I went to see the Patriots play the Jets in the last game of the 1996 season. It turned out to be Bill Parcells last regular season game as coach of the Pats.
"Speaking of Thomases, I loved your recent Atrocious GM Summit column, although I think that you flatter Isiah Thomas far too much by suggesting that he is merely one of a number of atrocious GMs. The truth is that Rob Babcock and Billy King are Einstein next to him. The mess he is creating right now in New York will be studied by business school students 50 years from now alongside Enron and pets.com."
Originally posted by QueezeyMan, Birmingham sucks, I need to move.
But you have Golden Rule Barbecue in Birmingham!
1) Super Bowl XIII Steelers 35 - Cowboys 31 January 1979 When I was a kid we used to leave Chicago and go to Miami for Christmas vacation most years (explaining #1, 2 & 6). The guy who was living next door to my grandparents had a massive heart attack three days before the Super Bowl and his wife just gave me the tickets in the driveway (I was 9 years old) the day before the game. My dad and I went and it was 4th row on the 40 yard line behind the Steelers bench. I still have the pictures I took with one of those little box cameras with 135 film and the rotating flash cube on top. Bradshaw to Swann, Bradshaw to Stallworth, Franco all day and then Jackie Smith drops a TD in the endzone. I watch the film every year they show it and I can't believe I was there.
2) 1984 Orange Bowl Miami 31 - Nebraska 30 Bernie Kosar goes off and sticks it to Nebraska. Best college game I've ever seen.
3) Tyson vs Holyfield Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena The ear bite fight. Insanity reigned. Doc Gooden wore a bright red suit. I sat next to Wayne Rogers, Trapper John of MASH fame--he was cool.
4) 1986 NBA Playoffs Game 3 Boston 122 - Chicago 104 After a season where Jordan broke his foot in the first weeks, the Bulls had to be led by an ancient George "Iceman" Gervin (after Dr.J and Artis Gilmore, Ice was my man!) and Orlando Woolridge. They limped into the playoffs under .500, but Michael announced he would be back for the Celtics. Jordan scores 36 in Chicago at the Stadium as a follow up to his 63 point Game 2 performance in Boston. Bulls get swept 3-0 and Bird kicks our ass, but you can feel that things are going to get good very soon.
5) 1983 MLB All-Star Game Chicago's Comiskey Park Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam in all star game history as the AL romps. I yelled out to Reggie Jackson during BP and he gave me the thumbs up! It was also the 50th All Star Game and they had ceremonies commorationg the anniversary that featured a ton of retired Hall of Famers.
6) 1979 Orange Bowl Oklahoma 31 - Nebraska 24 Too much Billy Sims.
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I was at the clinching game in 1993 when Mitch Williams struck out Bill Pecota to get the Phillies to the World Series. It was the first year my father and I got Phillies season tickets, and it's by far my favorite sports memory and one of my favorites with him.
I was at the Orange Bowl this year to see Penn State beat Florida State in just a great game. I also had the privilege (?) of helping the equipment managers set up and tear down the locker room, and I hid behind a cabinet when Joe Pa walked into the room I was cleaning up.
I saw Jordan's last game in Philly as a Bull. Huge crowd, not a really memorable game, but it was pretty cool to see him live and up close. Of course, he went and ruined my moment by coming back as a Wizard, but that's life...
I was also at Wrestlemania 15. Kind of a disappointment, but I did get to see Butterbean almost decapitate Bart Gunn, Owen Hart's last Wrestlemania match, and Austin beat the Rock for the title. I was the only one in our group looking forwards to the Boss Man and the Undertaker's Hell in a Cell match. My love for Ray Traylor blinded me, and I was promptly humiliated by that godawful match.
Last spring I was living in Copenhagen when Copenhagen FC became the first Danish team to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League. They drew Chelsea in the first knockout round, with the first leg at home, and I managed to get tickets. It was amazing, the atmosphere was unreal. I'm no expert in Danish football, but I think it would be accurate to call this the biggest club match in Denmark's history, and people were pumped. Chelsea won 2-0, but it didn't make the experience any less awesome for me.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin winning his sixth WWF Title. Scott Hall winning the U.S. Title in a four-way ladder match against Goldberg, Sid Vicious and Bret Hart that ended when he climbed the ladder and took the belt from Kevin Nash's outstretched hand.
I was also at an episode of SmackDown in which Eddie Guerrero was the WWE Champion and John Cena was the US Champion, but I don't remember a whole lot about it. And I was at Game 1 of the 1999 Eastern Conference Finals between the Pacers and Knicks.
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April 1996 - The first home playoff game in Tampa Bay Lightning history. And up until a few years ago, the biggest crowd to ever watch an NHL game at over 25,000. We won 5-4 in overtime to take the series lead, but would eventually lose the series. It was pretty cool back then. You could buy a general admission seat for $10 and then race up and sit anywhere you wanted on the top level.
October 2006 - The Tampa Bay Bucs Matt Bryant hits a 62 yard field goal in the closing seconds to beat the Eagles. This was one incredible moment in an otherwise pathetic season.
It was a great game that saw Ronde Barber continuing is owning of McNabb with two pick sixes. McNabb brought the Eagles back with 3 late touchdowns including a long catch and run by Westbrook with under a minute left to give the Eagles the lead. With only 30 seconds to work with,(WAR~!) Bruce Gradkowski got the Bucs over midfield and Jon Gruden made the unusual decision choosing the field goal over the hail mary. Bryant nailed the 3rd longest kick in NFL history and I high fived the other one thousand people at the stadium.
Now that I live in the US, my hot button issue has been defending Canada. Yes, we have cable TV and newspapers. Yes, we have our own money and drive on the right side of the road. No, we don't have polar bears in Mountie uniforms patrolling the streets.....