Wanted to upload this for further discussion by anyone interested: A list of classic moments in sport that are numbered, but in no particular order
- Mike Powell vs Carl Lewis in Tokyo in 1991. The only man to jump further than Bob Beamon (and they’d still win by a foot today)
- The Baa-Baas when they still played for fun, could get out meaningful teams and had the beating of world class opposition (1973 vs All Blacks, obviously top of the list)
- Arsenal, right here, right now (sorry, couldn’t resist that one)
- Daley Thomson in LA 1984. And Seb too (Í’ll never forget the emotion on Seb’s face after winning the 1500). Throw in the 3 World records in 41 days in 1981 for good measure
- Derek Redmond, Barcelona 1992: Never was there a truer expression of what it means to compete (and finish) and why we need support.
- One Day World Cup Final with Clive Lloyd (1975) Windies at their best, intimidation and guile. Sir Viv coming into his own etc
- The fights that were used for When We Were Kings (Rumble in the Jungle, Manila etc)
- The sequence of fights with british middleweights in the early 90’s (Benn, Eubank etc) resulting in the horrific injuries to Gerald McClellan and Michael Watson. If there are more scary examples of the price you pay to be a boxer, I really don’t want to know.
- Speaking of which: the Hagler/ Hearns/ Ray Leonard/ Duran sequence
- MacEnroe in the Wimbeldon 1983 (or 4?) when he destroyed Connors in the final. And to add to some tennis I’d throw in 2007 Men’s final too. That was pretty special.
- Ryder 1985, in particular Sam Torrance on the final day
- The Ashes 2005. Bloody marvellous
Like I say, all and any comments welcome