USA Today, in honor of its 25th anniversary, is putting together Top 25 lists from many different areas. They just released their sports list of the Top 25 sports moments of the last 25 years. Can you guess what the number one moment was? Does the picture here help you?
Yes, the Red Sox historic World Series win of 2004 was named the number one sporting moment of the last 25 years. Can't argue at all with that. (It should also be high on anyone's list of the Top 25 of the last 50 or even 100 years. It's an event that will grow in stature as the years go on. Mark my words.)
Here's how USA Today described it:
It took 86 years, included insufferable losses to the hated New York Yankees and monumental gaffes seemingly replayed constantly, but the Fenway Park faithful finally danced in the streets when their beloved Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series in a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, et al., ended the agony that tormented Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Luis Tiant, et al. And who knows? This could be their year, too!
It's an interesting list, and worth checking out: http://www.usatoday.com/news/top25-sportsmoments.htm. Of course, lists like this are very subjective, and open to debate. (The Red Sox were also on the list at 15, the infamous Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The game I like to refer to as "the Mets incredible comeback" as opposed to some careless error that ended that game.)
Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak was chosen second, Tiger Woods' first Masters win third, Villanova's upset over Georgetown in 1985 NCAA Basketball Finals was fourth, and the continuing BALCO/steroids scandal was fifth.
Interesting to see that no New York Yankees accomplishments were anywhere to be found on this list. That is, if you leave out Jason Giambi and his "apologies" regarding BALCO...