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Mysticpuma2003
10-24-2007, 01:01 AM
of all-time in Baseball, Basketball,Hockey and American Football?

I realise this is subjective, but I am assuming that there have been many debates and usually 2-3 plays will have been seen to be the most outstanding that people think of.

From a British point-of-view, and talking about football (that's soccer), two moments that stand out are the save by Gordon Banks in the 1970 World Cup against Pele:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQA234KPA2s

This was because at the point of the crossed ball, Banks is standing at the post nearest the cross, Pele heads it down, and in the time it took for the ball to be crossed and headed in at the far-post, Banks covered the complete distance to save it!

The other one is Manchester United 1-0 down in the 90th minute of the 1999 Champions League final. In the 93rd minute, they won 2-1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fntt_dt9hAM

So my question is, is there anything like this for American Sports fans?

Cheers, MP.

woofiedog
10-24-2007, 01:44 AM
What are seen the Best Moments...

Super Bowl XXXVIII... with Adam Vinatieri kicking a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left on the clock.

http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/topstory/sports/vinatieri0201a.jpg
"If you've got to have one kick with the game on the line, Vinatieri's the one I'd want kicking them," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "That was the game. That's what Adam's here for."

willyvic
10-24-2007, 02:38 AM
United States:
Willie Mays over the shoulder catch in the 1954 series. SF went on to win it.

http://www.geocities.com/mompeepers/willyvic/MaysCatch.jpeg

WV

Breeze147
10-24-2007, 05:30 AM
Originally posted by willyvic:
United States:
Willie Mays over the shoulder catch in the 1954 series. SF went on to win it.

http://www.geocities.com/mompeepers/willyvic/MaysCatch.jpeg

WV

In 1954, the Giants played in New York, where they had played since the 1800's. The photo was taken at the Polo Grounds in New York.


To the original poster, the question "What was the greatest sports moment?", will be purely subjective, based on personal experience and team loyalty. For me personally, the greatest sports moment would be the Philadelphia Flyers winning the Stanley Cup in 1974.

Worf101
10-24-2007, 07:14 AM
I'll play:

In Baseball - 1986 World Series. NY Mets are down to their last strike. Slow grounder gets through Buckners legs "Mets Win, Met's Win" they win. The most heartbreaking and gutshot win/loss in baseball history.

In Football - Music City Miracle - Down late to the Bills Tennesee Titans pull off one of the greatest plays ever seen. Can't describe it in words, you'd never believe it.

In Boxing - Muhammed Ali Vs. George Foreman - The old wizard takes apart the invincible Foreman with gile, skill, stragety and straight right hands.

In Boxing - Hagler Vs. Hearns - Less than three rounds in length but my God what fury. I was a Hagler fan then, all I remember of the first round was being covered in spilled beer, standing on the top of my seat screaming "did you see that???!!!" Over and over again.

Da Worfster

Wepps
10-24-2007, 07:20 AM
Here's a local one...

Back in '80, we had a country High School called Northwest in PA that pulled a 'Hoosiers' type victory.

They had a 7-man ironman squad of farm boys that went undefeated.

Last game of the season, they were down by 11 with one minute left to play. They won by 10.

Greatest comeback I ever saw. They went on to win the State Championship that year...

BOA_Allmenroder
10-24-2007, 07:32 AM
IMO, the greatest sports moment in US History was the 1980 US Mens Olympic Hockey win against the USSR team.

You can't imagine the excitement that event generated. Particularly because it was not seen 'live.' All many knew, via radio, was that something amazing had happend and the country 'tuned into' ABC Sports coverage of the event about 8pm ET/7pm CT that evening.

But that 'moment' has to be the greatest single event.

han freak solo
10-24-2007, 07:36 AM
That was a biggie, since the US and USSR despised each other so much back then.

The "Evil Empire". Mwuahahaha! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

GreyBeast
10-24-2007, 09:38 AM
Oh yeah?

What about Doug Flutie's Hail Mary?

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Wepps
10-24-2007, 09:50 AM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
That was a biggie, since the US and USSR despised each other so much back then.

