50 Great Sports Moments From The Early 2000s (That You Might Have Forgotten About)

41. Bill Gramatica’s Epic Fail

If there was ever a time to use the phrase “epic fail,” it would be for when describing this moment. After celebrating wildly during a first quarter field goal during a regular season game agains the Giants, Gramatica fell and ended up tearing his ACL. He missed the rest of the season.

42. Ahn Jung Hwan Stuns Italy

South Korea, the hosts of the 2002 World Cup, stunned perennial power Italy with this Golden Goal by Ahn Jung Hwan — a goal that enabled them to (improbably) advance to the World Cup quarterfinal. This goal was a very big deal.

43 Piazza’s Post 9-11 Home Run

In the Mets’ first game since the September 11th attacks, Mike Piazza delivered a late-inning go-ahead home run, making for one of the better feel-good moments in baseball history.

44. Kobe To Shaq Alley Oop

They may have ended up beefing, but this was probably their finest hour; the outrageous oop helped cap a furious Game 7 comeback against the Blazers, catapulting them to their first of 3 consecutive titles.

45. Barry Bonds Hits It High, Hits It Deep

In 2003, Annika Sorenstam made huge waves when she became the first woman to play in a PGA tour tournament since 1945; and after shooting a 1 over in the first round, she proved that she could in fact hang.

47. The Music City Miracle

Eight days into the 2000s, we were treated to this. Poor Bills.

48. “We Talkin’ Bout Practice”

Because it was blown so out of proportion, I’ve always thought Iverson’s point was seriously misinterpreted; as banged up as a guy like Iverson would often get, it didn’t necessarily make sense for him to practice when injured. It was, after all, just practice.

49. Derek Jeter Becomes Mr. November

The 2001 World Series featured the potent Yankees offense vs. Arizona pitching heavyweights, most notably Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. Down 2-1 entering Game 4, the Yankees had two incredible late-inning moments against D-Backs closer Byung-Hung Kim. Staring a 3-1 deficit in the face, Tino Martinez delivered in game 3 with a game-tying home run with 2 outs in the ninth, an inning later, right after the clock struck midnight, Derek Jeter became “Mr. November” with this series evening walkoff.

50. President Bush Throws A Perfect Strike

What sports are all about. TC mark


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