History Heartwarming / RealLifeSports

23rd Sep '17 12:49:55 PM KYCubbie
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* March 31st, 2013. Duke vs. Louisville. This basketball match-up was set to be a spectacle, with Duke having stolen a victory from Louisville in 1992. Then, during the first half, Louisville guard Kevin Ware jumped to block a three-point shot from Duke player Tyler Thornton and landed wrong, breaking both bones in his shin instantly upon landing ''[[NightmareFuel which sent his fractured tibia through his skin]]''. This happened right next to the Louisville bench, sending horrified players scrambling to keep from seeing the gruesome sight, some getting physically ill and many others crying. Even Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took a moment with Louisville coach Rick Pitino out of concern and sympathy. Yet even as he slowly realized what had happened to him, all Ware could tell his team over and over again was, "[[BlatantLies I'm fine.]] ''[[WinOneForTheGipper Go win the game.]]''" They proceeded to not only win against Duke, but go all the way to victory in the NCAA Championship. Ware was present to cut down the net afterward. And not just cut down the net... while head coaches normally cut the last strand of the net, Rick Pitino gave that honor to Ware.

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* March 31st, 31, 2013. Duke vs. Louisville. This basketball match-up was set to be a spectacle, with Duke having stolen a victory from Louisville in 1992. Then, during the first half, Louisville guard Kevin Ware jumped to block a three-point shot from Duke player Tyler Thornton and landed wrong, breaking both bones in his shin instantly upon landing ''[[NightmareFuel which sent his fractured tibia through his skin]]''. This happened right next to the Louisville bench, sending horrified players scrambling to keep from seeing the gruesome sight, some getting physically ill and many others crying. Even Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took a moment with Louisville coach Rick Pitino out of concern and sympathy. Yet even as he slowly realized what had happened to him, all Ware could tell his team over and over again was, "[[BlatantLies I'm fine.]] ''[[WinOneForTheGipper Go win the game.]]''" They proceeded to not only win against Duke, but go all the way to victory in the NCAA Championship. Ware was present to cut down the net afterward. And not just cut down the net... while head coaches normally cut the last strand of the net, Rick Pitino gave that honor to Ware.
23rd Sep '17 12:49:15 PM KYCubbie
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* March 31st, 2013. Duke vs. Louisville. This basketball match-up was set to be a spectacle, with Duke having stolen a victory from Louisville in 1992. Then, during the first half, Louisville guard Kevin Ware jumped to block a three-point shot from Duke player Tyler Thornton and landed wrong, breaking both bones in his shin instantly upon landing ''[[NightmareFuel which sent his fractured tibia through his skin]]''. This happened right next to the Louisville bench, sending horrified players scrambling to keep from seeing the gruesome sight, some getting physically ill and many others crying. Even Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took a moment with Louisville coach Rick Pitino out of concern and sympathy. Yet even as he slowly realized what had happened to him, all Ware could tell his team over and over again was, "[[BlatantLies I'm fine.]] ''[[WinOneForTheGipper Go win the game.]]''" They proceeded to not only win against Duke, but go all the way to victory in the NCAA Championship. Ware was present to cut down the net afterward.

