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Friday, July 1, 2005
FFM: Sports Memory Lane
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:08 am

Here’s this week’s Friday Fun Meme Challenge:

Ten Unforgetable Sports Moments that You Actually Saw (not ones you saw later on tape)

clarification: you didn’t have to be at the game, but you had to be watching it when it happened

Here’re mine in no particular order:

1. Jordan sinking a game winner in Game Six of the Finals against Utah despite having the flu. Indeed, his entire performance in that game was amazing.

2. Sean Elliot’s taking an inbound passto sink a three and win a playoff game. The Spurs had trailed the entire game, and with the game almost over, Sean Elliot took the inbound pass, almost went out of bounds avoiding one of the Trailblzers, and statyed on his toes (literally) and drained a three to give SA the lead and the win. Video here: Spurs up 2-0 after Elliott’s shot beats Blazers.

3. Alvin Harper catching a Troy Aikman bomb down the sidelines in the NFC Championship game in Candlestick park. That catch led to the go-ahead score and the Cowboys’ return the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1970s: Cowboys 30, 49ers 20

Aikman threw a deep slant to Harper, who turned it into a 70-yard gain to the San Francisco 6. Three plays later, the Cowboys were back in the end zone on a 6-yard pass from Aikman to Kelvin Martin with 3:43 left.

It was a fantastic catch-here’s a pic.

4. More a performance than a - NFL News

The Cowboys and Giants were both 11-4. The winner got the NFC East title, home-field advantage in the playoffs and a first-round bye. The loser got a wild-card game the following week.

Smith separated his shoulder in the third quarter but returned to the game, which went into overtime tied at 13. He carried the ball on nine of the Cowboys’ 11 plays in the extra period — at one point raising his aching shoulder to stiff-arm Lawrence Taylor on his final run, which set up Eddie Murray’s game-winning field goal. He finished with 229 total yards and a touchdown on 32 carries, along with 10 receptions — the heaviest workload in team history. Then he spent the night in a hospital.

5. Leon Lett showboating in the Super Bowl, allowing a Buffalo defender to catch up with him (scroll down to #9). Indeed, a Google Image search of “Leon Lett” gives you that pic as the first choice.

6. Leon Lett losing the game to Miami in the sleet in Texas Stadium on Thanksgiving Day by touching a blocked field goal, making the ball live,
which Miami recovered, allowing them to re-kick the FG and win the game.

7. Nolan Ryan gets charged by Robin Ventura, and Nolan takes him to school.

8. “The Catch”-Dwight Clark catches a Montana pass in the endzone to pretty much seal a Dallas defeat in the NFC championship game. That one still makes me ill.

9. Dorsett runs for 99: MNF against the vikes.

10. James Brown’s 4th and 1 pass to the TE in the 1st Big XII Championship game, which led to a 60-something yard gain and Texas went on to win the first league title. That was a great day as it was also the day I was hooded and only a few weeks before the birth of my first son. December 1996 was a good month ;)

Texas was unranked, and Nebraska was ranked third going into the game: Great Games in Texas Football History

The pivotal play of the game came on a fourth-and-inches call with 2:48 remaining from the Longhorn 28-yard line. Brown faked the run, rolled left and tossed a pass that Derek Lewis took for a 61-yard gain to set up the game-clinching touchdown. Priest Holmes scored from 11 yards out on the very next play and Texas pulled off the upset.

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  1. When you say “saw” - do you mean saw it live in person, live on television, or both?

    Comment by Mark — Friday, July 1, 2005 @ 9:34 am

  2. […] osted by: Scott Gosnell @ 9:56 am Filed under: Uncategorized

    Polibog has todays Friday Fun Meme up. Inasmuch as I do not watch sports hardly at all, I have nothing to contribute to this one […]

    Pingback by Pros and Cons » FFM: Sports Memory Lane — Friday, July 1, 2005 @ 9:40 am

  3. […] e as the Sultan of Brunei) has invited me — along with about 5 other guys — to guest blog at his site for the next week or so. I am honored to be invited, and fortunate tha […]

    Pingback by Pros and Cons » Hangin’ Out With The Sultan — Friday, July 1, 2005 @ 9:53 am

  4. On TV or live.

    In other words, not the most memorable highlight you ahve seen, but stuff you saw happen during a game.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Friday, July 1, 2005 @ 10:01 am


    Via the Good Dr. Taylor at PoliBlog, I will happily list the ten most unforgettable sports moments I saw as they happened (live or on TV, but not later on, on tape).

    Trackback by The Bemusement Park — Friday, July 1, 2005 @ 11:11 am

  6. Friday Fun Meme Challenge

    Dr. Taylor, preparing to go on vacation next week, has given us one of the hardest meme challenges to date. Not so hard intellectually, but there are so many moments to choose from.

