One-in-a-million moments in sports activities historical past


Everybody watches sports activities hoping to see one thing uncommon or unlikely, and most of the time, they get their want. Typically, although, what occurs on the sphere defies description, perception or, in some circumstances, the legal guidelines of physics. Let’s sit again and try among the most actually astonishing, one-in-a-million performs in sports activities historical past. 

 

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Invoice Belichick outsmarts himself, and the Dolphins pull a Miami Miracle

Bill Belichick outsmarts himself, and the Dolphins pull a Miami Miracle

Joel Auerbach / Contributor

The Miami Dolphins had 69 yards to go, and 7 seconds to do it, in opposition to the Patriots on Dec. 9, 2018. Rob Gronkowski was, inexplicably, New England’s final line of protection on a play the place there was zero probability of Ryan Tannehill throwing a ball 70 yards within the air to the top zone. Miami went for a hook-and-lateral play, and Kenyan Drake ended up with the ball. Gronkowski took a horrible angle on the play, permitting Drake to attain the profitable landing. It may not be probably the most inconceivable last-second landing ever, but it surely actually was probably the most satisfying — should you dislike the Pats and Belichick. 

 

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Yadier Molina’s sticky scenario

Yadier Molina's sticky situation

Jeff Curry / Stringer

An early-season Cubs-Cardinals recreation in 2017 turned from routine to unusual when Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil struck out Matt Szczur on an 0-2 pitch that bounced within the grime. When Molina seemed for the ball to finish the play with a throw to first base, he couldn’t discover it, as a result of it was caught to his chest protector. Szczur prevented making an out, and by some means, the Cardinals prevented any additional investigation from the league. How? Your guess is nearly as good as mine.

 

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Corn Elder and Miami shock Duke

Corn Elder and Miami shock Duke

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The lateral play on kickoffs not often works. It’s a desperation tactic, and often, a participant tries to make a run for daylight, solely to get lower down, or fumble to open house and have the kicking staff fall on the ball. Regardless of the Duke Blue Devils enjoying protection completely for the higher a part of a minute, ultimately they broke down, and Elder and Miami broke their hearts. Had been all of the laterals authorized? Had been all of the blocks authorized? Who can say, actually? All that issues is that the Hurricanes received and gave faculty soccer followers an all-time memorable play within the course of.

 

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Michigan’s punt fail provides Michigan State the win

Michigan's punt fail gives Michigan State the win

Christian Petersen / Workers

Seventh-ranked Michigan State seemed destined for its first lack of the 2015 season when it trailed archrival Michigan, 23-21, with 10 seconds left and the Wolverines in punt formation on the Michigan State 47-yard line. All Michigan needed to do was get the punt off, and the sport was functionally over. The Wolverines didn’t get the punt off, and followers all over the place have been handled to the “Give up Cobra.”

 

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Rodgers connection makes Motown Miracle

Rodgers connection makes Motown Miracle

Leon Halip / Contributor

Aaron Rodgers is without doubt one of the most gifted quarterbacks to ever take the sphere within the NFL. Richard Rodgers is a run-of-the-mill tight finish. Collectively, they mixed for probably the most memorable performs in current historical past, a 61-yard Hail Mary that got here on an untimed down and gave Inexperienced Bay a 27-23 victory. The play is especially noteworthy for Rodgers’ throw — the ball traveled almost 70 yards within the air and was excessive sufficient to almost hit the rafters at Ford Area. For Lions followers, it was yet one more kick within the enamel.

 

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Trevor Booker hits the last word “granny” shot

Trevor Booker hits the ultimate "granny" shot

Stacy Revere / Contributor

If you happen to’ve been dutifully studying alongside, you already know in regards to the Trent Tucker Rule, which stipulates that no less than 0.Three seconds are required for a catch-and-shoot play. What to do, then, when there are solely 0.2 seconds left on the clock? Observe Utah Jazz ahead Trevor Booker’s lead. Impossible play in NBA historical past? I’d make a robust argument that it’s.

