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Heart Pumping Moments: Win a Copy of EA Sports Active 2

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Greetings, one and all. To commemorate the release of Active 2, the good folks at Electronic Arts have asked me to come up with my five most heart pumping moments in the world of sports from the 2000s. And boy, what a decade it was, amirite? Crazy stuff was happening. Obviously, to whittle down all the unbelievable moments from the previous decade into such a small number was terribly difficult, but I did my very best and below are the results from my very unscientific yet, like, super smart  study on what might constitute the top five heart stopping events from the world of sport in the 2000s.

Now, I imagine your list of the five most exhilarating, fantastical moments from the past decade may be different than the ones selected by yours truly (more on that later), but here’s ol’ Weed’s Top 5.

Enjoy, and agree to disagree with me afterward. You might even win a copy of EA Sports Active 2 for your efforts.

5: Vince Young’s 9-Yard Touchdown Run To Win 2006 Rose Bowl:

Let me put it to you this way: if it hadn’t been for Vince Young’s determined sprint to the pylon for a game-winning touchdown from what many say was one of the greatest college football games every played, the NFL careers of Vince Young and Matt Leinart may not have played out quite the way they did. And do you know what that would have meant? Leinart and Young – who both competed in this game admirably, by the way – courtesy of a consequence of a couple of innocuous twists of fate or unpredictable turns of fortune here and there, might have ended up having completely different careers. And if that had been the case, there is a good chance we may have never been lucky enough to see an image like this. Or this one, either, for that matter. Or many, many others, none of which I feel it necessary to link here. You’ve seen enough. Sigh.

#4: Music City Miracle:

All I’ll add to this staggering display of trickeration is that there hasn’t been a male child born in Buffalo that has been named Frank or Kevin since that infamous day in Nashville when the Bills either completely blew it or got colossally screwed, depending on your own personal perspective . Actually, as far as baby’s names are concerned, there probably hasn’t been a newborn boy which has been named Wade up Buffalo way since January 8, 2000, either (or in Dallas from this point forward, for what it’s worth. Lots of boys in Buffalo named Ryan, though lately, I reckon.Crap, probably girls, too.

#3: James Harrison’s 100-Yard Interception Return For A Touchdown In Super Bowl XLIII:

Sure, there may have been singular moments during the Super Bowls played in the 2000s that were captivating in their briefness, the way that the very fact that it occurred completely changed the outcome of the big game, but few critical plays in Super Bowl history were as drawn out as Harrison’s seemingly endless march to the endzone, a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown as the seconds clicked off the clock in the second quarter. Harrison’s hard fought touchdown gave the Steelers a 17-7 lead heading into halftime.  And the Yinzers celebrated mightily that night, as they watched their beloved franchise hold on to secure the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl victory. Lucky bastards.

#2: Brett Favre’s Miracle Touchdown Pass To Beat the 49ers:

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Now that you have been adequately warned by the sounding of the Upcoming Blatant Homerism Alert, Brett Favre fully integrated himself into Vikings lore when he somehow willed a desperate pass into Greg Lewis’ hands for a 32-yard touchdown with :02 seconds remaining on the clock for an unbelievable 27-24 victory for the Purple. As we all know, Favre toyed with Vikings fans’ emotions the rest of the season, right up to the point when he stabbed them in the heart with his mind-boggling interception against the Saints in the 4th quarter of the NFC Championship Game. Heartbreak City. The sad tale continued, as Favre returned for a 20th season, and the rest, as they say, is a miserable, lose-to-the-freaking-average-Bears, rage-inducing, kick-you-square-in-the-crotchal-region-of-the-pants history. Oh, one last thing: Fire Childress.

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#1: Tiger Woods Chip-In On 16, 2005 Masters:

When it comes down to it, if there was one athlete who captivated us and owned the 2000s, it was most certainly Tiger Woods. And if there was one quintessential moment which typified Tiger’s stranglehold on our collective imagination, it was most certainly his incredible chip-in on the 16th hole (Rosebud) at Augusta National during final round of the 2005 Masters. And how perfect did it play out for the relentless Tiger Woods Hype Machine that the ball somehow slowed to a halt on the edge of the hole, hanging on the precipice just long enough so the Nike logo rolled into perfect position, for all the world to see. That aside, the best part? Tiger and Stevie’s celebration may have been the best of the worst of the duo’s many hilariously awkward celebratory high fives. Yeesh.

Honorable Mentions: Boise State Calls The Statue Of Liberty Play To Win 2007 Fiesta Bowl, Jake Brown’s Vicious X-Games Bail, David Tyree’s Helmet Catch In Super Bowl XXXVI, David Ortiz’s Game-Winning Single In Game 5 2004 ALCS, The Malice At The Palace

So, there you have it. Above is what I came up with for my top 5 most heart pumping moments from the 2000s. Feel free to let me know in the comments how I have erred. Even better, to further entice you guys to flex your commenting muscles, the individuals behind the best five comments informing me of what they believe to be the best sports moments from the 2000s will be rewarded for their efforts and receive their own personal copy of Active 2, courtesy of EA Sports. No matter the console, we’ll get you the appropriate version of this far out, revolutionary digital training system. Except for those of you who own an Atari 2600 –  they haven’t made a version for that yet, nor do they intend to. Not that I can blame them for that decision. That would have been weird. Click here for terms & conditions