Greatest Sports Moments By Year

Here is a compilation that I’ve been working on for a few weeks.  I have closely analyzed each year in sports and have selected the “greatest” sports moments every year from 1950 to 2014 (so far).  Greatest is intended to mean most significant in this case, and I have included only “on the field” moments for this list.  For example, the Munich Massacre, OJ Simpson Trial, and Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding scandal were certainly significant sports moments, but because they took place off the field of play, they are not included below.  I tried to be as objective as possible in evaluating the various sports moments each year, as games that I both enjoyed and despised are featured below.  However, because I favor certain sports over others, there is a certain amount of bias in which events are included. 

Year Moment
   
1950 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins all “3” grand slams of golf
1951 Bobby Thompson Shot Heard Round the World
1952 Rocky Marciano wins Heavyweight Titel over Jersey Joe Walcott
1953 Ben Hogan wins all “3” grand slams of golf
1954 Willie Mays World Series Catch
1955 Jack Fleck pulls shocking U.S. Open upset over Ben Hogan
1956 Don Larsen World Series perfect game
1957 UNC wins first NCAA Bball title with 3 OT victory over Kansas
1958 Colts win epic NFL Champinship Game over Giants
1959 California wins epic one point NCAA Bball title game over West Virginia
1960 Bill Mazeroski walk off World Series home run
1961 Roger Maris hits 61 home runs to set MLB Record
1962 Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a game
1963 Jack Nicklaus wins first Masters
1964 Muhammad Ali wins heavyweight title over Sonny Liston
1965 Ali retains heaveyweight title with KO of Sonny Liston
1966 England wins controversial World Cup Soccer Championship
1967 Green Bay Packers win inaugural Super Bowl
1968 Bob Beamon 29 foot gold medal long jump
1969 Joe Namath guarantees Super Bowl Upset
1970 Willis Reed Inspires NY Knicks to NBA Title
1971 Ali-Frazier I: Fight of the Century
1972 Soviet Union screws U.S. in bball gold medal game
1973 Secretariat wins Triple Crown by 31 lengths
1974 Muhammad Ali upsets Foreman in Rumble in the Jungle
1975 Muhammad Ali beats Joe Frazier in Thrilla in Manilla
1976 Indiana Hoosiers have undefeated college bball season
1977 Seattle Slew wins horse racing triple crown
1978 Affirmed Beats Alydar to win last Triple Crown
1979 Michigan State beats Indiana State in NCAA Title Game
1980 Miracle On Ice
1981 Larry Bird wins first NBA title
1982 “The Play” Cal-Stanford
1983 NC State “Cardiac   Pack” win national title
1984 Doug Flutie Pass
1985 Villanova Cinderella Championship
1986 Jack Nicklanus wins Masters
1987 Keith Smart jumper gives Indiana national title
1988 Kirk Gibson World Series Home Run
1989 Joe Montana Super Bowl Drive to beat Bengals
1990 Buster Douglas upsets Mike Tyson
1991 Giants beat Bills in closest Super Bowl ever
1992 Christian Laettner Shot
1993 Chris Webber timeout blunder
1994 George Foreman becaomes oldest heavyweight champ
1995 Northwestern football wins Cinderella Big Ten Title
1996 Kerri strug’s courageous vault to gold
1997 Michael Jordan Flu Game
1998 Michael Jordan’s Last Shot with Bulls
1999 U.S. Ryder Cup Final Day Comeback
2000 Titans “Longest Yard” vs. Rams
2001 Goran Ivanisevic bets Patrick Rafter in epic Wimbledon final
2002 Patriots upset Rams in Super Bowl
2003 Ohio State shocks Miami in 2OT to win BCS Title Game
2004 Boston Red Sox end Curse of the Bambino
2005 Tiger Woods chips in on 16th hole of Master’s en route to win over DiMarco
2006 Geore Mason upsets Uconn to make Final Four
2007 Boise State beats Oklahoma in Fiesta Bowl
2008 Kansas beats Memphis in NCAA Title Game with buzzer beater
2009 Syracuse beats Connecticut in 6 overtimes in Big East championship game
2010 Isner-Mahut Wimbledon Marathon
2011 VCU and Butler make Cinderella Final Four runs
2012 Norfolk State and Lehigh pull off simultaneous 15 over 2 upsets
2013 Andy Murray ends great British drought
2014 Florida State’s final drive ends SEC reign of terror