The "Evil Empire". Mwuahahaha! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

We never despised each other.

We were just trying to find a new garbage dump location...for all these excess weapons we had stockpiled.

The Russians figured 'New Jersey' and the Americans figured, well, New Jersey, but that might not go over so well.

han freak solo
10-24-2007, 09:57 AM
Originally posted by Wepps:
We never despised each other.

We were just trying to find a new garbage dump location...for all these excess weapons we had stockpiled.

The Russians figured 'New Jersey' and the Americans figured, well, New Jersey, but that might not go over so well.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

I did despise the USSR. It was the way I was raised I guess. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

han freak solo
10-24-2007, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by woofiedog:
What are seen the Best Moments...

Super Bowl XXXVIII... with Adam Vinatieri kicking a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left on the clock.


You just like that game because of the half-time show. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

SlickStick
10-24-2007, 10:20 AM
The 1980 US Hockey team win sticks out in my mind as well. Some other great sports moments mentioned already in this thread as well. Some of my memories.

1986 Mets - Poor Bill Buckner. After the game he tried to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of a bus.......but, it went through his legs. Ba-doomp-boomp-CRASH! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

2004 Red Sox - Coming back from a 3-0 defecit in the ALCS against the Yankess to make sports history by sweeping the next 4.

1969 Jets - Joe Namath guaranteeing a victory against the 18-point favorite Colts and winning the Super Bowl.

1976 - Nadia Comaneci and her stunning, first-time ever, perfect 10s in gymanstics events in the Olympics. She got 7 perfect tens those games. Not from the USA, but stellar nonetheless.

1972 Dolphins - The only undefeated season in NFL history.

1978 - Bucky Dent's game-winning homer that yet again destroyed the BoSox after the Yankees erased a 14 game defecit and forced the one-game playoff for the division.

horseback
10-24-2007, 10:25 AM
What about the Chargers' overtime playoff win over Miami back in the 80s? Kellen Winslow (Senior, to help out you Browns fans) making all those catches and then blocking the Dolphins' field goal attempt was HUGE.

In baseball, Kirk Gibson's gimpy-kneed homerun for the Dodgers against the Athletics has to be an all timer...it set the tone for that World Series.

Worf is right about Hagler-Hearns. It may have been the last time in history there was that much ferocity in that short a period without divorce lawyers and an angry ex-wife involved.

cheers

horseback

berg417448
10-24-2007, 10:54 AM
Stanford vs Cal has to be one of the most memorable US college football moments:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=692102872630866...ype=search&plindex=0 (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6921028726308663219&q=stanford+band&total=209&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0)

crazyivan1970
10-24-2007, 11:16 AM
I bet the most memorable moment for american sports fans was defeating USSR hockey team in 1980 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

TheBandit_76
10-24-2007, 12:38 PM
Without a doubt...

http://www.cyclinghalloffame.com/riders/pics/Greg%20Lemond%201989%20final.jpg

XyZspineZyX
10-24-2007, 02:41 PM
Originally posted by crazyivan1970:
I bet the most memorable moment for american sports fans was defeating USSR hockey team in 1980 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif What most folks forget is that they didn't beat team USSR to win the gold medal in 1980 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

XyZspineZyX
10-24-2007, 02:58 PM
This is the most iconic image of North American professional hockey in general, and has been acknowledged as the NHL's greatest single moment:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v441/Chuck_Older/Orr.jpg

On May 10 1970, Robert Gordon Orr, star defenseman of the Boston Bruins scored this goal to win the Stanley Cup. He was tripped by Noel Picard, which is why Orr seems to be flying. Both players wore #4. He beats the great net minder Glenn Hall on a (typically) sweet pass from playboy centerman Derek "Turk" Sanderson.

The photographer had just returned from the beer line at the Boston Garden, and had lost his "good" spot along the side boards, close to the blue line. He had just set up again at this "bad" spot, and got snaps of the goal that won the Cup, on Mother's Day, 1970

Here's the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9eAsbA0SoU

I was lucky enough to see many hockey games at the old Boston Garden, and only about 1/3rd were NHL games. The others were High School and College matches. What a humid, uncomfortable, disgusting, magical place to see hockey that was.

