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What's your greatest sports memory? (witnessed live)

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by fenwayrocks, Jan 24, 2002.

  1. fenwayrocks

    fenwayrocks Thread Starter

    Nov 27, 2001
    Here are my greatest sports memories that I witnessed live:

    1- Bruins win Stanley Cup on Orr's flying through the air goal vs St. Louis. .

    2- Boston Garden crowd sends 76er's off to finals with Very loud, sustained chant of " BEAT LA...BEAT LA..."

    3- Billy Buckner scoops up a soft ground ball, steps on the bag and the Red Sox win their first World Series in 68 years! ;)
  2. wen


    Jun 17, 2001
    i was lucky enough to go to the very last trans atlantic trophy at mallory park to witness little known of ray stringer trounce the likes of freddie spencer, doug polen, ron haslam and the like, also a little known bike racer called carl fogarty who had only just started to make his way thru the ranks.

    i saw bruce penhall win the world final at wembley stadium.

    but the best was the great danish star erik gundersen walk round the track at cradley after dying 4 times on the track at bradford after a bad accident when his team mate hit him.
    his twisted mangled but still walking body is still a testament to grim determination over horrific injuries.

    some things just stay with you.

  3. SyscoKid


    Oct 10, 2001
    So, fenway, you were still doing some major drugs in 1986, huh? ;)

    All my greatest sports memories come from TV. I don't get out enough. :(

    Though I did see Luis Tiant pitch and Larry Bird play, and The Patriots vs. the Vikings at Harvard Stadium. Pretty hard to forget a game where there were about 8 inches of snow in the stands and the fans were pelting Santa Claus with snowballs. :D
  4. RandyG


    Jun 26, 2000
    Nothing sticks out so much.

    seeing Pele play in the 70's (my one and only live soccer match)

    The most memorable would be meeting Al Kaline in '79 in the Tiger Stadium upstairs press club. Mom worked for the TV station that covered Tiger games, and we got a chance to hit the lounge, met Al, and he even left the lounge, and was back within 30 minutes with a basebal signed by as many of the players that were still downstairs, as well as his own. Made the biggest impression on this 11 year old, back when athletes were larger than life, and Baseball was still the best sport in the States.
  5. anglin_fool


    Oct 1, 2001
    First game of the season. North Carroll against my Brunswick Railroaders. North Carroll has the ball, third down and two yards to go to the first down at their 20 yard line.
    Blue 32
    Blue 32
    Hand off to the running back. He heads up field between the guard and tackle. I’m there to stop him. I stand him up and the defensive end hits him from the side and jars the ball loose. I pounce on it for the fumble recovery.
    The linebacker jumps up and down for joy and gets credit over the loudspeaker system for what I just did.

    My greatest sports memory!
  6. marioh


    Jul 24, 2001
    My greatest sports memory that I witnessed live and in person was when the Giants beat the Denver Broncos in Giants stadium. The Giants that year were pretty bad and the Broncos came into Giants stadium undefeated at 10-0 (I think).
    Kent Graham hit Amani Toomer for the game winning touchdown and the place went nuts. You woulda thought the Giants had just won the Super Bowl by the reaction.
    Needless to say, I had absolutely no voice for about 3 days. :D
    I guess I shouldn't have ragged on that Bronco fan in front of me for the entire game.
  7. Gibble


    Oct 9, 2001

    I don't know about greatest, my saddest is having the Winnipeg Jets leave the city and head to Phoenix :( You have never seen a city's (and province's) citizens try so diligently to stop the sale of the team.

    As for greatest (sorta funny) it would have to be when I played soccer many years ago. We were playing one of the toughest teams in the league. I jumped in the air to head the ball when a player from the other team came charging at me and his shoulders took me out at the waist. I did a complete flip forwards and landed on my back. The referee had a yellow card out and the wistle blown before I even hit the ground :p. Needless to say the players, and coaches of both teams came rushing out to see if I was ok. My coach (father) held out his hand and pulled me to my feet while asking if I was still good enough to play. I was a tad flustered still but I shook it off and contiued on playing the rest of the game. We won :D The funny part was that our team was getting beaten on like that all game and not one of us stopped playing for even a shift, but when we hit one of the other team they went down crying. And seeing as how our team was a foot shorter, on average, than the other team it really made it look that much funnier.
  8. jakoval


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greatest sports memory was working ring crew for the show jumping at PanAm games in Winnipeg. Had to set up any jumps that were knocked down, so was right in the middle of the course during the competition. I like to tell people that I have had sand kicked in my face by the best! :D
    Just amazing to see a horse and rider clear a jump that's as tall as I am!

    gibble - good to see a fellow Manitoban on the board.
  9. Mulderator


    Feb 20, 1999
    This is tough, but here they are:

    1. Kirk Gibson hits a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two strikes and one on against Dennis Eckersley and the Oakland A's in the first game of the 1988 World Series. What was so amazing was that both knees were injured and he could hardly walk. He had two quick strikes and when he swung he grimaced in pain and almost fell down. Bob Costas later said he was in the dugout to interview and he could here Gibson taking practice swings in the tunnel and shrieking in pain after each swing. LaSorda asked the pitching coach if Gibson could go and the coach said he thought he had "one good swing in him". Costas said it was like a script from a "B" movie.