    Trackback by Overtaken by Events — Friday, July 1, 2005 @ 11:29 am

  7. Greatest Sports moments I saw (or heard on the radio) live in person on in real-time as it occurred on TV or radio:
    In no particular order:
    1. Earthquake interrupting the World Series
    2. McGuire breaking the HR record for single season.
    3. Hank Aaron hitting 715.
    4. Frank Sander’s last second TD catch to beat Florida.
    5. AU QB Patrick Nix’s 4th down and forever, 4th quarter, thrown into the game without a warmup (because Stan White just went down) TD pass to Sanders.
    6. Bo Jackson’s performance in the rain againt BAMA in about 1985.
    7. Bo’s one-man demolition of Georgia in the same year. They could not tackle the guy.
    8. Carnell’s 40 carry performance against Georgia a few years ago.
    9. Sid Bream’s improbable run home to win a playoff game for the Braves the first year they came back to prominence.
    10. Dr. J (he was a basketball player for the Phil. 76s-for you young guys) sweep around Kareem Abdul Jabar under the goal, around the other side to lay the ball off the glass and into the whole. Still amazing.

    Comment by Bart Harmon — Friday, July 1, 2005 @ 12:08 pm

  8. Quick Hits

    A finance professor looks at prediction markets and the forthcoming SCOTUS nomination Patterico catches the LAT in a most embarassing error Jon’s got three posts on Mike McConnell as a possible SCOTUS nominee (1, 2, and 3) Permanent bases in

    Trackback by — Sunday, July 3, 2005 @ 8:17 pm

  9. Ten unforgettable sports moments I’ve witnessed

    Suggested by poliblogger, here are the ten most memorable sports moments I’ve witnessed live or on TV:

    1. Kirk Gibson’s homer to win game one of the 1988 World Series. I was in Wongdoer’s dorm room hanging with him for the weekend and watching on…

    Trackback by The Key Monk — Sunday, July 3, 2005 @ 10:09 pm

  10. I was at a game between the LA Lakers and the Phoenix Suns some 25 or 30 years ago. The Lakers were up by 6 with 6 seconds left. Connie Hawkins hit a 2. He then stole 2 inbound passes - scoring 6 points in 6 seconds to tie. Unfortunately, just like the Lakers after Jerry West’s miracle half court shot, the Suns lost in OT.

    Comment by Roy Lofquist — Monday, July 4, 2005 @ 6:12 am

  11. Ah, I missed this post, but was looking back at older posts. This is a fun topic!

    I will confine my list (which won’t make it to 10) to games I ATTENDED. Yes, in person.

    Well, I might as well make it dramatic, and do it as a countdown!

    5. Angels a strike away from their first World Series, and Dave Henderson hits a homer to put Boston ahead in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS. Angels rally to tie in the bottom of the 9th, but blow a chance to push ahead, and lose in 11. Bad outcome, great game.
    4. Angels rally from down by seven starting the bottom of the ninth against Detroit super-reliever Guillermo Hernandez. I believe the date was August 28, in 1986. The last four runs to end the game come on a grand slam by banjo-hitting shortstop Dick Schofield.
    3. Nolan Ryan’s third career no hitter in September of 1974. He would go on to pitch four more in his amazing illustrious career.
    2. Kirk Gibson’s homer in Game 1 of the 1986 World Series.
    1. Angels, 8 outs from elimination in the 2002 World Series, rally from down by five in the sixth inning of Game 6 to win the game and force game 7 (which, I might add, they won, in case you missed it.)

    Comment by Matthew Shugart — Monday, July 4, 2005 @ 5:46 pm

  12. RE: #3, you are conflating two different catches. The one you linked to the picture I believe happened in the 3rd quarter. It was a spectactular catch as Alvin had to reach over the defender’s helmet to take the ball off his facemask. I think that led to Johnston’s touchdown run from the 4 or so yard line. The catch you have the excerpt of happened in the 4th quarter. It was the first play after the 49er’s kicked off having scored to make the game 24-20 ‘Boys. Aikman threw the ball on a deep in about 15 yards downfield on a play designed to go to Irvin (they had switched positions). The corner slipped and Alvin ran 70 yards. Had he been a tad faster he would’ve scored. As it was, Kelvin Martin scored by perhaps an inch, and after a missed PAT the ‘Boys won 30-20. It was probably the greatest football game I’ve ever seen. They show it all the time on NFL’s Greatest Games on ESPN.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — Tuesday, July 5, 2005 @ 2:38 am

  13. […] ince October 2001 July 5, 2005 It’s the New (Sports) Meme Via Drum and Steven Taylor, the Top 10 Sports Moments you saw as it happened, either in person or on TV. In my case, every […]

    Pingback by It’s the New (Sports) Meme § Unqualified Offerings — Tuesday, July 5, 2005 @ 7:25 am

  14. Brad,

    You are correct-I am conflating the two catches.

    Thanks for the correcting. My memory isn’t as good on that one as I wanted to think it was!


    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, July 6, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

  15. Kirk Gibson’s homer was in 1988. And Sid Bream didn’t hit a homer- Francisco Cabrera had a base hit, and the slow running Bream managed to slide in for the winning run.

    Comment by John Thacker — Monday, July 18, 2005 @ 8:37 am

  16. Greatest Sports Moment I Actually Saw

    My contribution to the meme (view others at Poliblog, Kevin Drum’s Political Animal, Daniel W. Drezner, the key monk, Overtaken By Events, The Bemusement Park, Unqualified Offerings, ). From reading everyone else’s posts and comments, it seems that K…

    Trackback by voluntaryXchange — Tuesday, July 19, 2005 @ 9:46 am

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