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21st Feb '18 8:19:29 PM Boisterous_Hal
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* The holder of the 2016 world champion title in figure skating is a ''seventeen year old girl'' by the name of Evgenia Medvedeva. Medvedeva is also the world record holder for ladies short program score (79.21) '''and''' free skate score (150.10).


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* The holder of the 2016 world champion title in figure skating is Evgenia Medvedeva, who was a ''seventeen year old girl'' by at the name time of Evgenia Medvedeva. winning the title. Medvedeva is also the world record holder for the ladies free skate score (160.46).
* The world record for the
ladies short program score (79.21) '''and''' free skate is held by Alina Zagitova (82.92). She earned this score (150.10).

at the 2018 Winter Olympics, when she was ''fifteen years old''.
12th Feb '18 5:18:11 PM WillyFourEyes
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* The 2015 [[UsefulNotes/RollerDerby WFTDA International Championships]]:
** The first day of competition ended with the host team Minnesota [=RollerGirls=], struggling through a rebuilding season after losing two of their strongest jammers of the previous year to moves to other cities and expected to be blown away by a more than 200 point margin, actually ''leading'' at halftime and fighting to the very end, finishing the game with an epic 17-point jam by Shiver Me Kimbers that brought the team within 12 points. If the jam had been called off just three seconds earlier, Minnesota would have had the opportunity to take a time-out, stopping the clock and bringing up Rookie of the Year Jacked Pipes - potentially swinging the game the other way.
** The second day closed with a bout between eventual bronze medalists Victorian Roller Derby League and the four-time reigning champions Gotham Girls Roller Derby, who had not lost a single game in three years (an exhibition match with Your Mom Men's Roller Derby) and hadn't lost a single ''ranking'' match in five years, which ended with VRDL finishing just two points shy of defeating the undefeated champions. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better...
** IT DID. In the final jam of the tournament, the Rose City Rollers Wheels of Justice put up 23 year old Loren Mutch, an alumnus of their junior league, the Rose City Rosebuds, to jam against Fisher Twice of Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Mutch drew a no-pass-no-penalty call on a track cut as she completed her initial pass, allowing Fisher to gain lead jammer. The two jammers circled the track, Mutch putting eight points on the board to Fisher's four as the jam expired, Rose City ending Gotham's five-year undefeated streak and four-year reign as the Champions of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, to the explosive cheers of the thousands watching in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, and those on Creator/{{ESPN}} watching the first roller derby championship to be televised in four decades.



* The 2015 [[UsefulNotes/RollerDerby WFTDA International Championships]]:
** The first day of competition ended with the host team Minnesota [=RollerGirls=], struggling through a rebuilding season after losing two of their strongest jammers of the previous year to moves to other cities and expected to be blown away by a more than 200 point margin, actually ''leading'' at halftime and fighting to the very end, finishing the game with an epic 17-point jam by Shiver Me Kimbers that brought the team within 12 points. If the jam had been called off just three seconds earlier, Minnesota would have had the opportunity to take a time-out, stopping the clock and bringing up Rookie of the Year Jacked Pipes - potentially swinging the game the other way.
** The second day closed with a bout between eventual bronze medalists Victorian Roller Derby League and the four-time reigning champions Gotham Girls Roller Derby, who had not lost a single game in three years (an exhibition match with Your Mom Men's Roller Derby) and hadn't lost a single ''ranking'' match in five years, which ended with VRDL finishing just two points shy of defeating the undefeated champions. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better...
** IT DID. In the final jam of the tournament, the Rose City Rollers Wheels of Justice put up 23 year old Loren Mutch, an alumnus of their junior league, the Rose City Rosebuds, to jam against Fisher Twice of Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Mutch drew a no-pass-no-penalty call on a track cut as she completed her initial pass, allowing Fisher to gain lead jammer. The two jammers circled the track, Mutch putting eight points on the board to Fisher's four as the jam expired, Rose City ending Gotham's five-year undefeated streak and four-year reign as the Champions of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, to the explosive cheers of the thousands watching in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, and those on Creator/{{ESPN}} watching the first roller derby championship to be televised in four decades.

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* The 2015 [[UsefulNotes/RollerDerby WFTDA International Championships]]:
** The first day of competition ended with the host team Minnesota [=RollerGirls=], struggling through a rebuilding season after losing two of their strongest jammers of the previous year to moves to other cities and expected to be blown away by a more than 200 point margin, actually ''leading'' at halftime and fighting to the very end, finishing the game with an epic 17-point jam by Shiver Me Kimbers that brought the team within 12 points. If the jam had been called off just three seconds earlier, Minnesota would have had the opportunity to take a time-out, stopping the clock and bringing up Rookie of the Year Jacked Pipes - potentially swinging the game the other way.
** The second day closed with a bout between eventual bronze medalists Victorian Roller Derby League and the four-time reigning champions Gotham Girls Roller Derby, who had not lost a single game in three years (an exhibition match with Your Mom Men's Roller Derby) and hadn't lost a single ''ranking'' match in five years, which ended with VRDL finishing just two points shy of defeating the undefeated champions. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better...
** IT DID. In the final jam of the tournament, the Rose City Rollers Wheels of Justice put up 23 year old Loren Mutch, an alumnus of their junior league, the Rose City Rosebuds, to jam against Fisher Twice of Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Mutch drew a no-pass-no-penalty call on a track cut as she completed her initial pass, allowing Fisher to gain lead jammer. The two jammers circled the track, Mutch putting eight points on the board to Fisher's four as the jam expired, Rose City ending Gotham's five-year undefeated streak and four-year reign as the Champions of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, to the explosive cheers of the thousands watching in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, and those on Creator/{{ESPN}} watching the first roller derby championship to be televised in four decades.
9th Feb '18 12:09:38 PM Nick98
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* FC Bayern Munich had an entire season of awesome in the 2012-13 Bundesliga (Germany's top tier domestic league), finishing ''25 points'' clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, only losing one match (a 2-1 home defeat against Bayer Leverkusen) and drawing four, and tying or breaking a staggering ''thirty'' league records.[[note]] The single-season records include, but are not limited to: most points, biggest points margin over second place, fewest matches and earliest date to clinch the title, most wins, longest winning streak, fewest goals conceded, most clean sheets, scoring at least one goal in all 34 matches, spending the ''entire season'' in first place, highest goal difference, most away wins, fewest away losses, fewest goals conceded away from home, longest away game winning streak, and most consecutive wins at the start of the season.[[/note]] They followed this utter dominance of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions' League final and a 3-2 defeat of [=VfB=] Stuttgart in the final of the DFB-Pokal (Germany's premier domestic knockout tournament) to become the first treble winners in German football history.

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* FC Bayern Munich had an entire season of awesome in the 2012-13 Bundesliga (Germany's top tier domestic league), finishing ''25 points'' clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, only losing one match (a 2-1 home defeat against Bayer Leverkusen) and drawing four, and tying or breaking a staggering ''thirty'' league records.[[note]] The single-season records include, but are not limited to: most points, biggest points margin over second place, fewest matches and earliest date to clinch the title, most wins, longest winning streak, fewest goals conceded, most clean sheets, scoring at least one goal in all 34 matches, spending the ''entire season'' in first place, highest goal difference, most away wins, fewest away losses, fewest goals conceded away from home, longest away game winning streak, and most consecutive wins at the start of the season.[[/note]] They followed this utter dominance of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions' League final and a 3-2 defeat of [=VfB=] Stuttgart in the final of the DFB-Pokal (Germany's premier domestic knockout tournament) to become the first treble winners in German football history. Not bad for a team that was once persecuted by the Nazis.
8th Feb '18 6:20:34 PM nombretomado
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* The rise of UsefulNotes/RollerDerby as a sport. After the crash and burn of the extremely gimmicky [=RollerJam=] (a heavily choreographed, purely SportsEntertainment version of the sport that featured a figure-8 track and an "alligator pit" (a water-filled pool that skaters could be knocked into), a DJ in Texas had the idea of a version of roller derby that combined punk rock and burlesque. After he skipped town before the first bout was even staged, the women of the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls (the same league fictionalized in ''Film/WhipIt'') put together a workable set of rules, pooled their funds to rent a practice space and hire a band for halftime and went and created a competitive sport out of what had previously been mere spectacle. The split of TXRD into the Lonestars (banked track) and the Texas Rollergirls (the inventors of Flat Track roller derby, which changed the face of the sport by eliminating the expensive and heavy wooden track and allowing leagues to practice anywhere they could rent space without needing to store and maintain a track) could have ended the sport but instead transformed it and brought it to the world. By the time the Women's Flat Track Derby Association was formed in 2005, roller derby had already spread nationwide and by the first WFTDA Championships in 2007, worldwide. By 2013 there was serious talk about roller derby being brought to the OlympicGames, which may happen for the 2020 games (as roller sports as a whole are being considered for the 2020 Games), which may be the fastest a sport has ever gone from ground-zero to an Olympic sport.

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* The rise of UsefulNotes/RollerDerby as a sport. After the crash and burn of the extremely gimmicky [=RollerJam=] (a heavily choreographed, purely SportsEntertainment version of the sport that featured a figure-8 track and an "alligator pit" (a water-filled pool that skaters could be knocked into), a DJ in Texas had the idea of a version of roller derby that combined punk rock and burlesque. After he skipped town before the first bout was even staged, the women of the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls (the same league fictionalized in ''Film/WhipIt'') put together a workable set of rules, pooled their funds to rent a practice space and hire a band for halftime and went and created a competitive sport out of what had previously been mere spectacle. The split of TXRD into the Lonestars (banked track) and the Texas Rollergirls (the inventors of Flat Track roller derby, which changed the face of the sport by eliminating the expensive and heavy wooden track and allowing leagues to practice anywhere they could rent space without needing to store and maintain a track) could have ended the sport but instead transformed it and brought it to the world. By the time the Women's Flat Track Derby Association was formed in 2005, roller derby had already spread nationwide and by the first WFTDA Championships in 2007, worldwide. By 2013 there was serious talk about roller derby being brought to the OlympicGames, UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, which may happen for the 2020 games (as roller sports as a whole are being considered for the 2020 Games), which may be the fastest a sport has ever gone from ground-zero to an Olympic sport.
5th Feb '18 4:17:19 AM WillyFourEyes
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* The Philadelphia Eagles' 2017-18 Super Bowl run. Quarterback Carson Wentz had an MVP-caliber sophomore season, guiding his team to a nine-game winning streak to put them atop the NFC East and in prime position for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. When Wentz went down with a season-ending ACL injury against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14, the Eagles turned to their backup quarterback and former starter Nick Foles, who had recently been cut by the Rams and was considering retirement. Foles' play kept the Eagles in prime playoff position, even with a throwaway 6-0 shutout loss to the Cowboys to end the regular season.\\\
The Vegas oddsmakers were understandably apprehensive about the Eagles' playoff chances after losing Wentz to injury after such a great season, and thus made them the underdogs in all of their playoff games despite being the #1 seed. The Philly fans embraced their underdog status and proved the oddsmakers wrong by taking out the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoff game by a score of 15-10, and then dismantling the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship game, denying the Vikings the chance to be the first team to ever play the Super Bowl in their home stadium.\\\
Then came the Big Game itself: a rematch against the New England Patriots, the team that had previously broken their hearts in Super Bowl XXXIX, and was only one year removed from the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history against the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles built an early lead and held it for most of the game, only allowing the Patriots to slip ahead once in the fourth quarter before bouncing right back with a Foles touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz (though they would miss the two-point conversion, putting the score at 38-33). Super Bowl LII is also a testament to the strengths of both teams' offensive lines, as there was only ''one'' quarterback sack between the two teams for the entire game, and it was the one that would make the biggest difference--Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham would force Patriots QB Tom Brady to drop the ball, which landed in the hands of fellow DE Derek Barnett. The Eagles would push further ahead on a Jake Elliott field goal to lock the score up at 41-33 with less than a minute to go, and denied the Patriots the chance to pull off another Super Bowl MiracleRally, giving the city of Philadelphia its first ever Lombardi trophy.

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* The Philadelphia Eagles' 2017-18 Super Bowl run. run:
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Quarterback Carson Wentz had an MVP-caliber sophomore season, guiding his team to a nine-game winning streak to put them atop the NFC East and in prime position for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. When Wentz went down with a season-ending ACL injury against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14, the Eagles turned to their backup quarterback and former starter Nick Foles, who had recently been cut by the Rams and was considering retirement. Foles' play kept the Eagles in prime playoff position, even with a throwaway 6-0 shutout loss to the Cowboys to end the regular season.\\\
season.
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The Vegas oddsmakers were understandably apprehensive about the Eagles' playoff chances after losing Wentz to injury after such a great season, and thus made them the underdogs in all of their playoff games despite being the #1 seed. The Philly fans embraced their underdog status and proved the oddsmakers wrong by taking out the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoff game by a score of 15-10, and then dismantling the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship game, denying the Vikings the chance to be the first team to ever play the Super Bowl in their home stadium.\\\
stadium.
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Then came the Big Game itself: a rematch against the New England Patriots, the team that had previously broken their hearts in Super Bowl XXXIX, and was only one year removed from the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history against the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles built an early lead and held it for most of the game, only allowing the Patriots to slip ahead once in the fourth quarter before bouncing right back with a Foles touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz (though they would miss the two-point conversion, putting the score at 38-33). Super Bowl LII is also a testament to the strengths of both teams' offensive lines, as there was only ''one'' quarterback sack between the two teams for the entire game, and it was the one that would make the biggest difference--Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham would force Patriots QB Tom Brady to drop the ball, which landed in the hands of fellow DE Derek Barnett. The Eagles would push further ahead on a Jake Elliott field goal to lock the score up at 41-33 with less than a minute to go, and denied the Patriots the chance to pull off another Super Bowl MiracleRally, clinching a Super Bowl LII victory and giving the city of Philadelphia its first ever Lombardi trophy.
5th Feb '18 4:15:27 AM WillyFourEyes
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\n* Mark Smith, a journeyman outfielder with the 2000 Marlins, hit two home runs in a 2-1 win in Montreal on the afternoon of July 2nd, and then proceeded to pull a man from a burning car on his way home from the airport that same evening.
* The 2016 World Series. On one side, you have the Cleveland Indians, who haven't won a World Series in 68 years. On the other side, you have the Chicago Cubs, who hadn't even ''appeared'' in a World Series in 71 years, or won one in ''108'' years.
** In Game 4 of the 2016 National League Division Series, the Cubs trailed 5-2 and were three outs away from allowing the San Francisco Giants to even the series. Then, Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo walked and Ben Zobrist doubled to score Bryant. Willson Contreras—a rookie who had only been called up four months prior—drove in the tying runs with a single. Jason Heyward bunted into a force play but Brandon Crawford threw the ball away, allowing Heyward to reach second. Javier Baez drove in Heyward for the fourth run of the inning, completing the comeback. Closer Aroldis Chapman struck out the side, bringing the Cubs to the NLCS.
** Going into Game Seven, the Cubs and the Indians had each won three games. The score was tied 6-6 at the bottom of the ninth. The game went into extra innings. In the top of the tenth, the Cubs pulled ahead by two runs. Then it was the Indians' turn... and they only managed one run with the final score at 8-7, giving the Cubs victory in their first World Series in seven decades. Just to make it clear how hard fought this win was, they had come back from a ''3-1'' deficit. For some bonus points, this was Cubs catcher David Ross's final game before retiring.
** And even if it was a year late [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly's]] prediction came true after all.
* Only 15 players in the modern era of MLB have pulled off an unassisted triple play, making three putouts all at once. Bill Wambsganss of the Cleveland Indians did it during a World Series game in 1920; as of 2017, it's still the only triple play in World Series history.
* The Houston Astros going from being the worst team in MLB in 2013 to winning over 100 games and beating the Dodgers, the favorite to win the 2017 World Series.




