From 2000-2010, the world of sports have been flooded with great moments and events. Also with terrible and horrific moments. From the moment Ovechkin was drafted, hockey changed. From the 04-05 NHL Lockout Season. From Tiger Wood's incredible shot in 2008 to Tiger Wood's incredible collapse in 2009-2010. There has been so many memorable moments in sports in the last decade, but these are the TOP TEN.
In the Tenth spot, The 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs will be one that Oiler fans will always remember. Edmonton finished the season in eight place, barely squeezing into the post-season with ninety five points. Edmonton's playoff run began against the best team of the season, the Detroit Red-Wings who won the President's trophy that year with One Hundred & Twenty Four Points. Edmonton overcame the obstacle defeating the league's best team in six games. Edmonton went on and never looked back as they eliminated San Jose & Anaheim before heading to the cup finals against Carolina. Edmonton made an incredible comeback in the cup finals as they trailed three to one but came back to tie the series at three. They lost game seven and were that close to making history.
Kobe makes the number nine spot. January Twenty Second, 2006 is forever known as the day Kobe Bryant beat the Raptors. Kobe Bryant made history on that day when he registered an unbelievable Eighty One points against Toronto. Kobe set a career high as well as a franchise high for the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant was & still is good for second place on the most points in one game category. He was just twenty points shy that night of breaking an all time NBA record which is set by Wilt Chamberlain back in 1962. Chamberlain recorded one hundred points to set the all-time record for most points in one game.
Eighty Six Years. That's how long Red Sox fans waited before they were finally able to full out brag about their beloved Boston Baseball team. The 'Bo-Sox' World Series victory was long awaited and long over-due but when the moment happened, the city of Boston was once again all smiles. From game one of the World Series, you knew they wanted it, and they wanted it bad. Boston handled St.Louis sweeping them in four games to win the championship and be crowned World Series Champions of 2004.
Twenty Thousand, & Seventy Six people were witnesses of the game that made TV Headlines for weeks. However, nobody was talking about the GAME, they were talking about the BRAWL, the Malice, At The Palace. In number seven comes the biggest Basketball brawl of the decade. The Detroit Pistons & the Indiana Pacers. There wasn't even a minute left in the game before a fight broke out between the two teams on the court. When the referee stepped in to break it up, a soda cup was thrown from the audience right to player Ron Artest which broke out a brawl between the players, and the FANS. A total of nine players were suspended that night.
In 2005, the soccer world made a lot of noise when Liverpool & A.C. Milan played for the League Championship. The reason it's so memorable is because Liverpool made one of the most incredible comebacks in League Finals history. A.C. Milan was controlling the first half scoring three goals, including one on the very first minute of the game. With AC Milan up three goals heading into the second half, Everybody, including Liverpool fans, knew it was over. But something strange happened and Liverpool came out in the second half firing scoring an early fifty fourth minute goal. Just TWO minutes later, Liverpool scored another one to cut the lead down to just one goal! And well, you guessed it, only FOUR minutes after, Liverpool completed the comeback to tie the game, three-three. The game went on to Penalties where Liverpool striked three times, AC Milan player Shevchenko was up and needed to score, but he failed to do so and Liverpool went on to be crowned League Champions.
The New England Patriots were one win away from achieving a perfect season. They were 16-0 in the regular season in 2008, advanced to the super-bowl and were playing a much rather under-dog team, called the New York Giants. What nobody expected, was for the Giants to upset the what people were calling, 'unbeatable' team. The Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14 in four exciting quarters. You gotta feel for New England going 18-0 before coming up empty handed.
At number four on our countdown comes the Wimbledon 2008 Finals. Federer versus Nadal. The two best Tennis Players in the world. Nadal was currently on a 23 game winning streak. Amidst rain delays, Nadal & Federer went on to play the longest Wimbledon Finals match in history, a total Four hours, and Forty Eight minutes. Nadal finally captured the title as he won the fifth set 9-7 in what was closely inching to darkness. This has been argued as the best Tennis match ever played.
2006 World Cup Finals. France vs. Italy. Zinidine Zidane, a very well known Soccer player. Known for his spectacular skills on the field and his leadership off of the field. He was playing his last game ever before retiring. Zidane headbutted Italian player Marco Materazzi after Zidane claimed that Materazzi made insults towards Zidane's mom & sister. The veteran leader was awarded a red card and was forced to leave the game. Zidane could then only watch as his country went on to be defeated by Italy in penalties. That was the last game Zidane had ever played.
Usain Bolt & Michael Phelps make the runner up for the most memorable moments in sports of the past decade. Both of these athletes contended and made history in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Phelps captured an unbelievable eight gold medals and swimming seventeen races in nine days. Phelps set eight Olympic records in 2008. Usain Bolt, known as the fastest runner in the world. In the Olympic 100 Meter Final, Usain Bolt broke an Olympic record by becoming the fastest person on earth to run 100 Meters, winning in just 9.69 seconds. These two are known as the Kings Of Beijing and I don't think there is anyone that would disagree.
Considering what has happened to Tiger Woods in 2009 & 2010, it's only fitting that this is the most memorable moment in sports over the last decade. Tiger Woods at the 2005 Masters. Tiger made the most incredible shot of his career and is argued to be the best shot ever made at a Masters Tournament. What made it even better, was the commentary that went with it. "Here it comes ... Oh, my goodness! ... OH, WOW!!!!! IN YOUR LIFE, have you seen anything like that?!" CBS's Verne Lundquist's famous call on Tiger Woods chip-in on the 16th hole.