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13th May '18 12:13:28 PM EDP
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* At the 1948 Tour de France, Gino Bartali's victory ''stopped an impending civil war in Italy'': during the tour, Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party, had been shot and was comatose, there were great tensions in the country, including a general strike, and right as Italy was ready to collapse in a civil war Bartali won his third stage in a row, and the tensions were drowned in the entusiasm for his impending victory, just long enough for Togliatti to wake up and calm down his supporters.
** Reportedly, the first thing Togliatti asked after waking up was how Bartali was doing in the Tour.
15th Apr '18 8:19:35 PM KYCubbie
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** 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. It was far from the end of his journey with Michigan basketball. The Wolverines received a medical waiver for Hatch that kept him on scholarship through his expected graduation in spring 2018. He's been a student assistant coach ever since, participating fully with the team except for not being on the active roster. And, for [[http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22493262/michigan-wolverines-honors-plane-crash-survivor-austin-hatch what would have been his senior day]], he suited up and participated in warmups with the rest of the team, and was honored alongside the seniors on the active roster, with his fiancée with him on court.

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** 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. It was far from the end of his journey with Michigan basketball. The Wolverines received a medical waiver for Hatch that kept him on scholarship through his expected graduation in spring 2018. He's been For the rest of his time at Michigan, he was a student assistant coach ever since, coach, participating fully with the team except for not being on the active roster. And, for [[http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22493262/michigan-wolverines-honors-plane-crash-survivor-austin-hatch what would have been his senior day]], he suited up and participated in warmups with the rest of the team, and was honored alongside the seniors on the active roster, with his fiancée with him on court. Minor DownerEnding: Michigan lost to Villanova in the 2018 national championship game, Hatch's last on the sideline.
30th Mar '18 6:46:25 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 Tipoff Classic. To top it off, the 2017 edition, in what would have been Hill's senior year, saw Hiram return to play MSJ. And, during halftime, several of her former teammates (both active and already-graduated) attempted her layup challenge.

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** And her legacy continues. continues...
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In November 2015, MSJ and Xavier began an annual season-opening doubleheader, hosted by Xavier... the Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic. To top it off, the 2017 edition, in what would have been Hill's senior year, saw Hiram return to play MSJ. And, during halftime, several of her former teammates (both active and already-graduated) attempted her layup challenge.challenge.
*** Hill's story contributed to another heartwarming moment in itself. In August 2014, Avery Marz, then a 17-year-old who was set to begin playing at [[UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} Saint Joseph's]], suffered a stroke while moving into her dorm room. One doctor told her she'd never play again. After one of her rehab sessions, she saw TV coverage of Hill's first game, including the halftime award ceremony. Marz returned to play in the 2017–18 season, and cited Hill as a major inspiration in her comeback. After that season, she was named winner of the same award Hill had received during her first game, and [[http://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22970113/avery-marz-st-josephs-accepts-courage-award-lauren-hill-parents received the award with Hill's parents and Summitt's son in attendance]].
30th Mar '18 11:30:12 AM kazokuhouou
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*** This is just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlz2qrmcHY8 twenty minutes]] worth of reactions to the win. There are plenty more on the internet.

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*** This is just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlz2qrmcHY8 twenty com/watch?v=m1o44YMXfEo eighteen minutes]] worth of reactions to the win. There are plenty more on the internet.
25th Mar '18 10:48:44 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* A matter of days after the Bataclan gun attacks of November 2015, France were due to play a friendly match with England. It should be noted that the England-France rivalry goes far beyond mere sports. Two major candidates for a ''de facto'' world war before World War I, the Seven Years War and the French Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars, were fought between England and France. The two countries have been kicking the hell out of each other for ''a thousand years'' - this is a rivalry that goes back to the days of William the Conqueror and there are ''still'' sections of the English population holding a grudge about that (just as there are still sections of the French population holding a grudge about the execution of Joan of Arc). The English like to think of the French as effete, smelly frog eaters and the French like to think of the English as beer swilling thugs obsessed with roast beef. Footballing encounters are therefore predictably fierce and hard-fought, with lots of barracking from the fans. But not this time. Instead, the French team and fans arrived to find Wembley, the ancestral home of English football, lit up in the colours of the French flag, the French national motto of 'Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité' emblazoned on the side of the stadium, the traditional vast St. George's Flag formed of cards at the home end replaced by a French tricolore, an impeccably observed minute's silence and ''the entire stadium'' joining in with a thunderous rendition of 'La Marseillaise', the French national anthem (and, appropriately, a stirring battle hymn), thereafter. Then, when Lassana Diarra, a French player whose cousin had been killed in the attacks, came on, he was greeted to a unanimous standing ovation. While England won 2-0, beating France for the first time in a long time, this was considered secondary to the occasion. Some things, after all, are more important than football.