 

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Odell Beckham Jr. makes a catch for the ages

Odell Beckham Jr. makes a catch for the ages

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Beckham had a tough first 12 months in Cleveland in 2019, however there’s a motive the Browns traded with the Giants to get him: When he’s wholesome and proper, there are few receivers within the league extra naturally gifted, notably with regards to being sure-handed. His 2014 catch in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys on “Sunday Night time Soccer” was the most effective catch of the 12 months, the last decade, the century and doubtless of all time. Even the notoriously joyless, crotchety Tom Coughlin couldn’t assist however crack a wry smile on the absurdity of the play. Severely, simply watch this. It shouldn’t be potential, however for Beckham, it was.

 

The Kick-Six

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Missed discipline targets have been returned for touchdowns earlier than. However a landing on a missed discipline purpose return to win the 2013 Iron Bowl and depart Nick Saban with metaphorical egg on his face? That’s a real rarity  and one thing value celebrating — primarily by watching this clip time and again. A enjoyable reality: Saban argued to get a second put again on the clock – rightly, I would add – in order that he Alabama might try the sphere purpose within the first place. Whoops!

 

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Michael Phelps casually hits a 159-footer

Michael Phelps casually hits a 159-footer

Streeter Lecka / Workers

Like many athletes who’ve achieved fame and fortune in different sports activities, Phelps, an Olympic gold medalist swimmer, took up {golfing} as a pastime. If you happen to’re a golfer, you already know that even in dangerous rounds, there’s one good shot that retains you coming again. On the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship pro-am, Phelps was confronted with a 159-foot putt on the par-Four sixth gap. What occurred subsequent most likely saved him coming again to the sport for a number of years, no less than.

 

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DeSean Jackson beats the Giants within the cruelest potential vogue

DeSean Jackson beats the Giants in the cruelest possible fashion

Hunter Martin / Contributor

All Giants punter Matt Dodge needed to do on the finish of the staff’s 2010 battle with the Philadelphia Eagles was punt the soccer out of bounds, and he and New York would head to extra time in Week 15 of the 2010 season. As an alternative, he kicked a line drive proper at Jackson, who promptly muffed his golden alternative — however just for a cut up second. He proceeded to tear Giants’ followers hearts out and throw in a little bit additional salt for good measure.

 

Leif gets lucky

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Leif Olson might be a reputation you already know provided that you’re a hard-core golf fan, or should you’re conversant in his work on the 2009 Canadian Open. Olson was enjoying a par-Three when his tee shot spun again exhausting on the inexperienced and seemed to be going roughly 10 toes broad of the opening. A minimum of it was till it struck one other ball, modified course utterly and ended up getting in. One of the best half for Olson? He received a BMW convertible consequently. Not dangerous. Not dangerous in any respect.

 

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Devin Harris sinks Sixers with circus shot

Devin Harris sinks Sixers with circus shot

Stephen Pond – EMPICS / Contributor

The New Jersey Nets seemed headed for his or her sixth straight loss on Feb. 23, 2009, after Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala hit a free throw to offer the Sixers a 96-95 lead with 1.eight seconds left. Nets level guard Devin Harris received the following inbounds move and briefly misplaced management of the ball earlier than regaining it and heaving a half-court shot that beat the buzzer by the slimmest of margins, and improbably went in. Solely slow-motion replay actually does the shot justice. 

 

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Michael Ruffin’s blunder is Morris Peterson’s alternative

Michael Ruffin's blunder is Morris Peterson's opportunity

Doug Pensinger / Workers

Memo to all youth basketball gamers: If you happen to’re defending a lead within the remaining seconds of a recreation, and also you steal a move, both dangle onto the ball till you get fouled or throw the ball very excessive and really far out of bounds. Really, scratch that. Simply maintain the ball till you get fouled. Undoubtedly don’t do what Washington’s Michael Ruffin did in opposition to the Raptors in March of 2007. Oh, and the Wizards misplaced the sport too.

