I like sports and I don’t care who knows
There’s nothing quite like a screaming, excited crowd to get you amped up about something. Especially when it involves football. (Or basketball. Or hockey. Or soccer.)
In my sports column yesterday, I talked about what an amazing opportunity New York offers us in terms of professional sports, and how that can allow us to connect with the city and community around us. But what good are words at proving a point?
In order to show you first-hand (or as first-hand as you can get when it comes to the Internet) how exhilarating it can be, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite live (mostly) sports moments over the past two years.
Disclaimer: Yes, I’m a fan of the Yankees, one of the richest teams in baseball. Yes, I’m a fan of Michigan, the most-winningest program in college football. But despite that, I promise I’m not a douchebag. Most of the time.
5. July 5, 2013. Yankees walk-off win, 3-2 over the Orioles.
This is the game that caused it all. Or rather, caused my sports column. Walk-off wins might not be extremely rare in baseball, but they certainly are exciting, and everyone should get to experience one!
4. March 29, 2013. Michigan basketball comes back over Kansas, 87-85 OT.
OK, fine, I’m cheating. I wasn’t at this game, which is why I’m ranking it fourth and not first. But when a team makes a 14-point comeback over the final two-and-a-half minutes? And the game is tied with a three-pointer from no-man’s land with five seconds left? Damn. I think people on my hall thought I was being mutilated, I was yelling so loudly.
3. March 2, 2012. Columbia falls to Harvard 77-70.
So not all exciting games have happy endings. Especially at Columbia. But watching a Columbia game with 2,701 other people, including Spike Lee and Jeremy Lin, definitely ranks towards the top of my list. Although the score doesn’t look great, Columbia made the game exciting by tying it up at 62 with 33 seconds left. Plus, Linsanity was totally a thing back then.
2. December 14, 2012. Nets top Pistons 107-105 in triple overtime buzzer-beater.
Let’s be real: I’m more of a Knicks fan. But by the end of this game, I couldn’t help but love and root for the Brooklyn Nets, not the least of which because the Barclays Center is incredible. (Hint: Check it out—for both the architecture and the Nets!)
1. November 26, 2011. Michigan beats Ohio State in football for the first time in seven years, 40-34.
Can you feel the energy? Can you feel the excitement? Don’t you want to experience that? It didn’t matter that Michigan didn’t beat a particularly competitive Ohio State team. The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is one of the biggest in sports. It’s Harvard versus Yale. But cooler. And not pretentious. All that mattered was that Michigan had finally bested Ohio State, and it felt great. So great, in fact, that everyone rushed the field.
Somewhat horrifying bonus? You can actually spot me and my brother in the following video…that I only just discovered existed last night. The Internet is a scary place.
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