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* A matter of days after the Bataclan gun attacks of November 2015, France were due to play a friendly match with England. It should be noted that the England-France rivalry goes far beyond mere sports. Two major candidates for a ''de facto'' world war before World War I, the Seven Years War and the French Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars, were fought between England and France. The two countries have been kicking the hell out of each other for ''a thousand years'' - this is a rivalry that goes back to the days of William the Conqueror and there are ''still'' sections of the English population holding a grudge about that (just as there are still sections of the French population holding a grudge about the execution of Joan of Arc). The English like to think of the French as effete, smelly frog eaters and the French like to think of the English as beer swilling thugs obsessed with roast beef. Footballing encounters are therefore predictably fierce and hard-fought, with lots of barracking from the fans. But not this time. Instead, the French team and fans arrived to find Wembley, the ancestral home of English football, lit up in the colours of the French flag, the French national motto of 'Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité' emblazoned on the side of the stadium, the traditional vast St. George's Flag formed of cards at the home end replaced by a French tricolore, an impeccably observed minute's silence and ''the entire stadium'' stadium'', all 71,000 fans, joining in with a thunderous rendition of 'La Marseillaise', the French national anthem (and, appropriately, a stirring battle hymn), thereafter.thereafter, the words projected on the big screen so everyone could get them right. Then, when Lassana Diarra, a French player whose cousin had been killed in the attacks, came on, he was greeted to a unanimous standing ovation. While England won 2-0, beating France for the first time in a long time, this was considered secondary to the occasion. Some things, after all, are more important than football.football.
** And around 18 months later, England suffered two terrorist attacks in quick succession; the Manchester Arena Bombing, and the Borough Market/London Bridge attack, in the space of less than two weeks. 11 days after the second attack, England and France had another friendly football match, this time in Paris, at the Stade de France, the ancestral home of French football. And when the England fans arrived, the French returned the favour: the minute's silence was impeccably observed, the traditional tricolore of cards was replaced by a St George's Flag, and the French fans joined in with both the English national anthem, 'God Save the Queen', and with Oasis' 'Don't Look Back in Anger', which had been adopted as an anthem by survivors of the Manchester bombing. France won 3-2, but as last time, that was secondary. England and France may make play at hating each other, but they hate each other like family.



* On Wednesday 14th of December 2016, Sunderland were about to play Chelsea at home. But before the match, terminally ill five year old fan Bradley Lowery was brought on in full kit in the arms of Sunderland Captain Jermaine Defoe and fulfilled his dream of scoring for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, taking a penalty - while the keeper theatrically dived the wrong way - being applauded all the while. Then, in the fifth minute, the entire stadium gave him a standing ovation.

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* On Wednesday 14th of December 2016, Sunderland were about to play Chelsea at home. But before the match, terminally ill five year old fan Bradley Lowery was brought on in full kit in the arms of then Sunderland Captain Jermaine Defoe (the two having become very close, with Defoe breaking down in tears when remembering Lowery after he died) and fulfilled his dream of scoring for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, taking a penalty - while the keeper theatrically dived the wrong way - being applauded all the while. Then, in the fifth minute, the entire stadium gave him a standing ovation.
** And the following month, when ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' (the BBC's regular football highlights and analysis program and an integral part of British culture since 1964) did their regular 'Goal of the Month' segment, as voted for by the public, the British public voted unanimously for Lowery's penalty. No, I'm not crying, ''you're'' crying.
26th Feb '18 1:16:46 PM KYCubbie
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* February 26, 2018, Carver–Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa: Late in the second half of Iowa's final home game of the season against Northwestern, Iowa's Jordan Bohannon was at the free-throw line on a streak of 33 consecutive free throws, one short of the school record. Bohannon made the first, and was set to break the record... [[http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/recap?gameId=400986588 but pointed to the sky and intentionally missed]]. Now for more background: The school record in question was held by Chris Street, who was killed in a car accident midway through the 1992–93 season while on a free-throw streak of 34. Bohannon, an Iowa native, was well aware of Street's story, and had become close to the Street family, later saying "that's not my record to have; and, obviously, that record deserves to stay in his name." Oh, and by the way, Street's parents were at that game. Iowa's coach didn't mind the intentional miss, even though there was still enough time for Northwestern to erase Iowa's 8-point lead. They didn't.