 

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Mike Blowers makes an eerily correct prediction

Mike Blowers makes an eerily accurate prediction

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A part of being a sports activities media member is making predictions. Most of them are improper. Sometimes, some are proper, and often, you’ll often get the rating of a recreation precisely proper. Former Mariners infielder Blowers, engaged on the staff’s pregame present earlier than a 2009 recreation with the Blue Jays, went effectively past that when he made his “choose to click on.” Blowers predicted that infielder Matt Tuiasosopo would hit his first profession house run. OK, honest sufficient, proper? He additionally predicted it might are available Tuiasosopo’s second at-bat, on a 3-1 fastball, and that the ball could be hit out to left-center discipline and attain the second deck. His prediction? It was fairly good.

 

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Patrik Stefan forgets learn how to play hockey

Patrik Stefan forgets how to play hockey

Dale MacMillan / Stringer

Don’t know what to say about this one. Stefan, the 1999 NO. 1 total choose, deftly made a steal and cruised towards an empty internet. There was nobody round him. He might have skated the puck all the way in which into the purpose and ended his staff’s January 2007 conflict with the Edmonton Oilers. As an alternative, catastrophe struck. Give Stefan 1,000,000 extra probabilities and he’d by no means miss once more, however as soon as was all it took. For what it’s value, the Stars received the sport in a shootout, however who cares about that?

 

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Vijay Singh skips one in at Augusta

Vijay Singh skips one in at Augusta

Ezra Shaw / Workers

Skipping golf balls over the pond at Augusta Nationwide’s 16th gap is a beloved apply spherical custom on the Masters. However one 12 months, Vijay Singh took issues to a complete new degree when he not solely efficiently skipped a ball over but in addition had it truly go in. Given the extreme undulation of the inexperienced, it is without doubt one of the most exceptional pictures, apply spherical or not, in golf historical past. Possibly probably the most exceptional, reality be informed.  

 

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Blake Hoffarber saves his highschool staff from his again

Blake Hoffarber saves his high school team from his back

Jonathan Daniel / Workers

Minnesota’s Hoffarber had a pleasant faculty profession and even hit a fairly well-known buzzer-beater for the Golden Gophers. For sheer diploma of issue, it had nothing on his most well-known shot, from his highschool days. Hoffarber’s highschool trailed by two factors with 2.5 seconds left and wanted to go the size of the court docket for the tie. A full-court heave received knocked round, and within the chaos, Hoffarber fell to the bottom and was laying on his again. He was in good capturing place, because it turned out. The shot despatched the sport to double extra time, and Hoffarber’s staff ultimately received the sport — and the state title.

 

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Alex Ovechkin’s indescribable purpose

Alex Ovechkin's indescribable goal

Bruce Bennett / Workers

The 2006 Washington Capitals have been already comfortably forward of the Phoenix Coyotes, then coached by Wayne Gretzky, when Ovechkin charged into the offensive zone on a rush, earlier than getting tousled and falling to his again after which sliding away from the purpose and diagonally towards the boards. He by some means proceeded to attain a purpose, which by some means turns into each extra understandable and extra spectacular with every successive replay.

 

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Tyrone Prothro makes the catch of a lifetime

Tyrone Prothro makes the catch of a lifetime

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It’s important to really feel dangerous for Southern Mississippi cornerback Jasper Faulk. He had near-perfect protection on Alabama’s Prothro of their 2005 matchup, after which Prothro went and did this. The catch is as audacious as it’s spectacular, with Prothro catching the ball round Faulk’s again on a fourth-and-12 play close to the top of the primary half. The play was so nice that it received the award for “Finest Play” on the 2006 ESPY Awards.

 

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Jordan Snipes hits maybe the unlikeliest buzzer-beater ever

Jordan Snipes hits perhaps the unlikeliest buzzer-beater ever

Caleb Burkhart – YouTube

You have seemingly not heard of Guilford Faculty, or Randolph-Macon, for that matter, however actually, that does not matter. Here is all it’s worthwhile to know: In a Jan. 31, 2005, matchup, Randolph-Macon’s Adam Krovic hit a free throw with 0.6 seconds left to offer his staff an 89-88 lead. Krovic was instructed by his coach to overlook the second free throw. Sound technique, proper? I feel you already know the place that is headed.

