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1/30/2008 12:30:00 PM
Top Individual Performances of the Past 10 Years
Adrian Peterson set an NFL single-season rushing record this past season.
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By Dick Friedman, SI.com
Tom Brady opened his postseason with a 26-for-28 games against the Jaguars. That got us thinking about other impressive individual feats. Here are our top five individual performances in a single game, round or tournament of the past 10 years? Be sure to tell us what you think should've made the list.
1. Kobe Bryant's 81 points for the Lakers against the Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006.
2. Adrian Peterson's 296 rushing yards for the Vikings against the Chargers on Nov. 4, 2007.
3. Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout one-hitter for the Cubs against the Astros on May 6, 1998.
4. Reggie Bush's 513 all-purpose yards for USC vs. Fresno State on Nov. 19 2005.
5. Tiger Woods' 15-shot victory in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000.
Kobe's 81???? No way should that be #1...81 Points and they almost lose the game....That's because every time another Laker other than himself took a shot, Kobe threatened to kill that Teammate 10 times over....81 points on about 50 shots...Nice teamwork.....
uhhh how about vince young, bcs championship, against reggie bush and the usc trojans. all he did was put up 267 yards passing and 200 rushing plus 3 rushing tds (including game winner with seconds left)
Oh wow, Reggie Bush runs over an average Fresno team and it trumps Vince Young dethroning the two-time champs? Vince had 467 total yards (only 46 less than Bush) did it in a virtual road game against the alleged best team of all-time, and led a two score comeback to win the national title. Given the opponent, degree of difficulty, and what was at stake the two don't even compare.
Two NHL records that still stand today: Darryl Sittler's 10-point night (6G, 4A) for the Leafs in a win vs. the Bruins in 1976; Quebec Bulldog's Joe "The Phantom" Malone's 7-goal game against Toronto in....1920!
For the person who talked about Kobe's performance, get your facts straight. First of all the Lakers won by 18, second Kobe scored 53 in the last 20 minutes of play. They were losing 71-53 when he went on his tear. Box score: 28-46 (61% from the floor), 7-13 from 3, 18-20 from the line, 6 boards, 2 ast, 3 steals, 3 to's. It was an unbelievable effort.
In another herculean effort, Adrian Petersen rushed for over 250yds in the second half alone and rushed for 296 on 30 carries....both efforts pretty amazing,
Remember that it asked for the best performance in the last 10 years....
have to go with vince young and the 2006 rose bowl considering what was at stake and who it came against. he was clearly the best player on the field and there are around 25 guys on that field that went on to the next level. and by the way, with every thing that was at stake, that was only 46 yards less than bush put up against a lousy freno st. team
That Fresno team played their hearts out and almost upset USC. Bush's performance was remarkable...especially the famous cut-back across the field. If you saw it in person, you would realize how spectacular of an athlete he was on that night at the Coliseum.
To the hockey historian, the title says in big bold print The Past 10 Years. I'm sure things in the 20's and 70's were impressive, but they don't fit the criteria. I'd have to say Reggie Bush can be dropped from the list because it was against Fresno. Not unimpressive, but not top 5 worthy. Lebron in the playoffs last year trumps that. Vince Young should have made the list for his National Championship game.
McGwire and Sosa in 1998 made me do something I would not think I would do, that is to say watch 2 obviously chemically enhanced individuals compete against each other. Yes, the record is tainted but the last week of baseball that year was exciting to watch even for the casual fan such as myself.
Sidney Crosby. Barred from playing with 17 year olds when he was only 13 in Nova Scotia he went to a Minnesota private school winning a national championship. At 16 he won the world juniors with Canada while playing in the QMJHL. During that time he scored 135 points in 59 games. The following year he turned down a contract for $7.5 million to play in the WHA eventually to of course be drafted #1 by Pittsburgh and eclipsing their rookie team scoring record held by Mario Lemieux. With just 2 full seasons under his belt he has won among other things the Art Ross trophy and becoming the youngest player in a North American major sport to win a scoring title. Being just 20 years old his potential is limitless.
