Monday, November 15, 2004

If you could go back in time to see one sporting event in person, which would you choose?

The Thrilla In Manila

If I could go back to any sport moment in person this would have to be it. This barely beat out going back to see Jesse Owens take home 4 gold medals in the Berlin olympics when Hitlor himself wouldn't personally award Owens. But to see Ali at his finest moment in the end of a trioligy of 2 of the greatest boxers of all time would have to be my pick. This boxing match went 14 rounds before Frazier's trainer threw in the towell. Both men were nearly beat to death in this match. This is Ali at his finest.


Blogger CosmicPal said...

I would have to say the famous Band on the Run play with Stanford and Cal. It's a college game between two rivals. Stanford takes the lead with a field goal only to kick off to Cal, and Cal performs the wildest return in history- of course, the band comes out on the field and chaos ensues.

I can only imagine what it must have been like to be a Cal fan that day, and what a riot it must have been to be able to witness such an aloof return that ended with success. If I'm correct, I believe Elway was playing for Stanford at the time.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

You are correct Cosmic, Elway was the QB at Stanford during that whacky game.

If I were to go back in time and see a game in person, I would go back to 1996 and watch the Avalanche beat the Panthers in 3 OT 1-0 to win their first Stanley Cup. Not only would the duration of the game have been worth the price of the ticket, but the feeling of knowing the score is 0-0, 1 goal by the Avs and Lord Stanley is coming to Denver, 1 goal by the Panthers and the series could have been completely turned around.

12:01 PM  
Blogger kevinck04 said...

That was a great game Steve and I remember after which was the riot which was cool too. Maybe "the drive" would be a good one to see. It's cool to go to somebody else's place and beat them there. I would polly also like to see when Ali beat Sonny Liston. Tyson first title would've been good too. I'll prolly post a couple more later on but I have too think about it

2:01 PM  
Blogger CosmicPal said...

Steve- that was a great hockey game. But, if my memory serves me correct- wasn't it the Red Wings, and not the Panters?

I moved here in May of 96 when the Avs were in the Stanley Cup and I recall staying up past midnight to watch this great hockey match that went into 3 OTS, but I thought it was against the Red Wings. Anyways, it made me a huge Avs fan....

7:46 AM  
Blogger RED said...

Hey Kevin what about Jim Thorpes finest moment in 1912: Superman Jim Thorpe’s heroics—he takes first in both the pentathlon and the decathlon—electrify the Stockholm games.

Also I'm suprised that nobody wanted to see the Miracle on Ice with the USA olympics over Russia

9:40 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Cosmic - no, it was the Florida Panthers. Remember that the Avalanche and the Red Wings are in the Western Conference, so they can't play each other in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Red - as much as I appreciate the "Miracle on Ice" I would have much rather have seen the gold medal game. Certainly a big game against an opponent who was dominating, during the end of the Cold War times, great thrills, but to see that Championship game would have meant more to me.

I would also like to have seen the Super Bowl between the Giants and Bills when "Wide Right" took place. Just to have that much intensity waiting on 1 kick in the final seconds, that would have been cool to be a part of.

11:19 AM  
Blogger kevinck04 said...

See I dont know shit about hockey (lol) but they were both good wins I've been in so many riots I can't even remember. I was thinking about Jim Thorpe as well that would be cool to see when he won the decathalon and penthalon(i think) being a life long nuggets fan I would also like to see when DT scored 72 in a game, I was lucky enough to when Jordan dropped 52 but the nuggets still won and also last when T-Mac scored 50 but the nuggets won again

11:19 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

I was at that game when T-Mac dropped 50 and still lost, LOL.

But speaking of great hockey moments, I have changed my mind and would want to see Game #7 at the Pepsi Center when the Avalanche ousted the Devils (my other favorite hockey team) 3-1 and watching Ray Bourqe lift that Stanley Cup over his head...what a great moment.

11:24 AM  
Blogger quest4facts said...

I would love to see Johnny Unitas play in the 1958 championship game. When he led Baltimore to a 23-17 overtime victory over the New York Giants. That game put pro football on the map and boosted the popularity of the sport that we know and love (sometimes) today.

3:42 PM  

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