100 Greatest Moments


90 in a Row

Like UCLA’s 88-game win streak in the ‘70s, UConn’s streak was book-ended by losses to the same team. For the Huskies, that team was Stanford, who beat them in the Final Four in 2008 and then again in 2010. UConn would go on to be upset by Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament, failing to win a third straight title.RANK: 73 LOCATION: Maples Pavilion | Palo Alto, Calif. DATE: 12/28/2010 CATEGORY: NCAA BB


Almost Perfect

The win marked UCLA's seventh consecutive national championship, ninth in 10 years and coach John Wooden's second-to-last national title. Walton would eventually go No. 1 in the NBA draft, but his career was largely marred by injuries.RANK: 46 LOCATION: St. Louis Arena | St. Louis, Mo. DATE: 3/26/1973 CATEGORY: NCAA BB


'Nova Does the Impossible

This marked the first year the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams, so it's fitting that it also yielded an all-time upset. An eighth seed, Villanova remains the lowest-seeded team to ever win the NCAA title.RANK: 52 LOCATION: Rupp Arena | Lexington, Ky. DATE: 4/1/1985 CATEGORY: NCAA BB


Irish Stop Streak

Even though the Irish were undefeated and the No. 2 team in the country, they were major underdogs to the Bruins, who had won the previous seven national championships. UCLA would go on to lose two more games in the regular season and then lose in double overtime to NC State in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.RANK: 37 LOCATION: Athletic & Convocation Center | South Bend, Ind. DATE: 1/19/1974 CATEGORY: NCAA BB


When the (March) Madness Began

The game served as a launching pad for the rivalry between Bird and Magic, who would trade NBA titles throughout the '80s, and also helped launch basketball into the national sports conversation.RANK: 30 LOCATION: Special Events Center | Salt Lake City, Utah DATE: 3/26/1979 CATEGORY: NCAA BB


An NBA Finals Classic

The Celtics won Game 6 two days later in Phoenix, giving the franchise its 13th NBA title.RANK: 79 LOCATION: Boston Garden | Boston, Mass. DATE: 6/4/1976 CATEGORY: NBA


Looking for Someone to Hug

Houston, 31-2 entering the game, was one of the most talented college teams of all time, but it was no match for the "Cardiac Pack." Jim Valvano's squad won close game after close game, and the lasting image from this tournament remains an elated Valvano looking for someone to celebrate with after N.C. State's unlikely victory.RANK: 26 LOCATION: University Arena | Albuquerque, N.M. DATE: 4/4/1983 CATEGORY: NCAA BB


The Steelers! Are Super!

The victory over the Arizona Cardinals gave Ben Roethlisberger his second Super Bowl title. On the other side, Cardinals QB Kurt Warner fell to 1-2 in the Super Bowl and would retire after the following season.RANK: 28 LOCATION: Raymond James Stadium | Tampa, Fla. DATE: 2/1/2009 CATEGORY: NFL


"Yes, Sir!"

Nicklaus’s 18 major championships are still the most all-time. Tiger Woods is second with 14. In all, Nicklaus won 73 PGA Tour tournaments, and many call him the greatest golfer of all time.RANK: 17 LOCATION: Augusta National Golf Club | Augusta, Georgia DATE: 4/13/1986 CATEGORY: Golf


Wimbledon’s Best

It's regarded as one of the best tennis matches ever. With the win, Nadal finally ascended to World No. 1. Some thought this might be the beginning of the end for Federer, but that thought ultimately proved premature.RANK: 56 LOCATION: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club | Wimbledon, England DATE: 7/6/2008 CATEGORY: Tennis


Oh Captain, My Captain

Reed's entrance entered Knicks lore and helped elevate Madison Square Garden as a mecca of basketball. With the win, New York became the first city to capture a championship in each of the major North American sports (NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB).RANK: 38 LOCATION: Madison Square Garden | New York, NY DATE: 5/8/1970 CATEGORY: NBA


Magic in the Middle

Magic was named Finals MVP and established himself as one of the most versatile players in NBA history. He would go on to win four more championships, all with the Lakers.RANK: 66 LOCATION: The Spectrum | Philadelphia, Penn. DATE: 5/4/1980 CATEGORY: NBA


