• 03/08/2011, 11:07AM ET

Top 3 sports moments that affected you the most personally

DJRoxalot (1085-669-126) vs Frank Pentangeli (138-393-25)

1-Chick Hearn passing away.

I grew up with the man broadcasting games. He was a true legend in every sense of the word. My parents were not big fans of spending money on "extra's" like cable TV. So I had to listen to the games on the radio. And I will never forget when I was 10 years old and the Lakers were upset by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Chick was able to paint a picture of the game so that it was like I was watching it on TV. The only other announcer that I can compare him to would be Vin Scully. 2 true icons.

And my favorite of his "Chick-isms" was

"This game's in the refrigerator! The door's closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the Jell-O is jiggling...."

2-Earvin Johnson retiring because he contracted the HIV virus.

Certain things happen you vividly remember. I was listening to the radio in my Toyota Corolla when the news broke. I was on my way to covering an All Star Water Polo contest and when it broke I had to pull over to avoid an accident. The tears just flowed. He was another icon I grew up watching on the Lakers.

3-The Raiders moving to Oakland.

1. 2006 Spring race at Atlanta Motor Speed way rained out until Monday. Had to be back at work Monday so missed the race and thus wasted the $115 ticket cost. That is badly personally affecting.

2. Dec 25th 2004. The Broncos came to Nashville on Christmas. I left the family behind and went. People were personally mad at me. I told them to stick it.

3. Mike Hamilton fires Phil Fulmer which leads to the hire of Lane Kiffin who leaves the program in dissaray and facing multiple Major NCAA violations. For 14 years I have made donations in order to purchase season tickets. Accumulating points as to the value of the seats I can attain based on my donation. My points are worthless now.

Expanding on my 3rd one:

People say Los Angeleno's do not care about football. And that is simply wrong. There are a lot of us passionate football fans. If a franchise relocated here they would be welcome and would sell out games. The die hard football fans would show up and support the team.

And to those in the "Peanut Gallery" the Lakers do rule the city but that does not mean we cannot support a football franchise. It has been so long since there has been a team here the season tickets would sell out in record time.

You going to put in 3 arguments or forfeit the last 2, Frank?

Enquiring minds want to know.

How is the kid? Got the pillow case with the eye and mouth holes so he does not suffocate? Child Protective services would frown upon that.

When is the next appearance on Jerry as the Grand Poobah of the Klu Klux Klan. I personally loved it when Jerry knocked you the eff out....

Explain how any of this personally affected you? I dont get it.

Magic is fine, the Lakers are obviously fine.

How anyone would let the Al Davis franchise affect them is beyond me.

And everyone has had a great announcer die, didnt affect them personally.

I have let sports affect me both in my personal life and financially. That is personal.

I am not sure what you are talking about.

Magic retired way before he should have.

In 1990-91 he was just 31 years old and was averaging 19.4ppg, 12.5apg, 7.0rpg and 1.3spg while shooting 47.7% on FG's and 90.6% on FT's.

He was in the prime of his career when he contracted the HIV virus and was forced to retire. If not for contracting HIV? John Stockton never would have brokeh his assists record.

How did that affect me?

Seriously? As a passionate sports fan you have the balls to ask that ?

I think I already mentioned how I grew up listening to Chick on the radio and TV. He was a brilliant announcer and was like a member of the family.

Knock Davis all you want but there are some fans here in LA who did not want to see them leave.

"1. 2006 Spring race at Atlanta Motor Speed way rained out until Monday. Had to be back at work Monday so missed the race and thus wasted the $115 ticket cost. That is badly personally affecting."

You could have sold it. I am sure they have internet in your backwoods hometown. Otherwise you would not be on here.



I just disagree with your premise.

One you can only speculate that Magic would have held that record today and the numbers simply dont support that.

You cant sell a ticket on Sunday night to a race that is happening in front of a 1/3 capacity crowd Monday morning.

I just do not see where any of these events affected you personally. In lieu of the critics and coach, I figure I will go positive:

1. Opening day, 2007... Would have been my wifes 1st TN game (nto married yet), we pasted Cal in front of a rockus crowd at Neyland, it was a great experience. As one who has litterally attended every home game and many away games dating back years I can say a loss in that situation often leads to a long ride home and could have led to an entirely different outcome.

March 8, 2011  11:08 AM ET

For the love of God....

March 8, 2011  11:09 AM ET

And people wonder why Rude and I have 95 TD's vs each other.

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March 8, 2011  11:16 AM ET

NFC title game, 2010
Lakers Game 7 win this year

Not sure about a 3rd

March 8, 2011  11:20 AM ET

1. OHIO STATE'S 2002 National Cahmpionship (ending The U's 34 game winning streak)

2. 1987: The Drive (Elway's a horsed toothed jacka^^) Thanks Marty!!!!

3. Jose Cuervo, I mean Mesa, and the 1997 World Series


March 8, 2011  11:23 AM ET

Who calls Magic "Earvin"

March 8, 2011  11:24 AM ET


You're talking about the one Canseco gave to McGwire, right?

March 8, 2011  11:24 AM ET

Who calls Magic "Earvin"

his mommy

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March 8, 2011  11:24 AM ET

For the love of God....


March 8, 2011  11:25 AM ET

Who calls Magic "Earvin"

His friends.

March 8, 2011  11:25 AM ET

His mom.

yuz gots to be [b]quicka


March 8, 2011  11:26 AM ET

You're talking about the one Canseco gave to McGwire, right?

Good one!

March 8, 2011  11:28 AM ET

Magic Johnson HIV...still remember that day..always will.

Super Bowl 32..Broncos winning...I'm man enough to say I shed tears.

Braves NLCS against the Pirates game 7....Sid Bream sliding in safe...lost it big best friend and my Dad running around the house jumping up and down...great memory.

March 8, 2011  11:29 AM ET

I loved watching Magic play... I didn't so much love watching him play as much as I loved watching how much he LOVED the game. That announcement had my eye faucets going too...

March 8, 2011  11:31 AM ET

A 4th would be when Darrent Williams was murdered.

March 8, 2011  11:32 AM ET

I loved watching Magic play... I didn't so much love watching him play as much as I loved watching how much he LOVED the game.

remove Magic and insert Favre!

March 8, 2011  11:32 AM ET

1. Death of Ernie Harwell

2. OSU National Championship 2002

3. Blue Jackets finally making the Playoffs

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