Friday Question of the Day

Following the theme of purely random FQOTD, I’m curious to know what your most profound sports memory is?  Mine is the 1996 New Yankees World Series Championship.  That third out of game six is burned into my brain.

Although a closer runner up is when the Yankees beat the Red Sox in the ALCS, 2003 I was brought to tears.  As a matter of fact it was the year I got engaged to my ex-fiance and at a dinner party over New Years that year we went around the table and recounted our most memorable moments.  Instead of saying the greatest moment was getting engaged, I said my greatest moment from 2003 was the Yankees beating the Red Sox in the ALCS.  Yeah, that didn’t go over so well…


So what’s your most profound sports memory?

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  • It’s a tie. The Redskins winning Super Bowl XXVI in January, 1992 was probably the biggest game I’ve ever witnessed, however in Week 2 of 2005, they were playing in Dallas the Monday night the Cowboys retired Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin’s jerseys. The Redskins had lost 15 of the last 16 games against the Cowboys. Dallas was leading 13-0 with less than four minutes left in the game when Mark Brunell threw a 39 yarder to Santana Moss. Two minutes later, he threw a 70 yarder to Moss, giving them the lead, 14-13. The Cowboys last drive was stalled when Sean Taylor (RIP) shellacked a Cowboys receiver on 4th down. I’ll never forget the feeling I had after either of those games.

  • Adam Vinatieri’s field goal in the snow against Oakland in the 2001 Divisional Playoffs and the 2004 ALCS game 4, ninth inning when Dave Roberts stole second.

    It’s sad, but somewhere in NY, there must be at least one seven year old kid wondering if the Yankees will win a World Series in his lifetime.

  • Riggins, counter trey left. No contest.

  • As a Mass native, it’s gotta be WS game 4 in 2004, that movement of sheer disbelief that the Red Sox actually won a World Series, and thinking of my grandfather, who at the age of 73, had never seen the Red Sox win a World Series, but was still a huge fan, and being so glad he was able to experience it in his lifetime. Then, flying home to Boston to see the rally, which was just a surreal experience. It’s become a little more normal now (the Red Sox actually winning in the playoffs instead of failing monumentally), which is just strange to this Sox fan.

  • 2004 ALCS- Red Sox-down 3 games to the Stankees-no one has ever come from 3 -0 to win-so the Sox roll off 4 in a row and send NY packing and then another 4 in a row to brush aside the Cards for the title-beautiful.

    But seriously seeing a rain soaked Ashley Judd at the end of the 2007 Indy 500 after her husband ,Dario somethingorother, made my year-she’s so hawt!

  • Alabama v Penn State 1989. Penn State was going for a 3 pointer in the last 10 seconds for the game win and Alabama’s Rayam blocked the kick and Bama won the game 17-16. Now known a the “Desperation Block” – there are video’s on the web of it. Freakin’ awesome!

    Second was the 1992 Alabama v. Miami Sugar Bowl a true 1 v 2 match-up. Miami was the heavily favored team and Gino Torretta had just won the Heisman. Bama ran Miami ragged.

  • Wow. Though I have a bittersweet relationship with the Boston Red Sox (their “curse” has as much to do with their -ah-belated entry into the post-Jackie Robinson world as anything)-I’d have to include their 2004 Series triumph.
    And, of course, the Buffalo Bills’ come from behind win against the Houston Oilers
    in that 1993 playoff game.

  • In 1994, the Houston Rockets beat the New York Knicks and won their first championship. It went all the way to game seven and when we won- Houstonians took to the streets, honking their horns, embracing our country ways.

    During the series, game 5, was the OJ Simpson car chase and they interrupted the game. At a young age, I knew when i was justified to be pissed.

    BTW: Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon made it rain on them hoes.

  • It was the first lacrosse game I ever went to. The Washington Bayhawks were playing the Rochester Rattlers in 2007, and McGlone fired a behind his back shot into the goal. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

    Oh, and watching Zidane’s head butt in a room full of drunk folks at the Big Hunt.

  • As a long-time Red Sox fan, it surprises me to say, that watching my Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2004 was probably the most exciting sporting event ever for me. However, 2003 ALCS game 7 was probably the lowest point in my sport-watching career.

    Next highlight will be when Liverpool wins Europe again. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a soccer fan in 2005.

  • I will seriously never, ever, forget the Dave Roberts steal and subsequent Bill Mueller base hit in the 2004 ALCS.

    There’s a really high-quality video (the only thing I could find on the youtubs was a crappy homemade job), for those that want to re-live it, at:

    God, that was awesome.

  • Game 6 of the 1986 Mets/Red Socks World Series. I still get chills thinking about the Buckner play… Oh, I’m a NY fan!

  • Oct. 22, 2002, when West Virginia University upset No. 3 Virginia Tech, 28-7. I had just finished early Thanksgiving dinner with about 20 of my closest, and we proceeded to burn every piece of excess furniture in our slummy Grant Avenue House. It was magical.

  • Oh PoP…say it ain’t so…really? Jeffrey Maier is the spawn of Satan and the only reason you have the memory of the ’96 WS is because of that minion…. I may have to rethink my participation in your blog….next thing you know, you’re going to say you’re a Cowboys fan….

  • I’m with Anon–my first profound memory was Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. On a more personal note–my best memories are of Kentucky winning the NCAA tournaments in 1996 and 1998. The victory in 1996 was probably the best–people setting cars on fire, students tearing up business signs, people having sex on moving vehicles. Good times in a college town.

