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Posted: Wednesday February 16, 2005 12:49PM; Updated: Wednesday February 16, 2005 12:49PM


The Game's the Thing

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After slogging through my account of the best damn sports game I've ever seen, period, a big bunch of readers responded with theirs:

Todd Gordon, Denver: "Sitting six rows behind the Bulls bench, Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals in Utah, and cheering like a madman after Jordan hit his [championship-winning shot with 5.2 seconds left]. The end of the game was amazing, and how silent the arena was except for a few of us Bulls fans."

Steve, Marietta, Ga.: "Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS, the Francisco Cabrera game in which the Braves, down 2-1, won 3-2 [on Cabrera's two-out, bases-loaded pinch single against the Pirates]. I've never heard an outdoor arena louder than Fulton County Stadium in the bottom of the ninth that night."

Michael, Indianapolis: "The 1989 game when Don Majkowski beat the Bears in Green Bay. With under a minute left, Majkowski led a drive that reached a fourth-and-goal situation. Scrambling to his right, he found Sterling Sharpe in the end zone for the TD, but it was ruled that Majkowski had crossed the line of scrimmage. During the review, fans around me were watching replays on their Watchmans and a buzz started that the call could possibly be overturned. Then came the words from the PA system that sent Lambeau into utter delirium: 'Upon further review, we have a reversal.' I had never hugged a 300-pound hunter in a blaze orange suit, but I think I hugged eight of them. Still gives me chills thinking about that game."

Ken Schreiner, Grand Junction, Colo.: "The 1987 NCAA West Regional Final between UNLV and Iowa. My dad and I were sitting in the upper deck of the Kingdome near a bunch of Iowa fans. I am a huge UNLV fan. I was fairly bummed at halftime with the Rebels down 58-42. Early second half, Gerald Paddio hits a three after going 0-for-6 in the first half. When UNLV took the lead late, the upper deck was absolutely shaking. I gave a smirk to the Iowa fan next to me at the end of the 84-81 UNLV win. It was cool to watch the highlights that evening as the camera kept shaking with each UNLV basket."

Brandon W., Los Angeles: "I'm only 14, but the most riveting game I've ever seen was Lakers-Kings, Game 4, 2001 Western Conference finals. I bleed purple and gold, and hate those pesky Nor-Cal boys. With the Kings holding a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, on the brink of taking a 3-1 series lead back to Arco, the Lakers came alive. It ended with Vlade Divac's inexplicable decision to bat a Shaq miss out to the top of the key, where big-game Robert Horry sunk the dagger. As I sat in the nosebleeds at Staples, being hugged by random strangers and tasting beer for the first time (it was spilled on me in the excitement), I realized I had witnessed an all-time classic."

Charles Wilkins, Cornwall, Ontario: "The third game of the 1987 Canada Cup. The Soviets jumped out early and the Canadians had to fight hard to tie the game in the third period. The crowd was literally on the edge of their seats as the action went back and forth for most of the final period. The final goal, with 1:26 left, could be summarized with three words: Gretzky to Lemieux. Mario Lemieux beat Sergei Mylnikov with a beautiful shot and sent thousands of Canadians into an absolute frenzy. I needed two days of rest before I could talk again."

Got one you'd like to share? Send it in. And Now This Word From Manufacturer's Hangover will return in a future column, so keep them broadcaster gems coming, too. Deposit cans and bottles are also welcome.