The Five Most Patriotic Moments In American Sports
In honor of Independence Day tomorrow, and for your patriotic viewing pleasure, here are some of Spogo’s favorite American moments in sports history:
5. Landon Donovan’s goal in the 2010 World Cup:
Let’s face it, soccer isn’t that big in the United States. But in 2010, with the US team on the brink of elimination, Landon Donovan broke a 0-0 tie in stoppage time to give team USA the win, advancing them past the pool round. Donovan’s goal gave Americans a reason to be proud of and excited about their national team.
4. Fans react to the death of Osama:
On May 2nd, 2011, while the Phillies were playing the Mets on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, news broke that SEAL Team 6 had successfully killed Osama Bin Laden. Good luck not getting chills:
3. Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics:
With the Nazis in power at this time, Hitler attempted to use the Olympics to showcase the superiority of the Germans (and the Aryan race). Meanwhile, proud African-American Jesse Owens had different plans. Owens won the gold medal in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, the long jump, and the 400 meter relay.
2. A Boston Strong National Anthem:
I was lucky enough to be a part of this Garden crowd. The Marathon tragedy was devastating, but this anthem was extremely symbolic of the unifying spirit that brought Boston together during such a difficult time.
1. The Miracle on Ice:
The 1980 US Olympic hockey team stunned the world by pulling off a heroic upset over the heavily favored Soviet team in the semifinals. They followed that win with a win over Finland to capture the gold, but the Cold War-era victory over the Soviet Union is truly one of the greatest moments in sports history.
Watch every goal from that game:
Plus Al Michael’s famous “DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!?” call in the final seconds of the game:
Mike Piazza’s game winning home run after 9/11, NFL player Pat Tillman enlisting in the Army to serve his country in Afghanistan, and the Patriots pre-game ceremony honoring the Andruzzi brothers, who were New York City firefighters, following 9/11.
Have a happy 4th of July everyone!