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8th May '16 12:57:07 AM BubbaLou
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* Tiger Woods vs Chris DiMarco in the Final Round of the 2005 Masters. Both players started tied at in the final pairing, and the duel swung back and forth all day. DiMarco bogeyed the famous 12th hole par 3 on Amen Corner leaving him two back from Tiger, but an amazing approach shot on 15 netted a birdie, leaving Woods and DiMarco separated by just one stroke with three to play.
**On the 16th hole par 3, DiMarco's shot was solidly within birdie distance. Woods hit an uncharacteristic draw, pulling the ball wide to the left, and not just missing the green entirely but also leaving the ball collared against the rough - a difficult rescue shot now even harder. Given the next two holes are some of the hardest on the course, any damage here would give DiMarco a chance to beat the then-unstoppable young Tiger Woods.
**And then [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRCjJi_uDp8 this happened]]. The fans went ape. DiMarco would choke and miss his birdie. Two back.
***In short, Tiger's bogey on 17 brought DiMarco back into the game, but both players were short of the 18th green. DiMarco hit the pin but got a ricochet instead of a chip-in. Tiger bogeyed from the sand to tie the game. In the playoff, Woods would snipe a birdie putt on 18 to finally beat DiMarco.
***What's important was the shot on 16 - everything was perfect, from the shot down to the ball briefly sporting the Nike logo as it dropped. This '''literally''' established Nike Golf as a brand, as it would be watched and used over and over. Today, it still stands as one of the best chips of all time, and one of the most exciting finishes in Masters history.
--> "Here it comes ... Oh, my goodness! ... OH, WOW! IN YOUR LIFE, have you seen anything like that?!" '''Verne Lundquist's famous call'''
--> "I went out and shot 68 around here on Sunday, which is a very good round, and 12-under is usually good enough to win. It was just that I was playing against Tiger Woods." '''Chris DiMarco'''
3rd May '16 8:07:37 AM mlsmithca
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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 that 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.

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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 that 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.
3rd May '16 8:05:23 AM mlsmithca
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* In the midst of their spectacular 2015-16 campaign that saw Leicester City claim their first EnglishPremierLeague title, 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!]]"''
* 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 that 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 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 City 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.

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* In the midst of their spectacular 2015-16 campaign that saw Leicester City claim their first EnglishPremierLeague title, 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!]]"''
* 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 that 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. imagine.
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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 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 City 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.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!]]"''
3rd May '16 8:03:16 AM mlsmithca
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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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* 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.]]



** Speaking of which... 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 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 City 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.

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** Speaking * 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 which... consider the star players in other more wealthy teams. A manager that 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 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 City 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.
2nd May '16 11:25:53 PM KYCubbie
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** Which would be given its exclamation point on Oct. 31, 2015, when AP won the Breeders Cup Classic, becoming the first ever 'Grand Slam' horse in U.S. Thoroughbred Racing history.
-->"A Triple Crown winner! A Breeder's Cup winner! '''A horse of a lifetime!''' American Pharoah has won the Breeder's Cup Classic over Effinex and Honor Code in a final time of 2:00.07 -- he went out in ''style!''"

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** Which would be given its exclamation point on Oct. 31, 2015, when AP won the Breeders Breeders' Cup Classic, becoming the first ever 'Grand Slam' horse in U.S. Thoroughbred Racing history.
-->"A Triple Crown winner! A Breeder's Breeders' Cup winner! '''A horse of a lifetime!''' American Pharoah has won the Breeder's Breeders' Cup Classic over Effinex and Honor Code in a final time of 2:00.07 -- he went out in ''style!''"



* The 1972 Miami Dolphins are, to this day, the only team to finish an entire NFL season without ever losing a game. They went a perfect 17-0, capped by a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.

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* The 1972 Miami Dolphins are, to this day, the only team to finish an entire NFL [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] season without ever losing a game. They went a perfect 17-0, capped by a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.



** Or perhaps even competing after being sliced by a competitor skae and loosing four liters of blood.

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** Or perhaps even competing after being sliced by a competitor skae competitor's skate and loosing losing four liters of blood.