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* March 31st, 2013. Duke vs. Louisville. This basketball match-up was set to be a spectacle, with Duke having stolen a victory from Louisville in 1992. Then, during the first half, Louisville guard Kevin Ware jumped to block a three-point shot from Duke player Tyler Thornton and landed wrong, breaking both bones in his shin instantly upon landing ''[[NightmareFuel which sent his fractured tibia through his skin]]''. This happened right next to the Louisville bench, sending horrified players scrambling to keep from seeing the gruesome sight, some getting physically ill and many others crying. Even Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took a moment with Louisville coach Rick Pitino out of concern and sympathy. Yet even as he slowly realized what had happened to him, all Ware could tell his team over and over again was, "[[BlatantLies I'm fine.]] ''[[WinOneForTheGipper Go win the game.]]''" They proceeded to not only win against Duke, but go all the way to victory in the NCAA Championship. Ware was present to cut down the net afterward. And not just cut down the net... while head coaches normally cut the last strand of the net, Rick Pitino gave that honor to Ware.
23rd Sep '17 12:19:52 PM nombretomado
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* AustralianRulesFootball: As of 2016, the Western Bulldogs (formerly known as Footscray) had won just one premiership in their history, and hadn't made it to the Grand Final since 1961. To rub it in, they had lost ''seven'' Preliminary Finals since 1985, narrowly staved off a merger in 1989, and had near-constant financial troubles. Then, three weeks into the 2016 season, captain Bob Murphy injured his knee and was out for the year. Going into the 2016 finals series, they were placed 7th, and were underdogs (pardon the pun) in all their finals matches - against the West Coast Eagles in Perth, then reigning three-time premiers Hawthorn, ''then'' new team (and percieved [[CreatorsPet league's pet]]) Greater Western Sydney Giants in Sydney for the Preliminary Final. The Bulldogs won by a goal, making it to the Grand Final for the first time in 55 years. After that, actually ''winning'' against the top-placed Sydney Swans was almost icing on the cake. But the cherry on top came during the presentation ceremony, when coach Luke Beveridge called injured captain Bob Murphy up to the stand and gave his premiership medallion to him, saying he deserved it more than anyone.

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* AustralianRulesFootball: UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball: As of 2016, the Western Bulldogs (formerly known as Footscray) had won just one premiership in their history, and hadn't made it to the Grand Final since 1961. To rub it in, they had lost ''seven'' Preliminary Finals since 1985, narrowly staved off a merger in 1989, and had near-constant financial troubles. Then, three weeks into the 2016 season, captain Bob Murphy injured his knee and was out for the year. Going into the 2016 finals series, they were placed 7th, and were underdogs (pardon the pun) in all their finals matches - against the West Coast Eagles in Perth, then reigning three-time premiers Hawthorn, ''then'' new team (and percieved [[CreatorsPet league's pet]]) Greater Western Sydney Giants in Sydney for the Preliminary Final. The Bulldogs won by a goal, making it to the Grand Final for the first time in 55 years. After that, actually ''winning'' against the top-placed Sydney Swans was almost icing on the cake. But the cherry on top came during the presentation ceremony, when coach Luke Beveridge called injured captain Bob Murphy up to the stand and gave his premiership medallion to him, saying he deserved it more than anyone.
23rd Sep '17 12:17:39 PM KYCubbie
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* In the same season, the University of Iowa started a heartwarming ''tradition''. The university opened a new children's hospital in 2017 that overlooks Kinnick Stadium, including a feature known as the Press Box—a top-floor lounge that allows patients and their families to see all of the field. Inspired by a suggestion by a Hawkeyes fan on a Website/{{Facebook}} fan page, at the end of the first quarter, all of the fans face the Press Box and wave to the children watching the game at the hospital.

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* In the same season, the University of Iowa started a heartwarming ''tradition''. The university opened a new children's hospital in 2017 that overlooks Kinnick Stadium, including a feature known as the Press Box—a top-floor lounge that allows patients and their families to see all of the field.field, and also includes big-screen [=TVs=] to let them see Hawkeyes road games. Inspired by a suggestion by a Hawkeyes fan on a Website/{{Facebook}} fan page, at the end of the first quarter, all of the fans face the Press Box and wave to the children watching the game at the hospital.
23rd Sep '17 11:58:08 AM KYCubbie
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* In the same season, the University of Iowa started a heartwarming ''tradition''. The university opened a new children's hospital in 2017 that overlooks Kinnick Stadium, including a feature known as the Press Box—a top-floor lounge that allows patients and their families to see all of the field. Inspired by a suggestion by a Hawkeyes fan on a Website/{{Facebook}} fan page, at the end of the first quarter, all of the fans face the Press Box and wave to the children watching the game at the hospital.
4th Sep '17 3:40:08 PM KYCubbie
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--> '''World Peace:''' Not every Kardashian needs to be around. They need to keep it simple, so Lamar’s children can see him whenever they want to see him. They’re waiting in line to see their own father.

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--> '''World Peace:''' Not every Kardashian [[Series/KeepingUpWithTheKardashians Kardashian]] needs to be around. They need to keep it simple, so Lamar’s children can see him whenever they want to see him. They’re waiting in line to see their own father.



