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AdamJoshua
06-19-2015, 02:28 PM
As the title say, what is your greatest single sporting memory? Sorry Tom you can only pick one of the Blackcawks' championships. :sl

For me hands down, Dave Roberts' steal in Game 4, while everything about that half inning was important, "the steal" is the greatest single moment. While the comebacker and throw to first that clinched the WS was great, as far as nerves, adrenaline, not breathing, just totally being in the moment... it was the steal. The greatest closer of all time on the mound, a catcher more than capable of throwing out runners behind home plate and a guy that we basically got for one reason standing on first to do what we got him for.

Oh and for those that don't know, the RS were 3 outs away from being swept out of the ALCS.

https://youtu.be/NNnqbf2Vpv0

Non- 30 for 30 version of that inning.

https://youtu.be/_9KxHOLQ40A

Scottastic
06-19-2015, 02:45 PM
Mine has to be the 2002 NFL AFC championship game. I was lucky enough to have season tickets to the Raiders that year and was sitting at the 30 yard line.

Being there with all those people, celebrating together and watching the fanfare after winning is an experience I will never forget. Which is good, because it's a memory I've had to cling to for a long time as a Raiders fan.

shilala
06-19-2015, 03:20 PM
I was doing a hitting seminar for the local kids and was having a hard time getting them focused.
So I told them I'd hit from the left side of the plate, which I'd never done, and I'd put it over the fence. If they'd stfu and learn, they could do the same.
First pitch went over the fence, the other way. I figured I'd pull it if I ever even got ahold of it. I was just funnin' with them.

Complete silence.
I threw the bat on the ground, told them to continue shutting up, and taught a lot of kids how to hit the ball that day.
That was fun.

Second was probably watching Mario toss a puck over the back of the net, off the back of Phil Bourque's head, and into the net for the gws.

I'm funny that I expect big plays from big players at big games.
So I don't get too excited about big plays, not for more than a few minutes.
I'm far more at awe of big careers than big plays.

icehog3
06-19-2015, 03:21 PM
Boston, June 24th, 2013. 17 seconds, my first time seeing the Blackhawks skate the Stanley Cup live. It was awesome seeing it Monday at home, but I think 2013 is tops. So dramatic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-h46vxck4g

badbriar
06-19-2015, 03:52 PM
Mine's not so dramatic... I remember vividly one night in particular when my junior class daughter came home after playing goalie for her HS Lacrosse team with bruises all over her body where there had been no protection. The kid was laughing, joking and celebrating a particularly hard win over their toughest opponent. Found out a little later that she had a broken wrist and a couple of broken fingers. Tougher kid that me! :banger

nutcracker
06-19-2015, 03:54 PM
Joel Stransky's drop kick to win the 1995 World Cup (Rugby Union) - Springboks vs All Blacks - in dying seconds - entire Nation went nuts, including the Pres. himself (Mandela).
Was a thing of beauty from 40 yards out.

AdamJoshua
06-19-2015, 03:56 PM
Mine has to be the 2002 NFL AFC championship game. I was lucky enough to have season tickets to the Raiders that year and was sitting at the 30 yard line.

Being there with all those people, celebrating together and watching the fanfare after winning is an experience I will never forget. Which is good, because it's a memory I've had to cling to for a long time as a Raiders fan.

As a fellow life long Raiders fan I feel ya' on that one. When I was younger my dad got tickets to the Superbowl in TB from one of the companies he did business with, I got to watch the Raiders absolutely destroy the friggin' Redskins, to this day I still love that Joe T hates the Raiders for that very reason. :lr

Boston, June 24th, 2013. 17 seconds, my first time seeing the Blackhawks skate the Stanley Cup live. It was awesome seeing it Monday at home, but I think 2013 is tops. So dramatic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-h46vxck4g

Glad you were there and not me, Tom, where as it was a great moment for you, if I was there I would either be dead or getting my daily dose of electroshock right about now. :tu

Mine's not so dramatic... I remember vividly one night in particular when my junior class daughter came home after playing goalie for her HS Lacrosse team with bruises all over her body where there had been no protection. The kid was laughing, joking and celebrating a particularly hard win over their toughest opponent. Found out a little later that she had a broken wrist and a couple of broken fingers. Tougher kid that me! :banger

Love it man, the world needs more kids that compete and less that learn that all you need to do is participate to get a "trophy". We are raising a generation of "good enoughs" not enough kids who want to strive and win.... but that's a thread for another day.

Neil you lost me at World Cup, seriously you think I'm going to believe that, there is no way for someone to make a cup big enough for the entire world, next you'll be telling me there's a World Sportsbra... sheesh.

The Poet
06-19-2015, 04:21 PM
If I had to pick just one, I'd go with the 1982 NCAA men's basketball championship game. Not only was it a great contest between UNC and Georgetown, it finally gave Dean Smith his first crown in his 7th trip to the Final Four.

