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30th Aug '17 10:45:06 PM Dialh
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** While calling September 28th "the day of the MiracleRally" is a bit of a stretch[[labelnote:]]Due in part to the Philly-Atlanta inversion, as well as Texas' similar and Arizona's opposite inversions below[[/labelnote]], the Awesomeness of this date is acknowledged even by Braves Fans[[labelnote:*]]Or, at least, by [[@/DonaldthePotholer this Braves fan]][[/labelnote]]. ESPN assembled the timeline of events [[http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7033428/breakdown-wednesday-games here]][[labelnote:*]]Wherein they forgot to CarryTheOne.[[/labelnote]] [[WhoNeedsOvertime Who Needs Day 163]][[labelnote:?]]Or a 2nd Wild Card for that matter? Besides the AL Central and West?[[/labelnote]]

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** While calling September 28th "the day of the MiracleRally" is a bit of a stretch[[labelnote:]]Due in part to the Philly-Atlanta inversion, as well as Texas' similar and Arizona's opposite inversions below[[/labelnote]], the Awesomeness of this date is acknowledged even by Braves Fans[[labelnote:*]]Or, at least, by [[@/DonaldthePotholer this Braves fan]][[/labelnote]]. ESPN assembled the timeline of events [[http://sports.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20111001222353/http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7033428/breakdown-wednesday-games here]][[labelnote:*]]Wherein com/mlb/story/_/id/7033428/breakdown-wednesday-games]][[labelnote:*]]Wherein they forgot to CarryTheOne.[[/labelnote]] [[WhoNeedsOvertime Who Needs Day Game 163]][[labelnote:?]]Or a 2nd Wild Card for that matter? Besides the AL Central and West?[[/labelnote]]
2nd Aug '17 10:28:26 PM SharonToggle
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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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* 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.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 ''three months pregnant'' during her Australian Open win.
1st Aug '17 10:47:44 PM KYCubbie
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* Despite arguably misinformed talk over a weakened field, whether his team-mate Chris Froome was a better climber or even rider and defensive tactics stifling the Tour, Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France General Classification victory in 2012 must surely count. The first Brit ever to win the Yellow Jersey, leading out a Brit-heavy team at Sky with Froome coming second, though in the end not that close, behind him. A man who was a Gold Medal winning specialist in far shorter Pursuit track disciplines lost 10% of his body weight to be competitive at the Tour. In previous years he managed to come 4th, but also disappointed with 23rd place in his first season as team leader, then crashed out and broke his collar-bone after a good start in 2011. Finally he came good, cracking the defending champion in the mountains, riding an untouchable minute and a quarter faster than anyone in the penultimate individual time trial phase, showing sportsmanship all the way and selflessly leading his team members to individual stage victories on more than one occasion. He finished with panache, leading out Sprinting World Champion Mark Cavendish to a win on the Champs-Élysées. His team, brilliantly marshalled by Dave Brailsford, also had the second place cyclist Froome and a multistage winner in Cavendish and when Brailsford claimed it would lead a British cyclist to the Yellow Jersey within 5 years when he formed it in 2009, he was seen as a laughing stock. Three years later, it was done, comfortably and just 5 days before many of the team would go to the Olympics, where Wiggins and Froome promptly took gold and bronze in the time trial.[[note]]Postscript: Froome would go on to win the Tour de France three times (2013, 2015, 2016).[[/note]]

