10 Most Dramatic Moments of the Week
There is no shortage of drama in sports this time of year. With March Madness winding down to the Final Four, MLB starting their season and the NHL and NBA heading towards the playoffs, you can find excitement almost every night.
This past week, we were treated to some incredible Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen games, lots of Opening Day excitement and some interesting news as well.
It wouldn't be far-fetched to say that we are entering the most compelling time of year for sports. Let's take a look around and see what's out there.
Here are the 10 most dramatic moments from the past week.
Wisconsin Tops Arizona in Overtime
For all his success at Wisconsin, head coach Bo Ryan still had yet to lead the Badgers to the Final Four. Rick Reilly of ESPN wrote a really touching story about the final four, Ryan and his father, who passed away last August.
That behind-the-scenes storyline only helped to raise the stakes for Wisconsin as they took on the No. 1 seed Arizona, who was one of the favorites to win the entire tournament.
The two teams ended up locked in a fierce battle. The score was close and each team was trading big shots into overtime, where the Badgers finally pulled it off and celebrated with their phenomenal coach, who surely took some extra personal satisfaction in the accomplishment.
Trout Starts Season with a Bang
Being the best player in your sport at 22-years-old comes with its share of pressures, and signing a $144 million contract (per Alden Gonzalez) just days before the season starts only serves to accentuate that.
But Mike Trout seems to be the kind of player who doesn't let distractions get in his head, as he proved on Opening Day.
With the monster extension still fresh in everyone's mind, the baseball world was tuned in to see how Trout would begin what is likely to be another MVP-caliber campaign.
And in his very first at-bat of the season, Trout smashed a home run into the left field bleachers, announcing to everyone that he is ready to go.
Dayton's Cinderella Story
It's difficult for a No. 11 seed to get to the Sweet Sixteen, and even tougher for them to advance all the way to the Elite Eight, but that's exactly what the Dayton Flyers managed last week.
After taking down powerhouses Ohio State and Syracuse in the first two rounds (and giving their students reason to celebrate), they faced off with No. 10 Stanford, who was trying to further a great story of their own.
But Dayton showed the athleticism and organization that helped them get to the Sweet 16 in the first place, and beat Stanford by 10 to face off with No. 1 seed Florida.
They fought hard against the Gators, giving them all that they could handle before bowing out, but not before they cemented themselves in Cinderella story lore forever.
Flyers-Bruins Down to the Wire
The NHL playoffs are just weeks away at this point, and games are heating up as teams prepare to get into the postseason mindset.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins have had one of the best rivalries in the league over the past couple of years, and this past Sunday they showed why.
On national television, the two squads battled valiantly in front of a raucous Philadelphia crowd, with a fight and a number of beautiful goals being scored.
It seemed like Boston had the game wrapped up with a one-goal lead and the clock ticking under 30 seconds to play before Vincent Lecavalier slammed one home to send the game into overtime. They would need a lengthy shootout to settle the game, with the Bruins finally coming out on top.
FC Barcelona Hit with Major Sanction
FC Barcelona had already run into trouble this year, with some shady business from the Neymar transfer causing (now former) president Sandro Rosell to resign and forcing the team to pay millions in tax fraud charges.
Then just a couple days ago, FIFA unleashed a massive penalty on the club: They will be banned from all transfers for 14 months—or the duration of next season—because of an investigation into Barca's improper international transfers of minors.
This is a massive blow for one of the world's richest soccer teams, who is battling fiercely with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for La Liga Supremacy, and is also in the Champions League running every season. Deadspin detailed some of the immediate and long-term issues after the announcement was made.
The prestige, reputation and future of the club have all majorly been jeopardized with these recent events. But club officials have said that they will appeal the ban. Let the real drama begin.
Harrison Wins It for Kentucky
In arguably the most exciting game of the tournament so far (which is saying something), Kentucky and Michigan fought for the right to advance to the Final Four.
After going back and forth all game, Kentucky and Michigan found themselves tied with under 10 seconds to play and the ball in Aaron Harrison's hands.
The freshman guard showed he has ice in veins by sinking a deep three-pointer with just over two seconds left to play, sending No. 8 Kentucky to yet another Final Four.
DeSean Jackson Is a Redskin
Well, uh, didn't see this coming. A few weeks ago, DeSean Jackson was a Philadelphia Eagle and nobody really thought much of it.
But trade rumors started swirling, and while they were a little peculiar, one could see why Howie Roseman might be interested in seeing what he could get for Jackson on the market.
So when the news of Jackson's release came out almost simultaneously with an NJ.com story about his gang ties, everyone was clearly abuzz with speculation and opinions.
That frenzy had barely started to calm down when news broke early on Wednesday (via Adam Schefter of ESPN) that Jackson had signed with the Washington Redskins, a bitter rival of Philadelphia. Let the drama begin.
Walk-off on Opening Day in Detroit
Opening Day is a time for fans to come out and enjoy the start of baseball and the end of winter, but Detroit Tigers fans got treated to a phenomenal game as well.
After Alex Gonzalez made an error in the fourth inning, the Kansas City Royals would go on to take a 3-1 lead that held until the seventh inning, when the Tigers tied it up.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth, when Gonzalez came up to the plate with men on first and third and just one out.
The veteran dug in and redeemed his error with a walk-off line drive to left field that set the Detroit crowd off and started Detroit's campaign for a World Series trophy on the right path.
To get the right to be buried by Aaron Harrison in the Elite Eight, Michigan had to fight in a down-to-the-wire showdown with No. 11 Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen.
The Wolverines seemed to have the game under wraps with an eight point lead and under two minutes left to play, but the Volunteers staged a furious comeback and forced some late-game heroics for Michigan to win.
A lot of the drama was unfortunately caused by the refs, who made a couple questionable calls, including a bad offensive foul whistle against Tennessee that ultimately could have cost them the game.
Steph Curry Does It Again
It's hard to imagine a limit to Steph Curry's development and capacity to make the miraculous look ordinary, but it doesn't get much more exciting than this from Tuesday night.
The Warriors are playoff-bound, but this game still had some seeding implications. But for the Dallas Mavericks, the game was crucial to their playoff hopes.
After an incredible back and forth at the end of the fourth quarter and then into overtime, Curry took the ball with less than 10 seconds on the clock and worked his magic.
He took a step-back jumper right at the three-point line and it hit nothing but net with just one-tenth of a second remaining, planting a dagger firmly in the chest of the Mavericks and making their road to the postseason a whole lot tougher.