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* Super Bowl LI: The New England Patriots shock the Atlanta Falcons, and the world, by overcoming a 25 point-deficit (as far as midway through the third quarter, they were losing 28-3) to force the first ever overtime period in Super Bowl history. They would go on to win the game 34-28, giving Tom Brady and Bill Belichick their fifth Super Bowl victory, the most ever for any quarterback or head coach.
** Julian Edelman's miraculous catch has to be seen to be believed, catching a tipped Brady pass ''an inch from the ground'' and keeping the Pats' game-tying drive alive. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SiUNdkIwzQ David Tyree, eat your heart out.]]
* The Philadelphia Eagles' 2017-18 Super Bowl run. Quarterback Carson Wentz had an MVP-caliber sophomore season, guiding his team to a nine-game winning streak to put them atop the NFC East and in prime position for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. When Wentz went down with a season-ending ACL injury against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14, the Eagles turned to their backup quarterback and former starter Nick Foles, who had recently been cut by the Rams and was considering retirement. Foles' play kept the Eagles in prime playoff position, even with a throwaway 6-0 shutout loss to the Cowboys to end the regular season.\\\
The Vegas oddsmakers were understandably apprehensive about the Eagles' playoff chances after losing Wentz to injury after such a great season, and thus made them the underdogs in all of their playoff games despite being the #1 seed. The Philly fans embraced their underdog status and proved the oddsmakers wrong by taking out the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoff game by a score of 15-10, and then dismantling the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship game, denying the Vikings the chance to be the first team to ever play the Super Bowl in their home stadium.\\\
Then came the Big Game itself: a rematch against the New England Patriots, the team that had previously broken their hearts in Super Bowl XXXIX, and was only one year removed from the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history against the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles built an early lead and held it for most of the game, only allowing the Patriots to slip ahead once in the fourth quarter before bouncing right back with a Foles touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz (though they would miss the two-point conversion, putting the score at 38-33). Super Bowl LII is also a testament to the strengths of both teams' offensive lines, as there was only ''one'' quarterback sack between the two teams for the entire game, and it was the one that would make the biggest difference--Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham would force Patriots QB Tom Brady to drop the ball, which landed in the hands of fellow DE Derek Barnett. The Eagles would push further ahead on a Jake Elliott field goal to lock the score up at 41-33 with less than a minute to go, and denied the Patriots the chance to pull off another Super Bowl MiracleRally, giving the city of Philadelphia its first ever Lombardi trophy.

!!Pro Football (CFL)
* The Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League winning the Grey Cup in only their ''third year of existence''. Even sweeter for the city is that it's also the first Grey Cup win for an Ottawa-based football team in 40 years!




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* In college [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], the team with the longest consecutive home game sellout streak is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers, dating back to 1962. There's a reason the stadium is said to become the third largest city in the state every game day.
* How about the Western Michigan Broncos during the 2016-2017 college football season? Coach P.J. Fleck had his work cut out for him with having a 1-11 team three years ago. Now, all of a sudden, the Broncos go on an undefeated streak all throughout the regular season, something only perennial powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide could also claim. What makes the moment even more special is, because they come from the MAC, the ranking committee had concerns of their "strength of schedule", meaning other teams like Boise State and Navy came close to snatching away the ticket to the Cotton Bowl. Undaunted, the Broncos continued to take care of business, winning a MAC title for the first time in ''years''. With the losses of Boise State and Navy, they would go on to the Cotton Bowl and play against Wisconsin. [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome Even though they didn't win to complete a perfect season and P.J. Fleck would go on to Minnesota]], the Broncos kept it a one-score game against a seasoned Big Ten team.




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* [=MotoGP=]'s streak of 8 races with 8 ''different'' winners in the 2016 season. This includes the first win from Ducati since 2010, Suzuki's first since 2007 (including their 3-year sabbatical between 2012 to 2014), the first victory for a non-factory team since 2006, and ''four'' of them are first-time winners in the premier class. To wit:
** Italian GP: Valentino Rossi suffered a very heartbreaking engine failure midway through the race, leaving [[TheScrappy scrappies]] Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to duke it out for the win. On the last corner, it seemed like Marquez would get the victory... only for Lorenzo to do a split-second overtake ''just'' before the finish line, winning by just ''0.019'' seconds.
** Catalonian GP: Friday was marred by the death of [=Moto2=] rider Luis Salom during free practice session, causing a circuit layout change for the race. With Lorenzo torpedoed by Iannone midway through the race, it left Rossi to get a victory from Marquez. It was at this race that Rossi shook hands with Marquez post-race, signalling the end of their hugely infamous rivalry and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescuing Marquez from the scrappy heap]].
** Dutch TT: This is where things started to go out of control. A wet race caused a lot of shocking stuffs; with notable moments including Aspar rider Yonny Hernandez shockingly taking the lead early in the race (and crashing out later on), a lot of riders (including Rossi) crashing out after the restart, as well seeing Lorenzo going extremely slow in the wet conditions. In the end, it was Jack Miller ''of all people'' who took a very surprising victory from Marquez, Miller's first in [=MotoGP=] class and the first non-factory team win since Toni Elias in 2006.
** German GP: After three consecutive races becoming runner-up, Marquez finally gets himself a race win after risking to change to slicks earlier than the others, which paid off when the track dried midway through the race. Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso completed the podium despite pitting much, much later than Marquez did.
** Austrian GP: In [=MotoGP=]'s return to Red Bull Ring, Andrea Iannone takes his first premier class victory over Dovizioso in what was Ducati's first win since 2010. The track's long straights really helped Ducati a lot here, with their closest contenders in this race (the Yamaha's) unable to catch them once both Iannone and Dovi overtook them early in the race.
** Czech GP: In ''another'' rain-hit race, it's Cal Crutchlow who became the third first-time winner in 2016 and the sixth-consecutive race winner in the season; despite falling all the way to the back early in the race. With the rain dried midway but not dry enough to accomodate change to slicks, those who chose hard wet tire compounds in the race got a massive advantage late in the race; with Crutchlow (all hard), Rossi (rear hard), and Loris Baz (all hard) able to charge from the back of the field to first, second, and fourth respectively at the end; with only Marquez and Hector Barbera being able to keep up with them after being smart enough to save some grip from their soft compound wet tires for late in the race.
** British GP: It's Maverick Vinales' turn to take a surprising victory, the fourth first-time winner in the season. His Suzuki was overly dominant on the race, getting to first in the first lap and never looked back since. Behind him, a very interesting five-way battle for second place ensues; with home crowd hero Crutchlow getting second, Rossi third, Marquez fourth after going wide due to pushing himself too hard late in the race, Dani Pedrosa fifth, and Iannone crashed out midway through.
** San Marino GP: Just as fans think the streak is going to be over, Dani Pedrosa surprised everyone with a late charge enabling him to overtake Rossi late in the race to become the eight different winner in eight races. Rossi eventually finished second, with Lorenzo finishing third and Marquez fourth.




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* The final of the 2017 Australian Open came down to sisters Serena and Venus Williams, the 28th time they've faced each other in competition and the first ever time that two women over the age of 35 had even played in an Open. Younger sister Serena walked away with the win, for a record-breaking ''23rd'' career Grand Slam. Four months later Serena announced her pregnancy, and the world was quick to do the math and realize she had been ''[[PregnantBadass three months pregnant]]'' during her Australian Open win.




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* For the first time ever, Paris-Roubaix was televised from start to finish in 2016. That's something many cycling fans would consider a [=MoA=] in itself. The riders decide to repay it by giving the viewers nearly six hours of non-stop action: The race opens with action from the first moments, as everyone are trying to get in the early breakaway, and the pack are fighting to neutralize it. The breakaway that gets away is started by Jelle Wallays and Magnus Cort, and ends up containing some strong riders including Sylvain Chavanel, Mathew Hayman, Yaroslav Popovych[[note]]Final race before retirement[[/note]], Imanol Erviti among others[[note]]Remaining riders: Salvatore Puccio, Johan Le Bon, Marko Kump, Tim Declerq, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Frederik Backaert, Maxime Daniel and Borut Bozic[[/note]]. Upfront, the group is working reasonably well together, with Cort taking extra pulls to allow his teammate Hayman to save energy, while Etixx are working hard in front of the pack because they didn't get anyone into the break. After a crash that took out pre-race favourites Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan, and promted Etixx to set a very high pace through Tony Martin (see above). Martin's pace reduced the front group to five riders, until the [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] team bridged the gap for Vanmarcke and several others, not including Cancellara (plus teammates Stuyven and Popovich, the latter having dropped back) and Sagan (no teammates around), both working hard to get back to the front group. The group containing Tony Martin, Tom Boonen, most of Team Sky, most of [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] and a few other strong riders catch the early break, and riders from the early break and Lotto domestiques are dropped through hard work for their captains, general sacrifice plays or fatigue. Down the road, Cancellara crashes, while [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zftjhsTHjw Sagan dodges]] in a moment worthy of its own [=MoA=], taking the two out of the contest. Up front, Team Sky have taken control until losing two riders in two crashes, and the front group is reduced further to nine riders, and later to five riders: Vanmarcke, Boasson Hagen, Stannard, Boonen, and Hayman from the early breakaway. Hayman is nearly dropped after a Vanmarcke attack, Vanmarcke is brought back, and in the late kilometers, literally everyone attacks, and the finale is a five-man sprint in the Velodrome, which is surprisingly won by the 37-year old Australian veteran Hayman, winning his second professional cycling race ''ever'', in front of the legend Tom Boonen and British Ian Stannard. If anyone has six hours to spend and want to know why people are interested in cycling, this is what they should watch.




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* The end of the "Cleveland Sports Curse": For fifty-two years, Cleveland fans endured thrice a year heartbreak as all of their pro teams failed to win a title. Combined together, all three teams went through 147 seasons without a title. The pain was punctuated with moments like "The Drive", "The Fumble" and "The Move", where victory was snatched away at the last second. Though the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, led by former prodigal son [=LeBron=] James,[[note]]He who left Cleveland from 2010-2014, going 2-2 in NBA Finals while at Miami,[[/note]] went 12-2 throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they faced the ultimate foe in the NBA Finals: the Golden State Warriors, who not only vanquished them in the prior year's Finals, but [[TheJuggernaut went 73-9 in 2015-16, only losing twice at home in the regular season and once in the Western Conference Finals]].[[note]]They lost a total of 5 times throughout the playoffs.[[/note]] With Cleveland losing Game 4 at home, it seemed like yet another year of [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} coming-up-short for the mistake by the lake]]. But in part due to suspensions and injuries to the Warriors, and in part through sheer grit and determination by James, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the squad, the Cavs overcame the 1-3 deficit[[note]]and the '''first''' who're able to do so in the Grand Final; 32 similar attempts failed before them[[/note]] including a blowout in Game 5 and a hard-fought-to-the-end Game 7, both on the road, breaking the 52-year Championship drought ''for the city''! Even better, the Cavaliers were the only Cleveland team that had never won a title before, as they were founded six years into the city's drought. Also, just one month before the Cavs won the title, ESPN, in their 30 for 30 series, released a film detailing the history of the curse and fans woe. The film was re-released with a new ending.




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* In the 2nd round of the 2017 Playoffs, the Ottawa Senators were losing a game 5-3 to the New York Rangers, after having given up 2 shorthanded goals. With 3 minutes left on the clock, hometown player Jean-Gabriel Pageau stepped up, and got his second goal of the night, pumping new life into the team, and then, with 1 minute left in Regulation, he scored again, getting a natural hat trick, and tying the game. Not content to rest on his laurels, in double OT, he got a breakaway, and scored the game winning goal, his 4th of the game, making the home crowd go wild.



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* ''Anytime'' a sports team that relocated in the past returns to its home. Notable examples include the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Rams[[note]]With the possible exception of the fans of the Atlanta Thrashers and St. Louis Rams[[/note]]. The passion of the fans of teams thought long gone make it awesome.


* The end of the "Cleveland Sports Curse": For fifty-two years, Cleveland fans endured thrice a year heartbreak as all of their pro teams failed to win a title. Combined together, all three teams went through 147 seasons without a title. The pain was punctuated with moments like "The Drive", "The Fumble" and "The Move", where victory was snatched away at the last second. Though the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, led by former prodigal son [=LeBron=] James,[[note]]He who left Cleveland from 2010-2014, going 2-2 in NBA Finals while at Miami,[[/note]] went 12-2 throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they faced the ultimate foe in the NBA Finals: the Golden State Warriors, who not only vanquished them in the prior year's Finals, but [[TheJuggernaut went 73-9 in 2015-16, only losing twice at home in the regular season and once in the Western Conference Finals]].[[note]]They lost a total of 5 times throughout the playoffs.[[/note]] With Cleveland losing Game 4 at home, it seemed like yet another year of [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} coming-up-short for the mistake by the lake]]. But in part due to suspensions and injuries to the Warriors, and in part through sheer grit and determination by James, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the squad, the Cavs overcame the 1-3 deficit[[note]]and the '''first''' who're able to do so in the Grand Final; 32 similar attempts failed before them[[/note]] including a blowout in Game 5 and a hard-fought-to-the-end Game 7, both on the road, breaking the 52-year Championship drought ''for the city''! Even better, the Cavaliers were the only Cleveland team that had never won a title before, as they were founded six years into the city's drought. Also, just one month before the Cavs won the title, ESPN, in their 30 for 30 series, released a film detailing the history of the curse and fans woe. The film was re-released with a new ending.
* For the first time ever, Paris-Roubaix was televised from start to finish in 2016. That's something many cycling fans would consider a [=MoA=] in itself. The riders decide to repay it by giving the viewers nearly six hours of non-stop action: The race opens with action from the first moments, as everyone are trying to get in the early breakaway, and the pack are fighting to neutralize it. The breakaway that gets away is started by Jelle Wallays and Magnus Cort, and ends up containing some strong riders including Sylvain Chavanel, Mathew Hayman, Yaroslav Popovych[[note]]Final race before retirement[[/note]], Imanol Erviti among others[[note]]Remaining riders: Salvatore Puccio, Johan Le Bon, Marko Kump, Tim Declerq, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Frederik Backaert, Maxime Daniel and Borut Bozic[[/note]]. Upfront, the group is working reasonably well together, with Cort taking extra pulls to allow his teammate Hayman to save energy, while Etixx are working hard in front of the pack because they didn't get anyone into the break. After a crash that took out pre-race favourites Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan, and promted Etixx to set a very high pace through Tony Martin (see above). Martin's pace reduced the front group to five riders, until the [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] team bridged the gap for Vanmarcke and several others, not including Cancellara (plus teammates Stuyven and Popovich, the latter having dropped back) and Sagan (no teammates around), both working hard to get back to the front group. The group containing Tony Martin, Tom Boonen, most of Team Sky, most of [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] and a few other strong riders catch the early break, and riders from the early break and Lotto domestiques are dropped through hard work for their captains, general sacrifice plays or fatigue. Down the road, Cancellara crashes, while [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zftjhsTHjw Sagan dodges]] in a moment worthy of its own [=MoA=], taking the two out of the contest. Up front, Team Sky have taken control until losing two riders in two crashes, and the front group is reduced further to nine riders, and later to five riders: Vanmarcke, Boasson Hagen, Stannard, Boonen, and Hayman from the early breakaway. Hayman is nearly dropped after a Vanmarcke attack, Vanmarcke is brought back, and in the late kilometers, literally everyone attacks, and the finale is a five-man sprint in the Velodrome, which is surprisingly won by the 37-year old Australian veteran Hayman, winning his second professional cycling race ''ever'', in front of the legend Tom Boonen and British Ian Stannard. If anyone has six hours to spend and want to know why people are interested in cycling, this is what they should watch.
* [=MotoGP=]'s streak of 8 races with 8 ''different'' winners in the 2016 season. This includes the first win from Ducati since 2010, Suzuki's first since 2007 (including their 3-year sabbatical between 2012 to 2014), the first victory for a non-factory team since 2006, and ''four'' of them are first-time winners in the premier class. To wit:
** Italian GP: Valentino Rossi suffered a very heartbreaking engine failure midway through the race, leaving [[TheScrappy scrappies]] Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to duke it out for the win. On the last corner, it seemed like Marquez would get the victory... only for Lorenzo to do a split-second overtake ''just'' before the finish line, winning by just ''0.019'' seconds.
** Catalonian GP: Friday was marred by the death of [=Moto2=] rider Luis Salom during free practice session, causing a circuit layout change for the race. With Lorenzo torpedoed by Iannone midway through the race, it left Rossi to get a victory from Marquez. It was at this race that Rossi shook hands with Marquez post-race, signalling the end of their hugely infamous rivalry and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescuing Marquez from the scrappy heap]].
** Dutch TT: This is where things started to go out of control. A wet race caused a lot of shocking stuffs; with notable moments including Aspar rider Yonny Hernandez shockingly taking the lead early in the race (and crashing out later on), a lot of riders (including Rossi) crashing out after the restart, as well seeing Lorenzo going extremely slow in the wet conditions. In the end, it was Jack Miller ''of all people'' who took a very surprising victory from Marquez, Miller's first in [=MotoGP=] class and the first non-factory team win since Toni Elias in 2006.
** German GP: After three consecutive races becoming runner-up, Marquez finally gets himself a race win after risking to change to slicks earlier than the others, which paid off when the track dried midway through the race. Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso completed the podium despite pitting much, much later than Marquez did.
** Austrian GP: In [=MotoGP=]'s return to Red Bull Ring, Andrea Iannone takes his first premier class victory over Dovizioso in what was Ducati's first win since 2010. The track's long straights really helped Ducati a lot here, with their closest contenders in this race (the Yamaha's) unable to catch them once both Iannone and Dovi overtook them early in the race.
** Czech GP: In ''another'' rain-hit race, it's Cal Crutchlow who became the third first-time winner in 2016 and the sixth-consecutive race winner in the season; despite falling all the way to the back early in the race. With the rain dried midway but not dry enough to accomodate change to slicks, those who chose hard wet tire compounds in the race got a massive advantage late in the race; with Crutchlow (all hard), Rossi (rear hard), and Loris Baz (all hard) able to charge from the back of the field to first, second, and fourth respectively at the end; with only Marquez and Hector Barbera being able to keep up with them after being smart enough to save some grip from their soft compound wet tires for late in the race.
** British GP: It's Maverick Vinales' turn to take a surprising victory, the fourth first-time winner in the season. His Suzuki was overly dominant on the race, getting to first in the first lap and never looked back since. Behind him, a very interesting five-way battle for second place ensues; with home crowd hero Crutchlow getting second, Rossi third, Marquez fourth after going wide due to pushing himself too hard late in the race, Dani Pedrosa fifth, and Iannone crashed out midway through.
** San Marino GP: Just as fans think the streak is going to be over, Dani Pedrosa surprised everyone with a late charge enabling him to overtake Rossi late in the race to become the eight different winner in eight races. Rossi eventually finished second, with Lorenzo finishing third and Marquez fourth.
* Mark Smith, a journeyman outfielder with the 2000 Marlins, hit two home runs in a 2-1 win in Montreal on the afternoon of July 2nd, and then proceeded to pull a man from a burning car on his way home from the airport that same evening.
* The 2016 World Series. On one side, you have the Cleveland Indians, who haven't won a World Series in 68 years. On the other side, you have the Chicago Cubs, who hadn't even ''appeared'' in a World Series in 71 years, or won one in ''108'' years.
** In Game 4 of the 2016 National League Division Series, the Cubs trailed 5-2 and were three outs away from allowing the San Francisco Giants to even the series. Then, Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo walked and Ben Zobrist doubled to score Bryant. Willson Contreras—a rookie who had only been called up four months prior—drove in the tying runs with a single. Jason Heyward bunted into a force play but Brandon Crawford threw the ball away, allowing Heyward to reach second. Javier Baez drove in Heyward for the fourth run of the inning, completing the comeback. Closer Aroldis Chapman struck out the side, bringing the Cubs to the NLCS.
** Going into Game Seven, the Cubs and the Indians had each won three games. The score was tied 6-6 at the bottom of the ninth. The game went into extra innings. In the top of the tenth, the Cubs pulled ahead by two runs. Then it was the Indians' turn... and they only managed one run with the final score at 8-7, giving the Cubs victory in their first World Series in seven decades. Just to make it clear how hard fought this win was, they had come back from a ''3-1'' deficit. For some bonus points, this was Cubs catcher David Ross's final game before retiring.
** And even if it was a year late [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly's]] prediction came true after all.
* Only 15 players in the modern era of MLB have pulled off an unassisted triple play, making three putouts all at once. Bill Wambsganss of the Cleveland Indians did it during a World Series game in 1920; as of 2017, it's still the only triple play in World Series history.
* In college [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], the team with the longest consecutive home game sellout streak is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers, dating back to 1962. There's a reason the stadium is said to become the third largest city in the state every game day.
* The Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League winning the Grey Cup in only their ''third year of existence''. Even sweeter for the city is that it's also the first Grey Cup win for an Ottawa-based football team in 40 years!
* How about the Western Michigan Broncos during the 2016-2017 college football season? Coach P.J. Fleck had his work cut out for him with having a 1-11 team three years ago. Now, all of a sudden, the Broncos go on an undefeated streak all throughout the regular season, something only perennial powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide could also claim. What makes the moment even more special is, because they come from the MAC, the ranking committee had concerns of their "strength of schedule", meaning other teams like Boise State and Navy came close to snatching away the ticket to the Cotton Bowl. Undaunted, the Broncos continued to take care of business, winning a MAC title for the first time in ''years''. With the losses of Boise State and Navy, they would go on to the Cotton Bowl and play against Wisconsin. [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome Even though they didn't win to complete a perfect season and P.J. Fleck would go on to Minnesota]], the Broncos kept it a one-score game against a seasoned Big Ten team.

