25 Memorable Sports Moments We Wish Athletes Could Live-Tweet

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

25 Memorable Sports Moments We Wish Athletes Could Live-Tweet

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    What makes sports great is that on any given day something magical can happen.

    A player can get hot and break a record we all thought could never even be touched, leaving us with the memory of where we were when it happened.

    With Kobe Bryant going back and live-tweeting his 81-point performance against the Raptors in 2006, it got us thinking about other great games we wish athletes could live-tweet.

    We may never see feats like this again, but if we can, hopefully technology allows guys to talk about it while it's going on.

Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills: "Music City Miracle"

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    It's one of the most controversial plays in NFL history, but being from Nashville, I just had to rep the "Music City Miracle" for my hometown squad.

    Since this is the highlight of the franchise, it'd be pretty interesting to hear what Frank Wycheck had to say immediately after the call-in to try the successful trick play—along with owner Bud Adams' thoughts—seeing that he's never shy about speaking his mind.

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox: 2003 ALCS

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    In the storied rivalry between these two teams, Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS gave us one of the most dramatic finishes in postseason history.

    Grady Little's decision to keep Pedro Martinez in the game backfired, allowing the Yanks to extend the game into extras, and Aaron Boone reminded Boston fans that the "Curse of the Bambino" was still alive and well.

Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers: "The Brawl at the Palace"

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    Maybe it's just because we really want to know what it takes for someone to snap the way Artest and some of his Pacer teammates did? 

    Or that it'd be interesting to see what the guilty fans were thinking before tossing a cup of beer at a professional athlete?

    But one thing's for sure, it was a moment that anyone who remembers always associates with Artest, and we'd want him to share his thoughts for us.

Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls: Jordan's 63-Point Playoff Game

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    Some argue that Jordan's performance against the Celtics in Game 2 of the first round of the '86 playoffs was arguably the greatest game ever played.

    While Jordan was unreal, we don't rank it that high.

    That still doesn't mean we wouldn't love to see some of the trash talk MJ was tossing out there to some of the Celts players.

    We have a good feeling it wouldn't be suitable for audiences under the age of 13.

Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos: "The Drive"

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    I'm not sure why, as a Cleveland sports fan, I'd really want to know everything going on in the heads of the people who both lived and witnessed "The Drive."

    Hell, I share the city's sports misery on my own Twitter account each day, but sadly, it was one of Elway's defining moments, so I had to add it.

June 21, 2012: LeBron James Wins His First Title

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    Though it was almost a foregone conclusion with Miami winning the series 3-1, the Heat knew that beating the Thunder in the NBA Finals would be a daunting task.

    With all the criticism and all the hate.

    LeBron gave every ounce of himself to capture the elusive title that had been his one weakness throughout his future Hall of Fame career.

    We'd have liked to see him tweeting on the bench celebrating, rather than dancing.

September 1, 2007: Michigan Wolverines vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers

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    It may have been just the opening game of the season, but when an FCS team goes into one of the most historic buildings in all of sports and beats the winningest program in NCAA Football, we want to know everything that the players, coaches and fans were thinking about.

    Not to mention that the loss erased the Wolverines' preseason No. 5-ranking and national title contender status and led to a disappointing 9-4 season for Michigan.

September 6, 1995: Cal Sets the Consecutive Games Streak

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    Could you even imagine never missing a game?

    While most people take vacation days or fake sick when they don't feel like going to work, Cal Ripken Jr. was in the lineup every day for 17 years before voluntarily ending that streak in 1998.

    Though the moment he broke Lou Gehrig's streak is memorable enough, we'd like to hear some of the commentary on the days he drove to the ballpark with a small injury, yet still played through it.

George Mason's 2006 NCAA Tournament Run

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    The mid-major from the Colonial Athletic Association became only the second 11-seeded team in tourney history to reach the Final Four, beating Goliath programs Michigan State and North Carolina, among others.

    After they upset the No. 1-seeded UConn Huskies in the regional final, we're sure Twitter would have been blowing up with how the entire team felt.

Argentina vs. England: "The Hand of God" and "Goal of the Century"

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    There are still so many questions about the "Hand of God" goal today that we want to know what Maradona's gut reaction was following the historic play back in 1986.

    Was he offside?

    Did he hit the ball with his hand?

    We know he'll never admit to actually punching the ball in, but with some athletes going on to tweet complaints about refs missing calls, maybe he'd actually send a snarky one like, "Boy, the refs really gave us a hand after that win."

    Doubtful, but who knows?

April 13, 1997: Tiger Woods Wins His First Masters

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    Just look how young and innocent Tiger looked accepting that jacket from incumbent champ Nick Faldo.

    Everyone had known about Woods for years thanks to his amateur titles and exposure at such an early age.

    But we think it'd be cool to know what was running through the head of the then 21-year-old when he won the Masters in grand fashion.

January 29, 2012: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Australian Open Final

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    When a tennis match features two of the greatest players of their generations trying to win a Grand Slam, we think it already qualifies as live-tweet worthy.

