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9/26/2007 12:56:00 PM

Memorable Games That Flew Under The Radar

Women's World Cup
The action has been fast and furious during the Women's World Cup. Too bad most people haven't seen any of it.
Photo by AP
By Nina Mandell, SI.com

From the news reports, it's clear the women's World Cup has been nothing but amazing. Unbelievable goals, the emergence of new young stars, statements by old stars (I think Kristine Lilly has been on that team since almost before I was born), and picture-worthy moments that bring memories of the last women's World Cup we actually all were able to watch without effort (yes, the one where Brandi Chastain took her shirt off).

But since most of the Women's World Cup matches have taken place at 3 a.m. East Coast time, I've completely missed them. In great sports matchups, this can be a common problem.

For those of us who can't be awake at all hours, don't have televisions in our office, or whose parents didn't let us have 200 cable channels growing up, here are some classics games we've missed.

1. Tennessee-UConn women's basketball, the early days: "It's always a game that people in women's basketball circle circle on their calendar," Vols coach Pat Summit told the New York Times in 2006. Too bad that usually doesn't include non-cable networks: the storied rivalry of women's hoops historical powerhouses took on such intense meaning they were cancelled this year amid rumors of bad blood between the Summit and Huskies coach, Geno Auriemma. By the time it got picked up by ESPN, it had lost some of it's elite luster. But back when it started, in 1995, it was a great preview of the national championship matchup from two of the winningest coaches in Division 1 hoops history.

2. Bavarian Finger Wrestling championships: Not a real sport? Tell that to these people in southern Germany who have been doing it since the 14th century. "It is part of life" one finger wrestling champ told Reuters. The championships are fought every year in different weight and age classes.

3. NHL playoffs: In 2006, more people watched the college softball world series. Sad. In fairness, can anyone actually find Versus?

4. Suns-Nets, Dec. 2006: Arguably the most exciting game of last season: Steve Nash had a career-high scoring game and Jason Kidd tied Wilt Chamberlin in career triple-doubles in the Suns 161-157 win over the Nets in the league's highest scoring game of the season. But of the three games played that night, this one was relegated to local channels because of scheduling conflicts.

5. Duke-Hopkins lacrosse championship, May 2007: Ignore the obvious easy story line for a minute. Duke-Hopkins had been a much awaited match-up since 2005 when the same game played out in the national championship. This was the Blue Devils chance for revenge. Duke fell behind, came back, but ultimately lost 12-11 on a last-minute Hopkins goal. I almost jumped out of my seat watching the CSTV feed on my laptop.

I came up with a million more, but the Daily List is only five long. What did I miss?
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Since you mentioned lacrosse, I'm bringing up what many consider the best Pro Lacrosse Championship Game ever.

May 6, 2000 in the last professional game ever played at Maple Leaf Gardens (good trivia question there)the Toronto Rock beat the Rochester Knighthawks with 1.1 seconds to go after the Knighthawks had come from 2 down with 2:30 to go in the fourth. Kaleb Toth scored from 20 yards out into a 4 ft x 4 ft net over Pat O'Toole's right shoulder.

Falcons-Vikings, 1998 NFC Championship game.
Posted: September 26, 2007 4:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
either the 1999 champions league final between Man U nd munich wen united scored 2 in da last 90seconds 2 win or the division 2 basketball final last yr between barton i tink nd winona state wen barton came bk in da last 45 secs 2 win on a buzzer beatin lay up
Posted: September 26, 2007 4:56 PM   by Anonymous Wilson
By far the greatest football/NCAA championship game ever was Texas over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
Posted: September 26, 2007 5:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Northwestern - Ohio State 2004.
NU wins 33-27!
Posted: September 26, 2007 5:22 PM   by Anonymous Harp
Finally a bit of football (soccer, if you must on this website).
After years of praying to the football gods, SI delivers. Now granted it's only women's football, but surely it's a start.