* Another {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} 2011 example in Bernard Tomic. [[ImprobableAge An 18 year old]] [[LandDownUnder Australian]], he had to fight in the qualifiers to even ''get'' to Wimbledon. In the first round, he beats the 29th seed Davydenko, in round 2 comes back from 2-0 to beat Andreev, in round 3 beats 5th seed Robin Soderling ''in straight sets'', then does the same to Malisse in the 4th round, reaching the quarter-finals. That makes him the youngest player since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the Quarters, and not only that, but he went on to take a set from Novak Djokovic, the ''world number two'', pushing him right up until the end of the 4th set, which Djokovic won 7-5. He came out of ''nowhere'' to become Australia's number one. AWESOME.

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* Another {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} 2011 example in Bernard Tomic. [[ImprobableAge An 18 year old]] [[LandDownUnder Australian]], he had to fight in the qualifiers to even ''get'' to Wimbledon. In the first round, he beats the 29th seed Davydenko, in round 2 comes back from 2-0 to beat Andreev, in round 3 beats 5th seed Robin Soderling Söderling ''in straight sets'', then does the same to Malisse in the 4th round, reaching the quarter-finals. That makes him the youngest player since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the Quarters, and not only that, but he went on to take a set from Novak Djokovic, the ''world number two'', pushing him right up until the end of the 4th set, which Djokovic won 7-5. He came out of ''nowhere'' to become Australia's number one. AWESOME.



** And speaking of Robin Soderling, one must not forget his pulling off one of the biggest upsets in history at the 2009 French Open, handing Rafael Nadal the only loss he experienced at that tournament between 2005 and 2014, only weeks after Nadal has massacred him at another tournament, and even followed it up with a run to the final (in which Roger Federer made history, but Soderling the "yoker" still stole the victory ceremony). And as if that wasn't enough, the next year he came back and shocked Federer too.

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** And speaking of Robin Soderling, Söderling, one must not forget his pulling off one of the biggest upsets in history at the 2009 French Open, handing Rafael Nadal the only loss he experienced at that tournament between 2005 and 2014, only weeks after Nadal has massacred him at another tournament, and even followed it up with a run to the final (in which Roger Federer made history, but Soderling Söderling the "yoker" still stole the victory ceremony). And as if that wasn't enough, the next year he came back and shocked Federer too.



In the 9th, however, the first 2 Rays got out, leaving them down to, at the time, their last out of the season (Baltimore was still in Rain Delay at this point). Cue Pinch Hitter Dan Johnson, who hit a solo-shot, forcing extra innings.\\

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In the 9th, however, the first 2 Rays got out, leaving them down to, at the time, their last out of the season (Baltimore was still in Rain Delay at this point). Cue Pinch Hitter Dan Johnson, who hit a solo-shot, solo shot, forcing extra innings.\\



* 11th July 2010. Johannesburg. It's the final match of the South Africa 2010 World Cup. The contenders: Spain and Netherlands. Neither have won yet a World Cup title. It's Spain's first World Cup final, and Netherlands' third. Both teams play very well, but Netherlands employs very aggressive tactics against the Spanish players (the most notorious one was Nigel de Jong's kick on Xabi Alonso's chest, which is the image for UnnecessaryRoughness) that throw off Spain's game. Casillas and Stekelenburg, the keepers for Spain and Netherlands, are showing how good they are in stopping the opposite team's attacks. The ninety minutes of normal game pass, and it has to go to extra time. Netherlands has one of its players expelled after a rough kick. Time reaches minute 115, five remaining till it has to be decided on a penalty shootout. And then... Jesús Navas sprints with the ball into Netherland's half-field, and initiates a series of passes. The ball ends up reaching Cesc Fábregas, and he makes a long pass to Andrés Iniesta, who is in the Dutch area. He controls with his chest, lets the ball fall to the floor, and shoots towards the goal, in such a way that Stekelenburg is unable to reach the ball. Four minutes later, the Spanish squad becomes the World Champion of FIFA 2010 World Cup.

