My Top 10 Favorite Sporting Events Attended/Watched
Born in 1995, I haven't witnessed to many great sporting events. So I though it wouldn't be to hard to narrow these down, but boy was I wrong.
The 10 greatest games since 1995...what was I thinking?
This was a fun slide show to publish, but ti took time and thought to string together my top 10 games since 1995.
10. Celtics vs Cavaliers Game 7 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
Not only was I there, I was there with my brother. It was one of the greatest games I've ever been to. P.J Brown hit the game-winning shot, Paul Pierce dove on the floor for a loose ball to secure the victory, and LeBron James lost.
My favorite part of that game was seeing LeBron James walk off the floor, losing Game 7. I give him and his team credit for putting up a fight, but the Celtics were too tough.
Not to mention, I probably witnessed the greatest scoring show put on by two players. LeBron score 45 and Paul Pierced 41. Great scoring, great game, great ending.
I am now a witness.
9. Paul Pierces First Game Balk from A Naerly Deadly Stabbing Incident
On September 20, 2000, Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck, and back, and had a beer bottle smashed over his head. He was in critical condition for nearly a week, then was upgraded to stable, then was released. Doctors said that if one stab was four centimeters to the left, he would have been paralyzed. He not only underwent lung surgery, but also was the only Celtic to start all 82 games that year.
On his first game back, he was taken out of the game towards the end and got a standing obviation. Tou see them a lot, but this one was the most special. Paul Pierce was home.
8. Hideo Nomo's No-No
It was a first for everyone that day. Captain Jason Varitek caught his first no-hitter, and it was Don Orsillo's first game as the new Red Sox play by play analyst.
Nomo had a great game, not including his amazing stat-line, and his influence was there to witness it, Pedro Martinez.
Nomo told reporters that his biggest influence was Pedro Martinez.
At the end of the game he was lifted up by catcher Jason Varitek, then mobbed by Red Sox fielders and bench players.
7. Patriots First Super Bowl Win
This will do as one of the greatest Super Bowl upsets. And it all started on September 23, 2001, when Drew Bledsoe was hit out of bounds and looked as ordinary as any other hit, but when he got up he could barely walk.
He had suffered bad internal bleeding after receiving a hit by Jets Linebacker Mo Lewis. The crowd went silent as Drew limped to the sideline, and in came then 24-year-old Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. He started the rest of the season including the playoffs and Super Bowl 36.
In the Super Bowl, Tom Brady was name MVP with 145 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. The one touchdown was to David Patten and the Patriots also scored on a Ty Law interception touchdown. But the most memorable part was at the end.
With time expiring Adam Vinatireri hit a 48-yard field goal to win the game. It marked the only time in Super Bowl history a game was won on the final play.
I was only six, but I still remember the yelling, screaming, and not knowing half the players.
6. Red Sox win 2004 and 207 World Series
Red Sox are down 3-0 in a seven game series against the Yankees.
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit, but the Red Sox did it in '04, and came down 3-1 in '07.
They won in '04 because of pitching. Derek Lowe was 3-0 in clinching games in the postseason in '04, Pedro Martinez came off one of his best seasons ever, Curt Schilling pitched a game with a broken ankle in the ALCS, and Keith Foulke was at his prime of his career.
In '07 they also won because of pitching. Josh Beckett finished second in Cy Young voting, Daisuke Matsuzaka was a rookie and adapting to the MLB, but had a strong postseason. Curt Schilling was 9-8, but shut down hitters just didn't get a lot of run support, and Jonathon Papelbon was on his game with a total of 37 saves.
Seeing the Red Sox win a their first World Series in 86 years was great, but seeing them do it again in '07 was even better. I will never forget Pap's reaction to the championship in '07.
5. Boston Celtics 2008 NBA Championships
It was a dreadful 2007 season when the Celtics had the second worst record in the NBA. The fans were getting reckless, Paul Pierce was unhappy with the supporting cast, and Danny Ainge was on the edge of getting fired.
Draft lottery day came and the Celtics had the second best chance at the one or two picks, who were bound to be either Kevin Durant and Greg Oden.
The Celtics were hoping to land one of them, but when the card was pulled that they got the five pick, immediately Celtics fans started to think, "Oh Boy, here comes another 24-58 season." But then came draft day and the Celtics acquired shooter Ray Allen from the Seattle Super Sonics, and there was then a "Ray" of light for the Boston Celtics.
