History Heartwarming / RealLifeSports

12th Feb '16 6:49:14 PM Fiendish
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* [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/jun/20/gender.uk The deep friendship between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert]], who also happened to be engaged in a 16-year rivalry that utterly dominated women's tennis. The two became friends early on, even [[RivalsTeamUp playing as a doubles team together]]. Evert defended Navratilova when the latter came out as gay, and Navratilova introduced Evert to the man who would become her husband. And then there was the time when Chris Evert was in danger of getting knocked out early by another player at Wimbledon in 1989: --> Evert looked into the stands and saw Navratilova - who had just wrapped up her own victory on another court - shrieking and imploring her to make a comeback - [[HeroicSecondWind which Evert did, after being shoved just two points from defeat.]]
11th Feb '16 2:21:39 PM KevinW
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--> "To the people across Canada, we tried, we gave it our best, and to the people that boo us, geez, I'm really, all of us guys are really disheartened ... Some of our guys are really, really down in the dumps, we know, we're trying like hell. I mean, we're doing the best we can, and they got a good team, and let's face facts. But it doesn't mean that we're not giving it our 150%, because we certainly are ... We did it because we love our country, and not for any other reason, no other reason. They can throw the money, uh, for the pension fund out the window. They can throw anything they want out the window. We came because we love Canada. And even though we play in the United States, and we earn money in the United States, Canada is still our home, and that's the only reason we come. And I don't think it's fair that we should be booed." And guess what? ''Canada won the Summit Series in the end.''
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--> "To the people across Canada, we tried, we gave it our best, and to the people that boo us, geez, I'm really, all of us guys are really disheartened ... Some of our guys are really, really down in the dumps, we know, we're trying like hell. I mean, we're doing the best we can, and they got a good team, and let's face facts. But it doesn't mean that we're not giving it our 150%, because we certainly are ... We I mean, every one of us guys, 35 of us guys that came out and played for Team Canada, we did it because we love our country, and not for any other reason, no other reason. They can throw the money, uh, for the pension fund out the window. They can throw anything they want out the window. We came because we love Canada. And even though we play in the United States, and we earn money in the United States, Canada is still our home, and that's the only reason we come. And I don't think it's fair that we should be booed." And guess what? ''Canada won the Summit Series in the end.''
20th Jan '16 9:15:41 PM CaptainSkywalker
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* '' The return of the Los Angeles Rams''
16th Jan '16 11:20:29 PM KYCubbie
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** And her legacy continues. In November 2015, MSJ and Xavier began an annual season-opening doubleheader, hosted by Xavier... the Lauren Hill Classic.
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** And her legacy continues. In November 2015, MSJ and Xavier began an annual season-opening doubleheader, hosted by Xavier... the Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic.
6th Jan '16 11:08:40 AM KYCubbie
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* Lauren Hill. In October 2013, during her senior year in high school, and shortly after announcing that she would play at Cincinnati-area Division III school Mount St. Joseph, she found out that she had an inoperable brain tumor. The following summer, she found out that she might not live to see 2015. She had only one wish: to play in one college game. What happened next?
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* Lauren Hill. Not just one heartwarming moment, but a whole series of them. In October 2013, during her senior year in high school, and shortly after announcing that she would play at Cincinnati-area Division III school Mount St. Joseph, she found out that she had an inoperable brain tumor. The following summer, she found out that she might not live to see 2015. She had only one wish: to play in one college game. What happened next?

** Then... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hiram_vs._Mount_St._Joseph_women%27s_basketball_game game time]]. By arrangement between the two teams, Hill scored the first points of the game, sinking a left-handed layup. (The "left-handed" part is important... trust us.) At halftime, she received an award for courage from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association... and received it personally from the award's namesake, Tennessee women's basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt. And then, shortly before the end of the game and with MSJ holding a safe lead, she went back in... and scored the final basket as well. Oh, and may we add... the game was a sellout. The attendance annihilated the previous record for a D-III game[[note]]4,395[[/note]], and also surpassed the D-II record.[[note]]then 7,543[[/note]]
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** Then... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hiram_vs._Mount_St._Joseph_women%27s_basketball_game game time]]. By arrangement between the two teams, Hill scored the first points of the game, sinking a left-handed layup. (The "left-handed" part is important... trust important—trust us.) At halftime, she received an award for courage from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association... and received it personally from the award's namesake, Tennessee women's basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt. And then, shortly before the end of the game and with MSJ holding a safe lead, she went back in... in, and scored the final basket as well. Oh, and may we add... the game was a sellout. The attendance annihilated the previous record for a D-III game[[note]]4,395[[/note]], and also surpassed the D-II record.[[note]]then 7,543[[/note]]

** MSJ's conference, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, normally selects six players to its all-conference team. In 2015, it added a seventh... one Lauren Hill.
