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So chatting with BB84 on the football thread made me think about the greatest moments in sport. The awesome comebacks, unlikely victories, the ones you waited oh so long for.
For me there is one head and shoulders above the rest. And that was Australia qualifying for the 2006 football world cup in a penalty shootout against Uruguay. I was at the game and it was sheer euphoric madness. I had a natural high for about 3 days afterwards!
Here it is on youtube. Watch for Schwarzer's second penalty save. It was phenomenal.
What are your unforgettable moments? Video links if you can find them please!
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Oh man there are, I am happy to say, quite a few for me. Even though I have been watching sports for a bit over twenty years, nearly all of the glorious moments have come in the last decade.
The first one: I will start with the New England Patriots, the American Football team from the region I grew up in in the United States, winning their first Superbowl in early 2002 against the St. Louis Rams. That whole season was legendary - that was the year Tom Brady came on the scene and the Patriots pulled off huge upset after huge upset. The biggest was in the Superbowl itself against the high-flying, defending Champion St. Louis Rams which were an amazing 14 point favorite. It was also won in dramatic fashion; Adam Vinatieri kicked a field goal as time was expiring to win it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX9r6n-OOR4
The run-up also featured the famous Tuck Rule game against the Oakland Raiders in the New England snow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG7krO7GGfs. One of the more memorable games in history and the final game at the old Foxbor stadium...
While we are on penalty shootouts, one random morning while taking a break from studying I stumbled upon what is surely one of the craziest shootouts ever in history. It was Ivory Coast - Cameroon in the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations in 2006. The first 11 shooters from each team - yes, that means the goalies had to shoot too! - converted theirs. Only then did, of all people, Samuel 'ka-ching' Eto'o blast his over the bar. Drogba converted the ensuing penalty to win it for the Ivory Coast.
Here's the clip (skip to minute 12): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEJocDgqtcE
As a bonus the announcer in the clip is hilarious 😂
I didn't get why the clock stopped in that superbowl clip. Did he drop the ball and pick it up again intentionally? I know the clock stops when they run over the sidelines, but does it stop as well when there's a fumble?
Yeah, definitely not "Great moments in sports commentary" in that penalty shootout with gems like these...
"the indomitable lions have had their teeth pulled and the elephants have kept their ivory"
BB84, I know this is going to hurt you, but here is my list of great sports moments I have ever seen.
- The Patriots/New York Giants in the Super Bowl a few years back. Eli Manning somehow escapes 3 sacks, and makes the throw down field. Absolutely amazing stuff. Then to cap it off with the touch down to Plaxico Burress...absolutely stunning!
The Throw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27XeNefwABw
The Touchdown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey4VdWauoYQ&feature=related
My second take for Game 6 last year of the Western Conference Semi Finals in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings. For perspective, sure this is only a second round series, but Detroit was down 0-3 in the series and had pulled back to 3-2. In game 6, they had the chance to tie it up...
I couldn't be at the game, but heard the arena was so loud that it was shaking. Quite impressive! It would have been better if they could have finished the series off though 😢
I have been spoiled as a sports fan in Detroit. My teams have done well the past 10 years or so, but there are so many legendary moments in ALL of sports. I enjoy them all!
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