Once again, it's Ten on Tuesday time. This week's topic:
10 Favorite Sports Moments Ever
I will admit that I am a sports fan, even though I often rail against organized sports and the money, violence, etc. Then a team I like is playing and all of a sudden I'm yelling at the top of my lungs, "Kill him and get the ball!" When I was in eighth grade, my dream was to be a sportswriter. That was pre-Title IX, so it was doomed to remain a dream.
Anyway, here they are, in no particular order:
1. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings for this year's Stanley Cup championship! (My first hockey game that I attended in person was long ago, but it was the Pittsburgh Penguins, and it was incredibly exciting. Up until then, I didn't think hockey was interesting at all - but seeing it live made all the difference!)
2. The Phillies win the 2008 World Series!!!!! (Worth every nail-bite and late night involved.)
3. The Pittsburgh Steelers win the 2009 Super Bowl, making them six-time winners, an NFL record. (Another nail-biter, and once again, worth it.)
4. Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception in 1972, in a game between the Steelers and the Oakland Raiders. (Go Number 32!)
5. The Pittsburgh Pirates win the 1971 and 1979 World Series. (The days of Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell ...)
6. The New York Mets win the 1969 World Series. (This is when the Mets were plain awful, even on their best days. This is also the last sporting event that I watched with my father before he died (a month later) and for about three days afterwards, he kept saying excitedly, "I just can't believe they did it!")
7. Secretariat winning the 1973 Triple Crown. (He was the first horse to win the Triple Crown in my lifetime, so it was particularly exciting!)
8. Brandi Chastain scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Soccer World Cup with a penalty kick.
9. The 1980 Men's Olympic Hockey Team wins the Gold Medal at the Olympics.
10. Anytime/every time that someone beats the Dallas Cowboys!
So, you may have noticed a lot of my favorite moments are related to Pittsburgh sports teams, and I live in Philadelphia ... well, I am originally from Wheeling, West Virginia, and though we moved a lot, the Pittsburgh teams were always our "local" team. We may have also liked whatever teams played wherever else we were living, but Pittsburgh still had our primary allegiance.