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** MSJ's conference, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, normally selects six players to its all-conference team. In 2015, it added a seventh... one Lauren Hill.seventh. No need to guess who the extra member was.

** And her legacy continues... MSJ and Xavier began an annual season-opening doubleheader, hosted by Xavier, in 2015... the Lauren Hill Classic. * And Austin Hatch — survivor of ''two'' plane crashes that killed the rest of his immediate family, the second of which left him in a coma for two months — [[http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/12069785/austin-hatch-michigan-wolverines-scores-first-collegiate-point scores his first point]] at [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]].
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** And her legacy continues... continues. In November 2015, MSJ and Xavier began an annual season-opening doubleheader, hosted by Xavier, in 2015...Xavier... the Lauren Hill Classic. * And Austin *Austin Hatch — survivor of ''two'' plane crashes that killed the rest of his immediate family, the second of which left him in a coma for two months — [[http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/12069785/austin-hatch-michigan-wolverines-scores-first-collegiate-point scores his first point]] at [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]].
5th Jan '16 11:55:42 PM KYCubbie
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Decided that Lauren Hill's story had a LOT more heartwarming moments than just the game.
* Lauren Hill. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hiram_vs._Mount_St._Joseph_women%27s_basketball_game Ditto.]]
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* Lauren Hill. In October 2013, during her senior year in high school, and shortly after announcing that she would play at Cincinnati-area Division III school Mount St. Joseph, she found out that she had an inoperable brain tumor. The following summer, she found out that she might not live to see 2015. She had only one wish: to play in one college game. What happened next? ** First, MSJ and their season-opening opponent, Hiram College, petitioned the NCAA to move their opener to November 1. Normally, NCAA teams cannot start their season until November 15. The NCAA settled on November 2. ** Hiram also agreed to move the game, scheduled for its campus, to MSJ. ** Then Hill's story hit the national media... and requests for tickets and media credentials soon outgrew MSJ's 2,000-seat gym. ** Enter Xavier University, a local Division I school, which offered free use of its arena, Cintas Center, which holds a bit over 10,000. ** Then... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hiram_vs._Mount_St._Joseph_women%27s_basketball_game Ditto.]]game time]]. By arrangement between the two teams, Hill scored the first points of the game, sinking a left-handed layup. (The "left-handed" part is important... trust us.) At halftime, she received an award for courage from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association... and received it personally from the award's namesake, Tennessee women's basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt. And then, shortly before the end of the game and with MSJ holding a safe lead, she went back in... and scored the final basket as well. Oh, and may we add... the game was a sellout. The attendance annihilated the previous record for a D-III game[[note]]4,395[[/note]], and also surpassed the D-II record.[[note]]then 7,543[[/note]] ** But did it end there? Far from it. She played in three more games until her condition worsened to the point that she couldn't play any longer. Even then, she was on the bench as her health allowed. And, she made the season-ending team banquet, which her coaches and teammates moved to her hospital room. ** She was also runner-up for the AP Female Athlete of the Year (in all American sports!) in 2014. (The winner was Little League pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis.) ** MSJ's conference, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, normally selects six players to its all-conference team. In 2015, it added a seventh... one Lauren Hill. ** Hill finally lost her fight with cancer in April 2015. The public memorial service was held at Cintas Center, and her casket was placed under the basket where she scored her first points. ** She had spent her final months as an advocate for pediatric brain cancer, even coming up with a fundraising challenge of her own inspired by the Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge: Spin in a circle five times, and sink a layup with your off hand. The effects of her cancer made her regularly dizzy, and also impaired her normally dominant right hand. (That's why her first college layup was left-handed.) By her passing, her efforts saw $1.5 million donated to a local children's cancer charity. ** And her legacy continues... MSJ and Xavier began an annual season-opening doubleheader, hosted by Xavier, in 2015... the Lauren Hill Classic.