The Shot Heard 'Round the World

That swing won the third game of a playoff for the National League pennant for the Giants, sending them to the 1951 World Series against the New York Yankees. Radio broadcaster Russ Hodges made the call on the play (“The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!”), which is still repeated often today.RANK: 15 LOCATION: Polo Grounds | New York, NY DATE: 10/3/1951 CATEGORY: MLB


Bird of Prey

The Celtics went up 3-2 in the series and ended up winning in seven games. Announcer Johnny Most’s call immortalized the play: “Now there’s a steal by Bird, underneath to DJ, lays it in!” The Celtics went on to lose the NBA Finals to Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers. Vault / Click Here RANK: 95 LOCATION: Boston Garden | Boston, Mass. DATE: 5/26/1987 CATEGORY: NBA


Mays Amazes

Mays’s catch kept the game tied, allowing the Giants to win the game 5-2 in the tenth inning off of Dusty Rhodes’s pinch-hit home run. Many consider it the greatest catch in baseball history, but some say the throw was even better. With such a deep center field at the Polo Grounds, players regularly scored from second after tagging up. Mays’s throw was right on the money, only allowing the runner at second to get to third. The Giants went on to win the World Series in four games.RANK: 85 LOCATION: Polo Grounds | New York, NY DATE: 9/29/1954 CATEGORY: MLB


The Thrilla in Manila

Frazier never recovered from the defeat and didn’t win either of the last two fights of his career. Ali maintained his status as heavyweight champion of the world, which he held until 1978. The match is widely regarded as one of the best in boxing history.RANK: 5 LOCATION: Araneta Coliseum | Quezon City, Philippines DATE: 10/1/1975 CATEGORY: Boxing


Fisk Waves It Fair

The game was one of the highlights in Fisk’s Hall of Fame career, despite the fact that the Red Sox lost Game 7 to the Cincinnati Reds in the next game. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000 after hitting 376 career home runs and 1,330 RBIs as a catcher during his 24-year career.RANK: 75 LOCATION: Fenway Park | Boston, Mass. DATE: 8/21/1975 CATEGORY: MLB


The Helmet Catch

Four plays after that, the Giants scored on a touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress, giving them a 17-14 victory. The Super Bowl win stopped New England’s bid at a perfect season, which hasn’t been accomplished since the 1972 Dolphins.RANK: 19 LOCATION: University of Phoenix Stadium | Glendale, Ariz. DATE: 2/3/2008 CATEGORY: NFL


"Touch 'Em All, Joe"

The 1993 World Series was only the second World Series to end on a walkoff home run (the other is higher up on our list). Following their World Series win the Blue Jays would suffer one of the longest playoff droughts in baseball, failing to make the playoffs again until 2015.RANK: 36 LOCATION: SkyDome | Toronto, Canada DATE: 10/23/1993 CATEGORY: MLB


The Ice Bowl

It was the third consecutive NFL Championship for the Packers, but this game would be known because of its frigid temperature. With wind chill, the temperature was -48 degrees. Several players suffered from frostbite during the game, including Starr, who got it on his fingers.RANK: 55 LOCATION: Lambeau Field | Green Bay, Wisc. DATE: 12/31/1967 CATEGORY: NFL



Maris’s accomplishment was not immediately well received. He was met by boos and curses from the press and fans for breaking fan-favorite Babe Ruth’s mark. Maris’s record stood until 1998, when both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa broke it. Barry Bonds then set the record that stands today with 73 home runs in 2001.RANK: 45 LOCATION: Yankee Stadium | Bronx, NY DATE: 10/1/1961 CATEGORY: MLB


A Long Time Coming

Becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed won it in 1978, American Pharoah ran the sixth-fastest race of all time. The horse retired from racing at the end of 2015 and began breeding in 2016.RANK: 35 LOCATION: Belmont Park | Elmont, New York DATE: 6/6/2015 CATEGORY: Horse Racing


Bolt Strikes Twice

Bolt cemented himself in Olympics history with the Beijing performance, and then again in the next Summer Olympics in London. He successfully defended all three titles in the 2012 Olympics. He currently holds three world records—100-meter (9.58 seconds) 200-meter (19.19 seconds) and the 4x100 relay (36.84 seconds).RANK: 65 LOCATION: Beijing National Stadium | Beijing, China DATE: 8/20/2008 CATEGORY: NBA


Mr. October

Jackson became just the second player to hit three home runs in a World Series game, joining Babe Ruth, and his clutch performance on just three pitches cemented his nickname: "Mr. October."RANK: 94 LOCATION: Yankee Stadium | Bronx, NY DATE: 10/18/1977 CATEGORY: MLB


