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Sammy Westside’s Top Moments Summary

Posted in Top Dramatic Moments in Sports on May 10, 2011 by sammywestside

I apologize I’ve been away a while, been incredibly busy with work and moving back across the country…

As eastsideryno has finished his top moments, I’d just like to quickly summarize what my top New York Sports Moments (since 1990) have been. I’m not going to summarize the events much, just simply list them off and make a quick comment. I can not compete with the coverage, nor would I want to repeat what East Side Ryno has already said.

Anyway here it goes…

10. Cone and Wells’ Perfect Games

The Perfect Game is the coolest thing in sports, and the Yanks had one consecutive years to two loveable guys. I was supposed to be at each of the games, but had to surrender tickets to play baseball and buy cabinets! Yeah, just absurd!

9. 1994 Knicks Playoff Run

Simply put, if this video doesn’t make you realize this was important, I don’t know what can. Garden doesn’t rock like that everyday.

8. 1990 Super Bowl

Wide Right.

7. 1996 World Series

Just an amazing series that I will remember for the rest of my life, Joe Girardi’s triple, Leyritz’s home run, and the image of Charlie Hayes catching the final out!

6. St. John’s shocks Duke

This was one of the best games I’ve ever been to in my entire life. Simply put given the situation it was unbelievable. St John’s was playing like crap, way under 500 in the Big East and no chance of going to the tourney. Duke meanwhile was in the top 5 in the country per usual. This game had all the makings of a blowout in front of a sold out Garden crowd. The johnnies played well early but surrendered to Duke down the stretch and it looked like it was over with just about 3 minutes to go. Duke was up by 12 and it all seemed over. Then the Johnnies put together an amazing three minutes and tied it with 20 seconds to go. Unfortunately Duke had the ball for the last shot, but that wasn’t going to stop Marcus Hatten, my man. With 5 seconds left and Duke dribbling it out, Hatten stole  it and drove to basket where he was fouled as time ran out. He then hit the first free throw in walk off fashion in a crazy end to the game.

5. Larry Johnson’s 4 Point Play

You can’t describe this. From Defeat to victory when you never thought it possible

4. 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup

We don’t need to read much to know eastsideryno is an Islander fan and hates the Rangers. This explains the absence of the Rangers Stanley Cup run in the countdown. Simply, its one of the greatest New York Sports moments of all time, and with no offense to the Island crew, the best New York Hockey moment of all-time. From Matteau’s goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, to taking home the cup, this is a run that is considered one of the most exciting in the history of the NHL. Watching Matteau’s goal on commercials during the playoffs this year atleast once a day, gives me goosebumps every single time.

3. 2001 World Series Game 4 and 5

The videos for this are poor, but the fact is these two games were incredibly emotional. The most amazing back to back World Series games of all time. You will never see a team comeback from down two on their final out on back to back nights again. Remarkable. After 9/11 this playoff run was so important and emotional, and made it so much worse when what happen afterwards. It was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in sports.

2. Game 7 2003 ALCS

Unbelievable moments here…I will always remember Jorge’s flare to tie the game just as much as Boone’s HR. During this game I partiscipated in ridiculous superstitions and banging my head against a wall, that I’ve only done one other time…and you can guess when…

1. Giants Shock the Undefeated Patriots

Absolutely no explanation needed.

#1: (2008) Giants Win Super Bowl XLII

Posted in 5BS Greatest Sports Moments (since 1990), Giants on May 10, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

So for the past few days, there hasn’t been too much news in the New York sports news (with the exception of Jeter shoving it in every critics’ face), so I thought it would be a good time to finish off our 5BS Greatest Sports Moments (since 1990). Here is #1:

Many ask me what my all-time favorite moment in sports. Without a doubt, it has to be the Giants winning Super Bowl XLII (and I’m sure sammywestside will agree). Now this doesn’t mean I love the Giants more than the Yankees, Islanders or Knicks. It’s the fact that it doesn’t get more perfect than the 2007 Giants’ playoff run. As the #5 seed in the NFC, the Giants had to win every game on the road to bring home a championship. Here’s the story of that memorable run:

Week 17: New England Patriots @ New York Giants

The Patriots were 15-0 headed to the Meadowlands and were looking to make history. The 10-5 Giants, who had already clinched a postseason birth the week before, were the only one’s standing in the way of the Patriots’ perfect season. The Gmen would battle the Pats (having no starters rest), but would fall short and lose 38-35. Even though it was a heart-breaking loss, the Giants learned that they could compete with the best in the league. This is the game that gave the Giants significant momentum heading into the postseason.