* Super Bowl LI: The New England Patriots shock the Atlanta Falcons, and the world, by overcoming a 25 point deficit (as far as midway through the third quarter, they were losing 28-3) to force the first ever overtime period in Super Bowl history. They would go on to win the game 34-28, giving Tom Brady and Bill Belichick their fifth Super Bowl victory, the most ever for any quarterback or head coach.
** Julian Edelman's miraculous catch has to be seen to be believed, catching a tipped Brady pass ''an inch from the ground'' and keeping the Pats' game-tying drive alive. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SiUNdkIwzQ David Tyree, eat your heart out.]]
* In the 2nd round of the 2017 Playoffs, the Ottawa Senators were losing a game 5-3 to the New York Rangers, after having given up 2 shorthanded goals. With 3 minutes left on the clock, hometown player Jean-Gabriel Pageau stepped up, and got his second goal of the night, pumping new life into the team, and then, with 1 minute left in Regulation, he scored again, getting a natural hat trick, and tying the game. Not content to rest on his laurels, in double OT, he got a breakaway, and scored the game winning goal, his 4th of the game, making the home crowd go wild.
* The final of the 2017 Australian Open came down to sisters Serena and Venus Williams, the 28th time they've faced each other in competition and the first ever time that two women over the age of 35 had even played in an Open. Younger sister Serena walked away with the win, for a record-breaking ''23rd'' career Grand Slam. Four months later Serena announced her pregnancy, and the world was quick to do the math and realize she had been ''[[PregnantBadass three months pregnant]]'' during her Australian Open win.
* The Houston Astros going from being the worst team in MLB in 2013 to winning over 100 games and beating the Dodgers, the favorite to win the 2017 World Series.

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* ''Anytime'' a sports team that relocated in the past returns to its home. Notable examples include the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Rams[[note]]With the possible exception of the fans of the Atlanta Thrashers and St. Louis Rams[[/note]]. The passion of the fans of teams thought long gone make it awesome.


* The end of the "Cleveland Sports Curse": For fifty-two years, Cleveland fans endured thrice a year heartbreak as all of their pro teams failed to win a title. Combined together, all three teams went through 147 seasons without a title. The pain was punctuated with moments like "The Drive", "The Fumble" and "The Move", where victory was snatched away at the last second. Though the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, led by former prodigal son [=LeBron=] James,[[note]]He who left Cleveland from 2010-2014, going 2-2 in NBA Finals while at Miami,[[/note]] went 12-2 throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they faced the ultimate foe in the NBA Finals: the Golden State Warriors, who not only vanquished them in the prior year's Finals, but [[TheJuggernaut went 73-9 in 2015-16, only losing twice at home in the regular season and once in the Western Conference Finals]].[[note]]They lost a total of 5 times throughout the playoffs.[[/note]] With Cleveland losing Game 4 at home, it seemed like yet another year of [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} coming-up-short for the mistake by the lake]]. But in part due to suspensions and injuries to the Warriors, and in part through sheer grit and determination by James, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the squad, the Cavs overcame the 1-3 deficit[[note]]and the '''first''' who're able to do so in the Grand Final; 32 similar attempts failed before them[[/note]] including a blowout in Game 5 and a hard-fought-to-the-end Game 7, both on the road, breaking the 52-year Championship drought ''for the city''! Even better, the Cavaliers were the only Cleveland team that had never won a title before, as they were founded six years into the city's drought. Also, just one month before the Cavs won the title, ESPN, in their 30 for 30 series, released a film detailing the history of the curse and fans woe. The film was re-released with a new ending.
* For the first time ever, Paris-Roubaix was televised from start to finish in 2016. That's something many cycling fans would consider a [=MoA=] in itself. The riders decide to repay it by giving the viewers nearly six hours of non-stop action: The race opens with action from the first moments, as everyone are trying to get in the early breakaway, and the pack are fighting to neutralize it. The breakaway that gets away is started by Jelle Wallays and Magnus Cort, and ends up containing some strong riders including Sylvain Chavanel, Mathew Hayman, Yaroslav Popovych[[note]]Final race before retirement[[/note]], Imanol Erviti among others[[note]]Remaining riders: Salvatore Puccio, Johan Le Bon, Marko Kump, Tim Declerq, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Frederik Backaert, Maxime Daniel and Borut Bozic[[/note]]. Upfront, the group is working reasonably well together, with Cort taking extra pulls to allow his teammate Hayman to save energy, while Etixx are working hard in front of the pack because they didn't get anyone into the break. After a crash that took out pre-race favourites Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan, and promted Etixx to set a very high pace through Tony Martin (see above). Martin's pace reduced the front group to five riders, until the [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] team bridged the gap for Vanmarcke and several others, not including Cancellara (plus teammates Stuyven and Popovich, the latter having dropped back) and Sagan (no teammates around), both working hard to get back to the front group. The group containing Tony Martin, Tom Boonen, most of Team Sky, most of [=LottoNL-Jumbo=] and a few other strong riders catch the early break, and riders from the early break and Lotto domestiques are dropped through hard work for their captains, general sacrifice plays or fatigue. Down the road, Cancellara crashes, while [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zftjhsTHjw Sagan dodges]] in a moment worthy of its own [=MoA=], taking the two out of the contest. Up front, Team Sky have taken control until losing two riders in two crashes, and the front group is reduced further to nine riders, and later to five riders: Vanmarcke, Boasson Hagen, Stannard, Boonen, and Hayman from the early breakaway. Hayman is nearly dropped after a Vanmarcke attack, Vanmarcke is brought back, and in the late kilometers, literally everyone attacks, and the finale is a five-man sprint in the Velodrome, which is surprisingly won by the 37-year old Australian veteran Hayman, winning his second professional cycling race ''ever'', in front of the legend Tom Boonen and British Ian Stannard. If anyone has six hours to spend and want to know why people are interested in cycling, this is what they should watch.
* [=MotoGP=]'s streak of 8 races with 8 ''different'' winners in the 2016 season. This includes the first win from Ducati since 2010, Suzuki's first since 2007 (including their 3-year sabbatical between 2012 to 2014), the first victory for a non-factory team since 2006, and ''four'' of them are first-time winners in the premier class. To wit:
** Italian GP: Valentino Rossi suffered a very heartbreaking engine failure midway through the race, leaving [[TheScrappy scrappies]] Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to duke it out for the win. On the last corner, it seemed like Marquez would get the victory... only for Lorenzo to do a split-second overtake ''just'' before the finish line, winning by just ''0.019'' seconds.
** Catalonian GP: Friday was marred by the death of [=Moto2=] rider Luis Salom during free practice session, causing a circuit layout change for the race. With Lorenzo torpedoed by Iannone midway through the race, it left Rossi to get a victory from Marquez. It was at this race that Rossi shook hands with Marquez post-race, signalling the end of their hugely infamous rivalry and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescuing Marquez from the scrappy heap]].
** Dutch TT: This is where things started to go out of control. A wet race caused a lot of shocking stuffs; with notable moments including Aspar rider Yonny Hernandez shockingly taking the lead early in the race (and crashing out later on), a lot of riders (including Rossi) crashing out after the restart, as well seeing Lorenzo going extremely slow in the wet conditions. In the end, it was Jack Miller ''of all people'' who took a very surprising victory from Marquez, Miller's first in [=MotoGP=] class and the first non-factory team win since Toni Elias in 2006.
** German GP: After three consecutive races becoming runner-up, Marquez finally gets himself a race win after risking to change to slicks earlier than the others, which paid off when the track dried midway through the race. Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso completed the podium despite pitting much, much later than Marquez did.
** Austrian GP: In [=MotoGP=]'s return to Red Bull Ring, Andrea Iannone takes his first premier class victory over Dovizioso in what was Ducati's first win since 2010. The track's long straights really helped Ducati a lot here, with their closest contenders in this race (the Yamaha's) unable to catch them once both Iannone and Dovi overtook them early in the race.
** Czech GP: In ''another'' rain-hit race, it's Cal Crutchlow who became the third first-time winner in 2016 and the sixth-consecutive race winner in the season; despite falling all the way to the back early in the race. With the rain dried midway but not dry enough to accomodate change to slicks, those who chose hard wet tire compounds in the race got a massive advantage late in the race; with Crutchlow (all hard), Rossi (rear hard), and Loris Baz (all hard) able to charge from the back of the field to first, second, and fourth respectively at the end; with only Marquez and Hector Barbera being able to keep up with them after being smart enough to save some grip from their soft compound wet tires for late in the race.
** British GP: It's Maverick Vinales' turn to take a surprising victory, the fourth first-time winner in the season. His Suzuki was overly dominant on the race, getting to first in the first lap and never looked back since. Behind him, a very interesting five-way battle for second place ensues; with home crowd hero Crutchlow getting second, Rossi third, Marquez fourth after going wide due to pushing himself too hard late in the race, Dani Pedrosa fifth, and Iannone crashed out midway through.
** San Marino GP: Just as fans think the streak is going to be over, Dani Pedrosa surprised everyone with a late charge enabling him to overtake Rossi late in the race to become the eight different winner in eight races. Rossi eventually finished second, with Lorenzo finishing third and Marquez fourth.
* Mark Smith, a journeyman outfielder with the 2000 Marlins, hit two home runs in a 2-1 win in Montreal on the afternoon of July 2nd, and then proceeded to pull a man from a burning car on his way home from the airport that same evening.
* The 2016 World Series. On one side, you have the Cleveland Indians, who haven't won a World Series in 68 years. On the other side, you have the Chicago Cubs, who hadn't even ''appeared'' in a World Series in 71 years, or won one in ''108'' years.
** In Game 4 of the 2016 National League Division Series, the Cubs trailed 5-2 and were three outs away from allowing the San Francisco Giants to even the series. Then, Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo walked and Ben Zobrist doubled to score Bryant. Willson Contreras—a rookie who had only been called up four months prior—drove in the tying runs with a single. Jason Heyward bunted into a force play but Brandon Crawford threw the ball away, allowing Heyward to reach second. Javier Baez drove in Heyward for the fourth run of the inning, completing the comeback. Closer Aroldis Chapman struck out the side, bringing the Cubs to the NLCS.
** Going into Game Seven, the Cubs and the Indians had each won three games. The score was tied 6-6 at the bottom of the ninth. The game went into extra innings. In the top of the tenth, the Cubs pulled ahead by two runs. Then it was the Indians' turn... and they only managed one run with the final score at 8-7, giving the Cubs victory in their first World Series in seven decades. Just to make it clear how hard fought this win was, they had come back from a ''3-1'' deficit. For some bonus points, this was Cubs catcher David Ross's final game before retiring.
** And even if it was a year late [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly's]] prediction came true after all.
* Only 15 players in the modern era of MLB have pulled off an unassisted triple play, making three putouts all at once. Bill Wambsganss of the Cleveland Indians did it during a World Series game in 1920; as of 2017, it's still the only triple play in World Series history.
* In college [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], the team with the longest consecutive home game sellout streak is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers, dating back to 1962. There's a reason the stadium is said to become the third largest city in the state every game day.
* The Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League winning the Grey Cup in only their ''third year of existence''. Even sweeter for the city is that it's also the first Grey Cup win for an Ottawa-based football team in 40 years!
* How about the Western Michigan Broncos during the 2016-2017 college football season? Coach P.J. Fleck had his work cut out for him with having a 1-11 team three years ago. Now, all of a sudden, the Broncos go on an undefeated streak all throughout the regular season, something only perennial powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide could also claim. What makes the moment even more special is, because they come from the MAC, the ranking committee had concerns of their "strength of schedule", meaning other teams like Boise State and Navy came close to snatching away the ticket to the Cotton Bowl. Undaunted, the Broncos continued to take care of business, winning a MAC title for the first time in ''years''. With the losses of Boise State and Navy, they would go on to the Cotton Bowl and play against Wisconsin. [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome Even though they didn't win to complete a perfect season and P.J. Fleck would go on to Minnesota]], the Broncos kept it a one-score game against a seasoned Big Ten team.