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* 11th July 2010. Johannesburg. It's the final match of the South Africa 2010 World Cup. The contenders: Spain and Netherlands. Neither have won yet a World Cup title. It's Spain's first World Cup final, and Netherlands' third. Both teams play very well, but Netherlands employs very aggressive tactics against the Spanish players (the most notorious one was Nigel de Jong's kick on Xabi Alonso's chest, which is the image for UnnecessaryRoughness) that throw off Spain's game. Casillas and Stekelenburg, the keepers for Spain and Netherlands, are showing how good they are in stopping the opposite team's attacks. The ninety minutes of normal game pass, and it has to go to extra time. Netherlands has one of its players expelled after a rough kick. Time reaches minute 115, five remaining till it has to be decided on a penalty shootout. And then... Jesús Navas sprints with the ball into Netherland's half-field, and initiates a series of passes. The ball ends up reaching Cesc Fábregas, Fàbregas, and he makes a long pass to Andrés Iniesta, who is in the Dutch area. He controls with his chest, lets the ball fall to the floor, and shoots towards the goal, in such a way that Stekelenburg is unable to reach the ball. Four minutes later, the Spanish squad becomes the World Champion of FIFA 2010 World Cup.



* One of the most memorable events in the history of American sport: "Babe" Ruth calling his shot in the 1932 World Series. There may be some question of where he was pointing (he may have simply been [[IShallTauntYou pointing mockingly]] at the Chicago Cubs' bench), and it was in only the fifth inning in only the third game of the Series, but it remains one of the most indelible images in baseball history from one of the sport's greatest players.

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* One of the most memorable events in the history of American sport: "Babe" Ruth Creator/BabeRuth calling his shot in the 1932 World Series. There may be some question of where he was pointing (he may have simply been [[IShallTauntYou pointing mockingly]] at the Chicago Cubs' bench), and it was in only the fifth inning in only the third game of the Series, but it remains one of the most indelible images in baseball history from one of the sport's greatest players.



** And then he went on to win Paralympic gold medals in handcycling.

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** And then he went on to win Paralympic gold medals in handcycling. And won one of them on a racetrack where he had driven both before and after losing his legs.



* In the last moments of the 1982 NFC Championship game, the San Francisco 49ers trailed the favored Dallas Cowboys by 6 points. After leading a drive close to the endzone, the 49ers had two downs left. Quarterback Joe Montana took the ball, and, under pressure from the Cowboys' defense, threw into the endzone... where wide receiver Dwight Clark jumped as high as he could and caught the ball with fingertips, landing for a touchdown. The 49ers won the game, and proceeded to their first Superbowl, which they won. The moment is known in NFL lore simply as "The Catch". Adding to the awesomeness, as the crowd went wild, Cowboys defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones said to Montana "You just beat America's Team." Montana replied "Well, you can sit at home with the rest of America and watch the Superbowl."
* The 2011-2012 English Premier League came down to simultaneous final-day games for Manchester City and Manchester United - going in, the teams were tied on points, but City held the tiebreaker (goal differential). If City won, it would just be its first championship in 44 years. City's match with Queen's Park Rangers entered second-half injury time with QPR leading 2-1 while down a man. Meanwhile, United had already won their match at Sunderland, and were starting to organize an informal victory celebration. Two minutes into injury time, Edin Dzeko scored the tying goal, but that wouldn't have been enough for City to take the title back... until Sergio "Kun" Aguero scored the winning goal (and the final Premier League goal of the season, as it turned out) to cap off a beautiful team play in the dying seconds. All of this with United, and their fans that had traveled with them to Sunderland, in shock as the results filtered into the Stadium of Light. The frantic finish helped make the 2011-12 season the best of the Premier League's first 20, according to a fan poll.
--> '''Premier League Productions commentator Peter Drury:''' [''Dzeko's match-tying goal''] "Dzeko scores! '''''FOUR MINUTES''''' to save themselves! '''''FOUR MINUTES''''' to find their crown! 2-2 in stoppage time. The most ''thrilling'' Premier League finale of ''all-time!'' Edin Dzeko - hope, a vestige of hope."
--> [''Aguero's winner''] "Balotelli...''AGUERO!'' '''''Staggering! Just staggering!''''' He's won the League with 90 seconds of stoppage time to play! United's game was over! They had it! They've had it ''stolen back!'' It's just the most ''extraordinary'' scenario you could have dreamt up! Where does football go from here? Drama of the ultimate type! Tears of distress turn to tears of ''unbridled joy!''"
--> '''Sky Sports 1 commentator Martin Tyler:''' "It's finished at Sunderland[[note]]Man United vs Sunderland, which MU won 1-0[[/note]]. Manchester United has done all they can. That Rooney goal was enough for the three points. Manchester City is still alive here. [''Balotelli kicks the ball to Aguero''] Balotelli...[''Aguero scored the game winner''] '''''AGUEROOOOOOOOO!!!!''''' ''I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!'' So watch it! Drink it in! They[[note]]Manchester United[[/note]] just got the news from Stadium of Light! Two goals in added time, from Manchester City, to snatch the title away from Manchester United!"
* The Denver Broncos had by 1997 developed a reputation for playing well and often getting to the championship, but always being humiliated in the SuperBowl. This was exacerbated by the fact that they had a superstar quarterback in John Elway who, despite having a reputation for being one of the better quarterbacks in the game and for pulling off comeback wins, always seemed to be stifled in the Super Bowl. That year, the Broncos were facing off against the defending champion Green Bay Packers, and before the game the spread was at 12 points for the Packers. However, the Broncos had something they hadn't had in years past–a running game. Running back Terrell Davis chewed up the Packer defense for 157 yards and three touchdowns rushing, and ended up being named the MVP for his impressive performance in a 31-24 Denver victory.