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* February 26, 2018, Carver–Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa: Late in the second half of In Iowa's final home game of the season season, with the Hawkeyes holding a 73–65 lead with 2:15 left against Northwestern, Iowa's Jordan Bohannon was at the free-throw line on a streak of 33 34 consecutive free throws, one short of equaling the school record. Bohannon made the first, and was set to break the record... [[http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/recap?gameId=400986588 hawkcentral.com/story/sports/college/iowa/basketball-men/2018/02/25/jordan-bohannons-intentionally-missed-free-throw-keeps-chris-street-record-books/371686002/ but pointed to the sky and he intentionally missed]].missed, raising a finger to the sky immediately afterwards]]. Now for more background: The school record in question was held by Chris Street, who was killed in a car accident midway through the 1992–93 season while on a free-throw streak of 34. Bohannon, an Iowa native, was well aware of Street's story, and had become close to the Street family, later saying "that's not my record to have; and, obviously, that record deserves to stay in his name." Oh, and by the way, Street's parents were at that game. Iowa's coach didn't mind the intentional miss, even though there was still enough time for Northwestern to erase Iowa's 8-point lead. They didn't. And after the game, Street's father gave Bohannon, who still has two years left to play at Iowa, the family's blessing to break the record should he get another chance, telling him, "Next time, you need to go right on by."


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** Not even the end of the football season could stop The Wave. After one major snowstorm in 2018, the maintenance crew didn't immediately clear the entire field, instead creating an outline of a waving hand in the snow for patients to see. One young patient actually saw the crew at work.
26th Feb '18 1:02:08 PM KYCubbie
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* February 26, 2018, Carver–Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa: Late in the second half of Iowa's final home game of the season against Northwestern, Iowa's Jordan Bohannon was at the free-throw line on a streak of 33 consecutive free throws, one short of the school record. Bohannon made the first, and was set to break the record... [[http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/recap?gameId=400986588 but pointed to the sky and intentionally missed]]. Now for more background: The school record in question was held by Chris Street, who was killed in a car accident midway through the 1992–93 season while on a free-throw streak of 34. Bohannon, an Iowa native, was well aware of Street's story, and had become close to the Street family, later saying "that's not my record to have; and, obviously, that record deserves to stay in his name." Oh, and by the way, Street's parents were at that game. Iowa's coach didn't mind the intentional miss, even though there was still enough time for Northwestern to erase Iowa's 8-point lead. They didn't.
21st Feb '18 2:39:18 AM bt8257
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** 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.

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** 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 after all.



* Mike Modano spent nearly his entire NHL Career playing for the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars. In 2010, he returned to hockey after a planned retirement, and was picked up by the Detroit Red Wings. The last game of the 2011 regular season (neither the Stars nor the Red Wings made the playoffs) was at Dallas. The day before the game, (NOTE: This may or may not be true. I am repeating what I have heard) Mike was called into the Red Wings locker room, where he was presented a box. He must've thought it was a retirement present, and what a present it was. It was a Dallas Stars home jersey, with his number 9 on it. The Red Wings and the Stars had made an arrangement for Mike to play his last game in Dallas as a Star. Even better? Not only did the Stars fans give him a standing ovation, the Red Wings fans did too. The best part? The final of the game was 1-0 in overtime, with Modano scoring that goal. Something to add on to that. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lvZCfZfCmA This was footage from his last game in 2010.]]

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* Mike Modano spent nearly his entire NHL Career playing for the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars. In 2010, he returned to hockey after a planned retirement, and was picked up by the Detroit Red Wings. The last game of the 2011 regular season (neither the Stars nor the Red Wings made the playoffs) was at Dallas. The day before the game, (NOTE: This may or may not be true. I am repeating what I have heard) Mike was called into the Red Wings locker room, where he was presented a box. He must've thought it was a retirement present, and what a present it was. It was a Dallas Stars home jersey, with his number 9 on it. The Red Wings and the Stars had made an arrangement for Mike to play his last game in Dallas as a Star. Even better? Not only did the Stars fans give him a standing ovation, the Red Wings fans did too. The best part? The final of the game was 1-0 1–0 in overtime, with Modano scoring that goal. Something to add on to that. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lvZCfZfCmA This was footage from his last game in 2010.]]