  • Super Bowl XXV Giants vs. Bills. Wide Right!!! I was 12 and my allegiance was solidified. Fast forward 17 years and the next playoff run and Super Bowl win is my next all time.

  • 1976 when Indiana University became the last undefeated team to win the NCAA basketball championship by defeating Michigan 86-68. Cheering, dancing, singing and hugging in the streets of Bloomington until the next day. No house, cars, or furniture was burned–just one huge hangover!

    BTW I was 2 years old when I was in college there.

    (I’m having age issues today…)

  • Liverpool coming from 3-0 to win the European Cup in Istanbul in 2005. (good shout, Carra Leg Sweep – We all dream of a team of Carraghers!)

    Also Eric Cantona’s kung fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan back in 94 thereabouts.

  • Maryland Terrapins win the NCAA National Championship in basketball, 2002, my freshman year of college. And the riots that followed 🙂

  • Maryland’s run to the NCAA Championship in 2002 has to be it for me.

    If we are talking one singular play, though, I have to go with the OH HE STEAL play to end the first half in a thrashing of #1 Duke at home in February of that year. My seats were behind the basket away from where Blake scored and I just remember the entire building jumping up and down and being louder than anything. For those who have no idea of what I’m talking about…

    I guess it says something about the mindset of a Maryland fan, but I almost remember the awful losses more vividly than the great wins. The Gone in :54 Seconds game against Duke and the Final Four game where the refs handed Duke the comeback win over Maryland will always be horribly vivid in my mind as well.

    Oh, and to the first poster, Dave Murphy, the Cowboy Taylor layed out was Patrick Crayton. It is an unbelievable hit…there is a clip somewhere on youtube that shows it over and over from a million different angles. It…is…awesome.

  • saf

    I’ve got a few, including the night I won my first date with my now-husband on a sports bet. But that’s not quite sports, totally. And so, I give you:

    The first regular season game of the new Washington Nationals at RFK. After waiting for our own home team for so many years, it was just wonderful.

  • 1988 National League Championship Series
    LA Dodgers vs NY Mets
    12th inning
    Kirk Gibson solo winning home run.

  • I can’t believe no one else has said this, so I had to chime in… but “Do you believe in MIRACLES?!” Comon’ now, team USA beating the Soviet Union in olympic hockey was one of the most amazing sport stories of our times (but maybe I’m just showing my age).

  • Well, as a New Englander, there are so many to choose from – being 8 years old and waking up for Carlton Fisk’s homer in the bottom of the 12th in Game 6 of the 1975 WS; then the next game seeing my father cry for the first time when the Red Sox lost. The 1997 Super Bowl, watching New England lose knowing my mother (a HUGE sports fan) was dying and would never see either the Sox or the Pats win the big game (she died 4 days later). Finally seeing the Pats win in 2002 (after the horror of 9/11 and the anthrax attacks) and the Sox win in 04 – particularly the moment I ran into a friend outside the DC Eagle on NY Ave right after the win and the two of us were jumping up and down wearing our Sox regalia, as random strangers honked their horns and cheered for us as they drove by.

    But the “Most Profound” – there’s really no other choice: the 1980 win by the US Olympic Hockey team over the evil Soviets and then going on to win the gold medal against the Finns.

  • the evil soviets? is this 1980 redux?

  • The death of Ayrton Senna.

  • ugh. so many red sox fans on here.


    (Seattle Mariners (Edgar Martinez double) beating the Yankees in game five in the 1995 playoffs to go to the ALCS. (I cried (out of joy)))

  • Unfortunately it’s not a happy memory but sitting in my bedroom as a teenager listening to the radio reports about Len Bias’ death and you could still hear the bells ringing on the AP machines in the background (yes, I’m old).

  • Definitely the Redskins winning th Superbowl led my the fabulous Doug Williams. As for the Len Bias memory, I was already married with children when that unfortunate event happened, so Adams Morgan, you ain’t that old (I guess it’s all relative).

  • Earl Weaver walking up to my family and telling us he was happy to see us on my first baseball game ever. Earl **********ing Weaver. For no reason other than we were there an hour before the game began watching practice. Just walked up to us. Earl Weaver.

  • May 19, 1974 — Flyers beat the Bruins in game 6 to win the Stanley Cup! I was at the game and on the edge of my seat the whole time. Team USA winning the gold in 1980 ranks up there too.

  • the Redskins winning Super Bowl XVII…I was 7. We got a day off from school to go to the parade.

  • wow, alot of red sox fans.
    i probably have one memory (or more) per sport but the first that comes to mind is super bowl XXII when the redskins led by doug williams’ amazing 2nd quarter and we crushed the bills. and it happened on my 9th birthday! i was an excited kid. i like the first answer by dave murphy too. the skins-cowboys game was great. it was my boys birthday and we were at hooters surrounded by obnoxiously loud cowboys fans, boy did they shut up.
    i also have fond memories of going to the world cup at rfk in ’96. the crowds were really into it, it was a great scene. for some reason, i remember the saudi arabia crowds really well. a sea of green with flags a-waving. soccer games in general at rfk are great, dc united or international. there have been some good matches at that stadium. lookin forward to usa-cuba tomorrow.
    finally, for baseball, i was living in boston when aaron “fuckin” boone hit the home run and i remember the gigantic letdown that i felt.
    i also have fond memories of my days playing soccer and a couple moments come to mind as my favorites.

  • Without question my most enduring sports memory was the last time the skins won the superbowl due to the fact that I was amazed that my father was letting me stay up late to watch football and the unprecedented emotion displayed by my father and grandpa that excited me and baffled me at the same time

    still a skins fan to this day

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