* Super Bowl LI: The New England Patriots shock the Atlanta Falcons, and the world, by overcoming a 25 point deficit (as far as midway through the third quarter, they were losing 28-3) to force the first ever overtime period in Super Bowl history. They would go on to win the game 34-28, giving Tom Brady and Bill Belichick their fifth Super Bowl victory, the most ever for any quarterback or head coach.
** Julian Edelman's miraculous catch has to be seen to be believed, catching a tipped Brady pass ''an inch from the ground'' and keeping the Pats' game-tying drive alive. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SiUNdkIwzQ David Tyree, eat your heart out.]]
* In the 2nd round of the 2017 Playoffs, the Ottawa Senators were losing a game 5-3 to the New York Rangers, after having given up 2 shorthanded goals. With 3 minutes left on the clock, hometown player Jean-Gabriel Pageau stepped up, and got his second goal of the night, pumping new life into the team, and then, with 1 minute left in Regulation, he scored again, getting a natural hat trick, and tying the game. Not content to rest on his laurels, in double OT, he got a breakaway, and scored the game winning goal, his 4th of the game, making the home crowd go wild.
* The final of the 2017 Australian Open came down to sisters Serena and Venus Williams, the 28th time they've faced each other in competition and the first ever time that two women over the age of 35 had even played in an Open. Younger sister Serena walked away with the win, for a record-breaking ''23rd'' career Grand Slam. Four months later Serena announced her pregnancy, and the world was quick to do the math and realize she had been ''[[PregnantBadass three months pregnant]]'' during her Australian Open win.
* The Houston Astros going from being the worst team in MLB in 2013 to winning over 100 games and beating the Dodgers, the favorite to win the 2017 World Series.
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\n* No one can argue with the fact that Leicester City clinching the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season belongs here. As 5,000-1 underdogs and more likely to be tipped for relegation, they had the entire set up for a true underdog story. A first XI that cost less than just one of the star players in other more wealthy teams. A manager in perennial "nearly man" Claudio Ranieri, who had been lambasted in the media as never quite getting the job done for success. A proud goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel, constantly being compared to his extremely successful goalkeeping father. A fantastic midfielder in Riyad Mahrez that had cost only £350,000 compared to others being more around the multi million mark. A record breaking striker in Jamie Vardy, who four years before was playing non league football after being rejected by Sheffield Wednesday due to his height. And many others in the team, not to discredit their achievements. These men came together, battled, struggled and clawed their way to the top. Everyone who was anyone doubted them, constantly worn down by reality and saying that at any moment, the fairytale would be over. And come May 2nd, it did....with the happiest ending anyone could imagine.
** Consider this timeline:
*** Start of play on 4 April 2015: Leicester City are nailed, bolted, and hard-welded to the bottom of the Premier League table. The Foxes have been propping up the table since November, have won only two matches since late September, and their last win was on 10 January.
*** 18 April: After three straight wins, the Foxes are off the bottom—but still sit in the drop zone in 18th.
*** 25 April: Another win finally gets Leicester out of the drop zone.
*** 24 May: The 2014–15 season ends with Leicester safely in 14th, after seven wins and a draw from their last nine matches.
*** Preseason 2015–16: Bookmakers set the odds at Leicester winning the Premier League at ''5,000—1''.
*** 2 May 2016: Leicester are Premier League champions after second-placed Tottenham are held to a 2–2 draw at Chelsea.
** For an awesome moment within the campaign, the Foxes' top striker, Jamie Vardy, broke the record for most consecutive Premier League matches with a goal scored, scoring in an 11th consecutive match against ''Manchester United'' on November 28, 2015. The record was previously held by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who naturally congratulated Vardy on the feat. What really made this awesome, though, was the fact that Arlo White, Leicester native, and life-long Leicester City supporter, was calling the match for the U.S.'s Premier League broadcaster, {{Creator/NBC}}, and he couldn't hide his joy when Vardy's record-breaking goal came:
---> "Jamie Vardy, ''is this the moment?!''" [''Vardy scores''] "'''''HISTORY IS MADE!''''' ''Jamie Vardy has scored in [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ELEVEN! CONSECUTIVE! PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES!]]"''
** Or how he called the raising of the trophy:
---> "Wes Morgan...[and] Claudio Ranieri...''lift the trophy to the skies!'' Leicester City are the champions of the Premier League! 5,000-to-1 chance! They have stunned the football world! It's the greatest tale told in the history of English football!"







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* Ashley Wagner ends a 10-year American medal drought in ladies figure skating, with the two [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy6VWa85UsI best]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPJbXWylVNM performances]] of her career, winning the silver medal at age 24.
* The holder of the 2016 world champion title in figure skating is a ''seventeen year old girl'' by the name of Evgenia Medvedeva. Medvedeva is also the world record holder for ladies short program score (79.21) '''and''' free skate score (150.10).







* No one can argue with the fact that Leicester City clinching the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season belongs here. As 5,000-1 underdogs and more likely to be tipped for relegation, they had the entire set up for a true underdog story. A first XI that cost less than just one of the star players in other more wealthy teams. A manager in perennial "nearly man" Claudio Ranieri, who had been lambasted in the media as never quite getting the job done for success. A proud goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel, constantly being compared to his extremely successful goalkeeping father. A fantastic midfielder in Riyad Mahrez that had cost only £350,000 compared to others being more around the multi million mark. A record breaking striker in Jamie Vardy, who four years before was playing non league football after being rejected by Sheffield Wednesday due to his height. And many others in the team, not to discredit their achievements. These men came together, battled, struggled and clawed their way to the top. Everyone who was anyone doubted them, constantly worn down by reality and saying that at any moment, the fairytale would be over. And come May 2nd, it did....with the happiest ending anyone could imagine.
** Consider this timeline:
*** Start of play on 4 April 2015: Leicester City are nailed, bolted, and hard welded to the bottom of the Premier League table. The Foxes have been propping up the table since November, have won only two matches since late September, and their last win was on 10 January.
*** 18 April: After three straight wins, the Foxes are off the bottom—but still sit in the drop zone in 18th.
*** 25 April: Another win finally gets Leicester out of the drop zone.
*** 24 May: The 2014–15 season ends with Leicester safely in 14th, after seven wins and a draw from their last nine matches.
*** Preseason 2015–16: Bookmakers set the odds at Leicester winning the Premier League at ''5,000—1''.
*** 2 May 2016: Leicester are Premier League champions after second-placed Tottenham are held to a 2–2 draw at Chelsea.
** For an awesome moment within the campaign, the Foxes' top striker, Jamie Vardy, broke the record for most consecutive Premier League matches with a goal scored, scoring in an 11th consecutive match against ''Manchester United'' on November 28, 2015. The record was previously held by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who naturally congratulated Vardy on the feat. What really made this awesome, though, was the fact that Arlo White, Leicester native, and life-long Leicester City supporter, was calling the match for the U.S.'s Premier League broadcaster, {{Creator/NBC}}, and he couldn't hide his joy when Vardy's record-breaking goal came:
---> "Jamie Vardy, ''is this the moment?!''" [''Vardy scores''] "'''''HISTORY IS MADE!''''' ''Jamie Vardy has scored in [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ELEVEN! CONSECUTIVE! PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES!]]"''
** Or how he called the raising of the trophy:
---> "Wes Morgan...[and] Claudio Ranieri...''lift the trophy to the skies!'' Leicester City are the champions of the Premier League! 5,000-to-1 chance! They have stunned the football world! It's the greatest tale told in the history of English football!"
* Ashley Wagner ends a 10-year American medal drought in ladies figure skating, with the two [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy6VWa85UsI best]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPJbXWylVNM performances]] of her career, winning the silver medal at age 24.

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* No one can argue with the fact that Leicester City clinching the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season belongs here. As 5,000-1 underdogs and more likely to be tipped for relegation, they had the entire set up for a true underdog story. A first XI that cost less than just one of the star players in other more wealthy teams. A manager in perennial "nearly man" Claudio Ranieri, who had been lambasted in the media as never quite getting the job done for success. A proud goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel, constantly being compared to his extremely successful goalkeeping father. A fantastic midfielder in Riyad Mahrez that had cost only £350,000 compared to others being more around the multi million mark. A record breaking striker in Jamie Vardy, who four years before was playing non league football after being rejected by Sheffield Wednesday due to his height. And many others in the team, not to discredit their achievements. These men came together, battled, struggled and clawed their way to the top. Everyone who was anyone doubted them, constantly worn down by reality and saying that at any moment, the fairytale would be over. And come May 2nd, it did....with the happiest ending anyone could imagine.
** Consider this timeline:
*** Start of play on 4 April 2015: Leicester City are nailed, bolted, and hard welded to the bottom of the Premier League table. The Foxes have been propping up the table since November, have won only two matches since late September, and their last win was on 10 January.
*** 18 April: After three straight wins, the Foxes are off the bottom—but still sit in the drop zone in 18th.
*** 25 April: Another win finally gets Leicester out of the drop zone.
*** 24 May: The 2014–15 season ends with Leicester safely in 14th, after seven wins and a draw from their last nine matches.
*** Preseason 2015–16: Bookmakers set the odds at Leicester winning the Premier League at ''5,000—1''.
*** 2 May 2016: Leicester are Premier League champions after second-placed Tottenham are held to a 2–2 draw at Chelsea.
** For an awesome moment within the campaign, the Foxes' top striker, Jamie Vardy, broke the record for most consecutive Premier League matches with a goal scored, scoring in an 11th consecutive match against ''Manchester United'' on November 28, 2015. The record was previously held by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who naturally congratulated Vardy on the feat. What really made this awesome, though, was the fact that Arlo White, Leicester native, and life-long Leicester City supporter, was calling the match for the U.S.'s Premier League broadcaster, {{Creator/NBC}}, and he couldn't hide his joy when Vardy's record-breaking goal came:
---> "Jamie Vardy, ''is this the moment?!''" [''Vardy scores''] "'''''HISTORY IS MADE!''''' ''Jamie Vardy has scored in [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ELEVEN! CONSECUTIVE! PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES!]]"''
** Or how he called the raising of the trophy:
---> "Wes Morgan...[and] Claudio Ranieri...''lift the trophy to the skies!'' Leicester City are the champions of the Premier League! 5,000-to-1 chance! They have stunned the football world! It's the greatest tale told in the history of English football!"
* Ashley Wagner ends a 10-year American medal drought in ladies figure skating, with the two [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy6VWa85UsI best]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPJbXWylVNM performances]] of her career, winning the silver medal at age 24.



* The holder of the 2016 world champion title in figure skating is a ''seventeen year old girl'' by the name of Evgenia Medvedeva. Medvedeva is also the world record holder for ladies short program score (79.21) '''and''' free skate score (150.10).

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* The holder of the 2016 world champion title in figure skating is a ''seventeen year old girl'' by the name of Evgenia Medvedeva. Medvedeva is also the world record holder for ladies short program score (79.21) '''and''' free skate score (150.10).
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* The 1967 Grand National, the biggest event on the British horse racing calendar, was held on a very soggy racetrack, with two horses falling and one, Popham Down, throwing his rider at the very first fence. However, Popham Down continued to run without his jockey, as did April Rose when his jockey was thrown at the third fence. Just as commentator Michael O'Hehir was observing that the riderless Popham Down didn't seem to be interfering with the other racers, both riderless horses suddenly ran to the inside of the track just before the twenty-third fence, causing a massive pile-up in which at least nine other horses either fell, threw their jockeys, or turned around and refused to jump, while almost every other horse was caught in the mayhem and had to wait for a chance to jump... all except 100-1 outsider Foinavon,[[note]] 100-1 being the highest odds offered by the bookmakers for the race, essentially their way of saying "This horse has no chance of winning, but we have to offer odds on him anyway"[[/note]] who had been lagging so far behind that he was able to run around the pile-up and jump the fence uninhibited, opening a lead of over thirty lengths. Though a number of horses did finally jump the fence, Foinavon was too far ahead to be caught, and became one of the most improbable yet awesome Grand National winners in the race's history. The fence at which the pile-up occurred is now known as the Foinavon Fence.




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* The Miracle Mets. Established in 1962 to fill in the void the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants created by moving to Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively, the New York Mets consisted of castoffs from other teams and rookies. After [[ButtMonkey seven losing seasons in which they finished in either ninth or tenth place in the National League]], the Mets shocked the baseball world in 1969. They overtook the National League East-leading Chicago Cubs with just under a month left in the season and never looked back, finishing with a 100-62 record (39-11 in their final 50 games). After sweeping the Atlanta Braves in the inaugural National League Championship series, they faced a heavily favored Baltimore Orioles team who had won 109 games in the regular season and easily dispatched the Minnesota Twins in the first American League championship series. The Mets lost the first game but won the next four, finishing off an improbable year with their first World Series victory.
** The Mets' 1986 run was equally impressive. They won their division handily with a 108-54 record but their dramatic postseason display made up for it. Game 5 of the NLCS against the Houston Astros ended with the then 1-for-21 Gary Carter hitting a game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning, giving the Mets a 3-2 edge. In the top of the ninth inning of Game 6, the Mets rallied to tie the score and won it in the sixteenth inning. Jesse Orosco, despite giving up a game-tying home run in the fourteenth inning, became the first reliever to win three postseason games. The Mets then faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series which they won in seven games after losing the first two at home. The fabled Game 6 comeback with two outs in the tenth inning began with three consecutive singles to Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell and Ray Knight. A wild pitch tied the score, followed by Mookie Wilson hitting a ground ball through the legs of Bill Buckner, sending Knight home with the winning run. The Mets also rallied from three down to win Game 7 and the series.
** The Red Sox deserve a special mention in 1986. They faced a 3-1 series deficit against the California Angels entering Game 5 of the American League Championship series. It all began in the top of the ninth with a single and a home run to cut their deficit to one run. With two outs, a runner on and the Red Sox down to their last strike, Dave Henderson crushed a home run to left field that put the Red Sox on top by one run. After the Angels rallied to force extras, Henderson came through again with a go ahead sacrifice fly. The Angels never recovered, losing Games 6 and 7 by a large margin and the Red Sox won the pennant. And who started the rally in the ninth inning of Game 5 that brought the Red Sox to the World Series? Bill Buckner!





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* Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche only needed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJMa20xXykI five words]] to deliver a devastating [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech TRYSS]] to unruly Bengals fans who threw debris on the field.




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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kick_Six 2013 Alabama–Auburn Iron Bowl]] when Chris Davis caught a missed Alabama field goal nine yards deep in his own end zone in a 28–28 game with 7 seconds left, and running it all the way for the 34-28 win.
* 1982, University of California vs Stanford. With four seconds left in the game and Stanford up by one point, the Stanford marching band starts prepping to march out and play the Stanford anthem. Only problem: [[DownToTheLastPlay Stanford is about to lose this game]]. As soon as Stanford kicks the ball, Cal's receivers spring into action, catching the ball running and using five lateral passes to not only slip through Stanford's defensive linebackers, but dodge around the band members who've jumped the gun and started marching onto the field. Such an astounding finish to what was already a close game between rivals has gone down in history only as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(American_football) The Play]]", and commonly makes top ten lists of awesome sports moments.
-->'''Joe Starkey''': [[HolyShitQuotient "Oh, the band is out on the field!"]]