As an indication of the way this impacted me, my reaction was more one of stunned silence than joyous celebration. I didn't know what to say, to feel, to even think until the next day, so unreal it felt to me. The following cover of Sports Illustrated (which is framed and hanging above my bed) summed it up perfectly by declaring "Finally, it's Carolina!" . . . in sky-blue letters, of course.

area51
06-19-2015, 05:06 PM
The Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series for me. Nothing else sticks out quite like that.

heyferg
06-19-2015, 05:16 PM
I was at the 1988 World Series. Game 1. Kirk Gibson hit the game winning home run in the bottom of the 9th. Awesome.

The Poet
06-19-2015, 05:24 PM
I was at the 1988 World Series. Game 1. Kirk Gibson hit the game winning home run in the bottom of the 9th. Awesome.

Has he rounded the bases yet?

area51
06-19-2015, 05:25 PM
My lack of punctuation in my post makes me chuckle. That's right folks, the Red Sox won the World Series for me.

The Poet
06-19-2015, 05:30 PM
My lack of punctuation in my post makes me chuckle. That's right folks, the Red Sox won the World Series for me.

I'm more concerned that nothing else sticks out for you.

Porch Dweller
06-19-2015, 05:31 PM
Miracle on Ice, still.

longknocker
06-19-2015, 05:49 PM
The 1986 Masters, The 50th Masters Played. Won By Jack Nicklaus, The Oldest Winner Of The Masters At 46 For His Record Of 6 Master's Victories!:D:tu

GreekGodX
06-19-2015, 06:00 PM
Seeing Red Wings Stanley Cup (not the clinching game) game at the Joe in 1998.

Pistons winning the NBA championship over the Kobe, Shaq, Gary Payton, Karl Malone Lakers :D

AdamJoshua
06-19-2015, 06:42 PM
I'm more concerned that nothing else sticks out for you.

Well I have to admit if they won it for me, nothing else would stick out, although I'm pretty sure they make pills for that so it's all good.

AdamJoshua
06-19-2015, 07:08 PM
The Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series for me. Nothing else sticks out quite like that.

Ok Ken, not to derail this thread too much, but have you ever heard of the "Win It For..." thread?

Here is Sportsguy talking about it, I refuse to call Bill anything else because this is how I knew him.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/041027

Here is the thread's creator posting about the thread being accepted to the baseball hall of fame. Jack (the creator is a good friend of mine), I was one of the 3 people that posted for the masses in the thread, I along with a couple others put our email out there and people emailed us their "win it for.." posts and we posted them in the thread for them. I posted right up until the end of the game, once the Red Sox were the Champs it didn't seem worth it to keep posting "win it for...".

Schilling posted in the thread, along with a few other RS players that were board members, btw the board went to hell, the owner got greedy, he put idiots in charge (I'm sure that sounds familiar to a few old CS guys here), told Jack that since he created the thread on his (the owner's) site that the owner owned the thread and all publication rights to it, but I digress that turned into a bitter feud. Anyway, the thread was on the NBC nightly news, ESPN, a bunch of channels reported on it, it was the mojo thread of all mojo threads.

Jack being a smart cookie, printed out the entire thread to have a copy, which was brilliant because a year or so later the idiots in charge had a server crash and lost the entire original thread, they only had part of it archived, so Jack had the original thread and had it spiral bound, he had 10 copies made, 1 went to the Red Sox and they display it in the offices, one went to the Boston Public Library and is on display there, one went to the Baseball H.O.F. and is in their rare books collection, a couple went to his kids and one went to me as I was one of the main posters, I am also the one that posted at the exact moment the Red Sox won the Championship... in extra large bold font of course. :lr ... so they won it for a lot of people.

Below is a picture of the book and of course my last post, at the time I was a big Spike Owen fan, God only knows why.

Blueface
06-19-2015, 07:15 PM
There are a few for me.
Miracle on ice.
'86 Mets
Giants v Buffalo
And a few more but the number one, Giants screwing up the Patriots perfect season.

Ashcan Bill
06-19-2015, 08:29 PM
I can't believe nobody has mentioned February 13, 1977. It was a stellar evening for sports fans around the globe. Shortly after a somewhat controversial decision in the LeDoux - Boudreaux heavyweight fight, a bit of a post fight scuffle broke out and Howard Cosell's piece went flying off his head as the cameras rolled.

It was one of those moments you just hope you live to see sometime in your life. Fortunately it was recorded for posterity. Still brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.

icehog3
06-19-2015, 09:16 PM
"Down goes Furball! Down goes Furball! "

Dave128
06-19-2015, 09:26 PM
There are a few for me.
Miracle on ice.
'86 Mets
Giants v Buffalo
And a few more but the number one, Giants screwing up the Patriots perfect season.

This :)

MarkinCA
06-19-2015, 10:27 PM
Miracle on Ice, still.

In my 62 yrs on this planet, there have been many really great moments in the world of sports. That makes it a tough decision. However...