* Jake Olson. Born with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, he lost his left eye when he was 10 months old. The cancer went into remission, but came back in 2009 when he was 12 years old. He and his family found out he'd have to have his right eye removed, leaving him totally blind. He'd grown up a USC fan and had developed a close relationship with the program... close enough that the team arranged for him to see a practice on the day before his surgery, so that some of his very last visual memories would be of his favorite team. The story doesn't end there, however. Despite being blind, he played high school football as a long snapper, and in 2015, he got a scholarship to USC through a special fund for physically challenged athletes, and got to actually join his favorite team. He played as a long snapper in the Trojans' 2016 and 2017 spring games... and then in the 2017 season opener against Western Michigan, with USC holding a safe lead late in the fourth quarter, [[http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/20553215/jake-olson-usc-snaps-successful-extra-point-western-michigan he snapped for a successful extra point]]. The Broncos, knowing the game was out of reach and also suspecting Olson might come on, didn't bother rushing the kick.

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* Jake Olson. Born with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, he lost his left eye when he was 10 months old. The cancer went into remission, but came back in 2009 when he was 12 years old. He and his family found out he'd have to have his right eye removed, leaving him totally blind. He'd grown up a USC fan and had developed a close relationship with the program... close enough that the team arranged for him to see a practice on the day before his surgery, so that some of his very last visual memories would be of his favorite team. The story doesn't end there, however. Despite being blind, he played high school football as a long snapper, and in 2015, he got a scholarship to USC through a special fund for physically challenged athletes, and got to actually join his favorite team. He played as a long snapper in the Trojans' 2016 and 2017 spring games... and then in the 2017 season opener against Western Michigan, with USC holding a safe lead late in the fourth quarter, [[http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/20553215/jake-olson-usc-snaps-successful-extra-point-western-michigan he snapped for a successful extra point]]. The Broncos, knowing the game was out of reach and also suspecting Olson might come on, didn't bother rushing the kick.kick.
* On the same day that Olson made his competitive debut at USC, UAB[[note]]Alabama–Birmingham[[/note]] made its return to the football field after having dropped the sport following the 2014 season. Enter Tim Alexander. He had been a high school star in Birmingham until suffering a traumatic brain injury in a 2006 car crash that initially left him paralyzed from the neck down. After years of rehab, he regained the use of his upper body, enrolled at UAB as a student, and got a staff position with the football team. He received a master's degree in 2015, and played a major role in raising the funds that brought UAB football back from the dead. And then for the Blazers' return to the field, he rolled to midfield in his wheelchair, flanked by two former teammates, for the pregame ceremonies. And then rose from his wheelchair and, assisted by said teammates, [[https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/9/3/16249008/uab-tim-alexander-walks-after-being-paralyzed walked the game ball to the referees.]]
2nd Sep '17 7:44:27 PM KYCubbie
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* Jake Olson. Born with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, he lost his left eye when he was 10 months old. The cancer went into remission, but came back in 2009 when he was 12 years old. He and his family found out he'd have to have his right eye removed, leaving him totally blind. He'd grown up a USC fan and had developed a close relationship with the program... close enough that the team arranged for him to see a practice on the day before his surgery, so that some of his very last visual memories would be of his favorite team. The story doesn't end there, however. Despite being blind, he played high school football as a long snapper, and in 2015, he got a scholarship to USC through a special fund for physically challenged athletes, and got to actually join his favorite team. He played as a long snapper in the Trojans' 2016 and 2017 spring games... and then in the 2017 season opener against Western Michigan, with USC holding a safe lead late in the fourth-quarter, [[http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/20553215/jake-olson-usc-snaps-successful-extra-point-western-michigan he snapped for a successful extra point]]. The Broncos, knowing the game was out of reach and also suspecting Olson might come on, didn't bother rushing the kick.

