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    What were the most memorable sports events that you attended?

    Not surprisingly, mine focus around the Michigan-Ohio State football rivalry.

    In 1993, in my sophomore year of high school, my brother and I went to the game in Ann Arbor. OSU was undefeated and regarded as odds-on favorites for the national championship; the Wolverines were 7-3, and lightly regarded. Needless to say, we curbstomped the Buckeyes 28-0, and it was the proverbial "not even that close" game. Just a truly epic beatdown, and it was beautiful.

    Two years later, I went with five high school buddies to the 1995 game. Once again, OSU was undefeated, and Michigan was middling. The student section featured not one, not two, but THREE separate Northwestern flags, because if the Wolverines won, the Wildcats would win the Big Ten and advance to the Rose Bowl for the first time since god only knows when. Michigan tailback (and Spelling Bee eliminator) Tshimanga Biakabutuka ran for 313 yards (!), and a relatively unheralded freshman cornerback named Charles Woodson had two second-half interceptions, including one on the Buckeyes' last desperation drive, and the Wolverines won 31-23. I still remember seeing Biakabutuka break tackle after tackle after tackle.

    And then, two years after that, in my second year as a student at Michigan, it was our turn to be undefeated and #1; OSU carried one loss, and was ranked #4. Charles Woodson intercepted one pass in the endzone, and returned a punt for a TD, to ice his Heisman campaign. In fact, Michigan would score one TD a piece on offense, defense, and special teams, and would hold off the Buckeyes for a 20-14 win, sending the Wolverines to the Rose Bowl--and a split national championship. The student section rushed the field after the game; I still have the rose I brought to the game, my ticket, and a piece of sod from the goalline I took from the field. It was glorious.



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    Hmm, quite a few. I'm pretty old.

    -Gale Sayers' 6-TD game at Wrigley Field, December of 1965. I was 12. My Dad got tickets because -- well, December in Chicago. Miserable weather; fantastic day. Fun facts: Sayers would have had a 7th TD that day, but slipped while making his cut to get past the last man (punter) on another return. Also, George Halas kept him on the bench on the Bears' last two scoring drives.

    -1983 MLB All-Star Game at old Comiskey Park. Blowout win by the AL after years of NL domination, including the only grand slam in All-Star history (Fred Lynn). More memorable for me because it was the last game I attended with my late father.

    There are plenty of others (I used to live a block from Wrigley and saw a ton of games there), but those are the ones that remain top-of-mind after many years.
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    The one time I got to see Trevor Linden, still have the ticket, have to dig it up. It was a christmas gift from my dad, and I remember it more because of who I took. Very sweet Catholic gal and we had a great time at the game. Of course in the hollywood movies I would end saying, but she's now my wife, but alas life doesn't work that way.
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    Any bomb from Meredith to Hayes at the Cotton Bowl.
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    I also saw Jerry LeVias play for SMU. Pretty cool at the time.
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    '93 Frozen Four (though it wasn't called that then). Paul Kariya, Jim Montgomery, Cal Ingraham (you haven't heard of him), Garth Snow and Mike Dunham. 42-1-2 season that ended in a national championship. Edit: **** BU.

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    Darrell Green and Champ Bailey came to my high school once. Yeah, that's all I got.

    Edit: Oh, also, I used to play recreation soccer when I was a kid. One time, when I was goalie, I accidentally let a ball roll slowly between my legs and into the goal behind me. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life.
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    For me it was Strasmas.
    I recorded his first inning too. You can see the first of his amazing 14 strikeouts:



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    While my older brother went to that Bears game that JR listed, I didn't
    But I did see it on TV.

