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Whats the single greatest sporting event of your lifetime.

Discussion in 'GENERAL SPORTS TALK' started by ozarkram, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. ozarkram

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    Well? Of course its a personal thing. Could be professional or amateur. Team or not. What say you?
     
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    1987 NBA all-star game.

    Stationed up in Seattle, I was called into my ships commanders office and asked to perform a very dangerous duty...

    Organize and lead the color guard for the coming all star game to be played in the old Kingdome. Whooooah! How cool is that?

    I was about 22 and what a thrill that was. Dr. J's last all-star game. They actually honored him during the game. Michael Jordan's first all star game. Kind of a passing of the torch.

    As we waited to march out to the court, we had to stand for a bit with the players. Magic Johnson. Kareem. Bird. I remember standing right next to Bill Lambier and looking over at him surprised. He looked like he was 17 years old! Acne and all.

    Anyway, we marched out. I called the commands. Jeffery Osborne sang the Anthem. My mom recorded it. I was left shoulder guard, and actually got some close up tv footage. Almost surreal now as I recall. Just right place right time.

    The game was great. They let us stay to watch but we had nose bleed seats, but I didn't care. Pretty freakin' cool experience.
     
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  3. ozarkram

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    Let me add it doesn't have to be something you attended. Just what you believe was the the greatest. Romans is pretty tough to beat either way.
     
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    For me it's probably the London Olympics. The vibes flowing across the country that summer were unreal. I was just about to go to grad school and had the summer off, so I literally watched 12 hours of amazing sport every day for three weeks. GB did unbelievably well too, it was absolutely fantastic.

    I've also been lucky enough to be present when my soccer team won a national cup for the first and only time in our 87 year history and that was pretty special. I was also present at Anfield when a rampant Liverpool thrashed a strong Arsenal team 5-1. I've been to 5 NFL games and over 200 of my soccer team's games. I've been to probably 20 Scotland national team soccer matches. I've been to two Open championships and several international rugby matches too.

    This is a great topic and just reminds me how amazing live sport is.
     
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    George Foreman winning the title at 46 years old. I always like Big George.
    Watching was my son outdueling a 7th (or 9th) round draft pick on the mound. High school games are 7 innings, he threw 9 innings with 12 Ks and finished with an extra inning 1 hitter. The kid who got drafted got chased after 7 innings....tied with him winning MVP in a state Babe Ruth Tournament, throwing two shutouts and hitting .400 for the tournament to win the State Title.
    Playing....scoring 15 consecutive points to close a basketball game....I am short, so, 5 for 5 from 3 point land to close the game....haha. I knew the one where I was playing would be lame, but, the game meant nothing, just a high school game, so.....lame.
     
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    I once took a 157 out in a dart tournament.. double bull ,trip 19, double bull to win the CT State Open singles

    Was a shocker to me as well as everyone else because the guy I was playing against was 2time defending champ and sitting at 32 to win

    Not a major sporting event tho
     
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    The 2011 English Football League Cup Final. Wembley Stadium.

    Birmingham City vs Arsenal

    My Birmingham City (known as the Blues) were still a premier league team at the time but were underdogs for this game. English football has two major domestic cup competitions. This is the lesser of the two (behind the FA Cup) but still considered a major trophy.

    I was there at the Blues end of the stadium and Arsenal's fans had nothing on us. We were ten times louder than they were. The atmosphere will stay with me forever.

    We went 1-0 up through the 6'7" Serbian striker, Nikola Zigic (blues legend). Robin van Persie equalised before half time.

    Then in around the 85th minute our goalkeeper Ben Foster (later awarded the man of the match award) takes a free kick deep in our half and hoofs it forward to the Arsenal box. Zigic heads it down and the Arsenal keeper should deal with it easily. However, one of his defenders takes a swing at the ball but pulls away before getting to it. This puts the keeper off enough so that he fumbles the ball giving St Obafemi Martins (sainthood not made official yet) an open goal to put us 2-1 up in front of all the blues fans. Our end of the stadium goes absolutely mental.

    The last few minutes of the game were some of the longest of my life. Finally the final whistle goes and grown men who've watched their team flounder through most of its history are reduced to tears.

    Later that season, blues were relegated from the premier league and the owner of the team was charged with money laundering. He was later jailed for this.

    After a five year wait to get rid of him, the sale of Birmingham City to new owners was finally completed just yesterday putting an end to the limbo situation we've been in since not long after that day at Wembley.

    Sport has a way of toying with your emotions in a way that no other part of your life can. Blues have been average or worse during virtually all of their existence but days like the one I experienced at Wembley make it all worthwhile and all the more sweet for the crap I've had to sit through (and I'm only 35, older fans have had it 100 times worse).
     
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    The Semi Final still haunts me to this day Tubsy, and we got relegated that season along with you.
     
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    I think we might have had a similar conversation on here before about this but, IIRC, you were 3-1 up on aggregate at half time in the second leg at our place. How you blew it from there I'll never know.

    We played some bad teams up until the quarter finals. We beat Rochdale 3-2 at home and needed penalties to get past Brentford (I think it was) at home. V**a in the quarters was a home game as well. We got lucky with how the games were drawn for us.
     
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    This was too easy for me. The 1980 US Olympic Hockey team winning gold at Lake Placid. Watched every game they played and was hoarse from yelling at the TV.
     
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    I am with @Lunchbox. Easily the greatest sporting event I ever witnessed. Imagine a bunch of college Russian kids beating the dream team in basketball. That is what the USA did to Russia and then Finland in hockey. To even make the medal round would be been a miracle but to go out and beat the greatest hockey team and then beat a great Finland team was unimaginable.

    The Red Sox coming from 3 down to beat the Yankees in 2004 is a close 2nd for me.......sorry @dieterbrock :)
     
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    dont get caught saying that in England.
     
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    Ya know, when I was there in 2012 I tried to get @UKram to bring me to a dart pub...think he was afraid I would cause a ruckus
     
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    #14 ozarkram, Oct 18, 2016
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    Great responses guys one and all. Lets keeps them going. So in that spirit I will give mine. As far as personally I have a few bright spots having played both baseball and football but they would only be relevant to a few close friends and family so as someone else said lame. Things I have seen in person well I saw Dr. J with the squires watched Mose Malone in high school and saw the Globetrotters. Now that was a show. But nothing really earth shattering. We all I am sure have our top 5 or 10 in mine surely would be the 1st and 3rd Ali, Frazier bouts, the miracle on ice without a doubt, Jenner in 76 mostly because of the timing, Mark Spitz, on and on. But as to number 1 I will give my reasons. 1st because I was caught in the fever and it was a fever. 2nd because it didn't seem real almost unworldly and 3rd because each and every time I see it chills go up and down my spine. If you believe in a higher power I humbly submit this as proof.

     
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    Can you blame him lol?
     
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    I know you takes your darts seriously ...ructions would have occurred