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* In the last moments of the 1982 NFC Championship game, the San Francisco 49ers trailed the favored Dallas Cowboys by 6 points. After leading a drive close to the endzone, end zone, the 49ers had two downs left. Quarterback Joe Montana took the ball, and, under pressure from the Cowboys' defense, threw into the endzone...end zone... where wide receiver Dwight Clark jumped as high as he could and caught the ball with fingertips, landing for a touchdown. The 49ers won the game, and proceeded to their first Superbowl, Super Bowl, which they won. The moment is known in NFL lore simply as "The Catch". Adding to the awesomeness, as the crowd went wild, Cowboys defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones said to Montana "You just beat America's Team." Montana replied "Well, you can sit at home with the rest of America and watch the Superbowl.Super Bowl."
* The 2011-2012 English Premier League came down to simultaneous final-day games for Manchester City and Manchester United - going in, the teams were tied on points, but City held the tiebreaker (goal differential). If City won, it would just be its first championship in 44 years. City's match with Queen's Park Rangers entered second-half injury time with QPR leading 2-1 while down a man. Meanwhile, United had already won their match at Sunderland, and were starting to organize an informal victory celebration. Two minutes into injury time, Edin Dzeko Džeko scored the tying goal, but that wouldn't have been enough for City to take the title back... until Sergio "Kun" Aguero Agüero scored the winning goal (and the final Premier League goal of the season, as it turned out) to cap off a beautiful team play in the dying seconds. All of this with United, and their fans that had traveled with them to Sunderland, in shock as the results filtered into the Stadium of Light. The frantic finish helped make the 2011-12 season the best of the Premier League's first 20, according to a fan poll.
--> '''Premier League Productions commentator Peter Drury:''' [''Dzeko's [''Džeko's match-tying goal''] "Dzeko "Džeko scores! '''''FOUR MINUTES''''' to save themselves! '''''FOUR MINUTES''''' to find their crown! 2-2 in stoppage time. The most ''thrilling'' Premier League finale of ''all-time!'' Edin Dzeko Džeko - hope, a vestige of hope."
--> [''Aguero's [''Agüero's winner''] "Balotelli...''AGUERO!'' '''''Staggering! Just staggering!''''' He's won the League with 90 seconds of stoppage time to play! United's game was over! They had it! They've had it ''stolen back!'' It's just the most ''extraordinary'' scenario you could have dreamt up! Where does football go from here? Drama of the ultimate type! Tears of distress turn to tears of ''unbridled joy!''"
--> '''Sky Sports 1 commentator Martin Tyler:''' "It's finished at Sunderland[[note]]Man United vs Sunderland, which MU won 1-0[[/note]]. Manchester United has done all they can. That Rooney goal was enough for the three points. Manchester City is still alive here. [''Balotelli kicks the ball to Aguero''] Agüero''] Balotelli...[''Aguero [''Agüero scored the game winner''] '''''AGUEROOOOOOOOO!!!!''''' '''''AGÜEROOOOOOOOO!!!!''''' ''I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!'' So watch it! Drink it in! They[[note]]Manchester United[[/note]] just got the news from Stadium of Light! Two goals in added time, from Manchester City, to snatch the title away from Manchester United!"
* The Denver Broncos had by 1997 developed a reputation for playing well and often getting to the championship, but always being humiliated in the SuperBowl.UsefulNotes/SuperBowl. This was exacerbated by the fact that they had a superstar quarterback in John Elway who, despite having a reputation for being one of the better quarterbacks in the game and for pulling off comeback wins, always seemed to be stifled in the Super Bowl. That year, the Broncos were facing off against the defending champion Green Bay Packers, and before the game the spread was at 12 points for the Packers. However, the Broncos had something they hadn't had in years past–a running game. Running back Terrell Davis chewed up the Packer defense for 157 yards and three touchdowns rushing, and ended up being named the MVP for his impressive performance in a 31-24 Denver victory.