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* Jake Olson. Born with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, he lost his left eye when he was 10 months old. The cancer went into remission, but came back in 2009 when he was 12 years old. He and his family found out he'd have to have his right eye removed, leaving him totally blind. He'd grown up a USC fan and had developed a close relationship with the program... close enough that the team arranged for him to see a practice on the day before his surgery, so that some of his very last visual memories would be of his favorite team. The story doesn't end there, however. Despite being blind, he played high school football as a long snapper, and in 2015, he got a scholarship to USC through a special fund for physically challenged athletes, and got to actually join his favorite team. He played as a long snapper in the Trojans' 2016 and 2017 spring games... and then in the 2017 season opener against Western Michigan, with USC holding a safe lead late in the fourth-quarter, fourth quarter, [[http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/20553215/jake-olson-usc-snaps-successful-extra-point-western-michigan he snapped for a successful extra point]]. The Broncos, knowing the game was out of reach and also suspecting Olson might come on, didn't bother rushing the kick.
2nd Sep '17 7:43:56 PM KYCubbie
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* Jake Olson. Born with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, he lost his left eye when he was 10 months old. The cancer went into remission, but came back in 2009 when he was 12 years old. He and his family found out he'd have to have his right eye removed, leaving him totally blind. He'd grown up a USC fan and had developed a close relationship with the program... close enough that the team arranged for him to see a practice on the day before his surgery, so that some of his very last visual memories would be of his favorite team. The story doesn't end there, however. Despite being blind, he played high school football as a long snapper, and in 2015, he got a scholarship to USC through a special fund for physically challenged athletes, and got to actually join his favorite team. He played as a long snapper in the Trojans' 2016 and 2017 spring games... and then in the 2017 season opener against Western Michigan, with USC holding a safe lead late in the fourth-quarter, [http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/20553215/jake-olson-usc-snaps-successful-extra-point-western-michigan he snapped for a successful extra point]. The Broncos, knowing the game was out of reach and also suspecting Olson might come on, didn't bother rushing the kick.

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* Jake Olson. Born with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, he lost his left eye when he was 10 months old. The cancer went into remission, but came back in 2009 when he was 12 years old. He and his family found out he'd have to have his right eye removed, leaving him totally blind. He'd grown up a USC fan and had developed a close relationship with the program... close enough that the team arranged for him to see a practice on the day before his surgery, so that some of his very last visual memories would be of his favorite team. The story doesn't end there, however. Despite being blind, he played high school football as a long snapper, and in 2015, he got a scholarship to USC through a special fund for physically challenged athletes, and got to actually join his favorite team. He played as a long snapper in the Trojans' 2016 and 2017 spring games... and then in the 2017 season opener against Western Michigan, with USC holding a safe lead late in the fourth-quarter, [http://www.[[http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/20553215/jake-olson-usc-snaps-successful-extra-point-western-michigan he snapped for a successful extra point].point]]. The Broncos, knowing the game was out of reach and also suspecting Olson might come on, didn't bother rushing the kick.
2nd Sep '17 7:43:12 PM KYCubbie
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** Marian Hossa finally got to lift the cup after being on the losing team in the previous two Stanley Cup finals.
** 23 year old Jonathan Toews finished off an amazing year, winning Best Forward and a gold medal with Team Canada in the Olympics followed the Con Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup.

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** Marian Hossa finally got to lift the cup Cup after being on the losing team in the previous two Stanley Cup finals.
** 23 year old 23-year-old Jonathan Toews finished off an amazing year, winning Best Forward and a gold medal with Team Canada in the Olympics followed following the Con Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup.



** And in 2013 after beating the Boston Bruins, they took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe newspaper thanking the Bruins organization and the city of Boston for a great series and hospitality. Good sportsmanship is not dead at all.
* During the 2008-09 season, the entire Chicago Blackhawks team skips out on a day of rest to be with their GM at his late father's wake. To top it off, they make a stop at a small town [=McDonalds=]. It almost went un-noticed until someone emailed a host of a NHL show on XM Radio, in which it finally got noticed and the story received the treatment it deserved.
* In 1997, the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, breaking a 42 year drought, sending the city into a frenzy of celebration. Six days later, defenceman Vladimir Konstantinov suffered permanent brain damage in a car accident. The team dedicated the next season to their teammate and won the Stanley Cup again. Tradition states that at the cup raising ceremony, the captain receives the cup, hoists it, and hands it to the team's most valuable player. Wings captain Steve Yzerman took the cup, raised it in the air and then gently placed it in Konstantinov's lap. Konstantinov had been brought onto the ice in his wheelchair to be with the team. The whole team gathered around and wheeled him around the ice in a victory lap holding the Stanley Cup.