 

Breakdown by Sport

College Bball 14 1957, 1959, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1993, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Boxing 8 1952, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1990, 1994      
Baseball 7 1951, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1988, 2004        
NFL 7 1958, 1967, 1969, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2002        
Golf 7 1950, 1953, 1955, 1963, 1986, 1999, 2005        
College Fball 6 1982, 1984, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2014        
NBA 5 1962, 1970, 1981, 1997, 1998          
Olympics 4 1968, 1972, 1980, 1996          
Tennis 3 2001, 2010, 2013            
Horse Racing 3 1973, 1977, 1978            
Soccer 1 1966              

CFRA Announcement

For those of you who are regular followers of my blog, you will know that I am the current coordinator of the NCAA-recognized College Football Researchers Association Poll.

The College Football Researchers Association was originally founded by the late Anthony Cusher of Reeder, North Dakota in 1982. It was an organization modeled after the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) consisting of college football fans and writers dedicated to researching and analyzing the history of the game. The CFRA retrospectively elected national champions from the years of 1919-1981 based on a poll created by Harry Carson Frye and also voted on present-day national champions during the years of 1982-1992. They published their results in a monthly bulletin produced by Robert Kirlin of Spokane, Washington until after the ’92 season when the association ceased operations and several successor organizations, operating under different names, were created.

In fall of 2009, under the coordination of myself and others and with the involvement of past members, the College Football Researchers Association was reorganized, and a group of both new and original CFRA voters was assembled to recreate this influential poll. Basically, the CFRA poll functions like any other weekly college football poll with each of its voters submitting a top 25 ballot after each Saturday’s games. The polls are then posted each Monday morning on our organization’s website: www.cfrapoll.com.

Now, we are looking to further expand the poll by adding other avid college football fans who would like to participate. If you would like to become a CFRA voter, please e-mail me at bmatthews85@gmail.com and I will get you put on our mailing list and give you information on how to submit your weekly poll. It would also be great if you could provide me with your name, location, and brief description of your college football interests and involvement so that I know a little bit about each of the voters. We will probably allow for new voters to join throughout the first few weeks of the season, but there will be a deadline about when additional participants can be added.

Brad’s 2014 Mock NBA Draft

Before I go to London tomorrow to complete the lifelong dream of attending Wimbledon, I have decided to post my 8th annual NBA mock draft.  Please feel free to comment and be sure to tune into the draft on Thursday to see how my picks do.

 

Round 1

Pick # Team Player
1 Cleveland Andrew Wiggins (SF- Cleveland)
2 Milwaukee Jabari Parker (SF- Duke)
3 Philadelphia Joel Embid (C- Kansas)
4 Orlando Marcus Smart (PG- Oklahoma St.)
5 Utah Dante Exum (SG- Australia)
6 Boston Noah Vonleh (PF- Indiana)
7 LA Lakers Julius Randle (PF- Kentucky)
8 Sacramento Aaron Gordon (PF- Arizona)
9 Charlotte Doug McDermott (PF- Creighton)
10 Philadelphia Nik Stausaks (SG- Michigan)
11 Denver Gary Harris (SG- Michigan St)
12 Orlando Dario Saric (SF- Croatia)
13 Minnesota T.J. Warren (SF- NC State)
14 Phoenix Kyle Anderson (SF- UCLA)
15 Atlanta Jusuf Nurkic (C- Atlanta)
16 Chicago Tyler Ennis (PG- Syracuse)
17 Boston James Young (SG- Kentucky)
18 Phoenix Clint Capela (PF- Switzerland)
19 Chicago Rodney Hood (SF- Duke)
20 Toronto Elfrid Payton (PG- UL-Lafayette)
21 Oklahoma City Zach LaVine (SG- UCLA)
22 Memphis Jerami Grant (SF- Syracuse)
23 Utah Andreian Payne (PF- Mich. St)
24 Charlotte P.J. Hairston (SG- North Carolina)
25 Houston C.J. Wilcox (SG- Washington)
26 Miami Shabazz Napier (PG- Uconn)
27 Phoenix Walter Tavares (C- Spain)
28 LA Clippers Cleanthony Early (PF- Wichita St)
29 Oklahoma City Mitch McGary (C- Michigan)
30 San Antonio Glenn Robinson III (SF- Michigan)

