For this edition of “The Five”, I thought I would take a look at the five coolest sporting events I got to see live. I’m a huge sports fan across the board and there’s a lot of games I’ve been to (and places/events I still want to see. But up to this point, here are the five (in no particular order):
1.) AFC Wild Card Game January 8, 2000 Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans
The game that became known as the “Music City Miracle”. It was my first ever NFL game in person. It was a big enough event in and of itself being a playoff game and it being the hometown team. Even more so to have an epic play that propelled the Titans on a playoff run into the Super Bowl.
2.) 2000 Conference USA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final March 11, 2000 Saint Louis vs. DePaul
This was cool for several reasons. It was the first time I got to see Division I basketball and it was a conference tournament final. Some friends of mine from college and I drove down to Memphis to see the game in the Pyramid. The game wasn’t as memorable as just the experience with friends.
3.) Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals May 19, 2009
This was in a lot of way just a typical MLB regular season game but the circumstances behind the game and in the game make it memorable to me. Earlier that month at seminary, there was a chapel that involved the manager at the time of the Kansas City Royals and the general manager. There were some giveaways at that chapel and that included tickets to a game. Well one of my friends ended up getting a four pack of tickets and asked some guy including me to go. So this was the game the tickets were for. The seats were lower level kinda near home plate not too far from the players’ families section. During batting practice I ended up with a baseball and would later get it signed by the manager. Then the game itself, the Royals were down three runs in the bottom of the 9th and scored 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth (including two back to back home runs, a walk, a triple and a sac fly) to win the game 6-5.
4.) Houston Texans vs Seattle Seahawks October 16, 2005
This was my first primetime NFL game that I got to see in person. It was cool to see the Seahawks play in person during their first Super Bowl run. I had gotten tickets from a friend of mine and was able to sit lower level right in the end zone where I got to see a lot of scores from the Seahawks
5.) Memphis Grizzlies vs Seattle Supersonics December 31, 2005
This was a great game not just because it was two of my favorite teams playing each other but it was also New Year’s Eve and after the game got to watch fireworks to ring in the new year at the Space Needle.
So that’s my five (for now). What would be yours?