Here’s a link to my Sunday column.
No 49ers vs Giants from the 2002 divisional round?
I’d say arguably the best comeback in NFL playoff history should make a Bay Area list. Too bad they weren’t coached by Bill Walsh, then it would be on there for sure.
The rationalization for not including the Raiders (moving to L.A. shortly after you began writing sports) doesn’t really add up, seeing as how so many other moments on the list fall into the same time frame. But like I always say, it’s your column, you can do whatever you want. (But just for the heck of it: the Sea of Hands and the Raiders beating the Steelers in the AFC championship to finally get over the hump.) Also, couldn’t you throw the Warriors a bone? Many still consider their championship to be the greatest upset in NBA finals history.
Fritz, I had 10, just 10. I’m interested in your selections, but please don’t imply I screwed up.
Oh, right. Sleepy Floyd. I guess that could be considered the Warriors’ bone. (Not much of one, though.) My bad.
Lowell – As an east bay native in the latter years of my 6th decade, I enjoyed your recollection of 10 greatest sports moments. Had to be difficult for you to pare down the list because my family has roots and an athletic background here dating back to the early 1900’s. Easily some of the great athletic achievements by St. Mary’s and USF could have been included in an expanded list.
mike, you are so right about my omissions. and again i apologize for leaving out the raiders. i am, after all, a new yorker and missed out on some crucial, great stuff. i hope you enjoyed the article, nonetheless
the Clemens ejection for bumping an umpire is not accurate. Clemens was ejected while still on the mound after cussing out home plate umpire Terry Cooney when during an at bat by A’s second baseman Willie Randolph, Cooney called an inside pitch a strike and then called the next pitch in the same exact spot a ball that walked Randolph. Clemens did lunge at the umpires well after he was ejected apparently not realizing he had been tossed until then.
here’s a youtube vid I posted of the incident
one more thing. chris, i was at that game. seems lifetimes ago
Did he or didn’t he: Peyton Manning and HGH?
MVP Cam Newton: Superman flies to San Francisco.
Spurs, Cavs & Bulls: Warriors annihilate three top teams by 30 or more, then blow a 24 point lead and almost lose to NBA’s worst team.
SF taxpayers on the hook for more than $11 million for Super Bowl.
A perfect symmetry: Raiders to Las Vegas.
Gee, must have been a slow sports week.
Lowell — Nice to see your SuperBowl ’85 column in Chronicle Classic today.
Good list, hard to quibble with it. 20 wins in a row for the 2002 A’s was pretty remarkable. Has to be somewhere on a list of greatest Bay Area sports moments.
I’m not sure where I implied any such thing, but I am sure it was not my intention to do so. (How can you post a list and not expect people to disagree?)
Fritz, Thanks for the note. I can be highly sensitive.
Just finished reading Lowell’s column of January 24, 1985 in the Chronicle’s Sunday Pink Sheet on the Stanford Super Bowl. What a different era and 49ers organization it was. Funny, but I can’t recall how, why Stanford ended up with the Super Bowl.
That ’62 track meet threw me for a loop. Never heard of it, which doesn’t mean anything, but I’m surprised to see it in any top 10 list with all the successful sports moments we’ve seen around here. I’d have to put the 2010 Giants WS over any other Giants moments given the length of time between Championships. Fun to debate though.
your welcome Lowell. I remember watching it on TV on a sunny day off from work during the week. yes 25 years ago does seem like a long time. I was at the Giants A’s earthquake game as well. I had just parked my car in the dirt candlestick parking lot and finished a beer with a buddy when my car started rocking from side to side. When the quake stopped, hundreds of car alarms were going off all at once. I didn’t get home until 11 that night. Took the Richmond bridge back to Montclair in Oakland where I was living at the time. And Fritz read my mind…….the Sea of Hands vs. Miami in 74 and the break through AFC title game win over the Steelers in 76 were my two greatest Raider wins that immediately came to mind.
Great list! With such a diverse sports landscape here in the Bay Area trying to pick out just 10 moments or events I am sure was not easy in any way and I can see the case for each of the 10 you selected.
Couple of ones that came to mind for me:
1. Sharks upset of the Red Wings in the playoffs. An 8 seed upsetting a 1 seed was unheard of, especially with the roster of future Cup champions and HOF players the Wings boasted.
2. Warriors upset of top seeded Dallas Mavericks. Though it was not the first time an 8 seed had toppled a 1 seed in the NBA, this same Dallas team went on to win an NBA title a year later (if my memory serves me right) and the beginnings of higher expectations for the Warrior franchise was put into high gear.
3. Matt Cain perfecto- His perfect game was a part of Cains tremendous 2012 Season which included the game 7 win of the NLCS. However, that game in June helped to fuel the belief that year at least as a fan that the Giants might just have some more magic in them that season.
4. Belts blast into the night and one Madbum. 17 innings of torture. Chance after chance in extras only for each team to be foiled. Then with one swing a no doubt shot soared into the night and the true belief that it could be another magical year of Orangetober took shape. From there it became a virtuoso performance by Madbum culminating in 3 World Series in a 5 year span.
5. Tigers romp at Pebble Beach, 2000 US Open. In the year following the tragic loss of Payne Stewart to the golfing world, who can forget the performance that Woods displayed at Pebble Beach. Over that 4 day period in June, Tiger laid waste to the field winning by a record margin of 15 strokes over his nearest competitor and finishing as the only player under par. It was the beginning of the “Tiger Slam” with Woods winning the next three majors in a row.
Just a few of the moments that have struck me as amazing ones here in the Bay Area. Again, so many to choose from. As a fan, we are blessed to have so many to witness.
Thanks, Dave T. Great list
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.