* Kimmo Timmonen, after 15 seasons split between the Predators and Flyers, nearly had his career ended by life threatening blood clots. He was sidelined for most of the 2014-15 season until just before the trade deadline when the Flyers (who were mostly out of contention) traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks to give him one last shot to win a Stanley Cup. A few months later, as a member of the team that beat him in his only previous chance, he was finally able to lift it before retiring. He was the first person hawks captain Jonathan Toews passed it to after accepting it.

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* Kimmo Timmonen, after 15 seasons split between the Predators and Flyers, nearly had his career ended by life threatening blood clots. He was sidelined for most of the 2014-15 season until just before the trade deadline when the Flyers (who were mostly out of contention) traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks to give him one last shot to win a Stanley Cup. A few months later, as a member of the team that beat him in his only previous chance, he was finally able to lift it before retiring. He was the first person hawks Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews passed it to after accepting it.






* Heartwarming Moment on ''Series/MondayNightFootball'', to Brett Favre, to the crowd, hell, everyone in the stadium! On the October 5th, 2009 game, for the first time playing in a purple and gold Vikings jersey, Favre faces off against his old team, the Green Bay Packers inside of the Minnesota Metrodome. Despite his warm greeting during the last home game, the crowd finally let Favre know over the course of the game just how much they accepted him now that he was playing like this against the Packers, bringing a huge smile to the man's face. Even after the MN defense smashed the GB offensive line and quarterback, at the end of the game, pretty much the entire Green Bay team went over to greet, compliment his playing and wish Favre luck with his new team, [[ManlyTears bringing tears to his eyes]]. The sight of all of this brought me to my own tears at just how loved this man is in the world of football, no matter what side he is on. The 30-23 win brought the Vikings to 4-0 for the season at that point, doubling all the events in the game as a ''CrowningMomentofAwesome''.

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* Heartwarming Moment on ''Series/MondayNightFootball'', to Brett Favre, to the crowd, hell, everyone in the stadium! On the October 5th, 2009 game, for the first time playing in a purple and gold Vikings jersey, Favre faces off against his old team, the Green Bay Packers inside of the Minnesota Metrodome. Despite his warm greeting during the last home game, the crowd finally let Favre know over the course of the game just how much they accepted him now that he was playing like this against the Packers, bringing a huge smile to the man's face. Even after the MN defense smashed the GB offensive line and quarterback, at the end of the game, pretty much the entire Green Bay team went over to greet, compliment his playing and wish Favre luck with his new team, [[ManlyTears bringing tears to his eyes]]. The sight of all of this brought me to my own tears at just how loved this man is in the world of football, no matter what side he is on. The 30-23 30–23 win brought the Vikings to 4-0 4–0 for the season at that point, doubling all the events in the game as a ''CrowningMomentofAwesome''.''Crowning SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome''.



* January 2007: The Boise State Broncos had just capped one of the greatest games and biggest upsets in college football history, taking down Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, 43-42 in overtime. Fullback Ian Johnson, who had scored the winning two-point conversion, put a bow on the night by proposing, on national TV, to his cheerleader girlfriend. They were married that June. [[spoiler:Of course, because HumansAreBastards, they had to have police guards at the wedding, due to the dismaying amounts of threats the couple received objecting to their marriage. (She's white, he's black.)]] It's still a happy ending as both families issued statements that ignorant bigots were NOT going to ruin this moment. They were supported by the school and people across the nation.

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* January 2007: The Boise State Broncos had just capped one of the greatest games and biggest upsets in college football history, taking down Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, 43-42 43–42 in overtime. Fullback Ian Johnson, who had scored the winning two-point conversion, put a bow on the night by proposing, on national TV, to his cheerleader girlfriend. They were married that June. [[spoiler:Of course, because since HumansAreBastards, they had to have police guards at the wedding, due to the dismaying amounts amount of threats the couple received objecting to their marriage. (She's white, he's black.)]] It's still a happy ending as both families issued statements that ignorant bigots were NOT going to ruin this moment. They were supported by the school and people across the nation.



