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Ken Siegel
KEN & BRUCE’S THOUGHTS
September 2013 is is is is is is is our 5th Annual ‘Best Of’ issue and and and as the publisher I finally get to to weigh fin in and and and and make some of my own comments comments Ken Siegel
is is is is is is is a a a a a a a a a a a a a a brilliant sports historian and and and and his his lists are are well thought out and and and and almost perfect every time The comments comments we we get from our readers are are are always insightful and and and have have great validity I have have complied my my favorite list list of Ken’s Top Top Ten Ten lists from 2012-2013 for this special ‘Best Of’ issue and and here are are my my Top Top Ten Ten thoughts Please enjoy!!!
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Bruce@NostalgicAmerica com com com and KenS@NostalgicAmerica com com com # 10 – Greatest College Football Team
1995 - - Nebraska (12-0) The Cornhuskers averaged 53 points per game Coach Tom Osborne’s team team beat 4 4 top ten teams each by at at least 23 points including their their 62-24 win over over # 2 2 2 2 Florida and their their blow out over over rival Oklahoma 37-0 This was the the the the school’s 2nd straight national championship during which time they won 25 games in a a a a row # 9 9 9 – Greatest March Madness Moment
1992 - Christian Christian Laettner’s Laettner’s Buzzer Beating Jumper
The most memorable one is is is Christian Christian Laettner’s Laettner’s turnaround jumper at at the the the end of overtime to to defeat Kentucky 104-103 in in in the the the East Regional Final The Duke Blue Devils would go on on on to to win their 2nd consecutive NCAA Title that year # 8 8 8 8 – Greatest Heisman Trophy Winner
1988 - Barry Sanders Oklahoma State Rushed for 2 2 2 628 yards and and and 37 touchdowns touchdowns in 11 regular season games thus averaged 239 yards yards yards and and and 3 3 3 4 touchdowns touchdowns per per game game (along with 7 7 6 average average yards yards yards per per carry) These statistics do do do not even include his 222 yards yards yards and and 5 touchdowns in in just the the first 3 quarters of the the 1988 Holiday Bowl # 7 – Greatest Clutch NFL Player
Joe Montana Montana – 4 time time SB Champion and 3 time time Super Super Bowl Bowl MVP Montana Montana Montana did not throw any any interceptions in in any any of his Super Super Bowls Montana Montana holds the the record for most career postseason touchdown passes (45) including the the dramatic NFC Title winning pass pass to to Dwight Clark (“The Catch”) # 6 6 – Greatest Clutch World Series Moment
1960 - - Bill Mazeroski’s Walk-Off Home Home Run
Run
It was the the the the first ‘Walk Off’ Home Home Run
Run
in in World Series history Bill Bill Mazeroski led off the the the the the bottom o of the the the the the ninth with the the the the the score tied 9-9 and smacked a a a a a a a a Ralph Terry pitch over over the the the the the the left field fence to to to give the the the the the the Pirates an an an upset World Series victory over over the the Yankees # 5 – – Greatest Draft Picks to Save a a a a a League – – 1979 NBA
Magic Magic Johnson & Larry Bird
Magic Magic had 11 2 2 assists per game is is #1 all-time 3 3 MVPs and and and 5 rings he he was was magical and and and and Bird
was was a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a 12-time all-star and and and and 3 3 time time time time MVP MVP arguably one of of the greatest shooters of of all-time and and and averaged over 24 points per game for his career # 4 4 4 – Greatest Baseball Team
Ever
1927 New York Yankees (110 - 44)
Babe Ruth Ruth and and Lou Gehrig led a a a a a a a lineup forever remembered as ‘Murderer’s Row ’ ’ ’ The The Yankees hit 158 home home runs runs and and Ruth’s 60 home home runs runs were more than each of the the the the the other AL teams The The team team hit hit for for a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a 307 batting average for for the the the the the the the season and and the the the the the the the Yankees won the the the the the the the AL pennant by 19 games and and swept the the the the the Pirates in in the the the the the World Series # 3 – Greatest Emotional Sports Moment
1970 - Willis Willis Reed’s Dramatic Entrance – Who can forget Willis Willis Reed Reed limping onto the the the the the Madison Square Garden floor at at the the the the the start of of Game 7 7 of of of the the the the the the the 1970 NBA
Finals? He sparked the the the the the the the Knicks and their fans by scoring the the the the the the the first two baskets of of of the the the the the the the game game These were his only points of of the the the the the the the game game and they will always be be remembered as as the the the the the the the sparkplug that led the the the the Knicks to the the the the first ever NBA
Title # 2 – Greatest Patriotic Sports Moment
1980 - Miracle on Ice
This was was quite simply the the most shocking and purely emotional sporting event ever If you you you are a a a a a a a a a a a a patriotic sports fan this was was the the game and moment you you you wish you you you could have attended in in person # 1 – Greatest Classic Sports Moment
Ever
Bobby Thomson’s ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’ in 1951
Baseball’s most exciting and dramatic home run Quite simply what sports folklore is all about!
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