Most Dramatic Moments of the Week

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IApril 25, 2014

Most Dramatic Moments of the Week

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    This past week in sports has been as exciting as it gets. With the NBA and NHL playoffs heating up, the MLB season in full swing and other events taking place, there's been plenty to get pumped up about.

    These moments embody the essence of drama in sports; they have interesting storylines, heart-stopping finishes and everything in between.

    Here are the most dramatic moments in sports from this past week.

Grizzlies Beat Thunder in OT

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    The Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder entertained us all Monday night with arguably the most thrilling game yet in these NBA playoffs.

    The Grizzlies seemingly had the game under wraps multiple times throughout the fourth quarter but continually fumbled as time crept off the clock. They were still in good shape up five with 20 seconds left, but that's when Kevin Durant did his thing.

    You literally just don't see shots like that. It's a play of such outrageous proportions that there aren't any words that can do it justice.

    But for as amazing as that play was, the Grizzlies still found a way to bare down in overtime and come away with the victory. 

An American Wins Boston Marathon for First Time Since 1983

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    On Monday, Meb Keflezighi broke away from the pack early and became the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 at the ripe age of 38 years old.

    This remarkable feat was made all the more special by the timing of the victory, as it came one year after the horrible attacks at the 2013 marathon.

    With a time of two hours, eight minutes and 37 seconds, Keflezighi outran a very strong field and provided an unbelievable moment for a city and country that will remember it forever.

Columbus Wins First-Ever Playoff Game in Double OT

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    Who would have thought that the Columbus Blue Jackets, of all teams, would find themselves a spot on this weekly list twice already? But it has been that kind of special season for CBJ, and the team kept it up with a big playoff victory Saturday.

    The Blue Jackets made the playoffs once before but were swept by the Detroit Red Wings. Finally, in Game 2 of this first-round series against a favored Pittsburgh Penguins team, they managed their first playoff win in franchise history.

    Matt Calvert, a former fifth-round draft pick, was the hero, as he got his own rebound a few yards from the crease and put home the winner up high on Marc-Andre Fleury. 

Columbus Wins Second-Ever Playoff Game in OT

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    Well, I guess Columbus thought it needed to top its first-ever playoff victory, and man did the team find a heck of a way to do it to tie the series back up at two games apiece.

    Down 3-0 in the first period to the Penguins, it looked like the game was out of reach for the Blue Jackets. But they scored twice to shrink the lead to one, which Pittsburgh held until the final minute of the game.

    With under 40 seconds to play, the puck hopped over Fleury's stick and was passed out to Brandon Dubinsky, who slammed the game-tying goal home.

    Then, Nick Foligno stormed up the ice roughly three minutes into overtime and snapped a (very stoppable) shot that got past Fleury and set the Columbus crowd into a raucous frenzy.

Phelps Back to His Winning Ways

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    It may not have gotten coverage like his Olympic swims did, but there was surely a lot of drama in the air when Michael Phelps took to the pool for the start of his comeback after retiring following the 2012 London Olympics.

    Phelps beat out Ryan Lochte to have the fastest time in the qualifier at the Arena Grand Prix Thursday. That isn't overly shocking to hear, but it's still interesting and impressive nonetheless.

    After not swimming competitively since his last races at the Olympics two years ago, this victory will surely spark a nationwide discussion about whether or not Phelps will compete in the 2016 Olympics.

Pedroia Sparks Wild Finish in Boston

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    On Sunday night, the Boston Red Sox came back from a 5-0 deficit against the Baltimore Orioles and were tied going into the bottom of the ninth inning.

    That's when mayhem ensued.

    Dustin Pedroia hit a moonshot to left field that appeared to stay in play. But the play was challenged, as it looked almost like fan interference of a home run. The umpire held the call made on the field, though, and Pedroia was not awarded a home run.

    Then, two batters later, with the bases loaded and Pedroia on third, Mike Carp hit a fly into left field that was caught by David Lough. 

    After initially tagging up, Pedroia had turned back toward third base when he saw that the throw from Lough was way off the mark. He ended up racing home for the winning run.

Portland Takes Game 1 in OT

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    Not to be outdone by all of the exciting overtime finishes in the NHL playoffs last week, the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets got the NBA playoffs off to a heck of a start.

    LaMarcus Aldridge had the game of his life, scoring 46 points and adding 18 rebounds to lead Portland to victory. Damian Lillard added 31 points of his own.

    The game was incredibly physical and heated up to the last second, with Aldridge, Dwight Howard, Robin Lopez and David Beverley all fouling out.

    A series can't be kicked off any better than this.

Russell Allen Retires from NFL After Stroke

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    Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko (h/t Deadspin) wrote a fascinating, tragic and revealing story Tuesday about Russell Allen, a (now former) linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Allen suffered a stroke this past season on what was an otherwise very normal play. He wasn't hit hard or knocked to the ground, but he had an MRI the next day and then went to a number of specialists over the following months to figure out what happened.

    Klemko's story discusses the "tough guy" attitude in the NFL and how that has clashed somewhat with the recent influx of awareness about brain injuries like Allen's. His story and retirement are another polarizing aspect to this ever-developing situation.

Was Curry Fouled?

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    As Bleacher Report's Joe Flynn wrote, "Foul, or no foul? That is the question." It's a question that shot around the basketball world Thursday night.

    With seconds on the clock in Game 3 of the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warriors series, Stephen Curry (as usual) pulled up for a game-winning three-pointer. But Chris Paul deftly slid right up against him to contest the shot and appeared to bump him. Curry missed the shot, the replay showed a very possible foul and everyone went nuts.

    Taking a closer look at the replay, it's very hard to say that Paul didn't foul him, as the rule clearly states a defender cannot take a shooter's legs out and has to give him a clear landing spot. But others would argue that in such a big moment, ticky-tack fouls like that won't be called. Regardless, L.A. is up 2-1 in the series.

Kane Wins It in OT

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    The series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks has arguably been the most intense series in the NHL playoffs thus far.

    The Blues were up 2-1 heading into Game 4 in Chicago, and the defending champions knew they needed a win before heading back to St. Louis. But they found themselves down a goal with four minutes left in the third period.

    Bryan Bickell redirected a slap shot from the point to tie the game up and give Chicago a chance in overtime. Then, as he's done many times before, Patrick Kane provided the heroics.

    A little more than 11 minutes into overtime, Kane took the puck up the left side of the ice and ripped a short-side wrister from his left-handed shot that tied the series up.