* When he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, Shannon Sharpe had this to say about his big brother, Sterling, whose career was shortened by injury:

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* When he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, Shannon Sharpe had this to say about his big brother, brother Sterling, whose career was sadly shortened by injury:injuries:



* During their run to winning the Super Bowl in the 2007-2008 season, the New York Giants got inspiration from Lt Colonel Greg Garber, who had lost his legs in action. At the ceremony the Giants held to hand out Super Bowl rings, they let Garber know just how much he meant to them by presenting him with his own Super Bowl ring.

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* During their run to winning the Super Bowl in the 2007-2008 2007–08 season, the New York Giants got inspiration from Lt Colonel Greg Garber, who had lost his legs in action. At the ceremony the Giants held to hand out Super Bowl rings, they let Garber know just how much he meant to them by presenting him with his own Super Bowl ring.



* After 58 years of frustration and torment the Eagles can finally fly above the NFL. Toppling the Patriots in Super Bowl 52. The Gang wins the Super Bowl.

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* After 58 years of frustration and torment torment, the Eagles can finally '''''FINALLY''''' fly above the NFL. NFL once again. Toppling the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.LII. The Gang wins the Super Bowl.



* For balance, we need a New York Yankees example: the 2010 home opener at Yankees Stadium, in which the team was presented with their 27th World Series rings. World Series hero and MVP Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui had been traded to the LA Angels, and this marked his first return to New York. That the Angels were selected as the opponent just so Matsui could get his ring with his old teammates in New York would be heartwarming enough, but the applause from the fans was deafening, and the entire Yankees squad ran out to hug him. Every time Matsui came up to bat in the series, the fans went crazy for him. There was so much love that when he scored a home run in the third game of the series, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning...''the New York fans still cheered for him''. Loudly. Even the most avowed Yankee hater's heart was warmed. It helped that Matsui had given New York fans a great moment himself. In the midst of so many half-hearted and phony public apologies that amount to "I'm sorry I got caught," Matsui publicly apologized to the fans. . . ''for breaking his wrist trying to make a catch.''

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* For balance, we need a New York Yankees example: the 2010 home opener at Yankees Stadium, in which the team was presented with their 27th World Series rings. World Series hero and MVP Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui had been traded to the LA Angels, and this marked his first return to New York. That the Angels were selected as the opponent just so Matsui could get his ring with his old teammates in New York would be heartwarming enough, but the applause from the fans was deafening, and the entire Yankees squad ran out to hug him. Every time Matsui came up to bat in the series, the fans went crazy for him. There was so much love that when he scored a home run in the third game of the series, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning...''the New York fans still cheered for him''. Loudly. Even the most avowed Yankee hater's heart was warmed. It helped that Matsui had given New York fans a great moment himself. In the midst of so many half-hearted and phony public apologies that amount to "I'm sorry I got caught," Matsui publicly apologized to the fans. . .fans... ''for breaking his wrist trying to make a catch.''



*** Come August 25, 2011, the Cardinals find themselves 10 1/2 games out of the Wild Card spot to the Atlanta Braves, yet by the end of the season, they came all the way back to clinch the Wild Card on the final day of the season. Then, they upset the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS and triumphed over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS. In the World Series against the Texas Rangers, they fell behind in the series 3 games to 2. But in game 6, the Cardinals rallied to win after being down to their last strike, not just once, but ''twice.'' The team then went on to win Game 7, to finish one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history.
*** In short, the Cardinals of 2006 and 2011 were deemed of having no chance of winning, but they ultimately, showing that no matter what the odds, they were [[TheDeterminator determined and just would not quit]].
* A bunch of volunteers turn a little league baseball game into a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nbkbss7i5s major league event]].

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*** Come August 25, 2011, the Cardinals find themselves 10 1/2 10½ games out of the Wild Card spot to the Atlanta Braves, yet by the end of the season, they came all the way back to clinch the Wild Card on the final day of the season. Then, they upset the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS and triumphed over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS. In the World Series against the Texas Rangers, they fell behind in the series 3 games to 2. But in game 6, the Cardinals rallied to win after being down to their last strike, not just once, but ''twice.'' The team then went on to win Game 7, to finish one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history.
*** In short, the Cardinals of 2006 and 2011 were deemed of having no chance of winning, but they ultimately, showing that no matter what the odds, they were [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} determined and just would not quit]].
* A bunch of volunteers turn a little league baseball game into a [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nbkbss7i5s major league event]].