NFC Wild Card Game: New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After coming close to defeating the 16-0 Patriots, the Giants manhandled the Bucs in Tampa. Bucs’ cornerback Ronde Barber criticized Eli Manning’s toughness before the game, but it was Eli who had the last laugh. Eli threw for two touchdowns and 185 yards as the Giants defeated Tampa Bay 24-14. Off to Dallas.

NFC Divisional Game: New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

During the regular season, the Cowboys outplayed the Giants and won both games. But this marked the first time these two rivals ever met in the playoffs and the Giants were ready to make new history. Even though Dallas and runningback Marion Barber outplayed the Giants in the first half, the GMen found a way to come back and tie the score by halftime. In the second half, the Big Blue defense stepped up and held Dallas to only three points. After a Brandon Jacobs touchdown run, the Giants took the lead. With one more shot to win, Tony Romo lead Dallas down the field in the final seconds. But on fourth down, Romo was intercepted by R.W. McQuarters in the end zone. The Giants were headed to Lambeau.

NFC Championship Game: New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers

In one of the coldest games recorded in NFL history, the Giants were set to face the heavily favored Green Bay Packers. The Giants came out to a 6-0 lead with two Lawrence Tynes field goals, but the Packers went up 7-6 after a Brett Favre 90 yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver. Throughout the game, there would be four lead changes. But near the end of the fourth quarter, Lawrence Tynes had a chance to put the Giants on top. Unfortunately, the kick was wide right. However, the Giants were able to get the ball back and drive once more before the end of the fourth quarter. With three seconds remaining, out came Tynes once again. But the kick wasn’t even close as he shanked it wide left. The game headed to overtime with the Packers winning the coin toss and choosing to receive. But during the drive, Favre threw a pick (his last pass as a Packer) to defensive back Corey Webster on his own forty yard line. The Giants offensive was able to drive the ball within Tynes’ field goal range. Out came Tynes for his third attempt. Finally, Tynes came through to send the Giants to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants @ New England Patriots

With three straight playoff victories, the Giants (aka “Road Warriors” given they had won ten straight games on the road) headed to Glendale, Arizona for Super Bowl XLII. Their opponent: the 17-0 New England Patriots. Ironically, there little scoring in the first half. This was crucial for the Giants, given that the Patriots had the most prolific offense in NFL history. The Giants defensive line significantly outplayed the Patriots O-line. Throughout the game, the Giants sacked Brady five times with a forced fumble. At halftime, the Patriots lead 7-3. But early in the fourth quarter Eli Manning found wide receiver David Tyree in the endzone for a touchdown to take a 10-7 lead. The Patriots offense finally put together an impressive drive with just five minutes left in the game. After a six yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss, Brady and the Pats took a 14-10 lead with just 2:40 left to go. It was up to Eli and the Giants to put together one final drive to win it all. In the first couple of plays, Manning was able to find Steve Smith for a first down and Jacobs executed a 4th and 1 rush near the Giants’ own 40 yard line. On the next third down, the play happened. Manning went back in the pocket and all hell broke lose. Two Patriots linemen were able to get a hold of Manning, but Eli somehow found a way to get out of the pile. He proceeded to drop back and chuck the ball down the middle of the field to Tyree. Tyree jumped in the air and held on. Patriots’ safety Rodney Harrison did everything in his best ability to disrupt the pass, but he failed. Tyree held on by using the top of his helmet to hold on as he was tackled. This was later voted as the greatest play in NFL history, but the drive was not over. After another Steve Smith first down, the Giants were in the red zone – 40 seconds remaining. The next play was the greatest moment in my sports history: Manning’s touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress. I can still remember it now – the moment I realized Burress was going to catch the winning touchdown. At the beginning of the play, Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs (who was guarding Burress) tripped and Burress was left alone in the endzone. Eli immediately saw Plaxico and threw a perfect pass in the back of the endzone: 17-14 Giants, 30 seconds to go and one final chance for Brady to make history. But the Giants’ defense made sure Brady wouldn’t get a chance. After a crucial sack by Jay Alford, the Patriots were left with one final play. On fourth down, Brady threw a bomb to Moss but was easily deflected. The Giants were Super Bowl champions.