XyZspineZyX
10-24-2007, 03:01 PM
Originally posted by willyvic:
United States:
Willie Mays over the shoulder catch in the 1954 series. SF went on to win it.

http://www.geocities.com/mompeepers/willyvic/MaysCatch.jpeg

WV

Possibly the greatest pro sports moment

LEBillfish
10-24-2007, 03:03 PM
Best Moments?

Athletic toned male sportsfigures posing in Playgirl..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

han freak solo
10-24-2007, 04:10 PM
Originally posted by BBB462cid:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by crazyivan1970:
I bet the most memorable moment for american sports fans was defeating USSR hockey team in 1980 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif What most folks forget is that they didn't beat team USSR to win the gold medal in 1980 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's amazing, but winning a medal at that point didn't matter. It was USA vs. USSR that mattered, especially being the Cold War and all. The USSR seemed to be the unbreachable wall in the Olympics.

Shoot, I'd have to guess the way many Americans thought back then that it was the USA against anything Communist in the Olympics, because I dreaded seeing the East German teams almost as much as the USSR teams.

I'd bet citizens of the USSR felt the same way towards the USA as the citizens of the USA felt about the USSR back then. The Olympics were one way to "do battle" without the dire consequences of real battle.

As far as "the Miracle on Ice" I'd have to look up who won the gold let alone who won silver. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

R_Target
10-24-2007, 04:58 PM
Immaculate reception.

http://www.benkepple.com/Images/reception.jpg

astro_ninja
10-24-2007, 06:19 PM
So my question is, is there anything like this for American Sports fans?

Cheers, MP.[/QUOTE]



I saw this guy play many times and this is "The Run". http://youtube.com/watch?v=usFFN9mPIDY

SithSpeeder
10-24-2007, 06:29 PM
1999: U.S. captures the World Cup
King's victory was a made-for-TV spectacle. This was a real event. On July 10, 1999, the U.S. women's soccer team beat China 5-4 in penalty kicks after 120 scoreless, but riveting, minutes to win the Women's World Cup title. With the world's all-time leading scorer -- man or woman -- on the field (Mia Hamm); the world's all-time leader in international appearances -- man or woman (Kristine Lilly) -- playing; and several of the world's top female players, the World Cup final at the Rose Bowl drew 90,185 fans, the largest crowd ever at a women's sporting event. Brandi Chastain's penalty kick to win the trophy capped off a game and tournament for the ages.

1980: "Miracle on Ice" is the popular nickname for the men's ice hockey game in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, in which a team of amateur and collegiate players from the United States beat the long-dominant and heavily-favored Soviet Union, in a match held on February 22, 1980, at Lake Placid, New York. The United States went on to win the gold medal by beating Finland 4-2 in their final game. The Soviet Union took the silver by beating Sweden in their final game. Sweden received the bronze medal, and Finland finished 4th.

1936: Jessie Owens Wins Gold in Berlin Olympics
Hitler and his Nazi party had taken full control of Germany and were spreading their propaganda throughout Europe. The 1936 Olympics were a chance for him to showcase the superiority of German race to the entire world. Hitler mocked the Americans for allowing Jessie Owens to even be on the team. Jessie Owens went on to win four gold medals as Hitler sat in the stands and watched. Owens won over the German fans with his heroic performance. He also proved that athletic ability and talent sees no color.

Granted, the last one doesn't fall into the original poster's categories, but I don't care http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif.

* _54th_Speeder *

Capt_Pepper
10-25-2007, 12:15 AM
Originally posted by willyvic:
United States:
Willie Mays over the shoulder catch in the 1954 series. SF went on to win it.



WV

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While the catch was indeed spectacular, it was the throw afterward that was far more amazing. In a split second, turns on a dime, somewhat off balance and makes a perfect throw to throw out the runner who was off base.