Moments are the best part of sports. Amazing moments can be defined as a breathtaking play or even an entire unbelievable game. Moments remain etched in our minds for decades.
How crazy would it be to whittle down the millions of great moments in American sports to a Top 10? Stupid—that’s how crazy.
Let’s be stupid.
Before revealing my Top 10, let me pay homage to some awesome moments that came close.
Babe Ruth’s “called shot” in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t? He did.
"The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” Bobby Thomson’s dramatic 1951 home run off Ralph Branca gave the Giants the pennant over the Brooklyn Dodgers and completed a comeback from being 13.5 games back on Aug. 11.
“Rope a Dope.” In 1974, Muhammad Ali let an unbeaten (40-0, 37 knockouts) George Foreman pound on him with the confidence that Foreman would punch himself out. Ali knocked him out in the eighth round.
Reggie Jackson hit three straight home runs off of three different pitchers in the 1977 World Series. Insane.
Villanova shocked Georgetown, 66-64, in college basketball's 1985 NCAA championship game by shooting 79 percent from the field.
There are also a few moments with substantial historical significance that didn't make the list.
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947.
Texas Western (now UTEP) put five black players on the hardwood to start in the 1966 NCAA championship game. The Miners beat the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats.
Also worth mentioning is Hank Aaron hitting his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth as the all-time leader.
All great moments.
Let’s take a look at the 10 I think were better. Will you think I missed some moments, causing you to think I’m an idiot? Of course. Let me know about those moments you think belong on the list.
Remember and enjoy.