** And now a year later, the Royals have won their first World Championship in thirty years. It can't be said they didn't earn it! It culminated in them returning home to a parade and rally estimated to have drawn at least 800,000 people. No one can say the Royals' fans don't love them.

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** And now a year later, the Royals have won their first World Championship in thirty years.since 1985. It can't be said they didn't earn it! It culminated in them returning home to a parade and rally estimated to have drawn at least 800,000 people. No one can say the Royals' fans don't love them.



----> " This is going to be a tough play,Bryant!The Cubs!... WIN THE WORLD SERIES! BRYANT MAKES THE PLAY! IT'S ''OVER'' AND THE CUBS! '''HAVE FINALLY WON IT ALL'''!!"

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----> " This is going to be a tough play,Bryant!The play, Bryant! The Cubs!... WIN THE WORLD SERIES! BRYANT MAKES THE PLAY! IT'S ''OVER'' AND THE CUBS! '''HAVE FINALLY WON IT ALL'''!!"



** A day before Game 7 Cubs fans took a pilgrimage to the grave site of Johnny Evers 2nd baseman of the 1907/1908 Chicago Cubs World Series team. In an attempt of good luck Cubs fans laid out mementos to the beloved Cub.

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** A day before Game 7 7, Cubs fans took a pilgrimage to the grave site of Johnny Evers Evers, 2nd baseman of the 1907/1908 Chicago Cubs World Series team. In an attempt of good luck Cubs fans laid out mementos to the beloved Cub.
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** 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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** Eclipsed by his [[ManlyTears]] 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."



* Then there's the story of the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day_Miracle Memorial Day Miracle]]", well known in the city of San Antonio as being the turnaround moment for the San Antonio Spurs organization. It was the second game in the Western Conference Finals and the Spurs were down 18 points late in the third quarter. The Spurs rallied to catch up to the Portland Trail Blazers but were still were down one point until Sean Elliott scored a 2-pointer in the final seconds of the game, thus allowing the Spurs to win 86-85. The Spurs eventually swept the Trail Blazers and were able to get to the NBA Finals where they would win their first NBA Championship in franchise history. What was especially awesome about this was that Sean Elliott was secretly battling a serious kidney condition that would eventually require him to get a kidney transplant from his brother. And in spite of the deep passion San Antonians feel for the Spurs, the championship celebrations were surprisingly peaceful, with only a handful of arrests for public drunkenness happening that night. That's right, an entire city celebrated a national championship of some import without rioting, looting, causing any fires, damaging any cars, roughing anybody up, or anything other than clogging up the downtown streets, honking their car horns and cheering as loudly as possible.
* The HBO documentary ''Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals'', which recounts the legendary NBA rivalry between the Boston Celtics' Larry Bird and the Los Angeles Lakers' Earvin "Magic" Johnson has a particularly heartwarming moment. Before he announced to the world he was infected with HIV, Magic had his agent inform Bird of his condition. Bird, not wanting to believe it, called up Magic to offer support. Magic, as he recounts in the docu with tears in his eyes, was very touched by this gesture, as he felt many of his so called friends had abandoned him when he was diagnosed. The fact that his rival, a man he'd professed to not liking personally early on in his career (though they did become friends later on), had bothered to check on him was a great comfort.

