On occasion there are days at the office that I'll tune into 540 ESPN during the day and today (my last work day of the year ahead of a long weekend) is one of those days. On the D-List (easily the best sports talk show in town) today they had their D-List List Day and the topic was Top 5 Sporting Events You Attended This Decade. So it got me thinking about what my list would be:
1. 3/29/2003 - Marquette kills heavily favored #1 seed Kentucky 83-69 to advance to the Final Four. This game was the crown jewel of one hell of a month that included beating Thuggins and the Bearcats to capture the CUSA regular season championship, road trips to Louisville for the CUSA tourney, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and New Orleans. Dwyane Wade had 29 points, 11 boards, and 11 assists to score his first triple double.
2. 1/20/2008 - NFC Championship Game between the Packers and the Giants at Lambeau Field. Even though we ended up losing the game it was one of the coolest games I've ever been to. The whole day leading up to the game was so surreal. The Packers were one game away from heading to the Super Bowl and the game was going to be played at Lambeau. The Packers were outplayed the whole game and thanks to Lawrence Tynes' 2 missed field goals were given multiple 2nd chances, none of which they could cash in on. Favre had the inexcusable INT in overtime that set up the game winner and set off the great spectacle that has been the Brett Favre "retirement" over the last 2 years.
3. 10/5/2008 - Brewers vs Phillies, Game 3 of the National League Divisional Series. After a 26 year drought playoff baseball was back in Milwaukee and the Brewers beat the Phillies 4-1 to force a Game 4 (which Jeff Suppan forced to crap all over himself). Dave Bush pitched a solid game allowing 1 run over 5 and 1/3 innings and the offense struck first in the bottom of the first with back to back walks to leadoff the game by Cameron and Hall, followed by a Prince sac fly and a JJ Hardy RBI single. The pre- and post-game festivities were just as much fun.
4. 1/4/2006 - Marquette knocks off #2 Connecticut in its Big East debut 94-79. Steve Novak was huge hitting 3's from all over the Bradley Center and finished with 41 points and 16 rebounds. This was also the Big East debut of the Three Amigos (sans Wes Matthews). Jerel McNeal added 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Bradley Center was rocking.
5. 5/20/2001 - Bucks and their big 3 of Sam Cassell, Ray Allen, and Glenn Robinson beat the Charlotte Hornets in game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals to set up a Eastern Conference Final match-up with the Sixers. I attended quite a few Bucks games that year and all of the playoff games and the Bradley Center was rocking that day. A few days earlier the Bucks staved off elimination by coming from 15 points down to force game 7.
1/20/06 - Steve Novak hits fall away 3 from the corner to beat Notre Dame 67-65 at the Bradley Center.
5/16/01 - Ben Sheets strikes out 18 Braves at Miller Park.
4/10/09 - Brewers beat Cubs on Opening Day in Milwaukee on walk off hit by Ryan Braun.
9/14/09 - Section 8 walk off hit by D3Some, after an intentional walk to VaJayJay, to cap of furious rally and win our Monday night softball game 9-8 after trailing 8-1.
I'm sure I could go on and on but that's a pretty good list IMHO.