 

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Randy Johnson obliterates a chook with a fastball

Randy Johnson obliterates a bird with a fastball

Todd Warshaw / Workers

March 21, 2001, appeared destined to be one other sleepy day within the Arizona Diamondbacks’ spring coaching ritual. Randy Johnson was on the mound, and an unassuming chook was flying via the ballpark. Then this occurred. No additional rationalization appears mandatory.

 

"He did what?!"

JOE PICCIOLO / Stringer

There are lots of nice components to this basic play from 2000. There’s the play itself, which is an instance of unbelievable luck and unbelievable consciousness by Antonio Freeman. There’s the truth that it occurred at Lambeau Area, on “Monday Night time Soccer,” no much less, after which there’s Al Michaels’ incredulous exclamation as the conclusion of what truly occurred washes over him. All in all, an actual deal with and a game-winning play, besides.

 

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The Music Metropolis Miracle

The Music City Miracle

Allen Kee / Contributor

You already know the setup. The Buffalo Payments had simply gone forward of the Tennessee Titans of their 1999 AFC wild-card conflict and wanted to outlive solely a kickoff and maybe one play to punch their ticket to the divisional spherical. Issues didn’t go as deliberate, to say the least. Was Frank Wycheck’s lateral authorized? At this level, does it even matter? The Music Metropolis Miracle is an iconic, extremely unlikely play in NFL historical past.

 

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A gap in three for Fred {Couples}

A hole in three for Fred Couples

PGA TOUR Archive / Contributor

Ever dunked a ball within the water on a par-Three and wished you might simply gap out the following shot to get some revenge in opposition to the course? Fred {Couples} had that occur on the most well-known par-Three in golf: the island inexperienced 17th gap at TPC Sawgrass. In the course of the first spherical of the 1999 Gamers Championship, {Couples}’ first shot went within the water. He needed to retee, and suffice to say, his second try went a lot, significantly better. {Couples} went on to complete fourth. 

 

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Jay Bell hits a million-dollar grand slam

Jay Bell hits a million-dollar grand slam

Matthew Stockman / Workers

Simply watch this video, from begin to end. If your entire story doesn’t put a smile in your face, I don’t know what presumably might.

 

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Fernando Tatis smacks two grand slams – in a single inning

Fernando Tatis smacks two grand slams - in one inning

Donald Miralle / Workers

The title just about says all of it for this one. Very similar to Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters, Tatis’ feat seemingly received’t be matched and received’t be topped. I imply, nothing is not possible, however hitting three grand slams in an inning may as effectively be. One different particular person concerned additionally made historical past that may by no means be matched or topped: Chan Ho Park, who served up each house runs. Poor man.

 

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Turner Ward vs. the wall

Turner Ward vs. the wall

STEVEN R. SCHAEFER / Contributor

Ward was monitoring a protracted Mike Piazza fly ball throughout a Could 1998 Dodgers-Pirates conflict and made a pleasant leaping catch simply earlier than the wall. That in and of itself wasn’t something particular. Instantly after making the catch, Ward crashed into the wall, which proceeded to offer method utterly, with Ward falling via. He managed to rise up, clearly injured and dazed, and shovel the ball again to the infield, wincing all of the whereas. The mere sight of a wall giving method in such a vogue is each painful and unbelievable.

 

The Flea Kicker

Harry How / Workers

As a die-hard Nebraska fan within the 1990s — thanks, Tommie Frazier — I recall yelping with a mix of shock and delight when this play occurred. The 1997 Cornhuskers, undefeated and ranked No. 2 within the Related Press ballot and No. 1 within the Coaches’ ballot, have been on the ropes in opposition to Missouri, going through a 3rd down from the 12-yard line with simply seven seconds left. Quarterback Scott Frost tried to hit Shevin Wiggins on the purpose line, however the ball caromed off him. As he fell to the bottom, he kicked the ball up within the air and behind him, and receiver Matt Davison dived in to catch the ball simply earlier than it hit the turf. Nebraska tied the sport with the rating, went on to win in extra time and ended up sharing the nationwide championship with Michigan. One of the best half? Wiggins claimed the kick was intentional.