After acquiring Ray Allen the Celtics "landed" the "big ticket" Kevin Garnett, who quickly brought experience and leadership to the team. This story of their year wasn't the trades, but the outcome.
The Celtics ended up winning the NBA championship, and in dramatic fashion. They came back from a 24 point deficit, blew out the Lakers in Game 6 by 30+, and Doc Rivers got the first ever Gatorade shower in basketball history.
I am glad I was born when I was.
4. Federer vs Nadal Wimbeldon, 2008
It was a Tennis match to remember. The two best went at it for five sets and until the sun went down.
Nadal came out on top, but first had to battle Roger Federer, arguably the best at the time. There was a total of five sets, Nadal winning the first two, Federer battling back with two extremely long sets, and without losing a single mile per hour off his serve.
It was the longest Wimbeldon match in history, and a very memorable one.
(writers note: I am not an avid tennis fan so this one was a hard one for me to write about. My goal is to be a better tennis and golf writer by the end of the school year..thanks)
3. Michael Phelps 8 Gold Medals in 2008 Olympics
One word: WOW!
That's probably the only way to describe the 2008 Olympics. It had it all.
A record is set in amount of gold medals, five world records set, and Michael Phelps is loved across the world.
Michael Phelps set a record for most gold medals in a single Olympics. Phelps was the story of the Olympics. Not only did he set those records with medals, he also set records in seven of those and in the other one, set an Olympic record. Talk about consistency.
Phelps ended the Olympics with 14 career gold medals, and even talked about retiring from swimming and trying a different Olympic sport.
We are just going to have to wait and see what he does next.
2. Jon lesters No-Hitter
August 28, 2006, the day Jon Lester will never forget. I'm sure not many people remember that day, but Jon does. It was the day everyone dreads. Jonathan Tyler Lester was diagnosed with Lymphoma, a curable type of cancer, but still it's very scary to hear you have been diagnosed with cancer.
Just 10 months and 26 days later, he made his first start back. On July 23rd, 2007, Jon Lester returned to the mound in Cleveland, and then later that season, won the clinching game in the 2007 World Series.
On May 19, 2008, Jon Lester threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals. It was a remarkable day for him and his family. Just a few years ago, he had a cancer tumor inside of him, then he is on top of the world after throwing a no-hitter.
He pitch 9 innings, threw 130 pitches, 2 walks, and 9 strikeouts. That was his turning point in the season, he went on to finish the season with a 16-6 record and a 3.21 era.
1. Kevin Everett Walks Again
Kevin Everett was nearly paralyzed on September 9th, 2007. The day he will never forget.
It was in week one of the 2007 NFL playoff season. The second half had just begun, and Bills place-kicker Rian Lindell had just started the second half when Broncos kick-returner Domenik Hixon caught the ball and started to return it, Kevin Everett made the initial hit and as soon as he hit him he went down.
As Domenik was tackled Kevin Everett layed motionless, and you could tell he was hurt badly, minutes passed and fans still were crying and were unsure of what happened, the EMT's, doctors, if there was a doctor in the stands or sideline, they were out there.
They rolled Kevin over and took of his face mask, they put him on the stretcher, a normal procedure, but what wasn't normal was the thumbs up.
Usually after a player is taken off in a stretcher they give the crowd a thumbs up, Kevin Everett didn't do that. He lay motionless on the stretcher and in the ambulance. The crowed prayed, the fans prayed, the refs, and coaches prayed, for Kevin Everett to be all right.
It turns out he had a cervical spine injury, one that nearly paralyzed him. He began rehab after a crucial surgery to replace the third and fourth cervical vertebrae.
On the night of the 2008 ESPY awards, an award is given out to the most courageous, brave athlete in the sports world. The nominees were Jon Lester battling cancer and 10 months later throwing a no-hitter, 2 girls on the opposite softball team carry a girl around the bases after a home-run, and Kevin Everett walking again. Kevin Everett won in a land slide. After he was introduced as the winner, he WALKED out, under his OWN power, to receive the award.
The audience was crying, Justin Timberlake was about to, and he got a standing ovation.
Kevin Everett is easily, the most courageous person in the world.