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* The 2015 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix. This race has a super tight battle at the front between 4 riders and 3 different bikes that lasted ''the entire race''.
** [[CoolOldGuy Valentino]] [[TheAce Rossi]] shows a huge determination in order to stay with the leader to defend his championship lead. While he ended up in 4th, it was amazing to see a 36-year old man keeping up with the youngsters, especially considering [[HesBack his amazing turnaround after he failed miserably when he joined Ducati and seemingly couldn't keep up to Lorenzo (and Marquez) when he returned to Yamaha in 2013]].
** [[TheDeterminator Andrea Iannone]]; [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/moto-gp-racer-kills-seagull-6655193 despite being struck by a seagull early in the race]]; manages to keep up despite having a slightly inferior bike that is the Ducati. [[TookALevelInBadass The [=GP15=]'s much improved handling compared to any other previous Ducati]][[note]]It still have the amazing straight line speed that any other Ducati's have[[/note]] certainly help him to keep up, with the best moment being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YntdCItRms8 pulling off an amazing double overtake late in the race.]]
** [[NonActionGuy Jorge Lorenzo]] really has meet up his KryptoniteFactor here. He can't pull off a huge lead which he would control the rest of the race; and every time he was involved in a battle (especially if he lost a large lead mid-race), he has a large chance to lose the race. So he decided to keep calm and hoping for the best. Amazingly, he still managed to lead the majority of the race (and mostly avoiding the scrap between Marquez, Rossi, & Iannone), and with 2 laps to go looks sure to win, until...
** ...one particular [[InstantExpert Marc Marquez's]] amazing comeback. As they crosses the line to start the final lap, he was fourth, 0.8 seconds behind Lorenzo. What did he do? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He overtakes both Rossi and Iannone after they run a little bit wide at the Southern Loop, and manages to make up that gap in the final lap alone, even overtaking Lorenzo for the win on the last few corners, setting the fastest lap in the process]]. Oh, do we mention that with this victory, he already have a total of [[CrazyAwesome 50 Grand Prix wins at the age of just 22?]]
** Special mention goes to rookie [[AwesomeMcCoolName Maverick]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare Viñales]] in the Suzuki. The Suzuki is rather underpowered (having 20 bhp less than the majority of the top team); and having no seamless gearbox, which is a must have for the latest bikes. However, the Suzuki have a large advantage at handling, which Viñales uses to perfection here. While he finished 6th, he ended up just 6 seconds behind the leaders; ''16 seconds'' ahead of the team's target[[note]]They expected to be behind by 22 seconds at the end of the race[[/note]].





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\n* 2010 UsefulNotes/{{Wimbledon}}: John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours and 5 minutes of play. The match took '''three days''' to finish, with a final score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), '''70–68''' for a total of 183 games.




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* On the 6th stage of the 2013 Vuelta a España, Tony Martin attacked from the beginning, with nobody going with him. He spent the entire day riding solo, only to be caught within the last 20 meters and finish seventh. His attack was essentially a ''175 km individual time trial'' which he managed to complete as well as an ''entire peloton'', going with the average speed of 44.8 km/h. A MomentOfAwesome for the big German, even if he didn't win.




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* The WhamLine from the University of Virginia play-by-play announcer says it all:
--> '''Dave Koehn:''' For the first time in '''thirty-eight years''', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5stwJP6mwr4 the Cavaliers are ACC Tournament Champions in 2014!]]



* Kim Yu-Na, the reigning Olympic figure skating ladies champion, comes back from taking an entire season off and [[CurbStompBattle easily defeats her opponents]] with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6d3XEp6mg0&sns=em near flawless free skate]], becoming the World Champion the year before the 2014 Sochi Olympics.\

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* Kim Yu-Na, the reigning Olympic figure skating ladies champion, comes back from taking an entire season off and [[CurbStompBattle easily defeats her opponents]] with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6d3XEp6mg0&sns=em near flawless free skate]], becoming the World Champion the year before the 2014 Sochi Olympics.\
Olympics.
* Jason Brown's ''amazing'' Riverdance-inspired [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzlcVKFVWVI free skate]] earned him a place on the U.S. Olympic Squad for the Sochi Olympics and went viral, having more than two million views at the time of posting. He shattered his own personal best score for the routine by ''more than 20 points'', and reduced the NBC commentators (Scott Hamilton especially) to giddy laughter. He actually ''beat'' Jeremy Abbott's free skate score, and only finished second to Abbott because of his third place placement after the short program.
** That said, Jeremy Abbott was no slouch in the short program that year either. He set the new American record for that segment, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvIVKrsSpzY&spfreload=10 leading to his eventual ''fourth'' national title]].

* Two performances at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating National Championships, by best friends and training mates, Ashley Wagner and Adam Rippon. Wagner [[https://youtu.be/kS_QPOKIe74?t=5m38s brought the house down]] after her Moulin Rouge! themed long program, including two triple-triple combinations. Rippon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBcusUyB8zE attempted one of the absolute hardest jumps anyone can perform]]: a quad lutz, a jump that begins with a counter-rotation and includes four revolutions in the air. He landed the rest of his jumps with ease, including two triple axels, a jump he has historically struggled with. Both performances smashed the old U.S. record in their respective disciplines for the long program. Wagner easily won her third National title, and Rippon stood on the podium for the first time since 2012, with a silver medal. In addition, both skaters are considered to be "older" by skating standards, and they had a ''major'' TakeThat to their detractors.




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* Jason Brown's ''amazing'' Riverdance-inspired [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzlcVKFVWVI free skate]] earned him a place on the U.S. Olympic Squad for the Sochi Olympics and went viral, having more than two million views at the time of posting. He shattered his own personal best score for the routine by ''more than 20 points'', and reduced the NBC commentators (Scott Hamilton especially) to giddy laughter. He actually ''beat'' Jeremy Abbott's free skate score, and only finished second to Abbott because of his third place placement after the short program.
** That said, Jeremy Abbott was no slouch in the short program that year either. He set the new American record for that segment, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvIVKrsSpzY&spfreload=10 leading to his eventual ''fourth'' national title]].
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kick_Six 2013 Alabama–Auburn Iron Bowl]] when Chris Davis caught a missed Alabama field goal nine yards deep in his own end zone in a 28–28 game with 7 seconds left, and running it all the way for the 34-28 win.
* Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche only needed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJMa20xXykI five words]] to deliver a devastating [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech TRYSS]] to unruly Bengals fans who threw debris on the field.
* On the 6th stage of the 2013 Vuelta a España, Tony Martin attacked from the beginning, with nobody going with him. He spent the entire day riding solo, only to be caught within the last 20 meters and finish seventh. His attack was essentially a ''175 km individual time trial'' which he managed to complete as well as an ''entire peloton'', going with the average speed of 44.8 km/h. A MomentOfAwesome for the big German, even if he didn't win.
* The 1967 Grand National, the biggest event on the British horse racing calendar, was held on a very soggy racetrack, with two horses falling and one, Popham Down, throwing his rider at the very first fence. However, Popham Down continued to run without his jockey, as did April Rose when his jockey was thrown at the third fence. Just as commentator Michael O'Hehir was observing that the riderless Popham Down didn't seem to be interfering with the other racers, both riderless horses suddenly ran to the inside of the track just before the twenty-third fence, causing a massive pile-up in which at least nine other horses either fell, threw their jockeys, or turned around and refused to jump, while almost every other horse was caught in the mayhem and had to wait for a chance to jump... all except 100-1 outsider Foinavon,[[note]] 100-1 being the highest odds offered by the bookmakers for the race, essentially their way of saying "This horse has no chance of winning, but we have to offer odds on him anyway"[[/note]] who had been lagging so far behind that he was able to run around the pile-up and jump the fence uninhibited, opening a lead of over thirty lengths. Though a number of horses did finally jump the fence, Foinavon was too far ahead to be caught, and became one of the most improbable yet awesome Grand National winners in the race's history. The fence at which the pile-up occurred is now known as the Foinavon Fence.
* April 6, 1996: [[http://www.goerie.com/bowling-journal-honors-learn-for-flagship-performance The finals of the Flagship Open]] in (ten-pin) bowling's PBA Tour, held in Erie, Pennsylvania on lanes set up in the city's main indoor arena, now known as Erie Insurance Arena. The first match of the five-player stepladder finals[[note]] where the winner of each match leading up to the championship match faces a new player[[/note]], nationally televised on Creator/{{ESPN}}, featured Erie's own Bob Learn, Jr. In front of a loud hometown crowd of 4,500, Learn began the finals by bowling a ''perfect game'' (12 strikes), earning a $100,000 bonus. It got even crazier from there—Learn went on to win the tournament, setting a new PBA record for a four-game series at 1,129. Taking the craziness UpToEleven: the combined scores of his four opponents (1,083) were higher than the series record that Learn had just broken (1,070).
* 2010 UsefulNotes/{{Wimbledon}}: John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours and 5 minutes of play. The match took '''three days''' to finish, with a final score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), '''70–68''' for a total of 183 games.



* In 2006, Western reiner Stacy Westfall won the All-American Quarter Horse Congress reining title with her horse Wizards Baby Doll, to the song "Live Like You Were Dying". But that wasn't the awesome part. The awesome part was that she did it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBXXk9Amels with no saddle, no bridle, and no reins]]. It's one of the most virtuoso displays of horsemanship ''ever''.
* The Miracle Mets. Established in 1962 to fill in the void the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants created by moving to Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively, the New York Mets consisted of castoffs from other teams and rookies. After [[ButtMonkey seven losing seasons in which they finished in either ninth or tenth place in the National League]], the Mets shocked the baseball world in 1969. They overtook the National League East-leading Chicago Cubs with just under a month left in the season and never looked back, finishing with a 100-62 record (39-11 in their final 50 games). After sweeping the Atlanta Braves in the inaugural National League Championship series, they faced a heavily favored Baltimore Orioles team who had won 109 games in the regular season and easily dispatched the Minnesota Twins in the first American League championship series. The Mets lost the first game but won the next four, finishing off an improbable year with their first World Series victory.
** The Mets' 1986 run was equally impressive. They won their division handily with a 108-54 record but their dramatic postseason display made up for it. Game 5 of the NLCS against the Houston Astros ended with the then 1-for-21 Gary Carter hitting a game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning, giving the Mets a 3-2 edge. In the top of the ninth inning of Game 6, the Mets rallied to tie the score and won it in the sixteenth inning. Jesse Orosco, despite giving up a game-tying home run in the fourteenth inning, became the first reliever to win three postseason games. The Mets then faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series which they won in seven games after losing the first two at home. The fabled Game 6 comeback with two outs in the tenth inning began with three consecutive singles to Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell and Ray Knight. A wild pitch tied the score, followed by Mookie Wilson hitting a ground ball through the legs of Bill Buckner, sending Knight home with the winning run. The Mets also rallied from three down to win Game 7 and the series.
** The Red Sox deserve a special mention in 1986. They faced a 3-1 series deficit against the California Angels entering Game 5 of the American League Championship series. It all began in the top of the ninth with a single and a home run to cut their deficit to one run. With two outs, a runner on and the Red Sox down to their last strike, Dave Henderson crushed a home run to left field that put the Red Sox on top by one run. After the Angels rallied to force extras, Henderson came through again with a go ahead sacrifice fly. The Angels never recovered, losing Games 6 and 7 by a large margin and the Red Sox won the pennant. And who started the rally in the ninth inning of Game 5 that brought the Red Sox to the World Series? Bill Buckner!
* The WhamLine from the University of Virginia play-by-play announcer says it all:
--> '''Dave Koehn:''' For the first time in '''thirty-eight years''', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5stwJP6mwr4 the Cavaliers are ACC Tournament Champions in 2014!]]
* The greatest winning streak in sports; in 1851, the schooner America won the "R.Y.S. Cup". It's known as America's Cup now, and the 1851 victory started the longest winning streak in sports, with the United States defending the cup successfully for one hundred and thirty two YEARS.
* Two performances at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating National Championships, by best friends and training mates, Ashley Wagner and Adam Rippon. Wagner [[https://youtu.be/kS_QPOKIe74?t=5m38s brought the house down]] after her Moulin Rouge! themed long program, including two triple-triple combinations. Rippon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBcusUyB8zE attempted one of the absolute hardest jumps anyone can perform]]: a quad lutz, a jump that begins with a counter-rotation and includes four revolutions in the air. He landed the rest of his jumps with ease, including two triple axels, a jump he has historically struggled with. Both performances smashed the old U.S. record in their respective disciplines for the long program. Wagner easily won her third National title, and Rippon stood on the podium for the first time since 2012, with a silver medal. In addition, both skaters are considered to be "older" by skating standards, and they had a ''major'' TakeThat to their detractors.

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!!Bowling
* In 2006, Western reiner Stacy Westfall won April 6, 1996: [[http://www.goerie.com/bowling-journal-honors-learn-for-flagship-performance The finals of the All-American Quarter Horse Congress reining title with her horse Wizards Baby Doll, Flagship Open]] in (ten-pin) bowling's PBA Tour, held in Erie, Pennsylvania on lanes set up in the city's main indoor arena, now known as Erie Insurance Arena. The first match of the five-player stepladder finals[[note]] where the winner of each match leading up to the song "Live Like You Were Dying". But that wasn't the awesome part. The awesome part was that she did it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBXXk9Amels with no saddle, no bridle, and no reins]]. It's one of the most virtuoso displays of horsemanship ''ever''.
* The Miracle Mets. Established in 1962 to fill in the void the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants created by moving to Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively, the New York Mets consisted of castoffs from other teams and rookies. After [[ButtMonkey seven losing seasons in which they finished in either ninth or tenth place in the National League]], the Mets shocked the baseball world in 1969. They overtook the National League East-leading Chicago Cubs with just under a month left in the season and never looked back, finishing with a 100-62 record (39-11 in their final 50 games). After sweeping the Atlanta Braves in the inaugural National League Championship series, they faced a heavily favored Baltimore Orioles team who had won 109 games in the regular season and easily dispatched the Minnesota Twins in the first American League
championship series. The Mets lost match faces a new player[[/note]], nationally televised on Creator/{{ESPN}}, featured Erie's own Bob Learn, Jr. In front of a loud hometown crowd of 4,500, Learn began the first game but won finals by bowling a ''perfect game'' (12 strikes), earning a $100,000 bonus. It got even crazier from there—Learn went on to win the next four, finishing off an improbable year with their first World Series victory.
** The Mets' 1986 run was equally impressive. They won their division handily with
tournament, setting a 108-54 new PBA record but their dramatic postseason display made up for it. Game 5 of the NLCS against the Houston Astros ended with the then 1-for-21 Gary Carter hitting a game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning, giving the Mets a 3-2 edge. In the top of the ninth inning of Game 6, the Mets rallied to tie the score and won it in the sixteenth inning. Jesse Orosco, despite giving up a game-tying home run in the fourteenth inning, became the first reliever to win three postseason games. The Mets then faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series which they won in seven games after losing the first two at home. The fabled Game 6 comeback with two outs in the tenth inning began with three consecutive singles to Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell and Ray Knight. A wild pitch tied the score, followed by Mookie Wilson hitting a ground ball through the legs of Bill Buckner, sending Knight home with the winning run. The Mets also rallied from three down to win Game 7 and the series.
** The Red Sox deserve a special mention in 1986. They faced a 3-1
four-game series deficit against at 1,129. Taking the California Angels entering Game 5 of craziness UpToEleven: the American League Championship series. It all began in combined scores of his four opponents (1,083) were higher than the top of the ninth with a single and a home run to cut their deficit to one run. With two outs, a runner on and the Red Sox down to their last strike, Dave Henderson crushed a home run to left field series record that put the Red Sox on top by one run. After the Angels rallied to force extras, Henderson came through again with a go ahead sacrifice fly. The Angels never recovered, losing Games 6 and 7 by a large margin and the Red Sox won the pennant. And who started the rally in the ninth inning of Game 5 that brought the Red Sox to the World Series? Bill Buckner!
* The WhamLine from the University of Virginia play-by-play announcer says it all:
--> '''Dave Koehn:''' For the first time in '''thirty-eight years''', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5stwJP6mwr4 the Cavaliers are ACC Tournament Champions in 2014!]]
Learn had just broken (1,070).

!!Sailing
* The greatest winning streak in sports; in 1851, the schooner America won the "R.Y.S. Cup". It's known as America's Cup now, and the 1851 victory started the longest winning streak in sports, with the United States defending the cup successfully for one hundred and thirty two YEARS.
* Two performances at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating National Championships, by best friends and training mates, Ashley Wagner and Adam Rippon. Wagner [[https://youtu.be/kS_QPOKIe74?t=5m38s brought the house down]] after her Moulin Rouge! themed long program, including two triple-triple combinations. Rippon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBcusUyB8zE attempted one of the absolute hardest jumps anyone can perform]]: a quad lutz, a jump that begins with a counter-rotation and includes four revolutions in the air. He landed the rest of his jumps with ease, including two triple axels, a jump he has historically struggled with. Both performances smashed the old U.S. record in their respective disciplines for the long program. Wagner easily won her third National title, and Rippon stood on the podium for the first time since 2012, with a silver medal. In addition, both skaters are considered to be "older" by skating standards, and they had a ''major'' TakeThat to their detractors.
''YEARS''.