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* Lauren Hill. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hiram_vs._Mount_St._Joseph_women%27s_basketball_game Ditto.]]** Postscript: The 2014–15 season proved to be Hatch's only one as a college player. Due to the aftereffects of the injuries he suffered in the second crash, he and Wolverines coach John Beilein announced he would end his playing career. But, don't cry too hard for him. Michigan applied for and received a medical waiver for Hatch that will keep him on scholarship while an undergraduate. Instead of playing, he's now a student assistant coach, and can participate fully with the team except for not being on the active roster.
5th Dec '15 8:22:25 PM CaptEquinox
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* The entire Red Sox [[TrueCompanions team]] forming a gigantic GroupHug after '''finally''' winning the World Series after all those years. The first person many of the players called following the final game was former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, who had long been the subject of ridicule for having made the fielding error which cost the Red Sox their last shot at the World Series in 1986. All those accounts of fans across New England leaving 2004 World Series memorabilia at the graves of loved ones who never got to see their beloved Red Sox win a championship. Plus Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon saying that he would have given up Boston's dramatic Game 7 ALCS victory over the Yankees to prevent the death of Victoria Snelgrove, the college student who was killed during the post-game riots. Beautifully, ''wordlessly'' summed up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2JbRYrmf74 this Nike commercial]] which aired immediately following the final game.
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* The entire Red Sox [[TrueCompanions team]] forming a gigantic GroupHug after '''finally''' winning the World Series after all those years. The first person many of the players called following the final game was former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, who had long been the subject of ridicule for having made the fielding error which cost the Red Sox their last shot at the World Series in 1986. All those accounts of fans across New England leaving 2004 World Series memorabilia at the graves of loved ones who never got to see their beloved Red Sox win a championship. Plus Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon saying that he would have given up Boston's dramatic Game 7 ALCS victory over the Yankees to prevent [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Victoria_Snelgrove the death of Victoria Snelgrove, Snelgrove]], the college student who was killed during the post-game riots. Beautifully, ''wordlessly'' summed up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2JbRYrmf74 this Nike commercial]] which aired immediately following the final game.

* Some background is needed for this one; the 2011 season for the Boston Red Sox saw the team unceremoniously fall out of contention for the playoffs, and to make a long story short, the owners declined to renew manager Terry Francona's contract. Francona himself admitted that maybe he was no longer the man for the job; this was after the infamous "fried chicken and beer in the clubhouse" reports began to surface.[[note]][[http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2011/10/12/red_sox_unity_dedication_dissolved_during_epic_late_season_collapse/ An article in The Boston Globe]] said starting pitchers would indulge in these plus video games on their nights off instead of being in the dugout boosting the team's morale; and that Francona's management was affected by tragedy in his personal life. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/sports/baseball/red-sox-off-season-consumed-by-fried-chicken-and-beer.html The story escalated]] until [[http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/ewevodau/newspaper.cfm?subpage=1510001 Jon Lester spoke up]] to put it in perspective, saying that lack of team organization and focus caused the loss.[[/note]] Despite the spin for the benefit of the news media, there were - and still are - those who still see it as Francona being fired, and blamed for some of the team's failings that maybe he shouldn't be blamed for. Flash forward to 2012; Fenway Park celebrates its 100th anniversary. Francona, who of course is the one who managed the team to the World Series championship twice in four years after AN 86 YEAR DROUGHT, comes out to a thunderous ovation.
