Since 2010 will come to a close in a day, I wanted to find out what your favorite moment in sports was, UM sporting events aside.
Mine: Siphiwe Tshabalala's wonder goal to start the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
What about yours?
Donovan against Algeria.
I agree. That game was amazing. I was always a NON soccer fan, but this world cup turned me into a believer. The video that was later put together showing everyone going crazy in different places (bar's, living rooms, the streets, etc) was so great.
I recently looked up that video again, as well as one of Donovan's goal, watched 'em both a million or so times, and got all choked up again. That was some serious excitement.
And even more so, what happened after...great example of sportsmanship integrity.
Crosby's OT goal to win the gold medal.
Jarome Iginla did everything to set up that goal, and he gets no acknowledgment cuz he's not Canada's horsey-toothed golden boy.
i would use all my points to neg you
i say the 2 goals rafalski scored in the first olympic game vs canada. or sadly, the tying marker against canada with ~:20 left in the championship game
I wouldn't neg another UM fan just because he was proud of his country winning gold in their most popular sport, regardless of who scored it.
I have no choice but to respect it. Good call sir.
Highly agree with the Lions' season. However, a more specific event that stands out to me was Ndamukong Suh shoving Jay Cutler like he was a 10 pound scarecrow.
Still can't believe Suh was fined for that one. If you start acting like a running back, I'm going to start treating you like one. If you don't slide as a QB and you get hurt passed the line of scrimmage, it's your own fault.
Im a huge SF Giants fan so I gotta go with them winning the World Series and everything that led up to that.
And his Team/Dome implosion, streak ending, weiner showing career coming to an end...I hope.
Armando Gallaraga's imperfect perfect game. Class act.
It wasn't just the game; it was the way Gallaraga and Jim Joyce handled a situation that could have turned into a catastrofuck.
There's a lot of stuff that I didn't attend that tops it but I'll go with something I was actually at. Central game aganist Western this year was pure awesome. The build up all week, getting off from my last friday class because of the game, the atmosphere of the game, the sprinkling of snow, then vindicating the crummy season (partially) with a final minute win over our biggest rival, had to be the best game I attended all year.
clinching the NL Central in walk off fashion. Second choice would be Butler's run to the championship game.
Was just gonna say Bruce's HR to win the NL central as well. 15 years is too long of a time.
in the NCAA BBall tourney.
Euphoria and madness. I'll remember that day for a long time.
I don't remember how far I ran screaming after Kane's goal, but it was a long way.
That was a great night
It was th BEST moment of the year. Not the worst moment.
Game 5 against the Preds was amazing. Kaner shorthanded tie with :13.9 remaining. Hossa's OT winner right after coming out of the box for a boarding major. Pandemonium.
I really should delete this, but damn the rest of the threads right now.
I'm agreeing with SJUBlue. Donovan's goal was "a moment," as Dynamo Theory (Houston Dynamo on SBNation) so very well described it in a post earlier this week. Nothing has felt as special to me this season. No Denard clip, no NFL (especially as a Texans fan), and no NCAA tourney play held a candle to the call of the goal. Even the perfect (and near perfect) games, the no-hitters - they were close, but they weren't moments that gripe you as a fan.
A taste of Dynamo Theory's post:
A "moment" has several definitions but for our purposes, we'll go with this one: a time of excellence or conspicuousness.
Sports are defined by moments, single plays that often take only a matter of seconds to occur that live forever in the mind's eye of those who witnessed them and are passed along to new fans as talasmanic stories that help define a sport to new fans.
June 23rd, 2010 gave us a moment.
No matter how you felt about Landon Donovan before the 91st minute of the USA's World Cup match against Algeria, that single moment when the ball deflected off the goalkeeper to a charging Donovan forever changed how you felt about him.
For all the things that Donovan has accomplished so far, that moment will forever be linked with him and forever have a place in the minds and hearts of American soccer fans. It's been just over six months and I still get chills and goosebumps when I watch the replay of that goal. That is the definition of a moment. In that split second new fans were created, casual fans were hooked for life and long time fans were reminded why the love the beautiful game.
More importantly, that moment couldn't be planned out or expected, it just happened that way.
I was just a loose fan of soccer and the USMNT over the last 2 world cups. This time, I was hooked.
I agree that it was a great moment when it happened. However, losing to Ghana three days later took the sting out of the moment.
It's no different to winning the AL Central on the last day of the season and then getting swept out of the playoffs within 4 days (I live in Minnesota - this happens almost yearly for the local team).
It's not the biggest moment in US Soccer history - that remains with Paul Caliguiri in 1989, starting the U.S.'s modern era as a soccer nation.
But the two biggest moments of the World Cup, for my money, were Gyan's penalty kick miss versus Uruguay, and then Andres Iniesta's goal versus Holland in the final.
As far as goals go, Iniesta >> Donovan by a longshot.
But seeing the Twins get killed in the playoffs gives me such great pleasure.
All of mine are taken, so I would like to add in the MSU meltdown in Iowa City. World changing. No. Awesome. Yes.
Watching Barcelona throttle Real Madrid 5-0.
I was visiting my brother in Tampa at the time, so we went to the game. It was awesome !!
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Good call on Vick. While I think what he did a few years back is AWFUL, I am glad to see him get his life turn around; and even more glad to see him putting it all together on the field. I have become a band-wagon Eagles fan this year, and cant wait to see them in the playoffs.
When Kentucky did not win the National Title with 5, count em 1..2..3..4..5.., first round draft picks. I live in Louisville and damn I was so glad when they got put out.
Donovan goal v. Algeria hands down.
"OHHHH! IT"S INCREDIBLE!!!!!"
"You can't write a script better than this!"
The battle between Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen in the Tour of Flanders and later in Paris-Roubaix was just superb.
good battles indeed. Schleck v. Contador on the Col du Tourmalet was good times as well.
Yeah, but even if AC is cleared it will always be tainted. It's a shame.
What about the motor in Fabian's bike?
Fabian is an absolute monster.
Watching my daughter's volleyball team make it to their first middle school championship...
Zach Parise's goal that sent the gold medal game into OT. Unfortunately the worst sporting moment of 2010 soon followed . . . damn Crysby!
Beat me to it.
When Parise scored that tying goal in the last minute I about danced a jig around the room.
Can't say it was that great a sports year. Pistons blew, didn't win the lottery. Tom Brady got rocked by the Ravens. Brees beating Favre and Manning was kinda fun. Liked some World Cup, but the loss of the US and Brazil kept it from being great.
I don't know if it's cheating, but I liked the Ice Dancers at the Olympics. Seeing Michigan products compete and excel not for Michigan was great. Winning the medal total if that doesn't count because of the U-M ties, but it was a little scarred by all the fawning over Canada's hockey team win at the end. Had we won, that might be clear cut #1.
COOL STORY BRO.
lol this is amazing
Video games rock, especially those involving collegiate football