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* Despite arguably misinformed talk over a weakened field, whether his team-mate Chris Froome was a better climber or even rider and defensive tactics stifling the Tour, Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France General Classification victory in 2012 must surely count. The first Brit ever to win the Yellow Jersey, leading out a Brit-heavy team at Sky with Froome coming second, though in the end not that close, behind him. A man who was a Gold Medal winning specialist in far shorter Pursuit track disciplines lost 10% of his body weight to be competitive at the Tour. In previous years he managed to come 4th, but also disappointed with 23rd place in his first season as team leader, then crashed out and broke his collar-bone after a good start in 2011. Finally he came good, cracking the defending champion in the mountains, riding an untouchable minute and a quarter faster than anyone in the penultimate individual time trial phase, showing sportsmanship all the way and selflessly leading his team members to individual stage victories on more than one occasion. He finished with panache, leading out Sprinting World Champion Mark Cavendish to a win on the Champs-Élysées. His team, brilliantly marshalled by Dave Brailsford, also had the second place cyclist Froome and a multistage winner in Cavendish and when Brailsford claimed it would lead a British cyclist to the Yellow Jersey within 5 years when he formed it in 2009, he was seen as a laughing stock. Three years later, it was done, comfortably and just 5 days before many of the team would go to the Olympics, where Wiggins and Froome promptly took gold and bronze in the time trial.[[note]]Postscript: Froome would go on to win the Tour de France three four times (2013, 2015, 2016).2016, 2017).[[/note]]



** The UsefulNotes/IndyCar Series took the second leg at Sao 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.

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** The UsefulNotes/IndyCar Series took the second leg at Sao 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.
8th Jun '17 10:08:16 PM Andyxdr
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* Awesome/TheWorldCup
27th May '17 8:07:35 PM HijikataX
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* Doubling as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}: Cienciano from Cusco (Peru) winning the 2003 Copa Sudamericana[[note]] South America's second most prestigious international club soccer tournament, behind the Copa Libertadores.[[/note]] against Argentinian giants River Plate (considered the favorite of the tournament and having the best team by far), making them the '''very first''' Peruvian Club team ''ever'' to win an international club tournament. They held River Plate to a 3-3 draw in Buenos Aires, and won the second leg in Arequipa 1-0 despite having ''two'' players sent off. Just imagine that you were playing against better opponents and giving even more effort to keep them up... this is a good example of [[Determinator determination]] on how to reach to their goals.

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* Doubling as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}: Cienciano from Cusco (Peru) winning the 2003 Copa Sudamericana[[note]] South America's second most prestigious international club soccer tournament, behind the Copa Libertadores.[[/note]] against Argentinian giants River Plate (considered the favorite of the tournament and having the best team by far), making them the '''very first''' Peruvian Club team ''ever'' to win an international club tournament. They held River Plate to a 3-3 draw in Buenos Aires, and won the second leg in Arequipa 1-0 despite having ''two'' players sent off. Just imagine that you were playing against better opponents and giving even more effort to keep them up... this is a good example of [[Determinator [[TheDeterminator extreme determination]] on how to reach to their goals.
27th May '17 8:05:08 PM HijikataX
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* Doubling as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}: Cienciano from Cusco (Peru) winning the 2003 Copa Sudamericana[[note]] South America's second most prestigious international club soccer tournament, behind the Copa Libertadores.[[/note]] against Argentinian giants River Plate (considered the favorite of the tournament and having the best team by far), making them the '''very first''' Peruvian Club team ''ever'' to win an international club tournament. They held River Plate to a 3-3 draw in Buenos Aires, and won the second leg in Arequipa 1-0 despite having ''two'' players sent off. Just imagine that you were playing against better opponents and giving even more effort to keep them up... this is a good example of determination on how to reach to their goals.

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* Doubling as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}: Cienciano from Cusco (Peru) winning the 2003 Copa Sudamericana[[note]] South America's second most prestigious international club soccer tournament, behind the Copa Libertadores.[[/note]] against Argentinian giants River Plate (considered the favorite of the tournament and having the best team by far), making them the '''very first''' Peruvian Club team ''ever'' to win an international club tournament. They held River Plate to a 3-3 draw in Buenos Aires, and won the second leg in Arequipa 1-0 despite having ''two'' players sent off. Just imagine that you were playing against better opponents and giving even more effort to keep them up... this is a good example of determination [[Determinator determination]] on how to reach to their goals.goals.
** Even more awesome? The goal they did was when they were with ''10'' men.
8th May '17 2:28:26 PM bt8257
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* The Minnesota Twins winning the 1991 World Series, which 20 years on is still remembered as one of the greatest of all time. Both teams had been last in their division on the last day of the 1990 season, and through some very astute offseason moves, a certain amount of good fortune in avoiding injuries on the field and simply winning a lot (the Twins put together a 15-game winning streak from late May to mid June, essentially putting the lights out in the AL West before the All Star Break). The series was already awesome when it returned to Minneapolis with the Twins staring down elimination after Game 5. In the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 6, Kirby Puckett hit a walk-off home run, etching Jack Buck's call of "We'll see you... tomorrow night!" in the memories of everyone watching. In the decisive game 7, Jack Morris pitched a 10-inning shutout for the Twins, before Gene Larkin hit a soft fly ball over the infield's heads to score Dan Gladden for the only run of the game. This World Series was rated by ESPN as the greatest of all time.