!!Boxing



* On August 14, 2015, Marco Huck from Germany and Krzysztof Glowacki from Poland were set for a boxing match for the [=WBO=] Cruiserweight Championship. By this point, Huck had defended his title 13 times in a row and needed only one more victory to set a new record for most successful title defenses. The match started very close, with both fighters matching each other blow-for-blow, but in the 6th round, Huck managed to knock Glowacki down. Pole somehow managed to stand up at 9-count, and everyone expected the match to be over soon... but instead, Glowacki went on the total offensive and completely caught Huck off guard, forcing him to stay defensive for the rest of the round. After four more rounds, Huck had advantage on all three scorecards, meaning the only way Glowacki could win was by knockout. And somehow, he pulled it off - first, he noticed German leaving himself open for a split second and knocked him down, and when Huck managed to - barely - get up, he followed up with flurry of blows so brutal he nearly ''knocked Huck through the ring ropes'', breaking his streak and coming out with the title. The whole fight was named [=WBO=] Fight of the Year, and for a very good reason. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvNzums0hT0 Watch it in all its glory here.]]

!!Roller Derby



* The 2015 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix. This race has a super tight battle at the front between 4 riders and 3 different bikes that lasted ''the entire race''.
** [[CoolOldGuy Valentino]] [[TheAce Rossi]] shows a huge determination in order to stay with the leader to defend his championship lead. While he ended up in 4th, it was amazing to see a 36-year old man keeping up with the youngsters, especially considering [[HesBack his amazing turnaround after he failed miserably when he joined Ducati and seemingly couldn't keep up to Lorenzo (and Marquez) when he returned to Yamaha in 2013]].
** [[TheDeterminator Andrea Iannone]]; [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/moto-gp-racer-kills-seagull-6655193 despite being struck by a seagull early in the race]]; manages to keep up despite having a slightly inferior bike that is the Ducati. [[TookALevelInBadass The [=GP15=]'s much improved handling compared to any other previous Ducati]][[note]]It still have the amazing straight line speed that any other Ducati's have[[/note]] certainly help him to keep up, with the best moment being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YntdCItRms8 pulling off an amazing double overtake late in the race.]]
** [[NonActionGuy Jorge Lorenzo]] really has meet up his KryptoniteFactor here. He can't pull off a huge lead which he would control the rest of the race; and every time he was involved in a battle (especially if he lost a large lead mid-race), he has a large chance to lose the race. So he decided to keep calm and hoping for the best. Amazingly, he still managed to lead the majority of the race (and mostly avoiding the scrap between Marquez, Rossi, & Iannone), and with 2 laps to go looks sure to win, until...
** ...one particular [[InstantExpert Marc Marquez's]] amazing comeback. As they crosses the line to start the final lap, he was fourth, 0.8 seconds behind Lorenzo. What did he do? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He overtakes both Rossi and Iannone after they run a little bit wide at the Southern Loop, and manages to make up that gap in the final lap alone, even overtaking Lorenzo for the win on the last few corners, setting the fastest lap in the process]]. Oh, do we mention that with this victory, he already have a total of [[CrazyAwesome 50 Grand Prix wins at the age of just 22?]]
** Special mention goes to rookie [[AwesomeMcCoolName Maverick]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare Viñales]] in the Suzuki. The Suzuki is rather underpowered (having 20 bhp less than the majority of the top team); and having no seamless gearbox, which is a must have for the latest bikes. However, the Suzuki have a large advantage at handling, which Viñales uses to perfection here. While he finished 6th, he ended up just 6 seconds behind the leaders; ''16 seconds'' ahead of the team's target[[note]]They expected to be behind by 22 seconds at the end of the race[[/note]].

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* The 2015 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix. This race has a super tight battle at the front between 4 riders and 3 different bikes that lasted ''the entire race''.
** [[CoolOldGuy Valentino]] [[TheAce Rossi]] shows a huge determination in order to stay with the leader to defend his championship lead. While he ended up in 4th, it was amazing to see a 36-year old man keeping up with the youngsters, especially considering [[HesBack his amazing turnaround after he failed miserably when he joined Ducati and seemingly couldn't keep up to Lorenzo (and Marquez) when he returned to Yamaha in 2013]].
** [[TheDeterminator Andrea Iannone]]; [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/moto-gp-racer-kills-seagull-6655193 despite being struck by a seagull early in the race]]; manages to keep up despite having a slightly inferior bike that is the Ducati. [[TookALevelInBadass The [=GP15=]'s much improved handling compared to any other previous Ducati]][[note]]It still have the amazing straight line speed that any other Ducati's have[[/note]] certainly help him to keep up, with the best moment being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YntdCItRms8 pulling off an amazing double overtake late in the race.]]
** [[NonActionGuy Jorge Lorenzo]] really has meet up his KryptoniteFactor here. He can't pull off a huge lead which he would control the rest of the race; and every time he was involved in a battle (especially if he lost a large lead mid-race), he has a large chance to lose the race. So he decided to keep calm and hoping for the best. Amazingly, he still managed to lead the majority of the race (and mostly avoiding the scrap between Marquez, Rossi, & Iannone), and with 2 laps to go looks sure to win, until...
** ...one particular [[InstantExpert Marc Marquez's]] amazing comeback. As they crosses the line to start the final lap, he was fourth, 0.8 seconds behind Lorenzo. What did he do? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He overtakes both Rossi and Iannone after they run a little bit wide at the Southern Loop, and manages to make up that gap in the final lap alone, even overtaking Lorenzo for the win on the last few corners, setting the fastest lap in the process]]. Oh, do we mention that with this victory, he already have a total of [[CrazyAwesome 50 Grand Prix wins at the age of just 22?]]
** Special mention goes to rookie [[AwesomeMcCoolName Maverick]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare Viñales]] in the Suzuki. The Suzuki is rather underpowered (having 20 bhp less than the majority of the top team); and having no seamless gearbox, which is a must have for the latest bikes. However, the Suzuki have a large advantage at handling, which Viñales uses to perfection here. While he finished 6th, he ended up just 6 seconds behind the leaders; ''16 seconds'' ahead of the team's target[[note]]They expected to be behind by 22 seconds at the end of the race[[/note]].

!!Gymnastics



* 1982, University of California vs Stanford. With four seconds left in the game and Stanford up by one point, the Stanford marching band starts prepping to march out and play the Stanford anthem. Only problem: [[DownToTheLastPlay Stanford is about to lose this game]]. As soon as Stanford kicks the ball, Cal's receivers spring into action, catching the ball running and using five lateral passes to not only slip through Stanford's defensive linebackers, but dodge around the band members who've jumped the gun and started marching onto the field. Such an astounding finish to what was already a close game between rivals has gone down in history only as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(American_football) The Play]]", and commonly makes top ten lists of awesome sports moments.
-->'''Joe Starkey''': [[HolyShitQuotient "Oh, the band is out on the field!"]]

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* 1982, University of California vs Stanford. With four seconds left in In 2006, Western reiner Stacy Westfall won the game and Stanford up by one point, All-American Quarter Horse Congress reining title with her horse Wizards Baby Doll, to the Stanford marching band starts prepping to march out and play song "Live Like You Were Dying". But that wasn't the Stanford anthem. Only problem: [[DownToTheLastPlay Stanford is about to lose this game]]. As soon as Stanford kicks the ball, Cal's receivers spring into action, catching the ball running and using five lateral passes to not only slip through Stanford's defensive linebackers, but dodge around the band members who've jumped the gun and started marching onto the field. Such an astounding finish to what was already a close game between rivals has gone down in history only as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(American_football) The Play]]", and commonly makes top ten lists of awesome sports moments.
-->'''Joe Starkey''': [[HolyShitQuotient "Oh,
part. The awesome part was that she did it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBXXk9Amels with no saddle, no bridle, and no reins]]. It's one of the band is out on the field!"]]most virtuoso displays of horsemanship ''ever''.



* On August 14, 2015, Marco Huck from Germany and Krzysztof Glowacki from Poland were set for a boxing match for the [=WBO=] Cruiserweight Championship. By this point, Huck had defended his title 13 times in a row and needed only one more victory to set a new record for most successful title defenses. The match started very close, with both fighters matching each other blow-for-blow, but in the 6th round, Huck managed to knock Glowacki down. Pole somehow managed to stand up at 9-count, and everyone expected the match to be over soon... but instead, Glowacki went on the total offensive and completely caught Huck off guard, forcing him to stay defensive for the rest of the round. After four more rounds, Huck had advantage on all three scorecards, meaning the only way Glowacki could win was by knockout. And somehow, he pulled it off - first, he noticed German leaving himself open for a split second and knocked him down, and when Huck managed to - barely - get up, he followed up with flurry of blows so brutal he nearly ''knocked Huck through the ring ropes'', breaking his streak and coming out with the title. The whole fight was named [=WBO=] Fight of the Year, and for a very good reason. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvNzums0hT0 Watch it in all its glory here.]]

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* On August 14, 2015, Marco Huck from Germany and Krzysztof Glowacki from Poland were set for a boxing match for the [=WBO=] Cruiserweight Championship. By this point, Huck had defended his title 13 times in a row and needed only one more victory to set a new record for most successful title defenses. The match started very close, with both fighters matching each other blow-for-blow, but in the 6th round, Huck managed to knock Glowacki down. Pole somehow managed to stand up at 9-count, and everyone expected the match to be over soon... but instead, Glowacki went on the total offensive and completely caught Huck off guard, forcing him to stay defensive for the rest of the round. After four more rounds, Huck had advantage on all three scorecards, meaning the only way Glowacki could win was by knockout. And somehow, he pulled it off - first, he noticed German leaving himself open for a split second and knocked him down, and when Huck managed to - barely - get up, he followed up with flurry of blows so brutal he nearly ''knocked Huck through the ring ropes'', breaking his streak and coming out with the title. The whole fight was named [=WBO=] Fight of the Year, and for a very good reason. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvNzums0hT0 Watch it in all its glory here.]]
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* The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates finally ended 20 consecutive years of miserable losing in winning fashion and have made people proud of the team again. In the Wild Card game against rival Cincinnati Reds, the ebullient and raucous crowd at PNC Park so unnerved Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto that he ended up dropping the baseball on the mound and the Reds never recovered from it. It was a well deserved season for Pirates fans.
* The 2013 Boston Red Sox. After an epic collapse out of playoff contention in 2011, to a brutal 2012 season that found them in last place, the Sox rebounded in a big way, first winning their division, then having the best record in the American League, and culminating in their third World Series Title in 10 years - and the first Series clincher at Fenway Park since 1918. Boston Strong, indeed.
* Daniel Nava. The epitome of TheDeterminator. After he started high school at only 4'8" and 70 lbs, his parents started giving him HGH to try and help grow. They stopped when his hands started to swell. He would hit a growth spurt that saw him at 5'5" his senior year. He got an opportunity to walk on for the Santa Clara baseball team but failed to make the team. He then had to leave the school entirely when he could no longer afford tuition, and had to go to junior college. He tried out for that school's team and made it, where he did so well he was listed as a JC All-American. Santa Clara then gave him a scholarship and brought him back for his senior year. After going undrafted, he tries out with an independent baseball team, only to be cut. He was brought back a year later after an injury sidelined another player, where he did so well the Boston Red Sox signed him. After three years in the minors, the Sox call him up after they suffered many, many injuries, he swings at the first pitch he sees to hit a grand slam home run, becoming just the second player ever to do such a feat.
** He had another awesome home run a few years later. Just days after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 people and gravely injured 176 more, in the Red Sox first home game since the bombing, Nava hits a 3 run go ahead home run in the bottom of the 8th to win the game.
---> '''David Ortiz:''' This is our fucking city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom to us!







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* Andy Murray winning the men's singles at UsefulNotes/{{Wimbledon}} in 2013, making him the first British men's singles champion since Fred Perry won three tournaments in a row between 1934 and 1936. Though many British UsefulNotes/{{tennis}} fans are old enough to remember Virginia Wade winning the women's singles tournament in 1977 (an awesome moment in itself), far fewer are old enough to remember Perry's victories, and after so many near misses by first Tim Henman in the 1990s and early 2000s and then Murray himself in the early 2010s (including a four-set loss to Roger Federer in the 2012 final), the 77 years of heartbreak finally ended with a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic.




* Kim Yu-Na, the reigning Olympic figure skating ladies champion, comes back from taking an entire season off and [[CurbStompBattle easily defeats her opponents]] with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6d3XEp6mg0&sns=em near flawless free skate]], becoming the World Champion the year before the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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* Andy Murray winning the men's singles at UsefulNotes/{{Wimbledon}} in 2013, making him the first British men's singles champion since Fred Perry won three tournaments in a row between 1934 and 1936. Though many British UsefulNotes/{{tennis}} fans are old enough to remember Virginia Wade winning the women's singles tournament in 1977 (an awesome moment in itself), far fewer are old enough to remember Perry's victories, and after so many near misses by first Tim Henman in the 1990s and early 2000s and then Murray himself in the early 2010s (including a four-set loss to Roger Federer in the 2012 final), the 77 years of heartbreak finally ended with a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic.

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* Kim Yu-Na, the reigning Olympic figure skating ladies champion, comes back from taking an entire season off and [[CurbStompBattle easily defeats her opponents]] with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6d3XEp6mg0&sns=em near flawless free skate]], becoming the World Champion the year before the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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* Andy Murray winning the men's singles at UsefulNotes/{{Wimbledon}} in 2013, making him the first British men's singles champion since Fred Perry won three tournaments in a row between 1934 and 1936. Though many British UsefulNotes/{{tennis}} fans are old enough to remember Virginia Wade winning the women's singles tournament in 1977 (an awesome moment in itself), far fewer are old enough to remember Perry's victories, and after so many near misses by first Tim Henman in the 1990s and early 2000s and then Murray himself in the early 2010s (including a four-set loss to Roger Federer in the 2012 final), the 77 years of heartbreak finally ended with a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic.
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!!Cricket




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* The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates finally ended 20 consecutive years of miserable losing in winning fashion and have made people proud of the team again. In the Wild Card game against rival Cincinnati Reds, the ebullient and raucous crowd at PNC Park so unnerved Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto that he ended up dropping the baseball on the mound and the Reds never recovered from it. It was a well deserved season for Pirates fans.
* The 2013 Boston Red Sox. After an epic collapse out of playoff contention in 2011, to a brutal 2012 season that found them in last place, the Sox rebounded in a big way, first winning their division, then having the best record in the American League, and culminating in their third World Series Title in 10 years - and the first Series clincher at Fenway Park since 1918. Boston Strong, indeed.
* Daniel Nava. The epitome of TheDeterminator. After he started high school at only 4'8" and 70 lbs, his parents started giving him HGH to try and help grow. They stopped when his hands started to swell. He would hit a growth spurt that saw him at 5'5" his senior year. He got an opportunity to walk on for the Santa Clara baseball team but failed to make the team. He then had to leave the school entirely when he could no longer afford tuition, and had to go to junior college. He tried out for that school's team and made it, where he did so well he was listed as a JC All-American. Santa Clara then gave him a scholarship and brought him back for his senior year. After going undrafted, he tries out with an independent baseball team, only to be cut. He was brought back a year later after an injury sidelined another player, where he did so well the Boston Red Sox signed him. After three years in the minors, the Sox call him up after they suffered many, many injuries, he swings at the first pitch he sees to hit a grand slam home run, becoming just the second player ever to do such a feat.
** He had another awesome home run a few years later. Just days after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 people and gravely injured 176 more, in the Red Sox first home game since the bombing, Nava hits a 3 run go ahead home run in the bottom of the 8th to win the game.
---> '''David Ortiz:''' This is our fucking city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom to us!