The Rumble in the Jungle

Considered one of the greatest fights of all time, the Rumble in the Jungle gave Ali his second heavyweight title, an honor few thought he would regain at the age of 32.RANK: 14 LOCATION: 20th of May Stadium | Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) DATE: 10/30/1974 CATEGORY: Boxing


An American 10

Retton became the first woman outside of eastern Europe to win the individual all-around gold, which led to celebrity status in the United States. She was named Sports Illustrated's Sportswoman of the Year, and she became the first spokeswoman for Wheaties.RANK: 84 LOCATION: Pauley Pavilion | Los Angeles, Calif. DATE: 8/3/1984 CATEGORY: Summer Olympics


One For the Ages

Borg-McEnroe is considered one of the greatest tennis matches in history, with their epic 20-minute tiebreaker standing as one of the most memorable standoffs in sports.RANK: 74 LOCATION: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club | Wimbledon, England DATE: 7/5/1980 CATEGORY: Tennis


The Greatest Game

The 1958 title game helped popularize the NFL thanks in part to NBC's national television broadcast of the game.RANK: 4 LOCATION: Yankee Stadium | Bronx, NY DATE: 12/28/1958 CATEGORY: NFL


Super Clutch

The Super Bowl win was the first of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era; they have won three more since. This was also the first Super Bowl-winning kick of Vinatieri's career, establishing him as one of the best kickers of his generation.RANK: 64 LOCATION: Superdome | New Orleans, La. DATE: 2/3/2002 CATEGORY: NFL


The Night Is Young's

Players from this instant classic dominated the NFL draft, with four of them going in the top 10 (Young went No. 3). An NCAA investigation would eventually conclude USC's Reggie Bush received illegal benefits while at the school, causing the Trojan to vacate their 12 wins from that season.RANK: 34 LOCATION: Rose Bowl | Pasadena, Calif. DATE: 1/4/2006 CATEGORY: NCAA FB


Taking A Stand

The salute was one of the most overt political statements in the history of the Olympics, as two of the world's best athletes displayed the gesture on a global stage. Both athletes were later expelled from the Olympic Games after the gestures were labeled a form of protest.RANK: 44 LOCATION: Olympic Stadium | Mexico City, Mexico DATE: 10/16/1968 CATEGORY: Summer Olympics


Pele Arrives

Pele became the youngest player to appear in a World Cup finals match, the youngest scorer in a World Cup finals match and the youngest player to win a World Cup. He would go on to have one of the most celebrated careers in soccer history.RANK: 54 LOCATION: Sweden DATE: 6/29/1958 CATEGORY: World Cup



Malcolm Butler, who had no interceptions in the regular season and was a rookie free-agent from Western Alabama, saw Seattle’s receivers were lined up to run a pick route. He jumped the route and intercepted the ball at the goal line. The Patriots were able to run the clock out and win their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history.RANK: 25 LOCATION: University of Phoenix Stadium | Glendale, Ariz. DATE: 2/1/2015 CATEGORY: NFL


Golden Girls

After scoring on the penalty kick, Chastain took off her jersey and fell to her knees in a sports bra, a celebration that will forever be associated with this '99 women's World Cup team.RANK: 24 LOCATION: Rose Bowl | Pasadena, Calif. DATE: 7/10/1999 CATEGORY: World Cup


The First Perfect 10

Her performance both helped the Romanian team to second place, and redefined gymnastics and the expectations of female athletes. She went on to compete in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, where she won two more golds and two silver medals.RANK: 59 LOCATION: Montreal Forum | Montreal, Canada DATE: 7/19/1976 CATEGORY: Summer Olympics


Jesse Bucks Hitler

The defeat in his home city was an embarrassment for Hitler and cemented Owens into history. Though he was not met at home by fanfare at the time, he was eventually awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976.RANK: 3 LOCATION: Olympiastadion | Berlin, Germany DATE: 8/9/1936 CATEGORY: Summer Olympics


The Music City Miracle

The Titans would end up playing the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV. They lost the game after Dyson was tackled one yard short of the end zone on the final play.RANK: 93 LOCATION: Adelphia Coliseum | Nashville, Tenn. DATE: 1/8/2000 CATEGORY: NFL