I'll have to agree with James, when the USA kicked the big bad boy on the blocks rear end:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYscemhnf88

It's Patriotic and still brings tears to my eyes watching this young USA team kick butt...:gary:usa

The Poet
06-19-2015, 10:38 PM
Speaking of patriotic victories, how about somebody choosing the 1976 Olympics decathlon win?

dvickery
06-20-2015, 02:26 AM
i coached one of my boys soccer teams(alternated which one from year to year ) for about nine years ... at the end of one of those years ... all the soccer moms of the team got together and hand made a thank you card for me ... still have it .

derrek

Adriftpanda
06-20-2015, 02:55 AM
Alaska's Sporting Clay Championships I've only seen pictures but they way it was described to me by YSR Racer, it was something of a lifetime.

drjammer
06-20-2015, 08:22 AM
2001 NHL All Star weekend and game in Denver. What a weekend, got to meet a lot of current and former players including one of my all time favorites Bryan Trottier who was such a nice guy, very personable and only being about 10 feet away from Wayne Gretzky but there was so many people mobbing him it was kind of scary. Jari Kurri, Phil Esposito and last but not least Lanny McDonald who might have had the best mustache I have ever seen in person :)
Great memories for sure :tu

shilala
06-20-2015, 08:57 AM
2001 NHL All Star weekend and game in Denver. What a weekend, got to meet a lot of current and former players including one of my all time favorites Bryan Trottier who was such a nice guy, very personable and only being about 10 feet away from Wayne Gretzky but there was so many people mobbing him it was kind of scary. Jari Kurri, Phil Esposito and last but not least Lanny McDonald who might have had the best mustache I have ever seen in person :)
Great memories for sure :tu
Trots was the guy who brought the Cup to Burgh in 90 and 91. He turned that bunch of kids into a team.
When I think of him, it's like he's been in Pittsburgh forever, and he only played 3 or 4 years.
You picked a real good favorite. A class act. :tu

AdamJoshua
06-20-2015, 10:46 AM
Alaska's Sporting Clay Championships I've only seen pictures but they way it was described to me by YSR Racer, it was something of a lifetime.

I would kill for some venison sausage all of a sudden, but sadly I'm one of the poor people.

Porch Dweller
06-20-2015, 11:41 AM
2001 NHL All Star weekend and game in Denver. What a weekend, got to meet a lot of current and former players including one of my all time favorites Bryan Trottier who was such a nice guy, very personable and only being about 10 feet away from Wayne Gretzky but there was so many people mobbing him it was kind of scary. Jari Kurri, Phil Esposito and last but not least Lanny McDonald who might have had the best mustache I have ever seen in person :)
Great memories for sure :tu

How awesome was his mustache? His mustache had a mustache of its own and his mustache's mustache was cooler than most man can dream of. :D

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vUcmidgXeWo/URCbd7DnVjI/AAAAAAAATfM/NtGMT5vj41s/s1600/lanny-mcdonald.jpg

markem
06-20-2015, 02:17 PM
As a participant, I'd say it was a tie between the first time that I red-pointed Ring of Fire (http://www.mountainproject.com/v/ring-of-fire/105789153) and the time that my soccer team, with me playing sweeper-stopper, beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 (I think it was 1987 and the Sounders were not the team that they are today, by a long shot).

YankeeMan
06-20-2015, 05:58 PM
Mine came when I was umpiring a womens softball game. I got to see an unassisted triple play!

You ask me how? Well, there were runners on first and second and the shortstop was playing way too close to second base, maybe anticipating a double play. The batter hit a screaming line drive and the runners took off. The shortstop went about 4 feet in the air, snagged the fly ball and landed on second base, making the second out.

The runner from first was running with her head down and did not see the catch and was pulling into second base as the shortstop reached out and tagged her. Triple play!

AdamJoshua
06-20-2015, 06:31 PM
Mine came when I was umpiring a womens softball game. I got to see an unassisted triple play!

You ask me how? Well, there were runners on first and second and the shortstop was playing way too close to second base, maybe anticipating a double play. The batter hit a screaming line drive and the runners took off. The shortstop went about 4 feet in the air, snagged the fly ball and landed on second base, making the second out.

The runner from first was running with her head down and did not see the catch and was pulling into second base as the shortstop reached out and tagged her. Triple play!

That's awesome dude.

I was at this game when John Valentin did it for the RS.

https://youtu.be/YXJuw4Rd0ck

drjammer
06-21-2015, 08:17 AM
How awesome was his mustache? His mustache had a mustache of its own and his mustache's mustache was cooler than most man can dream of. :D

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vUcmidgXeWo/URCbd7DnVjI/AAAAAAAATfM/NtGMT5vj41s/s1600/lanny-mcdonald.jpg

Looked the same in 2001 :tu

Remo
06-21-2015, 08:19 AM
Alaska's Sporting Clay Championships I've only seen pictures but they way it was described to me by YSR Racer, it was something of a lifetime.

Stole it from me! :lr