Sports are a huge pastime for many people in the United States and with there being such an array of sports to watch there have been many memorable moments. I will be giving my opinion of the 10 greatest moments.
10. The Called Shot: On October 1, 1932, in the fifth game of the world series Babe Ruth came up to the plate and pointed to centerfield gesturing he was going to hit a home run. On the next pitch, he hit a home run into center field. This moment made Babe Ruth even more of a baseball legend than he already was.
9. 100 Point Game: Wilt Chamberlain has set many NBA records that still stand today. His most impressive have to be the game where he scored 100 points against the New York Knicks.
8. The Rise of Tiger: Tiger Woods, Western alumni, took the golfing world by storm when he competed in his first masters at the young age of 21. He won the championship with a score of 270 beating second place by 12 strokes.
7. The Helmet Catch: The 2008 Patriots ended their regular season with a 16-0 record-annihilating any team that came their way. They blew through the playoffs until they faced the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Down 14-10 with 1:16 left The Giants faced a third and five where Eli Manning was being rushed and threw a desperation pass to David Tyree where he pinned the ball to his head securing a 32 yard gain. A few plays later Plaxico Burress caught a touchdown pass which secured the victory for the Giants.
6. The Thrilla in Manila: Considered one of the greatest fights of all time Joe Frazier faced Muhammad Ali where he was Tko’ed after the 14th round. This fight sealed Ali’s legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
5. Breaking the Barrier: 1947 a time where racism was alive and well all throughout the United States. When Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in the major league it paved the way for blacks to be integrated into more than just baseball.
4. Jordan Rules Again: Down by one in game 6 of the NBA finals Michael Jordan pushes off of Byron Russell and sank a jumper to win the Bulls their third straight championship.
3. Jesse Bucks Hitler: In 1936 where Nazi Germany was flourishing and the “Aryan Supremacy” was supposedly a thing. Jesse Owens disproved that theory by winning four gold medals.
2. Miracle on Ice: When Russia was the most dominant team in hockey and just a week earlier had beat the United States 10-3 , the United States defeated the mighty Russians 4-3 to go to the finals to beat Finland.
1. Eight the Hard Way: As a swimmer, I think of Michael Phelps as some sort of God. So when I was 8 years old and saw my idol win 8 gold medals it was the greatest moment in sports history that I had seen.