* The 2012 Stanley Cup run of the Los Angeles Kings. One of the six [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague 1967 expansion franchises]], the Kings had been consistently [[OvershadowedByAwesome sideshowed]] by more famous, talented teams throughout their 45 years in the NHL, and even getting ''[[TheChosenOne Wayne Gretzky]]'' in 1988 couldn't seal the deal (their closest approach to the Stanley Cup was the 1993 final series, where the Gretzky-led Kings lost in five games to the Montreal Canadiens). For decades, they had been derisively dubbed "[[ButtMonkey The Kings Without a Ring]]".\\

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* The 2012 Stanley Cup run of the Los Angeles Kings. One of the six [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague 1967 expansion franchises]], the Kings had been consistently [[OvershadowedByAwesome sideshowed]] by more famous, talented teams throughout their 45 years in the NHL, and even getting ''[[TheChosenOne Wayne Gretzky]]'' ''UsefulNotes/WayneGretzky'' in 1988 couldn't seal the deal (their closest approach to the Stanley Cup was the 1993 final series, where the Gretzky-led Kings lost in five games to the Montreal Canadiens). For decades, they had been derisively dubbed "[[ButtMonkey The Kings Without a Ring]]".\\



** Special mention should go to Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who recorded a save percentage of 0.946 and a Goals Against Average of just 1.41 across the Kings' twenty playoff games, both records for goaltenders starting in more than ten games in a single postseason. To give you an idea just how remarkable these numbers are, even the best goaltenders that many people know of, Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, and even ''Dominik Hasek''[[note]] though Hasek recorded a save percentage of 0.958 and a GAA of 1.33 with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1992-1993 playoffs, he only played in one game, and for only 45 minutes[[/note]] couldn't come close to matching those numbers even during their prime. That shows how scarily efficient Quick's goaltending was in the Finals. For his efforts, he became only the third American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for the Stanley Cup playoffs MVP.

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** Special mention should go to Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who recorded a save percentage of 0.946 and a Goals Against Average of just 1.41 across the Kings' twenty playoff games, both records for goaltenders starting in more than ten games in a single postseason. To give you an idea just how remarkable these numbers are, even the best goaltenders that many people know of, Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, and even ''Dominik Hasek''[[note]] Hašek''[[note]] though Hasek Hašek recorded a save percentage of 0.958 and a GAA of 1.33 with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1992-1993 playoffs, he only played in one game, and for only 45 minutes[[/note]] couldn't come close to matching those numbers even during their prime. That shows how scarily efficient Quick's goaltending was in the Finals. For his efforts, he became only the third American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for the Stanley Cup playoffs MVP.