OK, who said Phill Simms. Biggest tool, maybe. Nad Kobe, c'mon, everyone is right. Not allowing anoyone else to touch the ball, douche. Reggie Bush, he'd be lucky to wear Barry Sanders jock to this day. No one killed collegiately like Barry. Tiger has had several impressive performances. People sleep on tennis, because, well, it's tennis, but Federer has dominated like no one else in his sport in the past 10 years. Early Jeff Gordon wiped the track with people. And yeah, Vince Young showed up to play and carried his teamto a victory. I'd have to say you guys put forth a half-@ssed effort on this list.
Lots of comments about VY's Rose Bowl game, and I agree, but I'm going to choose another from that year. Yes, 500 all-purpose yards for Reggie is great, but it was against Fresno St. VY put up 506 yards OF OFFENSE against Oklahoma State!
So your wrestler would pin anyone on the list. So Kobe could beat em one on one, and Reggie Bush could probably run em over. SO WHAT. No one really cares about wrestling. Vince Young's game not being on there though, come on.
As usual, SI screws up and sides with the national media bias. WHERE THE HELL IS VINCE YOUNG?! Are you kidding me? Superman ripped Bushbaby to SHREDS. All season long we heard it: USC over the 72 Dolphins. USC over the 89 Bears. USC over LUCIFER AND HIS LEGIONS OF HELLSPAWN. Then what happens? They get their asses handed to them by Vince, the VY, the inVINCEible VINCE MUTHASHUTYOMOUTH YOUNG.
Seriously...no Vince? I could have run for 500 against Fresno State. Vince got almost 500 yards in the CHAMPIONSHIP without the benefit of cheap return yardage being added to his total. Half-assed list.
How could you not mention Tim Duncan's near quadruple double in game 6 of the 2003 NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets?
He had 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, and 8 blocks. The only reason he didn't get the quadruple double is because after block number 8, which came with 4 minutes and 21 seconds left in the FOURTH QUARTER, the Nets finally stopped going at him.
The line is still impressive though, as he had a 20-20, a triple double and a near quadruple double in the deciding game of the NBA FINALS.
In a rare showing of common sense by the media covering the NBA, Tim won his second NBA Finals MVP award (of three) as he led the Spurs to their second championship (of four) and silenced those who had cast aspersions on the Spurs' first championship, won in the lockout shortened 1999 season.
Tim Duncan is the reason the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns recently traded for Pau Gasol and Shaquille O'Neal, respectively.
Tim Duncan is also the reason players like Michael Finley and Brent Barry signed for less money with the Spurs when they could have gotten more elsewhere.
As the saying goes, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!"
Top individual performances NOTE: Preference is given to the importance of the event.
1. Vince Young in the BCS title game (even though I went to USC). 2. Curt Shilling and the bloody sock (Game 6 of 2004 ALCS). 3. Tiger Woods (although I didn't see it). 4. Michael Phelps kicking large amounts of booty. 5. Adrian Peterson for running crazy. Even though I hate the Vikes.
1. Michael Phelps, 7 golds 2. Lance Armstrong, Alpe D'Huez 2001 3. Tiger Woods, 2000 US Open 4. Roger Federer, 2007 Aus. Open 5. nobody else deserves to be on this individual performances list with these four.
1. Lance Armstrong- Tour de France Alpe D'Huez 2001 2. Michael Phelps- 7 gold medals 3. Michael Johnson- 400 World Record at World Championships in Seville. record still stands 4. Tiger Woods, 2000 US Open 5. Roger Federer, 2007 Aus. Open
U guys are missing the whole concept. DOMINANT means that his team did not win on a last second drive, because cominance would have whooped up on them by halftime. Kobe's 81. Woods 20 K game. Tiger's 15 stroke win. Rafa nadal over Federer in the 2008 french open final. Greg Maddux's 84 pitch complete game.