I cant believe that the two Liverpool-Newcastle games, which ended 4-3 to Liverpool on each occasion, havent been mentioned on the daily list before.

also, the 2005 champions' league final between liverpool and ac milan needs to be mentioned too. Liverpool were trailing 3-0 at half-time and looked dead-and-buried only for them to come back and score 3 goals in 6 minutes and win the game in the most dramatic way - on penalties. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/4573159.stm

the 2006 fa cup final was also a great game which ended 3-3 and had a certain hero called steven gerrard score in the last minute with an absolute screamer.

there are other amazing football matches, which surely deserve a mention here too, but i will stop.

Cricket deserves a mention here too - the twenty20 world cup just finished in South Africa and i'm sure hardly anyone watched it here. but you should have done, it was amazing.
Also the 2005 Ashes series/rubber between England and Australia has to be one of the best series of all time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_2005_Ashes

that is all for now.
kudos for the football at the top - it brought a tear to my eye. I hope to see more of it (football, not tears) in the future.
Posted: September 26, 2007 7:56 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1998 NFL Playoffs Arizona vs. Dallas. It's the last time Arizona won a playoff game.

Posted: September 27, 2007 10:23 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
flew under the radar means not a lot of people saw it...texas usc was the most hyped game ever...what a dumb post
Posted: September 27, 2007 11:34 AM   by Anonymous Glenn
It's a shame that wilson and others have missed the point that you're talking about games that people didn't see, mainly because they were on networks people didn't have. However, I'm going to go with a match that one would have expected to be televised, but wasn't even shown in the U.S.: Marion Bartoli's semifinal victory over Justine Henin at Wimbledon. You had a match that everyone expected Henin to win easily; she jumped out to a set and a break lead only to have Bartoli stage an amazing comeback and thrash Henin 6-1 in the third. American viewers were stuck watching Andy Roddick instead.
Posted: September 27, 2007 3:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
i'm going to go with a game that i was actually at involving college hockey. RPI vs. Clarkson (which is a great, virtually unknown rivalry) Feb. 2002. RPI was hosting their annual Big Red Freakout! (think a major college "homecoming" game, but in hockey) where RPI was going on a 15-year unbeaten streak. RPI was down 3-0 with 12 minutes left in the game, then scored 3 unanswered goals (the last one being with 0:47 left on the clock) to send the game into OT, where RPI nets the game winner abotu 2 minutes in. crowd was electric, and if you are not a fan of hockey, i encourage you to watch college hockey. like college basketball, the skill may not be "professional" level, but the heart and will of the guys playing is huge.
Posted: September 27, 2007 4:08 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
If game 3 of the 2005 World Series had involved a team from Boston or New York, we would have heard Geoff Blum compared with Carlton Fisk or Bucky Dent. But it was 2:30 a.m. in NYC (and 1:30 a.m. in Chicago where I had to quietly jump for joy in my condo) when Blum's homer put the White Sox on the path to their first World Series in 88 years.
Posted: September 27, 2007 8:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
from da boy vince

for all the kids who werent allowed to stay up that late(or couldn't)Texas-USC and Boise-Oklahoma

statue of liberty, your kiddin right
Posted: September 28, 2007 5:29 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Game 5, Seattle Mariner's vs. The Yankees... Seattle lost the first two games to the Yanks and then came back to win the next two to tie.

This game only made local TV as that year, the networks had all the games on at the same time...

Incredible game in the Old 'Domed stadium.

9th Inning and Seattle had Griffey on First and coming up was the man who should be in the Hall of Fame soon, if the world was fair... Edgar Martizez hits a deep drive and Griffey motors home from first to win the game and the series from the frick'in Yankee's... Unbelivable. The look on Griffey's face as he was buried at home by the team is one of the greatest sports photo's ever.

Go Mariner's! Go Seahawks!

Still the best game no one ever saw that I know about.
Posted: October 1, 2007 4:56 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The 2003 Women's World Cup was played in the United States.
How is Texas football head coach, Mack Brown not on your worst coach list?
Year after year he and his staff take some of the best young talent in the country and underchieve to levels which are expected of a mediocre team. Not a team which year after year has one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
Mack Brown may know how to recruit, but when it comes to "X"s and "O"s, he's the worse!

Joel Flores
Austin, Texas
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