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* The Minnesota Twins winning the 1991 World Series, which 20 years on is still remembered as one of the greatest of all time. Both teams had been last in their division on the last day of the 1990 season, and through some very astute offseason moves, a certain amount of good fortune in avoiding injuries on the field and simply winning a lot (the Twins put together a 15-game winning streak from late May to mid June, essentially putting the lights out in the AL West before the All Star Break). The series was already awesome when it returned to Minneapolis with the Twins staring down elimination after Game 5. In the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 6, Kirby Puckett hit a walk-off home run, etching Jack Buck's call of "We'll "And we'll see you... you tomorrow night!" in the memories of everyone watching. In the decisive game 7, Jack Morris pitched a 10-inning shutout for the Twins, before Gene Larkin hit a soft fly ball over the infield's heads to score Dan Gladden for the only run of the game. This World Series was rated by ESPN as the greatest of all time.



September 28th itself had two games with [[MiracleRally Miracle Rallies]], plus one [[HopeSpot inversion]]:

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September 28th itself had two games with [[MiracleRally Miracle Rallies]], {{Miracle Rall|}y}ies, plus one [[HopeSpot inversion]]:



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_New_Meadowlands The Miracle at the New Meadowlands]]. The Philadelphia Eagles, after trailing the New York Giants 3110 with 8:17 remaining in the 4th quarter, orchestrated a MiracleRally to tie the game at 31 with 1:16 left. The Eagles defense then forces a 3-and-out by the Giants, who drain the clock down to 0:14 before calling time out. On the ensuing punt the ball is snapped high to rookie punter Matt Dodge. This forces him to rush the punt and is unable to direct the ball away from returner [=DeSean=] Jackson, who takes the punt 65 yards for the game winning touchdown with no time remaining. Final score: Eagles 38 Giants 31. Jackson's touchdown was also the first of its kind in the history of the NFL (game-winning punt return TD with no time left).

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_New_Meadowlands The Miracle at the New Meadowlands]]. The Philadelphia Eagles, after trailing the New York Giants 3110 with 8:17 remaining left in the 4th quarter, game, orchestrated a MiracleRally to tie the game at 31 with 1:16 left. The Eagles defense then forces a 3-and-out by the Giants, who drain the clock down to 0:14 before calling time out.time. On the ensuing punt the ball is snapped high to rookie punter Matt Dodge. This forces him to rush the punt and is unable to direct the ball away from returner [=DeSean=] Jackson, who takes the punt 65 yards for the game winning touchdown with no time remaining. Final score: Eagles 38 Giants 31. Jackson's touchdown was also the first of its kind in the history of the NFL (game-winning punt return TD with no time left).
30th Apr '17 7:34:25 AM bunnyofdoomo
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** 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.]]

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** 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.
23rd Apr '17 2:15:59 AM mlsmithca
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* In the 2008/09 English League Two, AFC Bournemouth began with -17 points due to financial problems. They got promoted to League 1. They got better and better in League 1, before finally winning promotion in 2013 to the Championship. 7 years after their -17 point start, in the 2014/15 English Championship campaign, they clinched Premiership status for the first time in their 116-year history by winning the league. If you think seven years isn't really that long a time in sports years, keep in mind that teams in football typically stay right where they are for decades due to money awards per place in the final standings. Bournemouth was able to buck that trend and command their destiny.

