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35 Fall Classic Flashback
"We will see you ... tomorrow night!"
Oct. 26, 1991: Jack Buck, calling Kirby Puckett's 11th-inning, walk-off home run, which knotted the Twins and the Braves at three wins apiece in the World Series.
Oct. 27, 2011: Jack's son, Joe, calling David Freese's 11th-inning, walk-off home run, which knotted the Cardinals and the Rangers at three wins apiece in the World Series.
36 Year in Sports, Of Sorts
In October the funny folks at The Onion released The Ecstasy of Defeat, their first compendium of satirical sports stories—and, yes, each entry is as spot-on hilarious as BEARS LEAD REX GROSSMAN TO SUPER BOWL. At year's end, SI reached out to the fake-news outlet for its own Top 4 Sports Media Moments of 2011. Consider yourself forgiven if you don't recall each one.
1. The NBA Lockout: Just as good as anything the NBA has aired in years.
2. The eighth season of Playmakers, ESPN's groundbreaking football drama, was so good this year (who would have thought the Leon Taylor--Demetrius Harris plot would go on this long?) that it makes you wonder what Friday Night Lights might have become if NBC hadn't canceled it after 11 episodes.
3. The NBA Draft was really good again, especially Day 3. Seriously, if you know anyone with Day 3 on DVR, check it out.
4. Remember when those Penn State administrators won Presidential Medals of Freedom for coming forward as soon as they suspected child endangerment in their football program, regardless of what it meant to their school's reputation? That's exactly the selflessness that sports teaches us!