So SI.com is doing a "greatest game I've ever seen" series, and while I was tempted to leave a comment (and I did), I felt I had to make a blog to see what the rest of FanNation thinks. Without further ado, here is the top three games I've ever seen, on television, live, on the radio, on tape delay, or whatever.
3. 2004 ALCS Game 4, Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees. Fenway Park. I'm not a Red Sox or a Yankees fan, but this game was simply the best baseball game I've ever seen. Red Sox down 3-0 in the series, just got pounded the night before, Mariano Rivera on the mound to close out the sweep. Dave Roberts, pinch running, everyone watching know what he was going to do. Steal. What does he do? He steals, right under Rivera and Posada's nose. Scores the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, Big Papi hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th to send the series to a Game 5. Sure, the Red Sox had a long way to go, but you had a feeling the momentum had shifted.
2. 2006 Rose Bowl, USC vs. Texas. One of the first college football games I sat and watched in its entirety, no channel-flicking, I even watched the commercials. The powerhouse USC Trojans, led by Heisman winners Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, already dubbed the "best team ever" by ESPN, up against the upstart University of Texas Longhorns, lead by quarterback extraordinaire Vince Young. Texas dominates the first half (why, Reggie, why? Why lateral?), USC comes out in the second half all business. It looks like they are going to pull it out, then Vince Young rips the heart out of Trojan Nation. Simply the greatest championship game ever played.
1. 2007 Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Boise State. The greatest game I have ever watched, plain and simple. It looked like Boise State was going to pull a miracle, then a touchdown by Oklahoma followed directly by an interception returned for a touchdown to give Oklahoma the lead by 7. All the sudden, it looked like the dream was crushed. 4th and 19, 18 seconds left, the Hook-and-Ladder. Overtime. Then, Adrian Peterson closes out his college career with a 25 yard touchdown jaunt to give Boise St. the ball, needing a touchdown to tie. Fourth and two from the three. Zabransky goes in motion, and the backup wide reciever Vinny Perretta takes the snap. He rolls out to his right, and throws a touchdown to tight end Derek Schouman. Now for the tie. Wait, we don't want a TIE!! Zabransky takes the snap, throws to his right. WAIT!! He hands off behind his back to Ian Johnson, who runs into the end zone for the two point conversion!! Game over!! The upstart Boise State Broncos have defeated the powerhouse Oklahoma Sooners for the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
How about you? What is the greatest game you have ever witnessed? Leave a comment, please, and share your thoughts.