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* Then there's There's the story of the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day_Miracle Memorial Day Miracle]]", well known in the city of San Antonio as being the turnaround moment for the San Antonio Spurs organization. It was Game 2 of the second game in the 1999 Western Conference Finals and the Spurs were down 18 points late in the third quarter. The Spurs rallied to catch up to Finals; the Portland Trail Blazers ''completely'' outplayed San Antonio in the first half, taking a 48–34 lead. Portland then scored the first four points of the second half, forcing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to call timeout. The Spurs then went on a 9–2 run (started by a three-pointer from Sean Elliott) before Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy called a timeout to try and break San Antonio's momentum. However, the Spurs' run continued on with eight unanswered points, before ending with yet another Elliott three-pointer that made it 54–51. Both teams went back-and-forth for most of the second half after that point. However, the Spurs were down 84–76 with around 2 minutes left. They rallied to catch up, but were still were down one point until Sean Elliott scored a 2-pointer in the final 85–83 with 12 seconds left after Portland's Damon Stoudamire split a pair of the game, thus allowing free throws. After a time-out by the Spurs to win 86-85. advance the ball to halfcourt, guard Mario Elie inbounded the ball past a diving Stacey Augmon to forward Sean Elliott, who caught the pass near the sideline. He stayed on his toes while turning to shoot a 3-pointer, careful not to set his heels down out-of-bounds, which would have caused a turnover that almost certainly would've meant that the series would be tied at one game apiece (and render the Spurs' comeback painfully moot). Not only that, he had to deal with Rasheed Wallace running full-tilt at him to try and block the shot (which he just ''barely'' failed at doing). To cap off that tense sequence of events, his shot went in with 9 seconds left, giving San Antonio their first lead ''of the game''. After a wild final possession that involved two missed shots by the Blazers, San Antonio walked off the court up 2 games to none. The Spurs eventually then easily swept the Trail Blazers and were able last two games to get to the NBA Finals for the first time, where they would win their first NBA Championship in franchise history. What was especially awesome about this was that Sean Elliott was secretly battling a serious kidney condition that would eventually require him to get a kidney transplant from his brother. And in spite of the deep passion San Antonians feel for the Spurs, the championship celebrations were surprisingly peaceful, with only a handful of arrests for public drunkenness happening that night. That's right, an entire city celebrated a national championship of some import without rioting, looting, causing any fires, damaging any cars, roughing anybody up, or anything other than clogging up the downtown streets, honking their car horns and cheering as loudly as possible.
* The HBO documentary ''Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals'', which recounts the legendary NBA rivalry between the Boston Celtics' Larry Bird and the Los Angeles Lakers' Earvin "Magic" Johnson has a particularly heartwarming moment. Before he announced to the world he was infected with HIV, Magic had his agent inform Bird of his condition. Bird, not wanting to believe it, called up Magic to offer support. Magic, as he recounts in the docu documentary with tears in his eyes, was very touched by this gesture, as he felt many of his so called friends had abandoned him when he was diagnosed. The fact that his rival, a man he'd professed to not liking personally early on in his career (though they did become friends later on), had bothered to check on him was a great comfort.
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* On June 9, 2001, Ray Bourque after 22 seasons of playing finally won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche, on his last career NHL game ever. Stanley Cup tradition states that the captain hoists the Cup and then skates the cup around the rink first upon winning the cup. However, Avs captain Joe Sakic, knowing how long Bourque had waited for the cup, gave him the honor of hoisting the Cup and skating around the rink first. To add on, teammate Patrick Roy (one of the best goalies of all time, 2nd in regular season wins) claimed, "A name was missing from that Cup, and today it is back to normal."
** This story runs deeper than that, and is layered with both Heartwarming and Awesome: Bourque had spent over 20 years playing for the Boston Bruins, and is still considered an icon of that team. In 2000, after the Bruins were out of playoff contention, Bourque requested a trade to another team, feeling that he was approaching the end of his career, and wanted as good a shot at The Big One as possible. Rather than try to hold on to him tooth and nail, the Bruins' front office facilitated a trade to Colorado - not Bourque's first choice - feeling that they would give him the best shot possible; they felt he deserved it after two decades of loyalty. The rest is history, but it doesn't end there. Bourque was allowed to bring The Cup to Boston where a rally was held in celebration of the beloved player. Thousands of people attended; it didn't matter that he won with another team. They were just happy that he won.

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* On June 9, 2001, Ray Bourque after 22 seasons of playing playing, Ray Bourque finally won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche, on in his last career NHL game ever. Stanley Cup tradition states that the captain hoists the Cup and then skates the cup around the rink first upon winning the cup. However, Avs captain Joe Sakic, knowing how long Bourque had waited for the cup, Cup, gave him the honor of hoisting the Cup and skating around the rink first. To add on, teammate Patrick Roy (one of the best goalies of all time, 2nd in regular season wins) claimed, "A name was missing from that Cup, and today it is back to normal."
** This story runs deeper than that, and is layered with both Heartwarming and Awesome: Bourque had spent over 20 years playing for the Boston Bruins, and is still considered an icon of that team. In 2000, after the Bruins were out of playoff contention, Bourque requested a trade to another team, feeling that he was approaching the end of his career, and wanted as good a shot at The Big One as possible. Rather than try to hold on to him tooth and nail, the Bruins' front office facilitated a trade to Colorado - not Bourque's first choice - feeling that they would give him the best shot possible; they felt he deserved it after two decades of loyalty. The rest is history, but it doesn't end there. Bourque was allowed to bring The Cup to Boston where a rally was held in celebration of the beloved player. Thousands of people attended; it didn't matter that he won with another team. They were just happy that he finally won.



