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To follow up on Kevin Drum: What are the ten most memorable sports moments that you yourself have either seen in person or watched live on TV?

10. Holyfield vs. Tyson II. I will never forget the bitten off ear.

9. 1991, Duke vs. UNLV. Best basketball game I’ve ever seen. Recall that UNLV had defeated Duke by 30 in the championship game the year before, and came into this game undefeated. The pool I was in at the time prohibited picking UNLV to win. . .

8. 1987, Bo Jackson vs. the Seattle Seahawks. In the mid 1980s, the Seahawks had the Raiders number. This was a problem as I was a Raiders fan and the old man was a Seahawks fan. I was forced to endure much scarring mockery. . . Anyway, all of that changed on November 30, 1987, when Bo Jackson ran for 221 yards and three touchdowns, including a 91 yard run in the second quarter. In the second half, he ran over a hapless Brian Bosworth. Good times. Damn, I hate the Seahawks.

7. 1986, Dave Henderson 2 out, 2 run home run vs. Donnie Moore. I watched Dave Henderson kill Donnie Moore. I cried. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

6. 1995, Edgar Martinez vs. the New York Yankees. I must say, the moment is being rather overplayed at Safeco Field this year, supposed to make up for the last two years of utter crapitude. The one game playoff between the Angels and the Mariners deserves an honorable mention.

5. 1999, Second Troy O’Leary grand slam in game 5 of the Indians-Red Sox ALDS. Scott, Dave, and frequent commenter JRD may or may not recall this game, as I believe we downed roughly a dozen pitchers between the four of us. . .

4. 2001, Luis Gonzalez single up the middle vs. the New York Yankees to break the Yankees World Series victory streak.

3. 1989, Easy Goer vs. Sunday Silence, Preakness Stakes. And down the stretch they come. Sunday Silence wins by a nose.

2. 1988, Kirk Gibson vs. Dennis Eckersley. I hate the goddamn Dodgers.

1. 1994, Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies. This is the only one I saw live, in person. The 1994 Oregon Ducks were not supposed to make a big splash. The Ducks had appeared in the 1989 and 1992 Independence Bowls, but had not won the Pac-10 since 1958. The began poorly, as the Ducks lost to Hawaii at Hawaii and then got drubbed by Utah at home. Shockingly, however, they were able to beat USC at USC without Danny O’Neal, the starting quarterback. Coming into the October 22 game vs. Washington, the Ducks were 2-1 in the Pac-10, and had an (extremely) outside shot at the title.

The Ducks were able to stay in the game during the first half, but fell behind in the third quarter. This was thought to be a problem, since Danny O’Neil had never, in four years as the Oregon starting quarterback, brought the team back from a second half deficit. The situation looked grim when the Ducks found themselves down 21-17, pinned at their own two yard line in the fourth quarter. O’Neil took them down the field in several plays, culminating in a fullback trap gone wrong that resulted in a touchdown and a 24-21 lead.

The Huskies then began to march down the field. I don’t remember exactly how many times they converted 3rd and 4th down opportunities, but they finally made it to the eight yard line of the Ducks with 1:05 to play. Rather than hand the ball off to Napoleon Kaufman, Damon Huard attempted a short pass that was intercepted by freshman cornerback Kenny Wheaton and returned 97 yards for a touchdown. Ducks win 31-20 over the hated Huskies, and eventually advance to their first Rose Bowl in 37 years. Head coach Rich Brooks leaves for the NFL, eventually finding himself, of all places, at the University of Kentucky.

I still choke up thinking about The Pick. God, how I hate Husky Football.

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