There are certain moments in sports where they are so amazing, stunning, or monumental that you LITERALLY jump out of your seat. For me, this is actually a rare occasion as I am a fairly calm watcher. But, I know alot of people who watched the Jim Joyce blown call live, and said they jumped clean on their feet when the bad call was made. I didn’t see it happen live, so I can’t say the same. But, here are a couple moments that I can vividly remember, and I want to know what yours are (whether UK related or not):
JANUARY 1, 2007
Boise St. stuns Oklahoma with trick plays in Fiesta Bowl
Why: For most of this game, Boise St. had dominated the heavily favored Sooners, but the 4th quarter was all OU, and as it seems to happen so often, the underdog can’t seem to hang on. After tying the score late, Boise St. unbelievably threw an awful interception that Oklahoma returned for a touchdown. BALLGAME. Right? They had a little over a minute left, and after 3 mediocre plays, were left with a 4th and 18. And then they pulled off what I think is the BEST football play I have ever seen, and yes I mean greater than the Cal-Stanford play. The Hook and Lateral play worked to perfection, the game goes to overtime and then once again, Oklahoma appeared to have the game locked up, scoring on the very first play. BALLGAME. Right? Nope, Boise proceeded to not only score a touchdown on a halfback pass, but then convert a 2-point conversion on a Statue of Liberty play. Easily the best college football game ever played. PERIOD.
April 9, 2004
Phil Mickelson wins first major
Why: People sometimes forget how difficult it was for Mickelson to win a major. Before 2004, Fat Phil had finished 2nd or 3rd eight times in majors. Some of those were his own fault and some of those he caught bad breaks. But, pretty much everybody was aching for Phil to break through. It didn’t appear as that Masters was going to be the breakthrough because Ernie Els jumped ahead of him by 3 shots. But 5 birdies on the back nine gave Phil a chance to win on the 18th hole. But Mickelson left himself with an 18-foot birdie putt on 18, and that was exactly the kind of putt that Phil missed at majors. And I fully was expecting him to miss. And then all of the sudden he rammed his putt into the hole, and finally he had a major. I’ve never been happier for a golfer than after that tournament, and that putt is one of my favorite golf moments ever.
JANUARY 13, 2004
Erik Daniels tip-in keeps SEC streak alive
Why: Kentucky had won 20 SEC games in a row, and early on it looked like they would make it 21 easily. They took a double digit lead in the first half and still lead by 9 with 5 minutes remaining. The team looked very sharp and Gerald Fitch was becoming THE leader of that team. But for whatever reason, as Tubby teams had a tendency to do, they got super-conservative on offense and Miss St. stormed back and took the lead with 2.5 seconds left. The game was essentially over because UK had to inbound the ball from an awkward spot on the sidelines. And then, almost like a bolt of lightning, a deflected pass lands in the hands of Daniels, and he gets an easy layup at the buzzer to win. It was a game that the Cats got lucky and they would lose the winning streak the next game against Georgia. But for that one night, the Cats got a great break, took advantage, and made me jump out of my seat.
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