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* Some background is needed for this one; the 2011 season for the Boston Red Sox saw the team unceremoniously fall out of contention for the playoffs, and to make a long story short, the owners declined to renew manager Terry Francona's contract. Francona himself admitted that maybe he was no longer the man for the job; this was after the infamous "fried chicken and beer in the clubhouse" reports began to surface.[[note]][[http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2011/10/12/red_sox_unity_dedication_dissolved_during_epic_late_season_collapse/ An article in The Boston Globe]] said starting pitchers would indulge in these plus video games on their nights off instead of being in the dugout boosting the team's morale; and that Francona's management was affected by tragedy in his personal life. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/sports/baseball/red-sox-off-season-consumed-by-fried-chicken-and-beer.html The story escalated]] until [[http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/ewevodau/newspaper.cfm?subpage=1510001 Jon Lester spoke up]] to put it in perspective, saying that lack of team organization and focus caused the loss.[[/note]] [[/note]] Despite the spin for the benefit of the news media, there were - and still are - those who still see it as Francona being fired, and blamed for some of the team's failings that maybe he shouldn't be blamed for. Flash forward to 2012; Fenway Park celebrates its 100th anniversary. Francona, who of course is the one who managed the team to the World Series championship twice in four years after AN 86 YEAR DROUGHT, comes out to a thunderous ovation.
5th Dec '15 8:20:58 PM CaptEquinox
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* Some background is needed for this one; the 2011 season for the Boston Red Sox saw the team unceremoniously fall out of contention for the playoffs, and to make a long story short, the owners declined to renew manager Terry Francona's contract. Francona himself admitted that maybe he was no longer the man for the job; this was after the infamous "fried chicked and beer in the clubhouse" reports began to surface. Despite the spin for the benefit of the news media, there were - and still are - those who still see it as Francona being fired, and blamed for some of the team's failings that maybe he shouldn't be blamed for. Flash forward to 2012; Fenway Park celebrates its 100th anniversary. Francona, who of course is the one who managed the team to the World Series championship twice in four years after AN 86 YEAR DROUGHT, comes out to a thunderous ovation.
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* Some background is needed for this one; the 2011 season for the Boston Red Sox saw the team unceremoniously fall out of contention for the playoffs, and to make a long story short, the owners declined to renew manager Terry Francona's contract. Francona himself admitted that maybe he was no longer the man for the job; this was after the infamous "fried chicked chicken and beer in the clubhouse" reports began to surface. surface.[[note]][[http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2011/10/12/red_sox_unity_dedication_dissolved_during_epic_late_season_collapse/ An article in The Boston Globe]] said starting pitchers would indulge in these plus video games on their nights off instead of being in the dugout boosting the team's morale; and that Francona's management was affected by tragedy in his personal life. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/sports/baseball/red-sox-off-season-consumed-by-fried-chicken-and-beer.html The story escalated]] until [[http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/ewevodau/newspaper.cfm?subpage=1510001 Jon Lester spoke up]] to put it in perspective, saying that lack of team organization and focus caused the loss.[[/note]] Despite the spin for the benefit of the news media, there were - and still are - those who still see it as Francona being fired, and blamed for some of the team's failings that maybe he shouldn't be blamed for. Flash forward to 2012; Fenway Park celebrates its 100th anniversary. Francona, who of course is the one who managed the team to the World Series championship twice in four years after AN 86 YEAR DROUGHT, comes out to a thunderous ovation.
30th Nov '15 2:51:24 PM Berrenta
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* TwoWords: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nifq3Ke2Q30 Derek Redmond]]. The man who joins him on the track is his father.
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* TwoWords: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nifq3Ke2Q30 Derek Redmond]]. The man who joins him on the track is his father.
26th Nov '15 6:29:39 PM HijikataX
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* Cienciano from Cusco (Peru) winning the 2003 Edition of the "Copa Sudamericana" against nothing less than '''River Plate''' (considered by that time, the favorite of the tournament), making the '''first''' Peruvian Team ''ever'' winning an International Soccer Event. Even better? ''Winning 1-0 with '''9 players''' from Cienciano Side''. ** The victory was so epic that not only Cienciano fans, but many ''other Peruvian clubs fans'' were celebrating the victory due the uniqueness of the event.
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* Doubles as CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Cienciano from Cusco (Peru) winning the 2003 Edition of the "Copa Sudamericana" against nothing less than '''River Plate''' (considered by that time, the favorite of the tournament), making the '''first''' '''very first''' Peruvian Team ''ever'' winning an International Soccer Event. Even better? ''Winning 1-0 with '''9 players''' from Cienciano Side''. ** The victory was so epic that not only Cienciano fans, but many ''other Peruvian clubs fans'' (to not to say ALL of them) were celebrating the victory due the uniqueness of the event.
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