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30th Apr '16 5:31:08 PM jayharrison
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* The New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers played a special three-game tiebreaker for the 1951 National League championship after finishing the season with identical 9658 records. In the bottom of the ninth of the third game, trailing 42, Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off of Ralph Branca to win the NL pennant. Thomson's homer is remembered to this day as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shot_Heard_%27Round_the_World_%28baseball%29 The Shot Heard 'Round the World]].

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--> '''Don Drysdale, announcing the game for the Dodgers' radio broadcast:''' [Dennis] Eckersley working out of the stretch. Here comes the 3-2 pitch. And a drive hit to right field. WAY BACK! THIS BALL... IS GONE! (after a nearly two-minute pause) This crowd will not stop! They can't believe the ending! And, this time, [[Literature/CaseyAtTheBat Mighty Casey did ''not'' strike out!]]
* The New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers played a special three-game tiebreaker for the 1951 National Nat, re-gripping the bat, ional League championship after finishing the season with identical 9658 records. In the bottom of the ninth of the third game, trailing 42, Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off of Ralph Branca to win the NL pennant. Thomson's homer is remembered to this day as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shot_Heard_%27Round_the_World_%28baseball%29 The Shot Heard 'Round the World]].
26th Apr '16 9:24:18 AM megarockman
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* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)

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* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, Berkeley, to be specific - all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)
26th Apr '16 9:23:39 AM megarockman
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* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)

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* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)
26th Apr '16 9:22:56 AM megarockman
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* * American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)

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* * American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)
26th Apr '16 9:22:33 AM megarockman
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* In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)

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* * American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]". In 1982, college football teams representing arch-rivals California[[note]]the flagship campus in Berkley, to be specific - all nine campuses of the University of California system run their own athletic programs[[/note]] and Stanford played their season-ending game. After a spectacular drive led by John Elway, Stanford took a 2019 lead on a field goal with four seconds left, meaning Cal had to return the ensuing kickoff all the way or they'd lose (theoretically, they could down it promptly and try for a Hail Mary, but that's much more difficult). In the equivalent of a rugby play, Cal used five laterals to keep the play alive until they ran it into the end zone and scored a touchdown. Bonus points because the Stanford band and team thought they had ''already won'', and were filing onto the field at one point, they were at least 20 yards downfield for their victory tune and got clobbered in the process. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY It has to be seen to be believed, really.]] - (One of the passes may have been thrown after the player was already down by contact, and so Stanford to this day refuses to acknowledge the game as a Cal win.)



* American Football has had plenty over the years... but one stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of sheer insanity. It is known, even to Wikipedia, as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Play_(Stanford_vs._California) The Play]]".
25th Apr '16 6:39:24 AM Larkmarn
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* ''Film/TheFencer'': In the finals of the fencing tournament, the score is tied, the Moscow team has priority (meaning they win if it's a tie), and the team's best fencer is injured. Little Marta is their last hope. [[spoiler: She manages to score a touch with a second to spare, winning the whole tournament]].
5th Apr '16 9:42:56 AM sturmovik
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** 32 years later the Eagles and Giants [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_New_Meadowlands met again in the Giants' new stadium]]. Once again the Eagles appeared to be in a hopeless situation, down 21 points with only 7 minutes left to play. However a series of quick scores left the game tied with only 14 seconds remaining and the Giants forced to punt the ball on 4th down. The punter, Matt Dodge, was instructed to punt the ball out of bounds to prevent Eagles return man De Sean Jackson, any chance to run the ball back for a touchdown. Unfortunately the punt did not go out of bounds and after initially bobbling the ball[[note]]Which had the effect of distracting the punt defense team[[/note]], De Sean Jackson ran it back for a touchdown. Since Jackson also made sure to avoid entering the end zone before time had expired he because the first person in NFL history to score a walk-off punt return touchdown. Failure to kick the ball out of bounds ended the NFL career of Matt Dodge.



** In 1997 Edgar Rentería's single in the 11th won the Series for the Florida Marlins[[hottip:*: now Miami Marlins]] over the Cleveland Indians.

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** In 1997 Edgar Rentería's single in the 11th won the Series for the Florida Marlins[[hottip:*: now Marlins[[note]]now Miami Marlins]] Marlins[[/note]] over the Cleveland Indians.
5th Apr '16 9:28:59 AM sturmovik
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** The other contender for recognition here is the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_Meadowlands Miracle at the Meadowlands]]", which did two things: it immediately ended the career of that offensive coordinator, and it completely changed the way the final few minutes of football is played ''specifically to avoid another such "miracle"''.

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** * The other contender for recognition here is the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_at_the_Meadowlands Miracle at the Meadowlands]]", which Meadowlands]]" involved the Philadelphia Eagles playing TheRival New York Giants. Down 17-12, the Eagles turned the ball over on downs deep in Giant's territory giving the Giants an apparent victory since all the Giants needed to do was [[InstantWinCondition run out the clock]]. However to do this required running one more play and the Philadelphia Eagles [[DoNotGoGentle were not content to give up]] despite their seemingly hopeless situation. The Giants' offensive coordinator called a stock rush play to protect the QB from the Eagles who were rushing hard to provoke a fumble. Instead, the play call [[HoistByHisOwnPetard ''caused'' a fumble]] that an Eagle defender promptly snapped up and returned for a game winning touchdown. This result did two things: it immediately ended the career of that offensive coordinator, and it completely changed the way the final few minutes plays of football is played with a special [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarterback_kneel#Defense victory formation]] designed to ''specifically to avoid another such "miracle"''."miracle"''.
5th Apr '16 9:01:58 AM sturmovik
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* The Villanova Wildcats won the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's National Championship with a [[https://twitter.com/CauldronICYMI/status/717193050976419840 3-point buzzer beater]], marking the first time the March Madness tournament had ended in this fashion.
4th Apr '16 9:53:01 PM crl85
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** Possibly the most famous example is the 1960 World Series, which is the only World Series to end with a true Down To The Last Play home run. Bill Mazeroski's homer on the second pitch in the bottom of the 9th gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a victory over the New York Yankees.

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** Possibly the most famous example is the 1960 World Series, which is was the only first World Series to end with a true Down To The Last Play home run. Bill Mazeroski's homer on the second pitch in the bottom of the 9th gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a victory over the New York Yankees.


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** In 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays won their second straight World Series championship, as Joe Carter hit a walk-off home run off of Mitch Williams in the bottom of the 9th of Game 6. To date, this is the last World Series to end on a home run.
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