Americans love college and professional sports more than any other country in the world! They love sports because they are fun, distracting from reality, competitive, and most importantly exciting.
Nothing gets people as excited as March Madness, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Indy 500, the Daytona 500, The World Cup, or the NBA Finals. There is no question that sports, in general, pumps people with lots of energy and adrenaline.
The main question here, however, is what in sports does that to people?
With the exceptions of a game winning play (homerun, touchdown, jumpshot, or goal), there are dozens of other "everyday" plays that cause fans to become ecstatic. The Derek Jeter "flip play" in Oakland, David Tyree's touchdown catch in Super Bowl 42, and Kevin Garnett's tip slam in the 2008 NBA Finals are all things that only come about once in decades.
Yet, every single day, there are millions of passionate sports fans cheering at the ballpark or yelling at their televisions. What play in American sports causes the most fans to jump out of their seats in overwhelming excitement?
"Everyday" plays only take into account those plays that happen more than at least once per week during the season of a given sport. This immediately disqualifies a grand slam in baseball, a "Pick Six" in football, and any baseball/basketball/football brawls or fights.
The baseball category includes: a home run, strike 'em out-throw 'em out, an outfield assist at home plate, a triple, or a home run robbing catch.
The football category includes: an interception, a safety, a blocked kick or punt, a defensive stop on 4th down, an offensive touchdown, kick/punt return for a touchdown.
The basketball category includes: a tip slam, a massive block, a 3-point play opportunity, or an alley-oop.
The hockey category includes: a fight, a breakaway goal, a kick-save, or a massive check.
The soccer category includes: a corner kick, a bicycle kick, a diving save, or a red card.
The "other category" includes: a car wreck in either Nascar or IRL racing, a horse race, or an ace in tennis.
It is almost impossible for one person to choose as to what the most exciting play is in all of American sports. Once votes have been submitted and tallied, there will be another article that discusses the submissions and the results.
Please comment with your pick for most exciting play and if there are any unlisted that should be mentioned.