 

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Popeye Jones tries to avoid wasting ball, finally ends up with two factors

Popeye Jones tries to save ball, ends up with two points

JEFF KOWALSKY / Contributor

In a late-’90s battle with the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas’ Popeye Jones discovered himself needing to each save a free ball earlier than it went out of bounds and by some means additionally shoot stated ball, because the shot clock was inside three seconds. He managed to do each, blindly scooping the ball behind his again within the basic route of the ring, only a split-second earlier than his foot hit the bottom out of bounds. The shot have to be seen to be believed.

 

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Isaiah Rider makes the unlikeliest three-pointer of his life

Isaiah Rider makes the unlikeliest three-pointer of his life

Focus On Sport / Contributor

If Popeye Jones’ shot was unlikely, Isaiah Rider’s heave was flat-out miraculous. The scenario was a lot the identical, with Rider hurtling out of bounds in pursuit of a free ball roughly 35 toes from the ring. He grabbed the ball and flung it throughout and behind him, by no means as soon as trying on the hoop, solely to have what might solely be described as a “shot” within the loosest sense of the time period go in. Rider was shocked, his Timberwolves teammates have been shocked, and so have been the Sacramento Kings and their followers — with good motive.

 

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Chris Moore goes via the legs twice

Chris Moore goes through the legs twice

Kirk Kriskovich – YouTube

Western Washington receiver Moore was going about his unassuming small-college profession, when he went and made probably the most absurd catches you’ll ever see, in a 1992 recreation in opposition to the College of Puget Sound. (Throw away the data when these two colleges do battle.) There’s no actual technique to describe the catch aside from to say that Moore makes use of nearly each a part of his physique to catch the ball whereas careening out of bounds.

 

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Trent Tucker beats the buzzer, evokes a rule change

Trent Tucker beats the buzzer, inspires a rule change

Focus On Sport / Contributor

Most basketball followers are effectively conscious of the rule that dictates that no less than 0.Three seconds have to be on the clock for a catch-and-shoot play to be technically potential. The rationale for that rule? Its namesake, Trent Tucker. His Knicks beat the Bulls on Jan. 15, 1990, with a high-arcing three-point heave. There was only one downside: The sequence came about with simply 0.1 seconds on the clock, and Tucker clearly had the ball for longer than that. Nonetheless, the shot itself is impressively unlikely, and the delirious response from the Madison Sq. Backyard crowd makes it that significantly better.

 

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Kevin Mitchell makes a bare-handed catch – on a fly ball

Kevin Mitchell makes a bare-handed catch - on a fly ball

Focus On Sport / Contributor

Barehanded performs in baseball aren’t particularly unusual. There are sometimes no less than one or two per recreation, however they’re nearly completely on gradual rollers within the infield. Naked-handing a fly ball? It appears unthinkable, however that’s precisely what San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell did in opposition to the Reds in 1989. If you happen to’ve ever tried to bare-hand a foul ball at a baseball recreation, you know the way a lot it hurts, even should you succeed. Apparently that mattered little to Mitchell.

 

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Paul O’Neill kicks one to the cut-off man

Paul O'Neill kicks one to the cut-off man

Ron Vesely / Contributor

If you happen to’re of a sure age, you most likely bear in mind O’Neill because the Yankees outfielder most definitely to react with borderline rage each time he didn’t get successful. What you may not know is that he began his profession with the Cincinnati Reds, and in July 1989, he had his mood work in his and the Reds’ favor — briefly. Within the backside of the 10th inning of a 2-2 recreation with the Phillies, O’Neill charged in on a Lenny Dykstra base hit that perceived to transfer base runner Steve Jeltz from second to 3rd base. O’Neill bobbled the ball and, considering the sport was over, kicked it in frustration. The kick despatched the ball on to first base, which pressured Jeltz to carry. Alas, two batters later, the Reds misplaced anyway, on a handed ball, of all issues.

