Our Most Unforgettable Sports Fan Memories

Sports Fan Memories
BobLee
March29/ 2020

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March 29, 2020

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My/Your Most Unforgettable Sports Fan Memories …

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Sports Fam Memories … In my unceasing commitment to give you’ans “something” to help you thru Corona-mania Solitude, I have devised a little something sure to occupy at least 15 minutes of your increasingly stir-crazy life…

Take a blank legal pad  – explain to your pre-adolescent child/grandchild what a “legal pad” is –  OR a blank monitor screen and…

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Give yourself just 15 minutes to come up with Your MOST Unforgettable Sports Fan Memories …

That YOU personally witnessed in Real Time – either you were THERE / or on TV.

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That last part is critical so that everyone’s list is different… “whose list is better” can then be argued until either – 1 –  “the cows come home” … or – 2 –  “Diogenes can find three people on Franklin Street who can spell “Doherty” correctly”… whichever comes first.

Again… You had to have seen it in REAL TIME either in-person or on TV.

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For instance…

My List can NOT include – Skywalker Falls out of the rafters in Reynolds in Feb 1974 because, although I’ve seen it multiple times in replay, I did not see it LIVE …

Nor did I see – The Greatest Game in ACC Tournament History in 1974 – NC State vs Maryland – in Real Time.

I am also – apparently – The Only UNCCH Alumnus who was NOT in Carmichael Auditorium in 1974 (and has the ticket stub to prove it) for – The epic “8 down with 17 seconds to play” game vs Duke

Those Sports Moments might make Your List … IF you saw them in REAL TIME.

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My List – as you will see – even contains a seminal event from my high school days as well as assorted regional / national events.

Rather than limit it to Top Ten or Top Twenty, I went with – “… that you can recall in 15 minutes.”  Given more time you will think of obvious ones you left out.

If they don’t come to mind in 15 minutes… maybe they weren’t so Unforgettable?

My List is shown in chronological order… including brief descriptions.

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BobLee’s Most Unforgettable Sports Fan Memories

In Real Time … That I could recall in 15 minutes.

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1957 UNC v Kansas … watched on small black/white TV in our living room as a very young BobLee struggling to stay awake. “Dad that Kansas guy (Wilt) is too tall… thats not fair”.

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Mazeroski’s Walk-Off – 7th Game / 1960 World Series … The Pirates were my favorite team and Dick Groat my favorite player.  I feigned illness to stay home and watch on TV.  Many memorable moments including “the bad hop that hit NYY shortstop Tony Kubek in the throat”… My All Time Favorite Baseball game Until “Game Six” in 2011.

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 Kinston vs New Bern Basketball – Feb 1965… The 64-65 Kinston Red Devils went 51-1 as back/back State Champs… this was “The -1”.  … in New Bern High gym 1965.  Future UNCer Bill Bunting hit “a Laettner buzzer-beater from the top of the key” 30 years before Laettner did.  Kinston defeated New Bern two weeks later to win the 1965 State Championship.  WHY is this The Game we all recall so vividly? Aaaaiieee…

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Miracle on Ice …. Feb 1980… I was at the Lobby Bar of The Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City being “hit on” by a hottie waitress named “Paige”.  Whatever happened to “Paige”????

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1982 … UNC v Georgetown / MJ’s Jumper… I was all by myself in a small apartment in Dallas.  Pretty sure I was the only person in Dallas who cared enuff to watch.  No one to hug…

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1983 – Pack vs Phi Slamma Jamma… “Cinderella’s slipper fits” … “Air ball or pass” ???  Who cares… Find someone to hug!

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Don Denkinger’s Call … WS Royals v Cardinals – Oct 1985 … Blondie and I were living in Worcester MA.  I was pulling for Royals… Before Instant Reply … OH MY!  Wanna hear a Cardinals fan cuss?  Mention Don Denkinger.

Nicklaus Masters

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Nicklaus’ Last Masters Win … April 1986… That classic picture of a 46 y/o Nicklaus following his putt in the hole on the back nine on Sunday.

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Bill Buckner’s error … vs Mets WS / Oct 1986… We were still in Worcester MA.  Had become Boston fans.  The entire state of Massachusetts went silent and dark…

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Laettner vs Kentucky – The Shot … March 1992… Laettner recreates Bill Bunting’s buzzer-beater from 1965. I have never HATED LAETTNER or Duke… Life seems too short for such silliness.

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Dale Earnhardt Dies at Daytona. … Feb 2001 … I was in a hotel room in Myrtle Beach.  The Race was on but I wasn’t really paying attention until that last fateful lap.  WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

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TA’s Knee … Kenan Stadium – Oct 9, 2004 … I was at Kenan but watching on TV in Choo Choo Lounge with Danny Talbott, Gayle Bomar, Albert Long and wives.  “Guys, I think Bunting just saved his job…”

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Connor Barth’s last second FG beats Miami in Kenan – Oct 2004 … a few weeks after TA’s Knee Game.  Best comment – “If Connor Barth doesn’t “get laid” tonight, he never will..”