    But when that match breaks the rare five-hour mark—5:53 to be exact—making it the seventh-longest match in history, well we'd really like to know some of the ups and downs these two guys were feeling during the grueling sets.

April 18, 1962: Bill Russell's Game 7

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    Russell's an 11-time NBA champion, and it'd be great to hear him break down every single one of his title runs, but his Game 7 win in the '62 Finals may have been his greatest performance.

    Facing off against the rival Lakers, the "Lord of the Rings" grabbed an insane 40 rebounds, while pouring in 30 points and helping to frustrate Lakers stars Elgin Baylor—who had 41 points of his own before fouling out in the fourth quarter—and Jerry West (35 points).

Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" Speech

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    It's one of the most iconic moments in all of sports, so it would have been pretty interesting if Gehrig had tweeted everything going through him before and after his farewell speech.

    We're not sure if people have ever gotten chills from a posted tweet, but if it is possible, this would most likely be the time it happened.

December 30, 2012: Adrian Peterson's Quest for the Single-Season Rushing Record

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    We were thinking about adding AD's 296-yard rushing game, which set the single-game record, but instead we want to know what the biggest beast of a running back in the league was thinking during his quest to overtake Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing mark.

    Sure, he wanted the win, but was he secretly hoping for his rookie kicker to miss the winning field goal as time expired for a shot at the nine yards he needed?

    Probably not, but it would've been cool to see.

June 12, 1970: Dock Ellis Pitches No-Hitter on LSD

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    Just because most of us shrug at drugs doesn't mean we don't want to hear about the experience of those who do take them.

    And while we've had a recap of the game through a video already, how do you think the media would have reacted if Ellis was live-tweeting in the dugout during the game?

    We're sure it would be pretty epic to read.

New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers : Shot Heard 'Round the World

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    It might be the most famous homer in baseball history, and thanks to the call on the mic from Giants play-by-play announcer Russ Hodges who cried, “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!” we were served one of the best moments in baseball history.

    To hear both Thompson's and Hodges' thoughts and reactions before and after probably wouldn't be too shabby.

Cal Bears vs. Stanford Cardinal: "The Play"

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    There's a ton of debate over whether some of the laterals were forward or not, and if players' knees were down.

    So although we've seen docs and stories on it before, it would be a thousand times cooler to have the players tweeting during the actual game—especially before the kickoff setting it all up.

    Would the Bears players have felt defeated?

    Were the Stanford guys already celebrating?

    Things we'd find out had their thoughts been in real-time.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox: 2004 World Series

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    For some reason, we think it was only fitting for the Sox to break their 86-year curse in the 100th World Series.

    It's just a solid number that everyone can remember.

    Starting with overcoming the 3-0 deficit in the ALCS to the hated Yanks and going all the way to the sweep of the Cardinals in the Fall Classic, we wish we could know what what that "group of idiots" was thinking about when they ended their team's drought.

Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Oilers: "The Choke"

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    You can argue all you want about whether this was a great comeback or just a great collapse, but when a team overcomes a 32-point deficit—with its backup QB nonetheless—it's a great game.

    We think it'd be pretty epic to hear the rants of former Oilers signal-caller Warren Moon as his defense continued to let Buffalo's Frank Reich rip them apart.

    It probably wouldn't have won him any friends in the locker room.

Ali vs. Frazier III: "Thrilla in Manila"

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    We know that neither of these boxers were shy about running their mouth, so it'd be pretty cool to see what they had to say as they each went through a grueling, 14-round bout.

    Ali said that he wasn't even sure he could carry on himself much longer and that Frazier just gave in before he did.

    Getting that in real-time and hearing about the pain they were feeling would be even cooler.

April 15, 1947: Jackie Robinson's First Game

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    Though fans nowadays would pay thousands of bucks to try and go to such an event, the game at Ebbets Field wasn't even a sellout.

    Who knows if that worked in Robinson's favor or not? But one thing's for sure; it'd be amazing to hear him live-tweeting the feelings, anxiety and emotions he had going through his mind before stepping out onto the field for the first time.

Baltimore Colts vs. New York Jets: Super Bowl III

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    Maybe it's because it's Super Bowl week and the excitement of the big game's on our minds, but seeing how brash and confident "Broadway Joe" was leading up to the game, predicting his underdog Jets would upset the Colts, we think Namath's tweets would be epic.

    We see players talk trash through their Twitter accounts on the reg, so we have a feeling Namath wouldn't be shy about his team living up to his bold prediction as it was going on.

Soviet Union vs. Team USA: "The Miracle on Ice"

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    It's one of the most famous calls in all of sports, but while Al Michaels' voice lends the enthusiasm for one of the biggest upsets in sports history, we'd love to see what U.S. captain Mike Eruzione and goaltender Jim Craig were thinking.

    The entire game was a nail-biter, so if Herb Brooks had the chance to tweet during intermissions, how cool that would be?

Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Game

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    Since there isn't even video footage from Wilt's historic scoring game, we say let someone, anyone who was there, get a Twitter account going and break down all the details as they were happening.

    If Kobe can give us all the juice from his 81-pointer, why are we deprived of Wilt's?