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** And in 2013 after beating the Boston Bruins, they took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe ''Boston Globe'' newspaper thanking the Bruins organization and the city of Boston for a great series and hospitality. Good sportsmanship is not dead at all.
* During the 2008-09 season, the entire Chicago Blackhawks team skips out on a day of rest to be with their GM at his late father's wake. To top it off, they make a stop at a small town [=McDonalds=]. small-town UsefulNotes/McDonalds. It almost went un-noticed unnoticed until someone emailed a host of a NHL show on XM Radio, in which it finally got noticed and the story received the treatment it deserved.
* In 1997, the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, breaking a 42 year 42-year drought, sending the city into a frenzy of celebration. Six days later, defenceman Vladimir Konstantinov suffered permanent brain damage in a car accident. The team dedicated the next season to their teammate and won the Stanley Cup again. Tradition states that at the cup raising ceremony, the captain receives the cup, hoists it, and hands it to the team's most valuable player. Wings captain Steve Yzerman took the cup, raised it in the air and then gently placed it in Konstantinov's lap. Konstantinov had been brought onto the ice in his wheelchair to be with the team. The whole team gathered around and wheeled him around the ice in a victory lap holding the Stanley Cup.



* On November 20, 2014, at the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Nashville Predators game in Canada, the mic cut out during the singing of the National Anthem. Without hesitation, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9RDnnpQZsg/ the Maple Leaf fans pick it up]]

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* On November 20, 2014, at the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Nashville Predators game in Canada, the mic cut out during the singing of the National Anthem. Without hesitation, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9RDnnpQZsg/ the Maple Leaf fans pick it up]]up]].



* [=LeBron=] James' [[{{Squee}} utter elation]] at winning his first championship after nine long years of coming of short, delightfully subverting EveryYearTheyFizzleOut.
** Eclipsed by his [[ManlyTears]] after the end of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, when he finally, after thirteen years, delivered on his promise to bring a championship to Cleveland, ending the city's fifty-two year championship drought. When asked at the post-game ceremony what made this championship more special than his two in Miami, he only had two words: I'm home.

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* [=LeBron=] James' UsefulNotes/LeBronJames' [[{{Squee}} utter elation]] at winning his first championship after nine long years of coming of short, delightfully subverting EveryYearTheyFizzleOut.
** Eclipsed by his [[ManlyTears]] after the end of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, when he finally, after thirteen years, delivered on his promise to bring a championship to Cleveland, ending the city's fifty-two year championship drought. When asked at the post-game ceremony what made this championship more special than his two in Miami, he only had two words: I'm "I'm home."


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* Jake Olson. Born with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, he lost his left eye when he was 10 months old. The cancer went into remission, but came back in 2009 when he was 12 years old. He and his family found out he'd have to have his right eye removed, leaving him totally blind. He'd grown up a USC fan and had developed a close relationship with the program... close enough that the team arranged for him to see a practice on the day before his surgery, so that some of his very last visual memories would be of his favorite team. The story doesn't end there, however. Despite being blind, he played high school football as a long snapper, and in 2015, he got a scholarship to USC through a special fund for physically challenged athletes, and got to actually join his favorite team. He played as a long snapper in the Trojans' 2016 and 2017 spring games... and then in the 2017 season opener against Western Michigan, with USC holding a safe lead late in the fourth-quarter, [http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/20553215/jake-olson-usc-snaps-successful-extra-point-western-michigan he snapped for a successful extra point]. The Broncos, knowing the game was out of reach and also suspecting Olson might come on, didn't bother rushing the kick.
30th Aug '17 11:40:08 PM Dialh
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* After the Manchester concert bombing, the game between the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals [[(StealthPun fine coincidence, that)]] was begun not with "The Star-Spangled Banner", but with "God Save the Queen." Excuse me, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVj2B5nhPhA I think I have something in my eye]].

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* After the Manchester concert bombing, the game between the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals [[(StealthPun ([[StealthPun fine coincidence, that)]] that]]) was begun not with "The Star-Spangled Banner", but with "God Save the Queen." Excuse me, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVj2B5nhPhA I think I have something in my eye]].
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