 

Round 2

Pick # Team Player
1 Milwaukee Jordan Clarkson (SG- Mizzou)
2 Philadelphia K.J. McDaniels (SF- Clemson)
3 Cleveland Nick Johnson (SG- Arizona)
4 Dallas LaQuinton Ross (SF- Ohio State)
5 Utah DeAndre Daniels (SF- Uconn)
6 Milwaukee Cory Jefferson (PF- Baylor)
7 Toronto Jarnell Stokes (PF- Tennessee)
8 Detroit Jordan Adams (SG- UCLA)
9 Philadelphia Vasilije Micic (PG- Serbia)
10 Minnesota Johnny O’Bryant III (PF- LSU)
11 Denver C.J. Fair (SF- Syracuse)
12 Houston James Michael McAdoo (PF- UNC)
13 Atlanta Spencer Dinwiddie (SG- Colorado)
14 Minnesota Patric Young (C- Florida)
15 Charlotte Melvin Ejim (SF- Iowa State)
16 Washington Thanasis Anteokounmpo (SF- NBAD)
17 Philadelphia Dwight Powell (PF- Stanford)
18 Milwaukee Cameron Bairstow (PF- New Mexico)
19 Chicago Bogan Bogdanovic (SG- Serbia)
20 Phoenix Semaj Christon (PG- Xavier)
21 Dallas Alex Kirk (C- New Mexico)
22 Philadelphia Markel Brown (SG- Oklahoma State)
23 Minnesota Roy Marble (SG- Iowa)
24 Philadelphia Joe Harris (SF- Virginia)
25 Miami Khem Birch (PF- UNLV)
26 Denver Sim Bhullar (C- New Mexico State)
27 Indiana Russ Smith (PG- Louisville)
28 San Antonio Jahii Carson (PG- Arizona State)
29 Toronto Alec Brown (C- Wisc. Green Bay)
30 San Antonio Nikola Jokic (C- Serbia)

Brad-ketology: Final NIT Bracket

If you would like to see this in bracket form, let me know and I’ll send you an excel copy of the bracket. The regional final four pairings are Region 1 vs. Region 2 and Region 3 vs. Region 4.

Region 1

(1) Minnesota vs. (8) High Point

(4) Georgia vs. (5) Richmond

(3) Belmont vs. (6) Georgia State

(2) NC State vs. (7) Davidson

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Region 2

(1) Missouri vs. (8) Utah Valley

(4) Clemson vs. (5) Utah

(3) St. John’s vs. (6) West Virginia

(2) Toledo vs. (7) Vermont

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Region 3

(1) SMU vs. (8) Robert Morris

(4) Illinois vs. (5) St. Mary’s

(3) Green Bay vs. (6) Maryland

(2) California vs. (7) UC Irvine

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Region 4

(1) Florida State vs. (8) Florida Gulf Coast

(4) Arkansas vs. (5) Iona

(3) Louisiana Tech vs. (6) LSU

(2) Georgetown vs. (7) Boston University

Brad-ketology: Final NCAA Bracket

If you would like to see this in bracket form, let me know and I’ll send you an excel copy of the bracket. My regional final four pairings are South vs. East and West vs. Midwest.