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* In the 2008/09 English League Two, AFC Bournemouth began with -17 points due to financial problems. They got managed to avoid relegation despite this setback, and the following season were promoted to League 1. They got better and better in League 1, before finally winning promotion in 2013 to the Championship. 7 Seven years after their -17 point start, in the 2014/15 English Championship campaign, they clinched Premiership status for the first time in their 116-year history by winning the league. If you think seven years isn't really that long a time in sports years, keep in mind that teams in football typically stay right where they are for decades due to money awards per place in the final standings. Bournemouth was able to buck that trend and command their destiny.
23rd Apr '17 2:09:01 AM mlsmithca
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* UsefulNotes/TheFACup, the oldest and most prestigious association football knockout cup in England and Wales, has seen many awesome moments over the years, but in a special category are "[[DavidVersusGoliath giant killers]]", non-league clubs who have knocked out a top-flight club. [[note]]"Non-league" here means any club outside the Football League, which comprised a single division from 1888-92, two divisions from 1892-1920, three divisions in 1920-21, and four divisions from 1921 onward. "Top-flight" therefore refers to a club from the First Division before 1992, and the Premier League since 1992.[[/note]] Since World War I, this has happened just ten times:

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* UsefulNotes/TheFACup, the oldest and most prestigious association football knockout cup in England and Wales, has seen many awesome moments over the years, but in a special category are "[[DavidVersusGoliath giant killers]]", non-league clubs who have knocked out a top-flight club. [[note]]"Non-league" here means any club outside the Football League, which comprised a single division from 1888-92, two divisions from 1892-1920, three divisions in 1920-21, and four divisions from 1921 onward. "Top-flight" therefore refers to a club from the First Division before 1992, and the Premier League since 1992.[[/note]] Since World War I, this has happened just ten eleven times:



** On 18 February 2017, National League side Lincoln City (a former Football League side who had been relegated in 2011), having already beaten Championship sides Ipswich Town 1-0 in a replay in the Third Round and Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 in the Fourth Round, became the first non-League side to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup since Queens Park Rangers in 1914 with a 1-0 Fifth Round victory at Burnley, giving their hosts the unfortunate distinction of becoming the first top flight club since World War I to suffer two FA Cup defeats to non-League opposition; to compound their embarrassment, they had home advantage both times. Lincoln were finally defeated 5-0 by Arsenal in the quarter-finals.[[note]] The shocking nature of this result is enhanced by Lincoln City's own previous history of futility: in their 104 seasons in the Football League, they never once reached the top flight (a league record), their last season in the second tier was 1960-61, they made the fourth tier playoffs five seasons running from 2003-07 only to finish runners-up twice and losing semi-finalists three times, and they have been demoted from the Football League ''five times'' (another league record). They had also never previously reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.[[/note]]

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** On 18 February 2017, National League side Lincoln City (a former Football League side who had been relegated in 2011), having already beaten Championship sides Ipswich Town 1-0 in a replay in the Third Round and Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 in the Fourth Round, became the first non-League side to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup since Queens Park Rangers in 1914 with a 1-0 Fifth Round victory at Burnley, giving their hosts the unfortunate distinction of becoming the first top flight club since World War I to suffer two FA Cup defeats to non-League opposition; to compound their embarrassment, they had home advantage both times. Lincoln were finally defeated 5-0 by Arsenal in the quarter-finals.[[note]] The shocking nature of this result is enhanced by Lincoln City's own previous history of futility: in their 104 seasons in the Football League, they never once reached the top flight (a league record), their last season in the second tier was 1960-61, they made the fourth tier playoffs five seasons running from 2003-07 only to finish runners-up twice and losing semi-finalists three times, and they have been demoted from the Football League ''five times'' (another league record). They had also never previously reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. They followed their FA Cup heroics in 2017 by winning promotion back to the League with two matches remaining in the season.[[/note]]
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