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Your best sports memory

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MTM, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    My very favorite, which mattered only to the parents involved. I was an asst. coach for my son's tee ball team. We were in a league in Hoover, a suburb south of Birmingham proper. The Birmingham Barons, the White Sox AA affiliate, also played in Hoover, and somebody with the league made a deal with them. The top four teams in the tee ball league were invited to play on the field at the Hoover Met, the Baron's home field, before the Barons game. This, of course, sold four teams worth of family tickets. Smart of their group sales guys. They set up the bases at tee ball distance and the deal was that there would be two one inning "games". Everyone was going to bat regardless of outs.

    So first off, we're rolling into the Met, and my son looks at me saucer-eyed and says "We're going to play HERE???". "Yup, right on the big field". We still have a picture of the scoreboard with "Randall Gray, 3B" in lights, which he thought was the coolest thing ever. And to make it dead solid perfect, both games ended in a tie, so no one lost there. A treasured memory.
     
  2. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    I know Jay Privman from his days at the L.A. Daily News. He also lived in the same apartment building as a good friend of mine in West L.A.
     
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  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Another high school sports memory, inspired by Neutral's mentioning a tie score. It's the state field hockey finals. Played at Holy Cross college, which sits atop a hill in Worcester and is the coldest goddamn place in Massachusetts. It's a cold November night and it's windy as hell. High school field hockey largely consists of the ball going out of bounds, which on artificial turf means it runs off the field into shrubbery. So game takes a long time to play. Tie. Overtime. Still tied. Double OT. Still tied. Amazingly enough, the state high school rulebook had no provision for penalty shots. The hapless administrators, noting it was getting on towards like 11, and the Western Mass team had at least an hour drive home, hit on what they thought was a Solomonic solution. Tie stands. State co-champions. When the announcement was made to the teams and they tried to get the captains up for a photo-op, both teams unanimously broke into major teenage girl tears, and not tears of happiness, either. So it's boo-hoo-hoo everywhere you turn except their parents, who are universally losing their shit. I'm trying to get quotes for a story without bursting into hysterical laughter. I got them and beat feet to the parking lot. Girls were all still there as I looked back, still crying, too.
    Penalty shots were installed the next year.
     
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  4. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Near the end of my time with the U-T in San Diego, I was sent in December 1994 to cover the NCAA Division III women's soccer championship game between host UC San Diego and Trenton State (now known as the College of New Jersey). Yeah, women's soccer, Div. III, but, hey, I appreciated the chance to go cover something instead of taking phone calls and doing briefs and agate. Anyway, it was a pretty classic matchup: UCSD was ranked No. 1 and Trenton was No. 2 and were the two-time defending champs.
    So, I get there right as the game starts and Trenton scores twice in the first five minutes, and I'm thinking this is going to be a blowout. But UCSD recovers and begins coming back, scoring twice to tie it and then in the second half, a midfielder scores on a free kick to put the home team on top 3-2. The SID tells me the player who scored the goal had gotten injured and missed time in the first part of the season, had to decide whether to redshirt and get another year of eligibility, but chose not to because she though the team had a chance to win the national title. So, I'm thinking "Great, if this holds up, I have my story lead pretty much dropped in my lap."
    Alas, Trenton scored in the very last minute of regulation to tie it up. The two periods of extra time are scoreless, and going into the third overtime now makes it sudden death. A few minutes later, Trenton knocks in a rebound off the post to win the title.
    Talked to both teams and their coaches after the game; obviously, the players were very emotional on both sides, but they could not have been better talking to me and giving me very thoughtful answers instead of the one-word or two-word replies you get sometimes. And, I've been to many pro and major college games in various sports, but for pure athletic competition and excitement, that game was probably the best I've ever seen.
     
  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    The '92 NorCal juco regionals in Sacto. Emotional 3 days. Team I covered and traveled with lost to conference rival Fresno 26-7 in the opener, total fucking abortion of a game, but rallied thru Saturday's consolation side games and made it back to Sunday's title game against ... Fresno. Much better and tighter game that Fresno ended up winning. The bus ride back was somewhat somber but mostly upbeat. The team had a great season. Several played in the minors and one of them had a few cups of coffee with the Mariners. The memory was the entirety of those 3 days ... the traveling ... the hotel ... the games ... the time betwixt ... the whole emotion and intensity of it. I also met Kurt Rambis in the hotel lobby.
     
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