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\n* FC Bayern Munich had an entire season of awesome in the 2012-13 Bundesliga (Germany's top tier domestic league), finishing ''25 points'' clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, only losing one match (a 2-1 home defeat against Bayer Leverkusen) and drawing four, and tying or breaking a staggering ''thirty'' league records.[[note]] The single-season records include, but are not limited to: most points, biggest points margin over second place, fewest matches and earliest date to clinch the title, most wins, longest winning streak, fewest goals conceded, most clean sheets, scoring at least one goal in all 34 matches, spending the ''entire season'' in first place, highest goal difference, most away wins, fewest away losses, fewest goals conceded away from home, longest away game winning streak, and most consecutive wins at the start of the season.[[/note]] They followed this utter dominance of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions' League final and a 3-2 defeat of [=VfB=] Stuttgart in the final of the DFB-Pokal (Germany's premier domestic knockout tournament) to become the first treble winners in German football history.
* The 2012 Scottish Cup Final: The two teams from the capital, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian FC, meet in the final for the first time since 1896. A hungry Hibs haven't lifted the great trophy since 1902. A packed Hampden awaits a fiercely fought clash and a possible chance for Hibs to unseat their rivals as Edinburgh's top team. Lifting the trophy would be a fitting end to Hibs' "narrative arc" in the 2012/13 season. Unfortunately, reality ensues: A rampant Hearts smash a ten-man Hibs 5-1, with club legend Rudi Skacel scoring two fantastic goals and Hearts writing a new page in the history of Edinburgh derby hammerings.
* Raja Casablanca's FIFA World Club Cup run in 2013 may have ended in defeat in the final, but that they managed to reach the final at all is a moment of awesome for the club, and for Moroccan football in general. The FIFA World Club Cup is contested for by the champions of the six continental knockout tournaments and the league champions of the host country; as the 2013 tournament was held in Morocco, Raja were the only participants not to have won a continental tournament (the previous season's CAF Champions League having been won by Egypt's Al-Ahly, widely regarded as Africa's most successful football club), and were the lowest-ranked club at the World Club Cup. However, they proceeded to defeat New Zealand's Auckland City[[note]] 2013 OFC Champions League winners[[/note]] in a preliminary playoff, followed by a 2-1 quarter-final win over Mexico's Monterrey[[note]] 2013 CONCACAF Champions League winners[[/note]] and a 3-1 semi-final win over Brazil's Atletico Mineiro[[note]] 2013 Copa Libertadores winners[[/note]], whose squad included international superstar Ronaldinho. Raja may not have won the tournament, but they were certainly the most extraordinary team there.[[note]] Tournament winners Bayern Munich, meanwhile, had only to defeat China's Guangzhou Evergrande (the 2013 AFC Champions League winners) to reach the final.[[/note]]





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* The weekend of May 4-5, 2013 was a pretty awesome weekend if you were an auto racer going for your second career win in your respective series:
** NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Regan Smith initiated the madness, charging from 7th to 1st in the final lap of the series' race at Talladega with a three-lane wide sweep to steal the lead from moonlighters Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne. A wreck happened behind them as they came through the trioval; Kahne nipped Smith and Logano three wide at the line which led many to think he won, but NASCAR ruled the caution came out and froze the field with Smith barely in front.
** The UsefulNotes/IndyCar Series took the second leg at São Paulo, Brazil. Takuma Sato, fresh off his maiden victory at Long Beach, had to hold off fellow 2013 first-time winner James Hinchcliffe on worn tires. Hinchcliffe faked Sato out down the long backstraight and cut under him in the last turn hairpin to steal the win and regain momentum after contact in the previous two races.
** While Hinchcliffe was pulling his magic, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega was mired in a rain delay lasting nearly four hours. They were well past the half distance required to make the race official, but the workers dried the track off to finish the race. What resulted was the Front Row Motorsports tag team of the Davids, Ragan and Gilliland, shocking everyone by storming through the pack on the final two-lap dash. Ragan pulled a block on Carl Edwards out of turn 4 to thwart a return pass, and Gilliland kept him at bay through the trioval to let Ragan pick up his second Cup Series win unchallenged. And yes, Gilliland finished 2nd to complete the biggest two-teammate upset in modern NASCAR history.



** It gets better when one remembers that VCU's crosstown rival, the University of Richmond, also made it to the Sweet Sixteen and happened to be in the same regional, both playing in San Antonio. After Richmond was defeated by Kansas, the entire city rallied around the Rams, who avenged their rival and solidified that Richmond, VA was indeed Hoopstown, USA

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** It gets better when one remembers that VCU's crosstown rival, the University of Richmond, also made it to the Sweet Sixteen and happened to be in the same regional, both playing in San Antonio. After Richmond was defeated by Kansas, the entire city rallied around the Rams, who avenged their rival and solidified that Richmond, VA was indeed Hoopstown, USA
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!!Pro Basketball (NBA)
* During Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals (San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat at the AT&T Center), an 11 year-old Mexican American singer (also known from ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'') named Sebastian De La Cruz sang the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u92yUQfD9HQ National Anthem at the beginning of the game]]. However, [[http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/52763976629/racist-basketball-fans-pissed-a-mexican-american-boy some people]] made a bunch of racist comments about it. A lot of people shunned the racist people and everyone praised Sebastian for singing the National Anthem. He was positive about it ([[http://now.msn.com/sebastian-de-la-cruz-sang-the-national-anthem-drew-racist-twitter-comments and responded to these negative comments]]) and people liked his performance so much, the Spurs invited the kid for an [[http://www.latinorebels.com/2013/06/13/sebastien-de-la-cruz-to-sing-national-anthem-encore-tonight-at-nba-finals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sebastien-de-la-cruz-to-sing-national-anthem-encore-tonight-at-nba-finals encore at Game 4 at the AT&T Center]].
* The 2011 NBA Finals. Not just because the Dallas Mavericks, after contending for so long but falling short, finally won their first long-awaited NBA Championship, but they did so against the Miami Heat, who had beaten them during their previous Finals appearance in 2006. Highlights include Dirk Nowitzki's rampage during the second half of Game 2, clinching the game on a left-handed layup with ''two broken fingers'' on said hand, longtime Dallas man Jason Terry stepping up in a big way during Games 5 and 6 (after Nowitzki went down with a fever that severely hampered his performance after Game 4, though he still turned in a great 4th quarter in 5 that drew comparisons to the famous "Flu Game" of Michael Jordan), and JJ Barea, a 6'0" Point Guard, taking the legendary [=LeBron=] James(a 6'8" monster who dwarfed most of Dallas' roster) to the paint time and time again, scoring layups repeatedly against one of the best men to ever play basketball. Really, Dallas' "Miracle Run" in the 2011 playoffs was laden with these: They were the underdog all throughout the playoffs due to them not making it past the first round since 2006. After being taken to 6 games by the Portland Trailblazers, Dallas went into the Semifinals the complete underdog against the Lakers and their ambition for a three-peat as champs. The Dallas Mavericks then proceeded to ''sweep'' the defending NBA Champions out of the playoffs 4-0, catching just about everybody off-guard in the process. They then went into the Conference Finals against the OKC Thunder, who were regarded as ''the'' best young team in basketball while Dallas' lineup was stacked with aging but experienced veterans. Again, Dallas was the underdog, and again it pulled up some shocking comebacks on their path to the Finals including an overtime win in Game 4 that gave them a 3-1 series lead. Then came the Finals, where Dallas was again the underdog against the Miami Heat, who had just acquired [=LeBron=] James to round out their Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh that many saw as the "Team of Destiny" (perfectly encapsulated by [=LeBron's=] infamous "Not four, not five, not six, not seven" promise of Heat championships during his televised introduction when coming to Miami). And again, Dallas pulled it off despite the odds. While the Mavericks haven't been back to the Finals since, with some rather stupid moves by upper management in addition to Nowitzki's age starting to catch up to him, the 2011 NBA Finals remain a very special moment for the fanbase.
* 2013 NBA Finals. Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs. After holding a 1-0, a 2-1 and a 3-2 series lead at different points, the Spurs held a five point lead with 30 seconds remaining in Game 6. Some of the fans left the building. Officials were actually bringing in the yellow tape and the championship trophy in anticipation for the Spurs' impending win. After [=LeBron=] missed a three pointer, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen battled the ball around the air, with Mike Miller coming up with it and throwing an over the shoulder pass to [=LeBron=]. He launched another three, and this time, it made it through the net, cutting the lead to two. To keep the Spurs from winding down the clock, Kawhi Leonard was fouled and went to the line. He ''missed'' the first free throw (and damn-near had a HeroicBSOD ), but hit the second, bringing the lead back up to three for the Spurs. [=LeBron=] threw up another three, but it missed. Chris Bosh corralled the rebound and threw it over to Allen, who ran to the three point line, fired a jump shot and ''tied the game'' with five seconds remaining, ''without ever looking down''. Parker missed a chance to win it for the Spurs and the game was sent into overtime, where the Heat prevailed. Seen by many as one of the greatest games in the history of the NBA Finals (although a [[EpicFail train wreck]] for the Spurs. Miami would go on to win the championship in Game 7.
* On the other side, the following year, the Spurs (who had a Game 7 with the Dallas Mavericks and had an overtime with the Oklahoma City Thunder) and Miami Heat (beating the Indiana Pacers yet again in the Playoffs) eventually joined again for a rematch. The first game had the Spurs winning in their home arena, but the following game had the Miami Heat win in the Spurs' arena. However, the following two games in Miami were not only won by the Spurs (with the help of Kawhi Leonard, who was eventually named the Finals MVP), but in Game 3, the Spurs were ahead by 21 points at halftime, which broke a record of the greatest halftime lead in a Finals game by a road team since 1996. Additionally, the victories in Games 3 and 4 broke a record itself as the Spurs were the first team to win two consecutive games on the road by 15+ points in the Finals. In Game 5, the Spurs looked like they were significantly behind in the first quarter, but in the second quarter, they got back up and eventually beat the Miami Heat by 104-87.




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* 2013 NHL Quarterfinals Game 7, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto took a 4-1 lead before Boston scored to bring it within two with half a period left in the game. The Bruins then scored 2 goals in the last minute and a half of regulation and scored to win the series 6 minutes into overtime. They're the only team to come back from a 3-goal deficit in the 3rd period of a Game 7 in history.
* The Chicago Blackhawks' 2013 Stanley Cup triumph had two noteworthy awesome moments:
** Winning game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at home in '''triple overtime'''. But one of the more awesome parts of a moment already awesome? The music guy at the United Center ended up playing Music/IronMaiden's song "2 Minutes to Midnight" at, well, 11:58 PM local time. which unexpectedly became their NearVictoryFanfare when they scored the game-winner at midnight.
** Despite having a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks were trailing the Boston Bruins 2-1 with time running out in the game, and it appeared that Boston was going to force a climactic Game 7. Cue Chicago player Bryan Bickell tying it up at about 1:16 left in the game, as the Blackhawks pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. 17 seconds later, David Bolland picks up the go-ahead goal (and eventual game-winner) to help the Blackhawks pull off a similar comeback feat that the Bruins themselves managed in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus Toronto. Moreover, the Game 6 win gave Chicago its second Stanley Cup in four years, and provided the perfect capstone to a season where they managed a record of 24 games with at least a point to start the lockout-shortened season.



!!Figure Skating
* Kim Yu-Na, the reigning Olympic figure skating ladies champion, comes back from taking an entire season off and [[CurbStompBattle easily defeats her opponents]] with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6d3XEp6mg0&sns=em near flawless free skate]], becoming the World Champion the year before the 2014 Sochi Olympics.