Triple Triumph

The record is still untouched today, and there was not another Triple Crown winner for 37 years until American Pharoah did it in 2015. Secretariat’s winning time was 2.5 seconds faster than American Pharoah.RANK: 13 LOCATION: Belmont Park | Elmont, New York DATE: 6/9/1973 CATEGORY: Horse Racing


The Wizard of Westwood

Wooden’s legendary career included winning 10 national titles in his final 12 years as coach of the Bruins, including a stretch of seven in a row. Wooden is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in sports history.RANK: 63 LOCATION: San Diego Sports Arena | San Diego, Calif. DATE: 3/31/1975 CATEGORY: NCAA BB


Tiger Burning Bright

He also tied or broke nine U.S. Open records; his total score of 272 tied Jack Nicklaus and Lee Janzen for lowest on record. He also became the all-time career money leader on the PGA Tour.RANK: 43 LOCATION: Pebble Beach Golf Links | Pebble Beach, Calif. DATE: 6/18/2000 CATEGORY: Golf


The Catch

The play launched the 49ers to the Super Bowl, where they beat the Bengals 26-21 in what was the beginning of a dynastic run that saw San Francisco win four championships by the end of the decade.RANK: 33 LOCATION: Candlestick Park | San Francisco, Calif. DATE: 1/10/1982 CATEGORY: NFL


The Kick Six

Alabama wouldn’t get a chance to play for its third straight title, and Auburn met Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn won and went on to play Florida State in the BCS Championship game, but lost 34-31.RANK: 53 LOCATION: Jordan–Hare Stadium | Auburn, Alabama DATE: 11/30/2013 CATEGORY: NCAA FB


Glory Road

Though the change did not occur immediately, in the years that followed this game, basketball teams quickly became integrated. Between 1966 and 1985, the average number of black players doubled.RANK: 23 LOCATION: Cole Field House | College Park, Md. DATE: 3/19/1966 CATEGORY: NCAA BB


Breaking the Barrier

Robinson broke major league baseball's modern color barrier, ending decades of racial segregation and paving the way for generations of African Americans in pro baseball.RANK: 2 LOCATION: Ebbets Field | Brooklyn, NY DATE: 4/15/1947 CATEGORY: MLB


Jordan Rules Again

The game-winner was Jordan's last shot in a Bulls uniform as he retired in the off-season. Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman also departed Chicago shortly thereafter, bringing the Bulls reign to an end.RANK: 12 LOCATION: Delta Center | Salt Lake City, Utah DATE: 6/14/1998 CATEGORY: NBA


The Longest Yard

The Rams, which featured a high-powered offense known as "The Greatest Show on Turf," ironically got their Super Bowl victory thanks to that defensive play. Mike Jones played for several more years before retiring after the 2002 season. The Rams' MVP quarterback Kurt Warner threw for 414 yards and became the sixth player to win both the NFL MVP and the Super Bowl MVP.RANK: 83 LOCATION: Georgia Dome | Atlanta, Ga. DATE: 1/30/2000 CATEGORY: NFL


Wrestling’s Greatest Upset

Dan Gable only lost one match in his collegiate wrestling career at Iowa State—the national championship to Larry Owings—and then won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics.RANK: 82 LOCATION: McGaw Hall | Evanston, Ill. DATE: CATEGORY: College Wrestling


Triumph Amid Tragedy

The terrorist group Black September took hostage and killed 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team, forever marring the image of the 1972 Olympics. Spitz, a Jewish Olympian, had to be taken out of West Germany before the end of the Olympics.RANK: 49 LOCATION: Munich, Germany DATE: 9/4/1972 CATEGORY: Summer Olympics


Standing Tall

Strug won a gold medal for team all-around performance as a member of a United States team known as the "Magnificent Seven." The gold medal was the United States' first in the women's team gymnastics competition. Her vault attempt despite her injury is one of the most memorable Olympic moments.RANK: 92 LOCATION: Georgia Dome | Atlanta, Ga. DATE: 7/23/1996 CATEGORY: Summer Olympics


The Greatest Year in Golf

His tournament chase helped raise the spirits of thousands of people who were devastated by the Great Depression. Jones retired shortly after winning all four tournaments at the age of 28, after which he helped move the game toward the professional ranks and even helped create the Masters tournament in 1934.RANK: 69 LOCATION: PGA Tour DATE: 09/27/1930 CATEGORY: Golf