23 June 2009

Go Team!

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.


Jenn said...

The only local team I follow is the Pirates and oh my heavens, the level of sucktitude....we sniffed .500 this year and now they are 8 under, soon to be 9 under. They are just freaking killing me.

Robin said...

I totally hear you. I am originally from Johnstown and most of my family is from there or Pittsburgh. When we moved from PA to NJ, we never gave up our love for the Steelers. Franco Harris was my favorite and I'll never forget meeting him at my cousin's wedding. I refused to go to bed until I met him. He kissed my cheek and I didn't want to wash it. I think I was 8 or 9 at the time.

Lorraine said...

Bridget- I thought about you when they won the Stanley cup.

We have the Toronto Maple leafs, which is very depressing.

Lisa said...

I still get goosebumps thinking about both World Series wins. And the very first Ultimate Fighter face-off between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar still floors me. Yes, grown men, bloody pulp, etc., but I love it and those two put it on the map.

I love you, Stephan! Stephan! I love you!

Fun memories, both involving the Flyers: A streaker riding on the roof of a car I was a passenger in; and spray-painting Terry Crisp's name on the corner of Duncannon & Fairhill the night they won that Cup. I was young and my folks just let it ride. Way cool of them. :)

Quilting Mama said...

Go black and Gold! I love the Penguins and this was a great year.

april said...

aaah...the sixer's beating the lakers in game 5 in '83 is still my favorite all time...the world series last year is a close second though...so okay, i finally found out where your profile pic comes from. i just got finished watching "after the thin man" and it's nora knitting a baby bootie!! :)

now i want a martini ;)

Mistrmi said...

Nice choices, all! Now you've got me thinking. . .

Carrie K said...

We have way too many teams around here and I don't care about any of them. Well, maybe the A's.

The only sports thing I could think of was the match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Rigsby. (Rigsby?) The original BFF made me watch it.