    2. Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius game tying home runs in the 2001 world series.

    3. Franco Harris catch off a Terry Bradshaw deflected pass on 4th and 10 to beat the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs with time running out (1972). It's called "The Immaculate Reception".

    4. The Los Angeles Lakers coming back from 15 down in the 4th quarter of the 7th game of the Semi-Finals of the 2000 NBA playoffs against Scottie Pippen and Portland Trailblazers when it looked as though the Lakers were beaten and were heading home. It was especially sweet sending home that idiot Rasheed Wallace who had stooped to taunting Ron Harper about his speech impediment.

    There are many others, but these are a few of the best, but you can't beat that Gibson story for pure drama
  10. rhettman5


    Dec 3, 2000
    My son catching his first TD pass in High School !

    Nothing will ever beat that ! :) ...Rhett
  11. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001
    Winning the egg and spoon race when I was a nipper. Not very good at sports, but I showed them. :p

    Didn't witness this, but England winning the World Cup, oh, and the one where Argentina beat us. That was a good Cup. Saw most matches, including other countries. Egged on Slovenia, as I had been there the previuos year.

    Roll on the next one. Come on ENGLAND!!!!

  12. TONEYS


    Sep 1, 1999
    To see my beloved New Orleans Saints win their first playoff game last year against the St. Louis Rams. Go figure that :rolleyes: And I was there to see it happen.


    Geaux Saints in 2002
  13. Tipacanoe


    Feb 7, 2001
    In the late 60's, my brother-in-law persuaded me to come with him to help out with a minor hockey league. I didn't even own a pair of skates and for the first week or to used to shuffle around the rink helping out with this and that. Eventually, I got teamed up with a retired junior B coach. Sharp, knowledgeable & very patient - with both me & the kids (ages 6, 7,8). We all worked hard to learn from him how to play hockey - and how to skate! We had several truly amazing players on the team; refugees from higher levels. The rest were the bravest, most determined bunch of little rascals I ever knew. I somehow managed to get up early so that I could line up at city hall every Monday morning so I could arrange free ice time on local outdoor rinks around the city for practises. Gradually, this ragtag bunch of characters began to not only figure it out, we started to win, ending up 2nd in the league. Then, on to a round robin. On awards night, we ended up playing the league winners for our "little Stanley Cup" before a "packed house". The action was back and forth, ending with our game winning goal in the dieing seconds of the game. This team was the basis of more winners in succeeding years but it truly gave me my greatest sport memory!
  14. tomlunt


    Feb 9, 2001
    this may not be the "greatest" sports memory, but it is the funniest I've seen:

    a few years ago i was at a Saginaw Wheels hockey game in what was then the Colonial Hockey Leaguel (now the United Hockey League, and Saginaw's team has gone belly-up). Anyway, about 45 minutes before game time when the players were out on the ice warming up, a fignt between the two teams started. For some reason the refs weren't on the ice that night, and one thing lead to another, next thing you know, everyone was fighting. It was exactly like the scene in Slap Shot (the Paul Newman flick). It went on for about 20 minutes before someone eventually went and got the refs, who came out and broke it up. The way the fight started was just like the movie - guys skating around, saying a few words, skating around again, a few more words, then off with the gloves. I thought i was watching the movie.

    All the players eventually made it back to their respective locker rooms, the game started on time and was played without incident - no fights.

    Not great hockey, but certainly entertaining.


    PS - my greatest sports memory wasn't live (meaning i wasn't there) , but i still get goosebumps watching replays of the 1980 Olympic Hockey team semi-final game against Russia. Unbelievable.
  15. Tipacanoe


    Feb 7, 2001
    Hey Tom, That US/Russia game was a thrill! There was one that topped it for me, however. It was the game between Russia and the Montreal Canadiens. It was, I think New Year's Eve and must have taken place in the mid-70's after the 1972 Canada-Russia series. It was the fastest, most exciting game I ever saw. I think it was totally clean too, no fights, no hi-sticks, just pure action packed hockey, unlike many other games with the Russians. I wonder if either of those games are available on video and if they would still pack as much excitement.:)
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