Ah, New York...the hustle and bustle of the greatest city on Earth.
And in this city, their citizens live and die with their sports teams.
So many memories, so many more to be made down the road. I look back at some incredible and unforgetable moments that define this great place, and the memories that all of us can share with eachother, whether you are a New Yorker or not.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were once again the favorites in the 1992-93 playoffs. They were suppose to complete the three-peat, and become a dynasty.
Apparently, no one told the New York Islanders.
In an epic seven (7) game series Patrick Division Finals series, the Islanders shock the Penguins in an overtime thriller, ending the chance for the three-peat, and cultimating in one of the best underdog stories in history.
The Islanders would end up losing to Montreal in five games, but their improbable wins against Jagr, Lemieux and company, would always be remembered.
The New York Knicks have always battled the Chicago Bulls for a shot at NBA greatness. However, the year Michael Jordan left the game (albeit just for one year), the Knicks finally could defeat Scottie Pippen and the Bulls in the playoffs. With them out of the way, it looked like the Knicks would finally have a good shot at the title.
But Patrick Ewing met his old college rival Hakeem Olajuwon, and the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals. It was an incredible 7 game series, but it wasn't meant to be for the Knicks, as Olajuwon outplayed Ewing, and won MVP for the finals as the Rockets won the title.
But still, it was one memorable run for the Knicks, who scratched and clawed for every win. That team was something special, just not enough for a title.
A little more than 50 years ago, there stood on the battle grounds of Yankee Stadium, Alan "The Horse" Ameche, barreling his way into the endzone.
And into history.
This was the first ever sudden death overtime game in championship history, and both teams played a game that spoke volumes; it was a game that no person could ever predict that it would have the impact on the NFL that it does today. It was the landmark breakthrough that football needed.
You would never expect this from Aaron Boone. Never.
Maybe from Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada....not Aaron Boone.
Bottom of the eleventh, Game 7 of the ALCS against hated Boston. Game tied at 5 apiece.
First batter up, Aaron Boone.
First pitch? Gone, into the bleachers of the house that Ruth built.
It might have not been so sweet to look back on back then, since the Yankees lost the World Series in 6 games to the Marlins. But now, it reminds Yankees' fans of that moment of ousting Boston yet again.
And all from the bat of Aaron "Bleeping" Boone.
The Bills were the favorites in this game, after destroying the L.A. Rams in the AFC Championship just a week earlier. Their offense was incredible, and their defense was great. The Giants, after ending the three-peat for the 49'ers, were expected to lose.
But Bill Belichick (yes, THAT Bill Belichick), the defersive coordinator for the Giants, devised a plan to shut down Jim Kelly and company.
The Giants led by one with 8 seconds left, and it was up to Scott Norwood to win the Super Bowl for the Bills.
He missed it, wide right. An incredible end to one of the best Super Bowls ever.
Let's just set this one up, shall we?
New York Mets. Boston Red Sox.
Red Sox up by 2 runs going into the bottom of the tenth inning.
Two outs for the Mets. Nobody on. One more out for the Red Sox until their first World Series title since 1918. But, as Vin Scully said: "The Mets REFUSE to go quietly". They not only made noise, they made a ruckus.
Then, a base hit by Gary Carter, and then another base hit....and another. Then a wild pitch. All of a sudden, the game is tied. Just one out to work with.
Then Bill Buckner's error. Right through his legs. Mets score 3 runs in the bottom of the tenth to wins the game. To save their season. Then Game 7. Then a World Series for the Mets.
The Batimore Colts, led by Johnny Unitas, were 19 point favorites to crush the "inferior" AFL representatives, the New York Jets.
Joe Namath however, was not intimidated. "We're gonna win the game. I guarantee it."
That's what he said. And he backed it up. 16-7 was the final score as the Jets pulled off the greatest upset in NFL history.
In 1969, the Lovable Losers were once in last place in the National League. They were looked upon as perennial faliures and could never win a thing.
But then they kept winning, and winning, and some more winning. Then, all of a sudden, they are in the playoffs. They beat Atlanta in 3 games. Then, they stun the Batimore Orioles, who was thought to be the better team all around, in 5 games of the World Series.
This team is still beloved by all New Yorkers and Mets fans, and it's one of the greatest stories in sports history.
It was only fitting that the Giants end their season in dramatic fashion. Because their whole season was drama in itself.
Starting 0-2. Ripping off 6 straight wins. The Vikings game. Eli is terrible, get rid of him. Losing to Dallas twice. Then, the final game in the regular season, against the dynasty; the Patriots.
The Patriots would get 16-0. They would be perfect - for now.
The Giants, winning three straight road games, in the humid Tampa Bay, the rowdy and raucious Dallas, and the frozen tundra of Green Bay, shock the world with the Super Bowl birth.
Down by four, with 2:42 to go, Eli Manning becomes a legend. David Tyree becomes Lynn Swann. And Plaxico Burress becomes John Taylor.
The greatest Giants moment ever. The second greatest moment in New York history. Only one could top this....
Without question, the best moment in New York history.
Remember the Rangers/Devils series in the Easter Conference Finals? One of the greatest series ever, feauturing one the greatest Game 7's in sports history.
Remember Stephen Matteau? And that wrap-around goal in double OT? Sends the Rangers to the finals.
Remember Game 4 of the finals? Pavel Bure, the Russian Rocket, against Mike Rickter in the penalty shot? (and that save?!?!?!?)
Remember Game 7? The tension? Knowing that the Rangers would blow it, like in their 54 year curse. Hearing "1940!" all of the time?
Well, it was all over. The Rangers beat the Canucks 3-2 in Game 7. And it lasts a lifetime.