South Regional- Memphis, TN (March 27, 29)

(1) Florida vs. (16) Albany- Thursday March 20 (Orlando, FL)

(8) Baylor vs. (9) Arizona State- Thursday March 20 (Orlando, FL)

(5) UCLA vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin- Thursday March 20 (Spokane, WA)

(4) San Diego State vs. (13) Tulsa- Thursday March 20 (Spokane, WA)

(6) North Carolina vs. (11) Providence- Friday March 21 (San Antonio, TX)

(3) Iowa State vs. (14) Mercer- Friday March 21 (San Antonio, TX)

(7) Saint Louis vs. (10) Stanford- Friday March 21 (Raleigh, NC)

(2) Virginia vs. (15) American- Friday March 21 (Raleigh, NC)

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West Regional- Anaheim, CA (March 27, 29)

(1) Arizona vs. (16) Weber State- Friday March 21 (San Diego, CA)

(8) George Washington vs. (9) Oklahoma State- Friday March 21 (San Diego, CA)

(5) Louisville vs. (12) Dayton/Nebraska- Friday March 21 (San Diego, CA)

(4) New Mexico vs. (13) Western Michigan- Friday March 21 (San Diego, CA)

(6) Oklahoma vs. (11) North Dakota State- Friday March 21 (San Antonio, TX)

(3) Creighton vs. (14) Eastern Kentucky- Friday March 21 (San Antonio, TX)

(7) UMass vs. (10) Brigham Young- Thursday March 20 (Milwaukee, WI)

(2) Wisconsin vs. (15) Wofford-  Thursday March 20 (Milwaukee, WI)

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Midwest Regional- Indianapolis, IN (March 28, 30)

(1) Wichita State vs. (16) Mt. St. Mary’s/Texas Southern- Friday March 21 (St. Louis, MO)

(8) Colorado vs. (9) Memphis- Friday March 21 (St. Louis, MO)

(5) Cincinnati vs. (12) Harvard- Thursday March 20 (Spokane, WA)

(4) Michigan State vs. (13) Manhattan- Thursday March 20 (Spokane, WA)

(6) Kentucky vs. (11) Xavier- Friday March 21 (Raleigh, NC)

(3) Duke vs. (14) UL-Lafayette- Friday March 21 (Raleigh, NC)

(7) Gonzaga vs. (10) Pittsburgh- Friday March 21 (St. Louis, MO)

(2) Kansas vs. (15) UW-Milwaukee- Friday March 21 (St. Louis, MO)

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East Regional- New York, NY (March 28, 30)

(1) Villanova vs. (16) Coastal Carolina/Cal Poly-  Thursday March 20 (Buffalo, NY)

(8) Texas vs. (9) St. Joe’s- Thursday March 20 (Buffalo, NY)

(5) UConn vs. (12) Iowa/Southern Miss- Thursday March 20 (Orlando, FL)

(4) VCU vs. (13) Delaware-Thursday March 20 (Orlando, FL)

(6) Ohio State vs. (11) Tennessee- Thursday March 20 (Buffalo, NY)

(3) Syracuse vs. (14) New Mexico State- Thursday March 20 (Buffalo, NY)

(7) Oregon vs. (10) Kansas State- Thursday March 20 (Milwaukee, WI)

(2) Michigan vs. (15) NC Central- Thursday March 20 (Milwaukee, WI)

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First Four

(16) Coastal Carolina vs. (16) Cal Poly- Tuesday March 18

(12) Iowa vs. (12) Southern Miss- Tuesday March 18

(16) Mt. St. Mary’s vs. (16) Texas Southern- Wednesday March 19

(12) Dayton vs. (12) Nebraska- Wednesday March 19

Mid-Major Cinderella Stories- Selection Sunday Update

The mid-major conference tournaments are the source of much of the early holiday season drama, as only the tourney champion will be able to put on their dancing shoes. While almost all mid-major NCAA teams have the chance to play Cinderella come Christmas Day (aka the first round of the NCAA tourney), it is particularly special when these teams have an inspiring sentimental storyline. Often times this involves a squad making its first trip to the Big Dance (see Northern Colorado in 2011). Other times there is a likable coach who warms the hearts of the nation (see Pete Carril in 1994, Andy Enfeld last season).  Here is a list of mid-major conference champs who are particularly lovable entering the Big Dance. Teams are listed in alphabetical order by conference.

Note: this is the third and final part of my Mid-Major Cinderella Watch for this season.

UMass (Atlantic 10)- Believe it or not, this team has still not made the NCAA tourney since Bruiser Flint’s second season in 1998. Right now, I have the Minutemen in as a 7 seed.