* Phil Esposito's speech on national television after Team Canada suffered a humilating against the Soviets in Game 4 of the Summit Series and was booed off the ice in their own home country and further crucified by the media.
--> "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 ... 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.''

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* Phil Esposito's speech on national television after Team Canada suffered a humilating humiliating loss against the Soviets in Game 4 of the Summit Series and was booed off the ice in their own home country and further crucified by the media.
--> "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 ... 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 "
** Guess
what? ''Canada won the Summit Series in the end.''



* When current Hawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIO9DLe_-rY sang for the Bears game at Soldier Field on the 10th anniversary of September 11th]], the crowd reaction may have broken the law of sound physics for an open-air stadium.
* In a mix between this and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, in 2001, then Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu was diagnosed with cancer. Expected to miss the whole season, he came back for the last few games of the season. Montreal fans gave him an ''eight-minute'' standing ovation. He then helped the team get into a playoff spot and eventually defeat the top seeded Boston Bruins, whom with they have arguably the biggest rivalry in hockey.
* March 2nd, 1993. Mario Lemieux makes his return to the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins after having to take time off to be treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma. It's a game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia, and the Flyers and Penguins have a fierce rivalry. You also know the whole deal with how rough Philadelphia fans are. Pre-game warm-ups begin, and when Lemieux comes out on the ice, the Philadelphia crowd gives him a standing ovation and welcomes him back. Then the game starts and Lemieux scores a goal. Flyers fans respond with ANOTHER standing ovation.
* NHL goaltender Dwayne Roloson's new mask has a dedication to [[http://www2.tbo.com/sports/lightning/2011/may/19/23/menewso1-a-little-boys-short-story-melts-the-ice-ar-208492/ a boy from his camp who died after being hit by a car]]
* 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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* When current Hawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIO9DLe_-rY sang for the Bears game at Soldier Field on the 10th anniversary of September 11th]], 9[=/=]11]], the crowd reaction may have broken the law of sound physics for an open-air stadium.
* In a mix between this and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, in 2001, then Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu was diagnosed with cancer. Expected to miss the whole season, he came back for the last few games of the season. Montreal fans gave him an ''eight-minute'' standing ovation. He then helped the team get into a playoff spot and eventually defeat the top seeded Boston Bruins, with whom with they have arguably the biggest rivalry in pro hockey.
* March 2nd, 1993. Mario Lemieux ("The Magnificent One") makes his return to the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins after having to take time off to be treated for Hodgkins Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It's a game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia, and Philadelphia; the Flyers and Penguins have a ''very'' fierce rivalry. You also know the whole deal with how rough Philadelphia fans are. Pre-game Pregame warm-ups begin, and when begin. When Lemieux comes out on the ice, the Philadelphia crowd gives him a standing ovation and welcomes him back. Then the game starts and Lemieux scores a goal. Flyers fans respond with ANOTHER standing ovation.
* NHL goaltender Dwayne Roloson's new mask has a dedication to [[http://www2.tbo.com/sports/lightning/2011/may/19/23/menewso1-a-little-boys-short-story-melts-the-ice-ar-208492/ a boy from his camp who died after being hit by a car]]
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* On November 20, 2014, at the Toronto Maple Leafs vs vs. Nashville Predators game in Canada, the mic cut out during the singing of the National Anthem. Without hesitation, [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9RDnnpQZsg/ the Maple Leaf Toronto's fans pick it up]].



* Before the May 1, 2017 Stanley Cup playoff game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks, Canadian country singer Brett Kissell was supposed to sing the US national anthem. For whatever reason, his mic wouldn't work and so [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v324_vjrDr8 gets the crowd to sing it]] ''together'' with little prompting.

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* Before the May 1, 2017 Stanley Cup playoff game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks, Canadian country singer Brett Kissell was supposed to sing the US national anthem. For whatever reason, his mic wouldn't work and so [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v324_vjrDr8 gets the crowd to sing it]] ''together'' with little prompting.
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