* Despite arguably misinformed talk over a weakened field, whether his team-mate 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 Ellyses. His team, brilliantly marshalled by Dave Brailsford, also had the second place cyclist Chris 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.
* The 2007 Fiesta Bowl. The Boise State Broncos went into the game as huge underdogs to the Oklahoma Sooners, one of the most storied programs in college football. After blowing an 18-point lead, the Broncos found themselves down by a touchdown late in the game. On 4th and 18, with 18 seconds to go in the game, Boise State threw a 15 yard pass, and then the receiver lateraled the ball to another receiver who not only got the first down, but ran all the way to the end zone to tie the game and force overtime. Oklahoma got possession first in OT and scored on their very first play. On their ensuing possession, Boise State needed a touchdown to stay alive. On 4th down, from the 5 yard line, Boise State ran a trick play, and had a receiver throw a pass which was caught in the end zone for a touchdown. The Broncos elected to go for a two-point conversion for the win rather than an extra point to tie. They would use another trick play, a variation of the Statue of Liberty play, to win the game and finish the season as the only undefeated team in Division I-A football.

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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 Ellyses. Champs-Élysées. His team, brilliantly marshalled by Dave Brailsford, also had the second place cyclist Chris 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.
trial.[[note]]Postscript: Froome would go on to win the Tour de France in 2013 and 2015.[[/note]]
* The 2007 Fiesta Bowl. The Boise State Broncos went into the game as huge underdogs to the Oklahoma Sooners, one of the most storied programs in college football. After blowing an 18-point lead, the Broncos found themselves down by a touchdown late in the game. On 4th and 18, with 18 seconds to go in the game, Boise State threw a 15 yard pass, and then the receiver lateraled the ball to another receiver who not only got the first down, but ran all the way to the end zone to tie the game and force overtime. Oklahoma got possession first in OT and scored on their very first play. On their ensuing possession, Boise State needed a touchdown to stay alive. On 4th down, from the 5 yard line, Boise State ran a trick play, and had a receiver throw a pass which was caught in the end zone for a touchdown. The Broncos elected to go for a two-point conversion for the win rather than an extra point to tie. They would use another trick play, a variation of the Statue of Liberty play, to win the game and finish the season as the only undefeated team in Division I-A I FBS football.



* Jackie Robinson's first Minor League game with the Montreal Royals, when everything was riding on him to prove that black players play with white ones on a professional level. In his five trips to the plate against the Jersey City Giants, Robinson had four hits, including a three-run home run. He also scored four runs, drove in three, and stole two bases in the Royals' 14–1. In short, when it really counted, Robinson had a spectacular first game that topped the fictional game in ''TheNatural''!

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* Jackie Robinson's UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson's first Minor League game with the Montreal Royals, when everything was riding on him to prove that black players play with white ones on a professional level. In his five trips to the plate against the Jersey City Giants, Robinson had four hits, including a three-run home run. He also scored four runs, drove in three, and stole two bases in the Royals' 14–1. In short, when it really counted, Robinson had a spectacular first game that topped the fictional game in ''TheNatural''!



* 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 Dirk Nowitzki's age starting to catch up to him, the 2011 NBA Finals remain a very special moment for the fanbase.

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* 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 [=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 [=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 [=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 Dirk Nowitzki's age starting to catch up to him, the 2011 NBA Finals remain a very special moment for the fanbase.



* Adam Scott's (no relation to the ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' actor) 2013 season will go down as one of the greatest in the history of Australian golf. He starts off by breaking his country's curse in the Masters with one of the most clutch 72nd hole birdies ever to force a sudden death playoff he'd win in two holes. He follows it up with a T3 at the Open Championship, a T5 in the [=PGA=] Championship, and then wins a [=FedEx=] Cup playoff event holding off the likes of Justin Rose and Tiger Woods for good measure.

