When Tiger Woods made his comeback today with a dramatic birdie putt on the 18th hole to tie Rocco Mediate to force a playoff tomorrow at the US Open, I said to myself this was one of my favorite sports memories ever. I don't scream out loud often, but I couldn't help it tonight. In fact, Krissy heard me down the street. She and Alex came running in to make sure I was okay! That was unbelievable! I'm glad I got to share that one with Alex on Father's Day!
Tonight, I started thinking about all the other sports memories I've had in the years past. Here they are...as best I can remember them...in chronological order...
1980 - Wimbledon Bjorn Borg beats John McEnroe in dramatic 5-setter.
1985 - Watching Boris Becker win his first Wimbledon against Kevin Curren.
1986 - Boris wins Wimbledon again against Lendl
1986 - Seeing Andre Agassi (age 17) play for the first time at the Volvo Tournament in Vermont.
1986 - New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings. 4th & 17 Phil Simms makes a miracle first down pass which ends up helping the Giants to win the game with a Field Goal by Raul Allegre (I think that was his fifth of the game).
1986 - NY Giants vs. Denver Broncos. George Martin intercepts a John Elway pass in Giants Stadium and returns it 70 yards for a TD. I still remember Lawrence Taylor diving on #75 in the end zone. Later that game, Phil Simms made a clutch pass to Phil McConkey #80 for a first down and eventual game winning comeback field goal. They would meet later that season in the Superbowl.
1987 - Larry Mize unbelievable chip to steal the Masters from Greg Norman on the first playoff hole.
1989 - Winning the Somerset County, NJ Championship in 1st Singles and as a team my senior year of high school.
1992 - Andre Agassi wins his first grand slam at Wimbledon. He still had long hair and was dating Brooke Shields.
1993 - Houston Oilers lose to Buffalo Bills in the greatest comeback ever in Buffalo 41 - 38 after Houston was leading 35-3 at halftime.
1994 - Winter Olympics
1996 - Greg Norman chokes away 6 stroke lead on the final Sunday to lose to Nick Faldo at The Masters.
1999 - Payne Stewart beats Phil Mickelson at the US Open at Pinehurst to win his last major before his tragic death later.
1999 - Jean Claude Van de Velde chokes at the British Open with an unbelievable double-bogey.
2000 - Music City Miracle: Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills. Down by 1 point, with 16 seconds left in the game, the Bills kick off...Wycheck laterals the ball to Dyson and he runs into the end zone for the unbelievable win. I was screaming all the way to Nashville at that moment!
2000 - Superbowl XXIV - Titans vs. Rams. Dyson is tackled one yard short of the end zone for the potentially game tying score.
2007 - Texas Longhorns win against SC in the College Football National Championship Game. Vince is later drafted by my hometeam - the Titans!
2007 - Tennessee Titans comeback from a 1-5 season to barely miss the playoffs and finish the season 8-8. Rookie Quarterback Vince Young (VY) ignites a spark in the team and makes unbelievable plays to win several close games. I remember two games - one where Rob Bironas makes a 60 Yard Field Goal to defeat the Colts. Another, where the Giants miss VY for a sure sack and go on to comeback and win the game against the Giants in a nail biter with 21 unanswered points.
2007 - Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts barely defeat the New England Patriots in the AFC Conference Championship and go on to demolish the Chicago Bears in Superbowl XLI.
2008 - The New York Giants upset the New England Patriots to win Superbowl XLII. Eli Manning dramatic escape of a sack on 3rd Down to make a 20 yard completion to Tyree for a finger tip catch off his helmet!
2008 - Tiger Woods Rounds 3 & 4 - unbelievable shots for eagles and birdies to eventually tie Rocco Mediate on the last hole with a dramatic birdie putt. I can still see Tiger's fist pumps and the crowd going wild in the background! Absolutely electric!