    For me it was 1979 at Wrigley. The rubber game with the Phillies. The wind was cooking out that day and we were in the front row of the bleachers in left field. Neither pitcher made it out of the first inning. 11 Home runs and 10 innings before the Cubs finally lost 23-22. Schmidt hit the game winner off Bruce Sutter. (his second) Kingman hit 3 homers that day. The next day I clipped the box score out the paper and kept it in my wallet for a few years as a reminder. It was one of the longest box scores I can remember seeing. Almost everyone got into the action.
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    The tops for me was in 1987, 2nd year of Nolan Richardson at Ark. There were grumblings after his first season that he would not keep the Hogs at the level of the Sutton years. But in December, Danny Manning and the Jayhawks came into Barnhill, and the place was rocking all night long. My ears were buzzing like coming out of a rock concert. That was the night the Hog fans could see what Hog ball was going to be like. Kansas was like #2 or #3 at the time, and the Hogs won going away 103-86.

    The other was late Sept 1998. Astros playing the Cubs during the summer of the long ball, Friday night of the last weekend of the season. Crowd was sellout in the Astrodome. Lima gave up a long HR to Sosa in the 4th inning that the crowd gave a standing O for. Sosa's 66th of the season. Later that evening, McGuire hit his 66th, and the crowd gave the TV replay an ovation. The Astros won 102 games that year than had another of their epic collapes in the 1st round of the playoffs.



    Not attended, but the most memorable ever will be the Hogs beating Duke for the NC in Carolina in 1994.

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    Not nearly as impressive or important as the ones above, but I did attend most of the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship. I was volunteering with the parking crew and got to see most of the semi final games and both bronze and goal medal games for "free". I had to work afterwards, think it was like -40C after the game.
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    Actually, pretty cool.
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    Not sure many of the sports events I have been to are all that worth noting, but one that sticks out was the 1991 NHL Playoffs....

    I was living in Winnipeg at the time while going to school, and a few of my friends and I had talked as the regular season came to a close how we were looking forward to going to a playoff game. As it turned out the Jets narrowly missed the playoffs, and all of our chances of see our first playoff game seemed to be gone. However, the day before the playoffs started, 3 of us talked about driving to Minneapolis to watch the North Stars first home game, and agreed to meet at something like 5 am the next day (the day of the game) & drive to Minnesota to watch it. I'm not sure any of us expected the others to actually be there, but we all met and drove to Minneapolis, actually making good time getting there, and then spent a couple hours looking for a mall (without finding one....I hope Mall of America wasn't around then or I would be embarrassed admiting we couldn't find the largest mall in America), before finally just heading for the arena.

    The game was fun to watch, just being in the playoff atmosphere (and they had Cheerleaders, which were a treat for 3 young guys to watch as well). The North Stars beat the heavily favoured Chicago Black Hawks both that night and in the series and further went on to the finals that year, eventually losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. When the game ended, we headed back for Winnipeg, and arrived as the sun was coming up. It was a long day, and nothing spectacular about the game, but if was a memorable moment, and I am happy we made the trip. 20 years later and it is still the only playoff game I have ever seen live.

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    The top one for me was Super Bowl XX in New Orleans. My family had four season tickets since mid-50's, but I did not start going until 1965. I was also at the Sayers 6 TD game (and many other big home games for Bears) but this was the best. We entered the lottery and got two tickets for NO but my father decided not to go, so my wife went with me. We had tickets in uppermost level of Superdome, but they were front row. We outnumbered Pat's fans 9-1. I remember Bears fan a few rows behind me who started complaining when Walter fumbled. I told him we would hold them to FG and wait ten minutes. He did apologize later for over-reacting. By time game ended it went from 80+ degrees down to low '50's (Bear weather).

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    1. #3 Illinois defeating #1 Wake Forest in Basketball at the Assembly Hall in Champaign, Il that started their season which ended in a loss to North Carolina in the title game. Everything about that Illini team was magical.
    1a. The NFC title game last year where the Packers beat the Bears at Soldier Field

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    Definite number one for me: April 2004. Nashville Predators' first ever home playoff game. The place was absolutely electric -- I'd never seen something quite like that before. Preds took an early lead over the Wings and never looked back. Lost the series in the end, of course, but it was an amazing experience.

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