Mercer (Atlantic Sun)- Mercer has recently been an upper echelon mid-major program that has failed to break their lengthy NCAA tourney drought. The Bears haven’t danced since 1985 but after their upset win over FGCU, this squad will be in the dance field.

Coastal Carolina (Big South)- Cliff Ellis is finally going to take the Chanticleers to their first NCAA Tourney since 1993!

Cal Poly (Big West)- The Mustangs earned their first ever dance bid last night with an upset win over Cal State Northridge.  Any squad entering the Big Dance with a 13-19 record has to peak your interest.

Delaware (Colonial)- The Blue Hens hadn’t earned a Big Dance invite since the 1990’s but they punched their ticket last Monday with a nail-biting win over William & Mary.

Tulsa (C-USA)- The Golden Hurricane have been to the tournament frequently over the past couple of decades but this will mark the first-time a prior NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player will coach an NCAA Tourney game.  Can we get a sequel to Danny and the Miracles please?

Manhattan (MAAC)- The Jaspers inclusion on this list has a lot to do with my personal bias, but hey this is my list– not yours.  Steve Masiello was one of the most popular of the legendary cast of walk-ons Rick Pitino had at Kentucky.  He was apart of their 1998 National Championship Team and now will get to coach his first game in the Big Dance

North Carolina Central (MEAC)- The Eagles are the second Big Dance virgin (along with Cal Poly) to break through this season and earn a trip to the tourney. This program has gradually improved over the past several years and was able to knock off NC State in Raleigh earlier their season.  The sight of their head coach crying after their title game victory last night was definitely one of the most heart-warming moments of Championship Week.

Brad-ketology: Final Seed List

Well… the day has finally arrived! Our Christmas presents will be revealed for us tonight at 6:00. Here are the final seeds I have assigned to the NCAA and NIT tourney fields. I will publish a full bracket with seeds, sites, and game times later this afternoon, but I thought I would go ahead and just post the seeds so that you have an idea if your team is in or out and along what seed line you can expect to see your favorite team later tonight. Any discrepancies between these seeds and the ones published later today will be a result of bracketing principles and procedures which may force me to move a particular team up or down a seed.

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line. The italicized teams have clinched automatic berths into their respective postseason tournaments or are projected to later on today. This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Saturday March 10th and includes contingency plans to account for the potential outcomes of today’s conference title games.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Florida,  Arizona, Wichita State, Villanova

2-seeds: Kansas, Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan

3-seeds: Iowa State, Creighton, Duke, Syracuse

4-seeds: New Mexico, San Diego State, VCU, Michigan State

5-seeds: UCLA, Louisville, Cincinnati, UConn

6-seeds: Ohio State, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Kentucky

7-seeds: Saint Louis, UMass, Gonzaga, Oregon

8-seeds: George Washington, Texas, Baylor, Colorado

9-seeds: Memphis, Arizona State, St. Joe’s, Oklahoma State

10-seeds: Pittsburgh, Brigham Young, Stanford, Kansas State

11-seeds: Providence, North Dakota State, Tennessee, Xavier

12-seeds: Dayton, Iowa, Nebraska, Southern Miss, Harvard, Stephen F. Austin

13-seeds: Manhattan, Tulsa, Delaware, Western Michigan

14-seeds: Georgia State/UL-Lafayette, New Mexico State, Mercer, Eastern Kentucky

15-seeds: North Carolina Central, American, UW-Milwaukee, Wofford

16-seeds: Weber State, Albany, Coastal Carolina, Mount St. Mary’s, Texas Southern, Cal Poly

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Minnesota, SMU, Florida State, Missouri

2-seeds: Toledo, California NC State, Georgetown

3-seeds: St. John’s, Green Bay, Belmont, Louisiana Tech

4-seeds: Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois

5-seeds: Iona, St. Mary’s, Utah, Richmond

6-seeds: West Virginia, Maryland, LSU, Georgia State/Middle Tennessee

7-seeds: Boston University, Vermont, Davidson, UC Irvine

8-seeds: Robert Morris, Florida Gulf Coast, Utah Valley, High Point

First Four Out: Marquette, Indiana, Indiana State, Washington