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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