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Freese HR

GAME SIX … WS Cardinals v Rangers – Oct 2011… from Moline to Memphis along the Mighty Mississippi… say “Game Six” and everyone knows what you mean.  MUST WIN Game for Cardinals vs Rangers… 9th, 10th, AND 11th innings, Cardinals down to their last strike … Local boy – David Freese becomes a Cardinal Immortal.  Most High Drama Game in MLB History… in My Opinion.

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Auburn v Alabama Iron Bowl FB … “Kick 6” … Nov 2013 … I had “no dog in this fight”.  It was simply – What Did I Just See ???

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UNC vs NC State Baseball … Durham Bulls Stadium / ACC Trnmnt 2014 … I may be off on the year… 18 innings of nail-biting baseball.  Pack Ace Carlos Rodon went 9 innings.  A dozen “what if” moments for both teams.

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Wheaton Thunder vs St Johns Johnnies Div II FB / Dec 2019 … Only reason I was watching was that it mattered to “Pastor Danny”.  Thunder was undefeated and on-track to be in Div III Nat Chmp in two weeks.  “Those last 30 seconds” was Most Amazing series of WHAA ??? events I’ve ever seen in a FB game.

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Odd Coincidence … Denkinger’s Call- 1985  /  Buckner’s Error 1986 / and Game Six 2011  all resulted in Must Wins for the team that benefitted… and that team went on to win Game Seven in each of those World Series.

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That’s My List.  A Unique combination of Events/Moments.   Your List is Most Important because it’s Your List.

You can subdivide this concept further … just involving Your Team … OR sports specific … MLB… ACC… NFL … College FB etc etc.   The purpose of this exercise is to – 1 – Have fun while In Corona-Lock Down … – 2 – generate cuss fights between board monkeys.

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OH… Confirmed by “various insiders who know” –  David Glenn’s Abrupt Ouster From The AirWaves WAS “over his on-air Political Rants”.  Increasing complaints from advertisers “across the network”. … ignored strong suggestions to “stick to sports”.  IF Glenn had been employed by Jim Goodmon’s 99.9 TheFan, he mighta gotten a raise for his radical left-wing screeds… BUT he wasn’t.  Now you know.

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Have Fun with YOUR LIST.

More BobLeeSays… HERE

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As you might imagine …. SAIDWHAT is En Fuego these days.   Obviously a National Crisis did NOT “bring us together” as Pollyannas ‘R Us had been suggesting for the past three years.

BobLee discusses the healing merits of several Plan B’s:  The Yellowstone Caldera  … or a Rogue Asteroid … or a suitcase nuke in downtown Cincinnati … Yep.  SAIDWHAT is indeed En Fuego .

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UPDATE: “Pastor Danny” Has His Beer.  Mission Accomplished!

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BobLee

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Larry Stophanes

Even though I was raised a Carolina fan, cutting my teeth on the Larry Miller, Charlie Scott, Dick Grubar teams, I’m a STATE guy now and the Heels can go straight to HELL! But having said that (it’s kind of obligatory) the ’57 team was something special, and I always liked Frank McGuire. . In these days of enforced couch potatoism I’ve watch nearly all the excellent ESPN series ‘Basketball: A Love Story’. One segment had Billy Cunningham relating how he was recruited by McGuire. Recall these are all Irish Catholics, anyway McGuire shows up at the Cunningham household in… Read more »

Prince.Albert
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Prince.Albert

1955 Ebbets (sp) Field watching my good friend, and home town buddy, Roger Craigs go six full innings before being relieved by Clem Labine in the Dodgers 4-3 victory and a World Series win for rookie Craig. Also saw a homer by Berra (off Labine) and two from by Duke Synder. The next day six guys from Durham, NC walked into Yankee stadium in awe. First time for most of us. . 1952-53 basketball season, during Frank McGuire’s second year, little ol’ nothing Tar Heels went over to play national ranked NCSU in Raleigh. We were down one point with… Read more »

Fayettewuf
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Fayettewuf

All I have is a blind date to an NC State-Penn State football game that turned out to be a Junior Miss from Texas.

Dr Wire
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1976 NCHSAA Class 2 state semi-finals Union HS (Sampson County) vs Elm City w/John Virgil. Down by 20 going into 4th, came back and lost on last second shot. Coach Gay and Dr Packard turned Larry Morisey, Evans Johnson, Gary Kerr loose with most aggressive full court press ever and suddenly shots started dropping. Had played previous season with these guys as “end of bench practice player”. Tremendously exciting 8 minutes of basketball . 1975 NCHSAA Class 3 state regional final Union HS vs West Brunswick. Union should had been a class 1 school but integration and too much basketball… Read more »

Ben in MO
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Ben in MO

Does “old school” listening to the game on the radio count?

