Sports Moments

SPORTS MOMENTS….Steven Taylor asks: What are the ten most memorable sports moments that you yourself have either seen in person or watched live on TV? I’m not really a big time sports junkie, but it got me thinking. So here’s my off-the-top-of-my-head list. It’s roughly in order of my personal assessment of spectacularness:

  1. Anthony Davis’ 102 yard touchdown to open the second half of the 1974 USC-Notre Dame game, sparking a 55-point run that ended in a 55-24 victory and an eventual national championship.

  2. John McEnroe’s spectacular 4-set victory over 5-time champ Bjorn Borg in the 1981 Wimbledon finals. (Tennis cognoscenti will argue that the 1980 final was actually a better match, but I was working that day and didn’t get to see it.)

  3. Robert Horry’s astonishing 3-point shot at the buzzer to win Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals against the Sacramento Kings.

  4. Kirk Gibson hobbling to the plate for the Dodgers in the ninth inning of the first game of the 1988 World Series and then belting a game winning home run into the right field seats.

  5. The final three seconds of the 1972 Olympic basketball game between the United States and the Soviet Union.

  6. The infamous slow rolling ground ball ambling through Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

  7. Kerri Strug limping to the line with a sprained ankle in the 1996 Olympics and then sticking her final vault to give the U.S. women’s gymnastics squad its first ever team gold medal.

  8. Tiger Woods’ 40-foot birdie chip-in on the 16th hole of the 2005 Masters, a shot that sat on the lip of the hole for what seemed like forever before finally, improbably, dropping in.

  9. Mary Decker collapsing on the infield after clipping Zola Budd in the 3,000 meter run at the 1984 Olympic games.

  10. This item deliberately left blank ? because I’ve almost certainly forgotten something. For example, I think I saw the Immaculate Reception live, but I’m not sure. And there was Flutie’s Hail Mary pass in 1984 against Miami. I think I saw that too, but I don’t remember for sure. Besides, at the time I’m not sure I really cared that much about either one of those.