 

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Isao Aoki will get his solely win – from 128 yards away

Isao Aoki gets his only win - from 128 yards away

Augusta Nationwide / Contributor

Japan’s Aoki was trailing Jack Renner by one shot on the ultimate gap of the 1983 Hawaiian Open. Renner had simply made birdie on the opening to take his one-shot lead, and Aoki, enjoying within the group behind, was 128 yards away for his third shot on the par-5. He wanted to rise up and right down to power a playoff and as a substitute hit an ideal pitching wedge that took one bounce and went instantly into the cup for a stunning victory. It was Aoki’s solely PGA Tour victory and a stunning defeat for Renner, who couldn’t conceal his disbelief when knowledgeable of Aoki’s feat.

 

The Play

Don Feria / Stringer

What number of completely different bins does this play examine? All of them? There’s a motive it will get talked about every time sports activities oddities are the subject. One college’s band got here out on the sphere to have fun victory prematurely. Its presence most likely contributed to its staff’s loss as a lot as something. If that’s not a one-in-a-million second, no such factor exists. One wonders: Does John Elway nonetheless take into consideration this recreation?

 

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U.S. Reed’s half-court heave beats the defending champs

U.S. Reed's half-court heave beats the defending champs

Collegiate Pictures / Contributor

Reed and Arkansas wanted a miracle, trailing defending nationwide champion Louisville by some extent with 5 seconds left in a 1981 NCAA Event conflict. Reed moved the ball up court docket, hesitated round half court docket after which heaved one towards the ring, barely beating the buzzer. It went in. If that doesn’t entice you, Marv Albert’s legitimately glorious name — whereas coping with a really fast throw from Bryant Gumbel within the studio — is value watching in its personal proper.

 

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Ozzie Smith makes an unbelievable bare-handed adjustment

Ozzie Smith makes an incredible bare-handed adjustment

Focus On Sport / Contributor

Most bear in mind Smith for his time with the Cardinals, however his biggest defensive play in a profession stuffed with them got here throughout his time with the Padres. Atlanta’s Jeff Burroughs hit a one-hop smash up the center, and Smith needed to vary far to his left to have a play on the ball. When it truly hit the bottom, it bounced sharply left and behind Smith, who by some means adjusted his physique, bare-handed the ball, received up and threw Burroughs out. If it’s not the best infield play in baseball historical past, I don’t know what’s.

 

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The Immaculate Reception

The Immaculate Reception

Bettmann / Contributor

It’s probably the most well-known play in NFL historical past, and to this present day, one which followers nonetheless argue over. Did Terry Bradshaw’s desperation move contact Jack Tatum, thus making it authorized? Or did it hit solely receiver Frenchy Fuqua earlier than ricocheting again to Franco Harris, which might have made the play unlawful? Some wonder if Harris even caught the ball earlier than it hit the Three Rivers Stadium turf, although it appears clear that he did. Both method, when the mud settled, the 1972 Steelers had an inconceivable playoff win, and the Raiders a protracted aircraft journey house.

 

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Jerry West hits a 60-footer to avoid wasting the Lakers

Jerry West hits a 60-footer to save the Lakers

Focus On Sport / Contributor

Sport Three of the 1970 NBA Finals seemed prefer it was over when the Knicks’ Dave DeBusschere hit a bounce shot to offer New York a 102-100 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers with three seconds left. West had different concepts. He took the inbounds move, dribbled 3 times after which hit a 60-foot shot to tie the sport and ship it to extra time. The Knicks ended up profitable the sport, 111-108, and the sequence in seven video games, however West’s shot, notably given the stakes, is an all-time shocker.

Chris Mueller is the co-host of The PM Staff with Poni & Mueller on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, MondayFriday from 2-6 p.m. ET. Proprietor of a canine with a Napoleon advanced, client of beer, cooker of chili, closet Cleveland Browns fan. On Twitter at @ChrisMuellerPGH – please snort.





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