Doug
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Doug

Who remembers the Duke-NCSU 12-10 game in 1968? 4-2 at half. How about the 21-20 UNC-Duke game? Forgettable or unforgettable?Bill Currie, had the duty of trying to call play-by-play in the 12-10 game. Not content just to say “Kretzer’s still dribbling,” or “He throws the ball over to Williford, and now he’s holding it,” Currie decided to start interviewing people in the crowd and finally uttered one of the ACC’s most famous quotes: “This game has all the thrill of artificial insemination.”

Dick
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Dick

I was a student and attended the 12-10 game. It was pretty dull at best. But the celebration afterwards was a blast!!

The Expatriate
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The Expatriate

As a former sportswriter, there are a lot of sports-related moments I cherish though memories dim. (I am older than your friend BK.) . Number 1 on that list is a long, pleasant, non-work-related conversation with the nicest professional tennis player in the history of the world, Evonne Goolagong of Australia. I was never even tempted to make a column out of it. It occurred during an interlude at a Charlotte Invitational Tournament. Numbest 2 would be the Friday and Saturday nights in1957 when UNC won those dramatic back-to-back games against, first Michigan State and Johnny Green and then Kansas… Read more »

Edward
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Edward

Does two cheerleaders in a toilet stall qualify as a sport ?

Thomas.P.H
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Thomas.P.H

OK… tell us more about Paige the “hottie waitress” during Miracle On Ice ??? Inquiring minds got to know…

MMF
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MMF

I was living in Mandeville LA watching the I-70 series pulling for da boys in blue, not sure why, but for St Louis never has done it for me, and still doesn’t, at any rate, I remember the pitcher for da Cards, losing it on a pitch call, can’t remember his name, some Latino with gold chains around his neck, he sucked and da boys in blue won the series and low and behold I am living in Southest KS pulling for the Blue boys and da Chiefs..,go figure….MMF

Queen City
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Queen City

USA Hockey win over Russia
Tiger Woods 2019 Masters
1983 State NCAA Tourney
Patriots Super Bowl comeback vs Falcons
Texas Longhorns ‘Vince Young & Mac’ over USC
App State over Michigan
ECU over Miami in Carter Finley ‘ the hurricane game’

Former96heel
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Former96heel

Many of these pop to mind, but I’ll never ever forget a senior year hoops game. Teammates mom had passed from breast cancer about ten days before, he hits a designed inbounds play in left corner for three with 2 defenders on him, horn going off in midflight. About as emotional as it could get for a slow, undersized hs team. . From tv: Sid’s slide, south campus exploded louder than anything I could imagine 1991 ws game 6 & 7 Steve smith over the middle against the rams to put the panthers in East conf finals John kasey squib… Read more »

UncBlue
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UncBlue

Happy to say I was there live for the two greatest sporting events. First was Grainger High versus Wilson Fike for conference leadership in 1970. Fike had Carlester Crumpler and Phil Lamm(?). As a 12 year old, it was the most incredible thing I ever saw.
The second was Jack at Augusta in 1986. Wow!

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robedixon

My most remembered in person sports event was more about how funny the moment is now than it was then. I forgot the year this happened, maybe 1977. Was working for a newspaper at the time that got press tickets to all UNC games and I got one for the old North South doubleheader in the old Charlotte Coliseum. That press pass got me literally sideline at the end of the court about 5 feet from the basket. Cool seat and nice viewing angle, so I thought. . UNC was playing and the game pretty much decided so Dean put… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

Oct 11, 1975. In Kenan Stadium vs Notre Dame. UNC had a 14-0 lead in the 4th quarter when ND coach pulled QB Rick Slager with an unknown guy by the name of Joe Montana. Final ND 21, UNC 14. The rest is history. Personal note: I was married on the same date five years later. . January 1, 1992. Peach Bowl ECU vs NCSU. Freezing my ass off at Fulton County Stadium in the middle of the NCSU section,. A great comeback by ECU. Definitely FCS was the worst football venue I’ve ever been in. . UNC-Duke March 2,… Read more »

Bob in BG
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Five year plus reader here…and loving it! .Not on subject but wanted to ask since you have mentioned time spent in the hospitality industry. Is it “bad form” to ask for a Senior Discount on take-out food while restaurants are struggling? And once travel and lodging are allowed again, should we skip the Triple A or other discounts for awhile? Especially resort areas like Ocracoke or EI that have had recent storm damage issues as well?