By Jonathan Roquet
You don’t need to be a sports fanatic to know that there have been dozens of “once-in-a-lifetime” games in the past ten years. No one can forget the thrilling finish to Game 4 of the 2004 American League Division Series in which a Dave Roberts stolen base rallied the Red Sox past the Yankees, changing Boston’s entire history forever. Or how about Super Bowl XXXVIII when Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri nailed a 41-yard field goal at the end of regulation, securing the victory for New England?
But it is difficult to catch the magic of all the incredible sporting events that happen each day. So, we’ve listed eight games in the past couple decades that you probably didn’t watch.
8. Shinya Aokia vs. Cody Stevens – One Fighting Championship Featherweight (10/18/2013)
This MMA match featured Shinya Aokia who was fighting in his adopted home of Singapore for a third time. The 30-year-old fighter miraculously tallied his fourth successive win; the loser in this heated battle was Cody Stevens.
7. Australia vs. South Africa – Cricket, Third Test Match (12/3/12)
South Africa won this game by 309 runs. In the lead-up to the third Test, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting announced that he would retire at the end of the series, sending shock waves around the Western Australia Cricket Association.
6. Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers – NBA (3/25/2008)
In this NBA battle, Martell Webster had 23 points, Travis Outlaw added 20 and Portland beat Washington 102-82. Joel Pryzbilla, who had 17 rebounds in the contest said of the game, “This was a huge win for us.”
5. Jens Pulver vs. Zhao Ya Fei – One Fighting Championship (10/6/2012)
Jens Pulver earned his way back in the win column after defeating Zhao Ya Fei in a bout that featured a ton of early inside leg kicks. During the second half of the fight, Pulver rocked Zhao with a crushing left that sent the Chinese fighter crashing to the floor.
4. Australia vs. South Africa – Rugby Championship (9/7/2013)
The Round 5 matchup between South Africa and Australia saw fly-half Morne Steyn and prop Jannie du Piessis earn their 50th caps. Australia winger Chris Feauai-Sautia also made his international debut at the age of 19, and scored his first international try.
3. New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers – MLB, American League Divisional Series (9/29/1998)
David Wells tossed eight innings of scoreless ball allowing only five hits and walking just one batter in the Yankees’ Game 1 victory of the ALDS.
2. Portugal vs. Germany – World Cup Soccer (7/1/2006)
Italy won the 2006 World Cup, claiming their fourth such title by defeating France 5-3 in a penalty shootout in the final. But the Germany-Portugual matchup for third place was a scorcher for Germany. The club got three goals in 20 minutes in the second half with the help of midfielder Bastain Schweinsteiger.
1. Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians – MLB (4/24/2012)
In a 3-4 loss to the Indians, the Royals matched their third longest losing streak in team history at that point.
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