This is a subjective list of sporting moments which occurred over the last decade. I am listing one moment from each year that i distinctly recall. It may be a good memory or it may be an awful memory that i would rather not relive. Either way it's my SUBJECTIVE top 10 list. Please feel free to comment and add your own top moments from each year.
PS - Please keep in mind that i am from the US, so while Football/Soccer may be the top sport outside of this country I don't have any unforgettable moments from this sport. My apologies.
January 8th, 2000 The Music City Miracle Tennessee 22 Buffalo 16
Any playoff game that starts the scoring off with a safety just has to be memorable. Some friends of mine were sitting around my new apartment watching this game and thought it was over when Buffalo kicked a FG to make it 16-15 with less than 20 seconds to play. The kickoff turned into a fiasco for the Bills as Kevin Dyson eventually ended up with the ball and ran close to 80 yards for a TD and the win.
Tiger makes history by holding all 4 PGA Championships at once. The 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach, 2000 Open Championship at Old Course St. Andrews, and the PGA Championship at Valhalla. He may not have won them all in the same year, but this was still an amazing feat. Who knew that 8.5 years later the Tiger Slam would have an all new meaning.
February 3rd, 2002 New England 20 vs. St. Louis 17
I'm a huge New England sports fan, which may be evident by the end of this geeklist. But in 2001-2002 NFL season when Drew Bledsoe went down against the Jets in the second game of the year, i thought our sub par season was over. A QB named Tom Brady stepped in and rewrote history. Interesting side note - Bledsoe had just signed a record setting 10 year deal in March 2001, then played less than 2 games before being replaced by Brady. Brady led the Patriots to the #2 seed in the AFC that year, won the tuck rule game in the AFC Divisional Game at home against Oakland. Went to Pittsburgh and knocked the #1 seed off (with the help of Bledosoe) and went to the SuperDome as 14 point underdogs against the Rams offensive juggernaut. I was watching the game at a friends house where we were all rowdy, drunk, and expecting to lose. When Vinatieri's 48 yard field goal made it through the uprights i don't think i've ever seen so many grown men cry.
The Carmelo Anthony led Orangemen took down the Jayhawks in an amazing NCAA final in 2003. Kansas climbed to within two points in the final minute and after Hakim Warrick missed two free throws they had a chance to tie the game or even take the lead. Warrick would make up for his misses in climatic fashion by blocking Michael Lee's 3-point attempt out of bounds. Kirk Hinrich would get one more 3-point try for the win with less than a second to go, but that shot went awry and Jim Boeheim won his first National Championship. Freshman Anthony would go on to win the tournaments Most Outstanding Player award.
Yes, the Red Sox won the World Series after 86 years of emptiness but true Sox fans will remember the 2004 ALCS forever. After spotting the Yankees a 3-0 lead, including a 19-8 shellacking in Game 3 the Sox would complete the most improbably comeback in MLB History. They would stage amazing come from behind victories in Games 4 and 5, the Schilling bloody sock in Game 6, and the final dismantling of the evil empire in Game 7. This marked the only time in MLB history that a team would come back from a 3 - 0 deficit. While the Sox would go on to break the curse in the World Series, the ALCS had much more meaning to me.
Myself and about 20 other guys watched this game on a 72 inch projector. We played a poker tournament during the first half and watched intently in the second half as Vince Young and Matt Leinart engaged in an epic back and forth battle. Young's TD run capped the victory on a 4th and goal with seconds to play. He captured Offensive Player of the Game honors and may be finally coming into his own now as the Titans QB.
Even though every person on the planet knew he was on steroids, breaking one of the longest standing MLB records is still an amazing feat. Bonds smacked #756 off Mike Bacsik of the Nationals. He ended his career with 762 total home runs and enough controversy to fill an entire MLB ballpark. Luckily for Bonds, Roger Clemens took the heat off of him by one upping Bonds steroid use by sleeping with a 16 year old country singer.
