankees lose in Game 7.
- Pedro comes out of the pen: Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS vs. the Indians. An offensive slugfest, with neither side’s pitching able to hold down the fort and it is just 3 innings into the game. Pedro, injured early in the series with a pulled muscle in his back and written off by everyone, all the sudden emerges from the bullpen and enters the game. The crowd in Cleveland goes silent, the Indians players stare with facial expressions that were well into that fear territory…everyone watches Pedro in horror, realizing that the game was over…it was with 6 perfect innings from a pitcher that lost 10 MPH off of his pitches due to his injury. Later described by him as the most pain he has ever pitched through…by far.
- Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout game: I have never seen a pitcher so unstoppable…his curveball was FILTHY and his performance was even better then Roger Clemens’ 20-strikeout games (1 of which I saw).
- Jordan’s “last” shot: We all thought this was his last ever shot and what a great way to go out as it turned out to be the winning basket. But MJ had to ruin this…
- Ray Bourgue finally does it: Ray didn’t win it with his beloved Bruins, but he finally got his Stanley Cup. Another event that made me cry with joy and the only time I have ever cried when it did not involve a hometown team. For a week and a half, all of New England was a Colorado fan.
- Greatest comeback in NBA Playoff History: The Celtics were down over 20 points in the 4th quarter against with minutes to play and pull off the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history.