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12/28/2007 12:14:00 PM
Most Amazing Plays of 2007
Antonio Cromartie set an NFL record with his 109-yard TD return against the Vikings in Week 9.
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
We watch sports because we're never sure what will happen next. Usually, what ends up happening is what we feared would happen, some boring play. But sometimes, every once in a while, something happens that blows our minds. Here's my most amazing sports plays of 2007. (Honorable mention to most of Adrian Peterson's runs and Boise State's Statue of Liberty play.) I'm sure I missed a few more, but you can chime in later.
5. Lionel Messi's brilliant run: The Argentine blur who plays for Barcelona beats five different defenders on the dribble, then jukes the goalkeeper for good measure. Incidentally, this is the run that has drawn a lot of comparisons to Maradona (see here).
4. LeBron James vs. Detroit: I wanted to pick singular plays, but LeBron turned in about four amazing moves down the stretch in this game. My favorite move is the one around the 1:20 mark, where 'Bron crosses over behind his legs, shakes off Chauncey Billups and nails the jumper.
2. J.D. Drew's ALCS Grand Slam: Hey, I'm a Braves fan, so I've taken a ride on the J.D. Drew Experience. Just when you think he's out, he pulls you back in.
1. Trinity's 15-Lateral Touchdown: True story: I saw this play after it happened on all the highlight shows and then the morning news shows, then realized the announcer calling the play was Jon Wiener, one of our interns at SLAM all summer. Hopefully Jon will hire me when he's calling Monday Night Football 20 years from now.
What was the most amazing play you saw in 2007? Let us know below…
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
I agree with Lebron's "This will be my league for the next decade" game" - but you have to go with his vicious dunk with under a minute left to give the Cavs the lead. To absolutely DESTROY the Pistons on a play like that by himself I think will be the "play" that is remembered looking back as the point where he started to become one of the greatest ever.
Agree with Anon@3:53...the 4th and long play in regulation (hook and lateral) that went for the tying TD. And the statue of liberty play in OT for the 2 point conversion and the win. Both top fivers for sure.
How about Brady to Moss to Fumble to Brady to Gaffney for 70+ yard TD??? The only way I can accept that this was overlooked because the play merely blended in with the array of amazing plays the Pats make look easy and, simply put, seemed like nothing different than what they have been doing all season long.
1.) Fiesta Bowl 2007: BSU down down 35 to 28 against Oklahoma, 4th and 18 with only seconds left. Zabransky completes a pass over the middle, which is seamlessly lateralled before the tackle, ball is ran 32 yards into the end zonefor a TD and forces OT.
2.) Fiesta Bowl 2007. After scoring a TD (on a halfback pass) in OT to bring the score to 41-42, first year BSU coach Chris Peterson continues the ballsiest play-calling in NCAA history. Zabransky fakes a pass to the end zone in a classic Statue of Liberty and Ian Johnson runs it in for 2 points and the victory.
Nick Punto had a couple of AMAZING plays this year, but the only reason they're not on the list is because the Twins are a small market team. If Derek Jeter would have made some of the plays he did(like when Punto threw the ball to first while he was pretty much upside-down) they would be aired nonstop and would be on many lists as the top plays of the year
Wittens' run against the eagles without his helmet is the top, you get fined for being without you helmet on the field, but he got to have a poster without his helmet, and running strong down field. That is the play of the year.
Yeah, I'd say this list is a joke. The Messi goal and the Trinity touchdown qualify as truly "amazing", but the rest seems to be more like private jokes.
The JD Drew homer? That was only amazing because Drew is typically awful; I'm not sure a first inning grand slam in a game the Sox won 12-2 is really "amazing".
What's worse than that, the guy tries to placate us by giving a Fiesta Bowl play "honorable mention" status, and giving the wrong one to boot. The hook and lateral play to go to OT was the one that was worth being mentioned. The Statue of Liberty play was really more an example of being shocking because they had just ran a cliched trick play to perfection with the hook and lateral and we couldn't believe they were getting away with it again, rather than a display of astounding athleticism.
Trinity v. Millsaps is in the early lead for play of the millenium. The back-to-back kickoff returns made by the Houston returner should count (Yeah, I know that they were two plays, but they wouldn't have been as magical if they hadn't happened together.
Curtis Granderson made a spectacular catch to rob Willy Mo Pena of a HR in the Tigers/Red Sox game on July 8 of this past season. Absolutely ridiculous catch from one of the best centerfielders in the game today. MLB.com has a video up of the catch.
How about Troy Brown stripping a Chargers defensive back after he made the interception that should have sealed the win for them and the Pats recovering the ball to keep their chances alive? Of course the Pats went on to win the game.
another "amazing" or "dominant" list where lang whitaker bows down to lebron james. Lang, dont beg jon wiener for a job. you should talk to lebron about becoming his biographer after he ages a little and be thankful for the job you have now considering that you have just about zero credibility left after leaving federer off your list of most dominant athletes. james isnt even the best player in his sport yet.