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* Adam Scott's (no relation to the ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' actor) 2013 season will go down as one of the greatest in the history of Australian golf. He starts off by breaking his country's curse in the Masters with one of the most clutch 72nd hole birdies ever to force a sudden death playoff he'd win in two holes. He follows it up with a T3 at the Open Championship, a T5 in the [=PGA=] PGA Championship, and then wins a [=FedEx=] Cup playoff event holding off the likes of Justin Rose and Tiger Woods for good measure.



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kick_Six 2013 Alabama–Auburn Iron Bowl]] when Chris Davis caught an Alabama kick 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.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kick_Six 2013 Alabama–Auburn Iron Bowl]] when Chris Davis caught an a missed Alabama kick 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 bandmembers 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_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]", and commonly makes top ten lists of awesome sports moments.

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* 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 bandmembers 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_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]", and commonly makes top ten lists of awesome sports moments.



* In the midst of their spectacular 2015-16 campaign that sees them sit atop the EnglishPremierLeague, Leicester City's 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:

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* In the midst of their spectacular 2015-16 campaign that sees them sit atop the EnglishPremierLeague, saw Leicester City's City claim their first EnglishPremierLeague title, 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 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:


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** Speaking of which... 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 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 City 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.
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--> '''Sky Sports 1 commentator Martin Tyler:''' "It's finished at Sunderland[[note]]Man United vs Sunderland, which MU won 1-0[[/note]]. Manchester United has done all they can. That Rooney goal was enough for the three points. Manchester City is still alive here. [''Balotelli kicks the ball to Aguero''] Balotelli...[''Aguero scored the game winner''] '''''AGUEROOOOOOOOO!!!!''''' ''I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!'' So watch it! Drink it in! They[[note]]Manchester United[[/note]] just got the news from Stadium of Light! Two goals in added time, from Manchester City, to snatch the title away from Manchester United!"
29th Apr '16 9:56:53 AM nekonaito
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--> "Jamie Vardy, ''is this the moment?!''" [''Vardy scores''] "'''''HISTORY IS MADE!''''' ''Jamie Vardy has scored in [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ELEVEN! CONSECUTIVE! PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES!]]"''

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--> "Jamie Vardy, ''is this the moment?!''" [''Vardy scores''] "'''''HISTORY IS MADE!''''' ''Jamie Vardy has scored in [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ELEVEN! CONSECUTIVE! PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES!]]"''GAMES!]]"''
* 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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--> "Jamie Vardy, ''is this the moment?!''" [''Vardy scores''] "'''''HISTORY IS MADE!''''' Jamie Vardy has scored in ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis ELEVEN! CONSECUTIVE! PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES!]]"''

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--> "Jamie Vardy, ''is this the moment?!''" [''Vardy scores''] "'''''HISTORY IS MADE!''''' Jamie ''Jamie Vardy has scored in ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ELEVEN! CONSECUTIVE! PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES!]]"''
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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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* 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.]]]]
* In the midst of their spectacular 2015-16 campaign that sees them sit atop the EnglishPremierLeague, Leicester City's 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!]]"''
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*** Despite finishing just off the podium, Shang Chunsong of China had an absolute corker of a competition, going for broke and nailing every single routine without one fall. For a member of the notoriously inconsistent Chinese squad, that is not a minor accomplishment.

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*** Despite finishing just off the podium, Shang Chunsong of China had an absolute corker of a competition, going for broke and nailing every single routine without one fall. For a member of the notoriously inconsistent Chinese squad, that is not a minor accomplishment.[[note]]The Chinese of the post-Beijing era are notoriously underpowered on vault in particular, with Shang competing a vault eight-tenths lower in difficulty than Douglas and Iordache, and a full 1.3 points lower than eventual champion Biles. No matter how good she was on the night, her potential score was simply too low to challenge for the podium with the others at their best. She was visibly pleased with her result nonetheless, knowing that she'd achieved every gymnast's ultimate goal of hitting all four events without a major mistake.[[/note]]
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