Sunday, July 03, 2005

Ten unforgettable sports moments I've witnessed

Suggested by poliblogger, here are the ten most memorable sports moments I've witnessed live or on TV:

1. Kirk Gibson's homer to win game one of the 1988 World Series. I was in Wongdoer's dorm room hanging with him for the weekend and watching on his sh*tty little TV (probably his roomie's). We were stunned to silence.

2. The Shot II -- the Christian Laettner buzzer-beater than whacked Kentucky in overtime in the 1992 NCAA Eastern Regional Finals. I still remember the camera shots of Thomas Hill crying "I don't believe it, I don't believe it" afterwards.

3. Mike Jones' TD-saving tackle to keep Kevin Dyson out of the endzone on the final play of the 2000 Super Bowl.

4. Scott Norwood honking the 47-yarder against the Giants as Big Blue won their second Super Bowl by defeating the best of the four Bills' teams, 20-19.

5. The Shot by Keith Smart. It took me 16 years to get over that, thanks to Carmelo Anthony and The Block by Hakim Warrick.

6. The King: Jim Leyritz's three-run homer that tied game 4 of the 1996 World Series and set the stage for the 1996-2000 Yankees dynasty. The forgotten fact about that postseason is the Yankees were dead-in-the-water down 0-1 to the Rangers and 4-1 in game 2 at the Stadium in the ALDS, facing three games in Texas where the Yanks' record at the Ballpark in Arlington stood (then) at 3-15. Cecil Fielder's bomb off Ken Hill got the Yanks back on track and on the road to the World Series.

7. Best team ever, still -- the Alfonso Soriano homer that won game 4 of the 2001 ALCS became the next-to-last breath for the 116-46 Mariners as the '01 Yanks waxed them in the ALCS and kept the season-plus-postseason standard at 125 wins, the total of the 1998 Yanks. Unfortunately, the last moment of the last game of the 2001 season is unforgettable for other bad reasons.

8. Aaron f--king Boone. The rally and the Boone homer to whack the RedSawx in game seven of the 2003 ALCS. Wongdoer remembers this date because it's the birthdate of his son.

9. Curtis and The Monk: Chad Curtis' game-winning homer in game 3 of the 1999 World Series meant that The Monk's first World Series game he attended would be the one that capped the Yankees' sweep of the Braves and put paid to any debate about the Team of the Decade.

10. The Happiest PaMonk. My old man is a long-time Giants fan and by 1986 had exemplified the long-suffering Giants fan. The Jints had stank throughout the 70s, stank at the end of the '60s and had lost the last five NFL Championship games they had appeared in even during their glory days. But 1986 was their year: 14-2, beating the Redskins three times, whomping the 49ers 49-3 then the Redskins 17-0 in the playoffs. But the most memorable moment for me from that whole season was after the Giants won the Super Bowl by lighting up Denver for 30 second-half points: my Dad rewinding the tape he made of the game (personal use only, copyright police) and watching it again just to enjoy seeing the Giants as champs for the first time in 30 years. I liked waking up the next morning to my radio alarm and hearing We Are the Champions first thing that day.

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