It’s Friday again so thought I would share another “Friday Favorite”. This week I thought I would share one of my favorite sporting event moments. There’s a lot to choose from and I’m sure at some point I’ll mention more of them. But if I had to share what my favorite moment at a sporting event that I attended, it would have to be the “Music City Miracle”.
For those that don’t know, the “Music City Miracle” was a play that happened during the NFL Wild Card Playoff Game between the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills. It took place on January 8, 2000 in Nashville. It was the first ever NFL game that I watched in person. I was on winter break from college and I was able to get tickets. I actually stood in line and bought them (well I stood in line inside a mall at a store that was a Ticketmaster outlet).
My dad and I went to the game and they were pretty good seats. They were lower level near one of the end zones. The game was fun. It was cold (again it was January). The Titans led most of the game. However in the 4th quarter, the Bills made a dramatic drive down the field and were able to take the lead with a field goal with :16 seconds left.
It seemed like the playoffs were done before they really got going. Then this play happened:
Now, my dad and I are sitting in the corner near the end zone away from this play. If you’re looking on the TV screen, it would be the upper right corner around the 10-15 yard line or so. So the play happens going the opposite direction for us. What I remember from the game was this, I see the ball caught. I see the ball thrown towards the opposite sideline. I see player running. The stadium gets louder and louder and when player reaches the endzone, everyone goes wild.
The longest wait was the wait for the replay. The referee came to the area near where my dad and I were sitting. And this was during a time when they didn’t show replays on the big screen. But when the ref declared it was a lateral and a touchdown, the crowd erupted again. It was the wildest thing I had ever seen and got to experience in person. I taped the game (on VHS) and later went back to watch it and see everything as far as the camera angles and such. On the drive home, I got to hear the radio call, which has become famous.
Probably the only way to top that experience for me would be to be at championship event and my team wins. Besides that, this has to be my favorite sporting event experience.