February 3rd, 2008 NY Giants 17 vs. New England Patriots 14
This one hurt. The Patriots played a perfect regular season before knocking off the Jaguars and the Chargers on consecutive weekends in January. They came into SuperBowl 42 as huge favorites and had beaten the Giants in NY(technically NJ) just one month earlier as Brady/Moss rewrote the record books. The Giants held the Patriots to only 14 points in the SuperBowl, but that appeared to be enough. Assante Samuel dropped a sure interception and David Tyree made the most ridiculous catch in NFL history on the Giants final drive. These two plays went on to lead the Giants to an improbable comeback and me not listening to sports radio for months. The Patriots lost their perfect season and we still have to listen to Mercury Morris shoot his mouth off any time a team makes it to 10 - 0.
#3 Villanova and #1 Pittsburgh faced off in the Elite Eight or East Regional Final for the right to move on to the Final Four. The game was a typical Big East battle hard fought and tough points. Scottie Reynolds hit an amazing floater with .5 seconds on the clock to seal the Final Four trip for Nova. We were watching this game and simultaneously hosting our Fantasy Baseball draft. The draft was put on hold for the entire second half of the game since nobody could stop watching the game.
Carling Cup Final 2007 Tottenham played Chelsea in the final after beating Woolwich 5-1 in the semi final. I was at work so listened to the first half on the radio. Chelsea went 1-0 up. We rushed to the pub for the second half and Berbatov equalised with a penalty for Spurs then in extra time Jonathan Woodgate scores a header that hits the goalkeeper and bounced back against his head then into the net. We all went crazy in the pub, it was fantastic. Always great to win a trophy.
Arsenal 4, Tottenham 4 last season Harry Redknapp had just taken over as manager with Tottenham bottom after 9 games with 5 points - 7 points behind everyone else and talk of relegation. We then get this match against Arsenal. I decide to get up early to watch it as it's on 4am Japan time. Fifteen minutes or so into the game, David Bentley controls the ball and then volleys it from 45 yards out over the keeper into the goal and I'm up on my feet dancing around. Arsenal then score 3, then we get 1 so it's 4-2 to Arsenal with two minutes left and all the Arsenal fans are chanting an the players are looking cocky like they've won it, and Jermain Jenas hits a beauty to make it 4-3 and then in the 90th minute the ball falls to Aaron Lennon in the box and he slots it into the net and, like all the Spursans in the stadium I'm in hysterics. A fan charges onto the pitch to dive onto Lennon as the players go mental and the media across the country are declaring it the best and most dramatic game they've seen in a long time.
It's the final 2002 World Cup qualification game for England against Greece - 6th October 2001. England have basically sucked all game meaning that Greece are leading 2-1 with less than a minute to play. Defeat will mean that Greece will win the group and England will have to go through a playoff to have a chance to the World Cup. All England needed was a draw to get them through automatically. England win a freekick. Step up David Beckham, the man who has run his heart off around the pitch that day. He'd singlehandedly kept England in the game up until that point. He'd been incredible all game.
So, possibly the last kick of the game and Beckham to take the freekick.
I've rarely known such emotion when watching sport and it makes me emotional even now. Such an incredible moment.
I am not a FC Barcelona supporter but.... the perfect season cannot be forgotten.
In the first year of the coach as a first division coach, (2008-2009) FC Barcelona has not lost any competition played.
- Spanish league - Spanish Cup - UEFA's Champion League (yes, I know Chelsea supporters have a claim here) - Spanish Supercup (between last year league and cup winners) - European Supercup - Clubs world championship.
The final of final in olympic's basketball since the NBA players started to play for the USA. The first final where the USa suffered and suffered a lot. The only final with two sets of rules. FIBA rules for the Spanish players and NBA rules (or lack thereof) for the USA.
Rudy Fernandez dunking over Howard.
Navarro walking one step without bouncing just like the USA team had done the whole game, the referees penalizing it, and then realizing -the referees I mean- that it was just a mock on the different way they were arbitrating. The smile on the referees face acknowledging that they had not aplied FIBA rules, is precious.
This was a heart breaker as the Bruins were on a great looking run but they lost Game 7 in Boston on May 14th 3-2 to the former Hartford Whalers, now Carolina Hurricanes. What made the game particularly nasty was a) I was fortunate enough to be there - my 1st game 7. Amazing experience despite the outcome. b) Scott Walker - who sucker punched the Bruins defensemen Aaron Ward 5 days earlier - scores the game winner in OT on a rebound from the right wing. The hockey god's were not kind that evening.