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Ten Moments that shook the sports world


mikelink45

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blog-0735511001612107569.jpgStan Isaacs chose ten events from his sports writing history that he thinks are significant world events. These are not in order - Munich is his number one on his count down

  1. Superbowl I and II
  2. The Knicks Willis Reed NBA championship
  3. The Amazing Mets World Series
  4. Bobby Thompson's "Shot heard round the world" home run
  5. Harvard - Yale tie game
  6. Secretariat race at Belmont
  7. Ali/Fraser - first fight
  8. Jets win Superbowl III
  9. Bjorn Borg - John McEnroe tennis Wimbeldon
  10. The 1972 Munich Olympics

He was choosing events he covered. I then tried to think of the ten events in Minnesota Sports history (my history from 1958 on) and this is my list:

 

1 - Elgin Baylor joins Minneapolis Lakers - I watched him play in the Minneapolis Armory with its 8400 capacity - so close!

2 - Gophers national champions in Football - I saw them play under Murray Warmath and it was an amazing team

3 - Twins move to Minneapolis from Washington DC and I become an usher for the first season

4 - Vikings first game - Rookie Tarkington leads team to defeat of Chicago Bears - I saw this game at the Metrodome

5 - 1965 Twins world series against Sandy Koufax Dodgers - I watched this in the break room at Dayton's where I worked stock

6 - 1967 Harmon Killebrew hit 520 foot HR - longest for Twins

7 - 1987 Hrbek in WS wrestle Cardinal off 1B and tags him out - we win series - Kate and I watched this in a bar restaurant in Sierra Vista AZ. Most patrons were St Louis fans - I loved it. It still makes me smile.

8 and 9 - 1991 We beat Atlanta and I was at all four games - we won the home games and Morris pitched the classic 7 and Kirby won game six by his own personal effort - and thankfully I was at all four home games - game seven with Jon Horn

10 - Lynx win first of four championships 2011 - sorry Timberwolves you are not on the list even though I got to go on court at half time with Jim Brandenburg to present you with his book on wolves. - I did not see the championship game, but we did get to see the team.

 

Since this is a Twins forum and I have four non-Twins events I would have to add these in replacement:

  1. Calvin Griffith driving away Rod Carew by his racism
  2. The pop-up that never came down in the Metrodome
  3. Kirby Puckett losing his eyesight
  4. The Dean Chance no-hitter

Your turn.

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1980 Miracle on Ice.  Not technically a MN event, but since Minnesota claims any connection (they adopted a pet who was born in Minnesota) and the team did actually have a strong Minnesota presence.   It was probably one of the biggest things from my home town to have someone on the team including big celebrations when he returned to town.

 

Strange to think that night we were not even watching the game live, since it had played that afternoon, but the results had not leaked out.  Cannot imagine that happening now.  The championship against Finland was actually on Sunday morning (we almost late for my sister's confirmation - a lot of people walking in last minute).

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1980 Miracle on Ice.  Not technically a MN event, but since Minnesota claims any connection (they adopted a pet who was born in Minnesota) and the team did actually have a strong Minnesota presence.   It was probably one of the biggest things from my home town to have someone on the team including big celebrations when he returned to town.

 

Strange to think that night we were not even watching the game live, since it had played that afternoon, but the results had not leaked out.  Cannot imagine that happening now.  The championship against Finland was actually on Sunday morning (we almost late for my sister's confirmation - a lot of people walking in last minute).

Great addition.  I tried to think of a hockey event that really stood out to me.  The closest was when the North Stars 1991 beat Edmonton Oilers in conference championship.  I was at that game and it was amazing, but then Norm took the NS to Dallas and I lost all connections.  The Wild still have not grabbed my attention.  Gopher hockey does not register with me, but UMD winning the championship is great.

 

 

Timberwolves have been so disappointing.  I enjoyed the first years the best even though they were losing - Mussleman had them really trying and the Gophers best team was the scandal ridden them of Haskins that had it record erased for violations. 

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You pretty much covered it Mike.

The Gophers final four run in 1997 was fun.

If “shook the MN sportsworld” is the criteria, without regard for good or bad, I’d put Mike Lynn’s Herschel Walker trade in there. Set up the Cowboys for a decade!

You are so  right.  That was the worst trade in so many ways.  Everytime I hear Walker's name I shudder.  But it does belong. 

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All but two were New York City Centric. He couldn’t even list the 1980 Miracle on Ice because Lake Placid NY is too far from the big city.

He was constrained by the assignments he was given.  Everything was an event he covered.

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