* The weekend of May 4-5, 2013 was a pretty awesome weekend if you were an auto racer going for your second career win in your respective series:
** NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Regan Smith initiated the madness, charging from 7th to 1st in the final lap of the series' race at Talladega with a three-lane wide sweep to steal the lead from moonlighters Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne. A wreck happened behind them as they came through the trioval; Kahne nipped Smith and Logano three wide at the line which led many to think he won, but NASCAR ruled the caution came out and froze the field with Smith barely in front.
** The UsefulNotes/IndyCar Series took the second leg at São Paulo, Brazil. Takuma Sato, fresh off his maiden victory at Long Beach, had to hold off fellow 2013 first-time winner James Hinchcliffe on worn tires. Hinchcliffe faked Sato out down the long backstraight and cut under him in the last turn hairpin to steal the win and regain momentum after contact in the previous two races.
** While Hinchcliffe was pulling his magic, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega was mired in a rain delay lasting nearly four hours. They were well past the half distance required to make the race official, but the workers dried the track off to finish the race. What resulted was the Front Row Motorsports tag team of the Davids, Ragan and Gilliland, shocking everyone by storming through the pack on the final two-lap dash. Ragan pulled a block on Carl Edwards out of turn 4 to thwart a return pass, and Gilliland kept him at bay through the trioval to let Ragan pick up his second Cup Series win unchallenged. And yes, Gilliland finished 2nd to complete the biggest two-teammate upset in modern NASCAR history.
* Kim Yu-Na, the reigning Olympic figure skating ladies champion, comes back from taking an entire season off and [[CurbStompBattle easily defeats her opponents]] with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6d3XEp6mg0&sns=em near flawless free skate]], becoming the World Champion the year before the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
* 2013 NHL Quarterfinals Game 7, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto took a 4-1 lead before Boston scored to bring it within two with half a period left in the game. The Bruins then scored 2 goals in the last minute and a half of regulation and scored to win the series 6 minutes into overtime. They're the only team to come back from a 3-goal deficit in the 3rd period of a Game 7 in history.
* FC Bayern Munich had an entire season of awesome in the 2012-13 Bundesliga (Germany's top tier domestic league), finishing ''25 points'' clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, only losing one match (a 2-1 home defeat against Bayer Leverkusen) and drawing four, and tying or breaking a staggering ''thirty'' league records.[[note]] The single-season records include, but are not limited to: most points, biggest points margin over second place, fewest matches and earliest date to clinch the title, most wins, longest winning streak, fewest goals conceded, most clean sheets, scoring at least one goal in all 34 matches, spending the ''entire season'' in first place, highest goal difference, most away wins, fewest away losses, fewest goals conceded away from home, longest away game winning streak, and most consecutive wins at the start of the season.[[/note]] They followed this utter dominance of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions' League final and a 3-2 defeat of [=VfB=] Stuttgart in the final of the DFB-Pokal (Germany's premier domestic knockout tournament) to become the first treble winners in German football history.
* The 2012 Scottish Cup Final: The two teams from the capital, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian FC, meet in the final for the first time since 1896. A hungry Hibs haven't lifted the great trophy since 1902. A packed Hampden awaits a fiercely fought clash and a possible chance for Hibs to unseat their rivals as Edinburgh's top team. Lifting the trophy would be a fitting end to Hibs' "narrative arc" in the 2012/13 season. Unfortunately, reality ensues: A rampant Hearts smash a ten-man Hibs 5-1, with club legend Rudi Skacel scoring two fantastic goals and Hearts writing a new page in the history of Edinburgh derby hammerings.
* Raja Casablanca's FIFA World Club Cup run in 2013 may have ended in defeat in the final, but that they managed to reach the final at all is a moment of awesome for the club, and for Moroccan football in general. The FIFA World Club Cup is contested for by the champions of the six continental knockout tournaments and the league champions of the host country; as the 2013 tournament was held in Morocco, Raja were the only participants not to have won a continental tournament (the previous season's CAF Champions League having been won by Egypt's Al-Ahly, widely regarded as Africa's most successful football club), and were the lowest-ranked club at the World Club Cup. However, they proceeded to defeat New Zealand's Auckland City[[note]] 2013 OFC Champions League winners[[/note]] in a preliminary playoff, followed by a 2-1 quarter-final win over Mexico's Monterrey[[note]] 2013 CONCACAF Champions League winners[[/note]] and a 3-1 semi-final win over Brazil's Atletico Mineiro[[note]] 2013 Copa Libertadores winners[[/note]], whose squad included international superstar Ronaldinho. Raja may not have won the tournament, but they were certainly the most extraordinary team there.[[note]] Tournament winners Bayern Munich, meanwhile, had only to defeat China's Guangzhou Evergrande (the 2013 AFC Champions League winners) to reach the final.[[/note]]
* The Chicago Blackhawks' 2013 Stanley Cup triumph had two noteworthy awesome moments:
** Winning game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at home in '''triple overtime'''. But one of the more awesome parts of a moment already awesome? The music guy at the United Center ended up playing Music/IronMaiden's song "2 Minutes to Midnight" at, well, 11:58 PM local time. which unexpectedly became their NearVictoryFanfare when they scored the game-winner at midnight.
** Despite having a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks were trailing the Boston Bruins 2-1 with time running out in the game, and it appeared that Boston was going to force a climactic Game 7. Cue Chicago player Bryan Bickell tying it up at about 1:16 left in the game, as the Blackhawks pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. 17 seconds later, David Bolland picks up the go-ahead goal (and eventual game-winner) to help the Blackhawks pull off a similar comeback feat that the Bruins themselves managed in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus Toronto. Moreover, the Game 6 win gave Chicago its second Stanley Cup in four years, and provided the perfect capstone to a season where they managed a record of 24 games with at least a point to start the lockout-shortened season.
* During Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals (San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat at the AT&T Center), an 11 year-old Mexican American singer (also known from ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'') named Sebastian De La Cruz sang the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u92yUQfD9HQ National Anthem at the beginning of the game]]. However, [[http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/52763976629/racist-basketball-fans-pissed-a-mexican-american-boy some people]] made a bunch of racist comments about it. A lot of people shunned the racist people and everyone praised Sebastian for singing the National Anthem. He was positive about it ([[http://now.msn.com/sebastian-de-la-cruz-sang-the-national-anthem-drew-racist-twitter-comments and responded to these negative comments]]) and people liked his performance so much, the Spurs invited the kid for an [[http://www.latinorebels.com/2013/06/13/sebastien-de-la-cruz-to-sing-national-anthem-encore-tonight-at-nba-finals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sebastien-de-la-cruz-to-sing-national-anthem-encore-tonight-at-nba-finals encore at Game 4 at the AT&T Center]].
* The 2011 NBA Finals. Not just because the Dallas Mavericks, after contending for so long but falling short, finally won their first long-awaited NBA Championship, but they did so against the Miami Heat, who had beaten them during their previous Finals appearance in 2006. Highlights include Dirk Nowitzki's rampage during the second half of Game 2, clinching the game on a left-handed layup with ''two broken fingers'' on said hand, longtime Dallas man Jason Terry stepping up in a big way during Games 5 and 6 (after Nowitzki went down with a fever that severely hampered his performance after Game 4, though he still turned in a great 4th quarter in 5 that drew comparisons to the famous "Flu Game" of Michael Jordan), and JJ Barea, a 6'0" Point Guard, taking the legendary [=LeBron=] James(a 6'8" monster who dwarfed most of Dallas' roster) to the paint time and time again, scoring layups repeatedly against one of the best men to ever play basketball. Really, Dallas' "Miracle Run" in the 2011 playoffs was laden with these: They were the underdog all throughout the playoffs due to them not making it past the first round since 2006. After being taken to 6 games by the Portland Trailblazers, Dallas went into the Semifinals the complete underdog against the Lakers and their ambition for a three-peat as champs. The Dallas Mavericks then proceeded to ''sweep'' the defending NBA Champions out of the playoffs 4-0, catching just about everybody off-guard in the process. They then went into the Conference Finals against the OKC Thunder, who were regarded as ''the'' best young team in basketball while Dallas' lineup was stacked with aging but experienced veterans. Again, Dallas was the underdog, and again it pulled up some shocking comebacks on their path to the Finals including an overtime win in Game 4 that gave them a 3-1 series lead. Then came the Finals, where Dallas was again the underdog against the Miami Heat, who had just acquired [=LeBron=] James to round out their Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh that many saw as the "Team of Destiny" (perfectly encapsulated by [=LeBron's=] infamous "Not four, not five, not six, not seven" promise of Heat championships during his televised introduction when coming to Miami). And again, Dallas pulled it off despite the odds. While the Mavericks haven't been back to the Finals since, with some rather stupid moves by upper management in addition to Nowitzki's age starting to catch up to him, the 2011 NBA Finals remain a very special moment for the fanbase.
* 2013 NBA Finals. Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs. After holding a 1-0, a 2-1 and a 3-2 series lead at different points, the Spurs held a five point lead with 30 seconds remaining in Game 6. Some of the fans left the building. Officials were actually bringing in the yellow tape and the championship trophy in anticipation for the Spurs' impending win. After [=LeBron=] missed a three pointer, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen battled the ball around the air, with Mike Miller coming up with it and throwing an over the shoulder pass to [=LeBron=]. He launched another three, and this time, it made it through the net, cutting the lead to two. To keep the Spurs from winding down the clock, Kawhi Leonard was fouled and went to the line. He ''missed'' the first free throw (and damn-near had a HeroicBSOD ), but hit the second, bringing the lead back up to three for the Spurs. [=LeBron=] threw up another three, but it missed. Chris Bosh corralled the rebound and threw it over to Allen, who ran to the three point line, fired a jump shot and ''tied the game'' with five seconds remaining, ''without ever looking down''. Parker missed a chance to win it for the Spurs and the game was sent into overtime, where the Heat prevailed. Seen by many as one of the greatest games in the history of the NBA Finals (although a [[EpicFail train wreck]] for the Spurs. Miami would go on to win the championship in Game 7.
* On the other side, the following year, the Spurs (who had a Game 7 with the Dallas Mavericks and had an overtime with the Oklahoma City Thunder) and Miami Heat (beating the Indiana Pacers yet again in the Playoffs) eventually joined again for a rematch. The first game had the Spurs winning in their home arena, but the following game had the Miami Heat win in the Spurs' arena. However, the following two games in Miami were not only won by the Spurs (with the help of Kawhi Leonard, who was eventually named the Finals MVP), but in Game 3, the Spurs were ahead by 21 points at halftime, which broke a record of the greatest halftime lead in a Finals game by a road team since 1996. Additionally, the victories in Games 3 and 4 broke a record itself as the Spurs were the first team to win two consecutive games on the road by 15+ points in the Finals. In Game 5, the Spurs looked like they were significantly behind in the first quarter, but in the second quarter, they got back up and eventually beat the Miami Heat by 104-87.

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* The weekend of May 4-5, 2013 was a pretty awesome weekend if you were an auto racer going for your second career win in your respective series:
** NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Regan Smith initiated the madness, charging from 7th to 1st in the final lap of the series' race at Talladega with a three-lane wide sweep to steal the lead from moonlighters Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne. A wreck happened behind them as they came through the trioval; Kahne nipped Smith and Logano three wide at the line which led many to think he won, but NASCAR ruled the caution came out and froze the field with Smith barely in front.
** The UsefulNotes/IndyCar Series took the second leg at São Paulo, Brazil. Takuma Sato, fresh off his maiden victory at Long Beach, had to hold off fellow 2013 first-time winner James Hinchcliffe on worn tires. Hinchcliffe faked Sato out down the long backstraight and cut under him in the last turn hairpin to steal the win and regain momentum after contact in the previous two races.
** While Hinchcliffe was pulling his magic, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega was mired in a rain delay lasting nearly four hours. They were well past the half distance required to make the race official, but the workers dried the track off to finish the race. What resulted was the Front Row Motorsports tag team of the Davids, Ragan and Gilliland, shocking everyone by storming through the pack on the final two-lap dash. Ragan pulled a block on Carl Edwards out of turn 4 to thwart a return pass, and Gilliland kept him at bay through the trioval to let Ragan pick up his second Cup Series win unchallenged. And yes, Gilliland finished 2nd to complete the biggest two-teammate upset in modern NASCAR history.
* Kim Yu-Na, the reigning Olympic figure skating ladies champion, comes back from taking an entire season off and [[CurbStompBattle easily defeats her opponents]] with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6d3XEp6mg0&sns=em near flawless free skate]], becoming the World Champion the year before the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
* 2013 NHL Quarterfinals Game 7, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto took a 4-1 lead before Boston scored to bring it within two with half a period left in the game. The Bruins then scored 2 goals in the last minute and a half of regulation and scored to win the series 6 minutes into overtime. They're the only team to come back from a 3-goal deficit in the 3rd period of a Game 7 in history.
* FC Bayern Munich had an entire season of awesome in the 2012-13 Bundesliga (Germany's top tier domestic league), finishing ''25 points'' clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, only losing one match (a 2-1 home defeat against Bayer Leverkusen) and drawing four, and tying or breaking a staggering ''thirty'' league records.[[note]] The single-season records include, but are not limited to: most points, biggest points margin over second place, fewest matches and earliest date to clinch the title, most wins, longest winning streak, fewest goals conceded, most clean sheets, scoring at least one goal in all 34 matches, spending the ''entire season'' in first place, highest goal difference, most away wins, fewest away losses, fewest goals conceded away from home, longest away game winning streak, and most consecutive wins at the start of the season.[[/note]] They followed this utter dominance of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions' League final and a 3-2 defeat of [=VfB=] Stuttgart in the final of the DFB-Pokal (Germany's premier domestic knockout tournament) to become the first treble winners in German football history.
* The 2012 Scottish Cup Final: The two teams from the capital, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian FC, meet in the final for the first time since 1896. A hungry Hibs haven't lifted the great trophy since 1902. A packed Hampden awaits a fiercely fought clash and a possible chance for Hibs to unseat their rivals as Edinburgh's top team. Lifting the trophy would be a fitting end to Hibs' "narrative arc" in the 2012/13 season. Unfortunately, reality ensues: A rampant Hearts smash a ten-man Hibs 5-1, with club legend Rudi Skacel scoring two fantastic goals and Hearts writing a new page in the history of Edinburgh derby hammerings.
* Raja Casablanca's FIFA World Club Cup run in 2013 may have ended in defeat in the final, but that they managed to reach the final at all is a moment of awesome for the club, and for Moroccan football in general. The FIFA World Club Cup is contested for by the champions of the six continental knockout tournaments and the league champions of the host country; as the 2013 tournament was held in Morocco, Raja were the only participants not to have won a continental tournament (the previous season's CAF Champions League having been won by Egypt's Al-Ahly, widely regarded as Africa's most successful football club), and were the lowest-ranked club at the World Club Cup. However, they proceeded to defeat New Zealand's Auckland City[[note]] 2013 OFC Champions League winners[[/note]] in a preliminary playoff, followed by a 2-1 quarter-final win over Mexico's Monterrey[[note]] 2013 CONCACAF Champions League winners[[/note]] and a 3-1 semi-final win over Brazil's Atletico Mineiro[[note]] 2013 Copa Libertadores winners[[/note]], whose squad included international superstar Ronaldinho. Raja may not have won the tournament, but they were certainly the most extraordinary team there.[[note]] Tournament winners Bayern Munich, meanwhile, had only to defeat China's Guangzhou Evergrande (the 2013 AFC Champions League winners) to reach the final.[[/note]]
* The Chicago Blackhawks' 2013 Stanley Cup triumph had two noteworthy awesome moments:
** Winning game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at home in '''triple overtime'''. But one of the more awesome parts of a moment already awesome? The music guy at the United Center ended up playing Music/IronMaiden's song "2 Minutes to Midnight" at, well, 11:58 PM local time. which unexpectedly became their NearVictoryFanfare when they scored the game-winner at midnight.
** Despite having a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks were trailing the Boston Bruins 2-1 with time running out in the game, and it appeared that Boston was going to force a climactic Game 7. Cue Chicago player Bryan Bickell tying it up at about 1:16 left in the game, as the Blackhawks pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. 17 seconds later, David Bolland picks up the go-ahead goal (and eventual game-winner) to help the Blackhawks pull off a similar comeback feat that the Bruins themselves managed in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus Toronto. Moreover, the Game 6 win gave Chicago its second Stanley Cup in four years, and provided the perfect capstone to a season where they managed a record of 24 games with at least a point to start the lockout-shortened season.
* During Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals (San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat at the AT&T Center), an 11 year-old Mexican American singer (also known from ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'') named Sebastian De La Cruz sang the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u92yUQfD9HQ National Anthem at the beginning of the game]]. However, [[http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/52763976629/racist-basketball-fans-pissed-a-mexican-american-boy some people]] made a bunch of racist comments about it. A lot of people shunned the racist people and everyone praised Sebastian for singing the National Anthem. He was positive about it ([[http://now.msn.com/sebastian-de-la-cruz-sang-the-national-anthem-drew-racist-twitter-comments and responded to these negative comments]]) and people liked his performance so much, the Spurs invited the kid for an [[http://www.latinorebels.com/2013/06/13/sebastien-de-la-cruz-to-sing-national-anthem-encore-tonight-at-nba-finals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sebastien-de-la-cruz-to-sing-national-anthem-encore-tonight-at-nba-finals encore at Game 4 at the AT&T Center]].
* The 2011 NBA Finals. Not just because the Dallas Mavericks, after contending for so long but falling short, finally won their first long-awaited NBA Championship, but they did so against the Miami Heat, who had beaten them during their previous Finals appearance in 2006. Highlights include Dirk Nowitzki's rampage during the second half of Game 2, clinching the game on a left-handed layup with ''two broken fingers'' on said hand, longtime Dallas man Jason Terry stepping up in a big way during Games 5 and 6 (after Nowitzki went down with a fever that severely hampered his performance after Game 4, though he still turned in a great 4th quarter in 5 that drew comparisons to the famous "Flu Game" of Michael Jordan), and JJ Barea, a 6'0" Point Guard, taking the legendary [=LeBron=] James(a 6'8" monster who dwarfed most of Dallas' roster) to the paint time and time again, scoring layups repeatedly against one of the best men to ever play basketball. Really, Dallas' "Miracle Run" in the 2011 playoffs was laden with these: They were the underdog all throughout the playoffs due to them not making it past the first round since 2006. After being taken to 6 games by the Portland Trailblazers, Dallas went into the Semifinals the complete underdog against the Lakers and their ambition for a three-peat as champs. The Dallas Mavericks then proceeded to ''sweep'' the defending NBA Champions out of the playoffs 4-0, catching just about everybody off-guard in the process. They then went into the Conference Finals against the OKC Thunder, who were regarded as ''the'' best young team in basketball while Dallas' lineup was stacked with aging but experienced veterans. Again, Dallas was the underdog, and again it pulled up some shocking comebacks on their path to the Finals including an overtime win in Game 4 that gave them a 3-1 series lead. Then came the Finals, where Dallas was again the underdog against the Miami Heat, who had just acquired [=LeBron=] James to round out their Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh that many saw as the "Team of Destiny" (perfectly encapsulated by [=LeBron's=] infamous "Not four, not five, not six, not seven" promise of Heat championships during his televised introduction when coming to Miami). And again, Dallas pulled it off despite the odds. While the Mavericks haven't been back to the Finals since, with some rather stupid moves by upper management in addition to Nowitzki's age starting to catch up to him, the 2011 NBA Finals remain a very special moment for the fanbase.
* 2013 NBA Finals. Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs. After holding a 1-0, a 2-1 and a 3-2 series lead at different points, the Spurs held a five point lead with 30 seconds remaining in Game 6. Some of the fans left the building. Officials were actually bringing in the yellow tape and the championship trophy in anticipation for the Spurs' impending win. After [=LeBron=] missed a three pointer, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen battled the ball around the air, with Mike Miller coming up with it and throwing an over the shoulder pass to [=LeBron=]. He launched another three, and this time, it made it through the net, cutting the lead to two. To keep the Spurs from winding down the clock, Kawhi Leonard was fouled and went to the line. He ''missed'' the first free throw (and damn-near had a HeroicBSOD ), but hit the second, bringing the lead back up to three for the Spurs. [=LeBron=] threw up another three, but it missed. Chris Bosh corralled the rebound and threw it over to Allen, who ran to the three point line, fired a jump shot and ''tied the game'' with five seconds remaining, ''without ever looking down''. Parker missed a chance to win it for the Spurs and the game was sent into overtime, where the Heat prevailed. Seen by many as one of the greatest games in the history of the NBA Finals (although a [[EpicFail train wreck]] for the Spurs. Miami would go on to win the championship in Game 7.
* On the other side, the following year, the Spurs (who had a Game 7 with the Dallas Mavericks and had an overtime with the Oklahoma City Thunder) and Miami Heat (beating the Indiana Pacers yet again in the Playoffs) eventually joined again for a rematch. The first game had the Spurs winning in their home arena, but the following game had the Miami Heat win in the Spurs' arena. However, the following two games in Miami were not only won by the Spurs (with the help of Kawhi Leonard, who was eventually named the Finals MVP), but in Game 3, the Spurs were ahead by 21 points at halftime, which broke a record of the greatest halftime lead in a Finals game by a road team since 1996. Additionally, the victories in Games 3 and 4 broke a record itself as the Spurs were the first team to win two consecutive games on the road by 15+ points in the Finals. In Game 5, the Spurs looked like they were significantly behind in the first quarter, but in the second quarter, they got back up and eventually beat the Miami Heat by 104-87.

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