Saturday, March 03, 2007

30 Sports Events that grabbed my imagination

1. World Cup 1982 - How I so wanted the English to win. Of course it never happened.
2. Liverpool winning the League and FA Cup Double in 1986. I can still see Rushie’s (Ian Rush) goals going in against the Blues.
3. Borg beating McEnroe in the thrilling five set final of Wimbledon 1980. I cheered for the Superbrat and watched him pull off a miraculous tie break win in the fourth set. However the Swede prevailed and Johnny Mac had to wait until the following year to clinch his first All-England Championship.
4. South Africa wins the World Rugby Championship in 1995.
5. Jody Schecter winning the 1979 F1 Driving Championship. He was South African and Jewish. It was confirmation that Jews could win in the sporting arena.
6. The British Lions tour of South Africa in 1980. I cheered for the visitors against the South Africans (Springboks). The Boks won 3 out of the 4 test matches but the Lions defeated all the Provincial teams. That winter I was a Rugby fan. From sticker books to newspaper pullouts I didn’t miss one of the 15+ games of the tour.
7. Liverpool wins the League and the European Cup in 1977. My fate was sealed I would be a reds supporter for life.
8. Toronto Blue Jays win the 1992 World Series
9. Liverpool win a treble in 2000/2001.
10. Toronto Blue Jays repeat World series.
11. Liverpool come from behind 3-0 to defeat AC Milan in 2005 and win the ECL.
12. Northern Transvaal win 1977 Currie Cup.
13. Sebastien Coe shines in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
14. Liverpool complete a treble in 1983/84.
15. World Cup 1994 - I cheered for the Irish and watched almost every game of the tournament.
16. Gerrie Coetzee beats Michael Dokes to win Heavyweight Title.
17. Becker wins Wimbledon and the US Open in 1989.
18. The Barcelona Olympics (1992). US dominates relays. Linford Christie wins 100m gold.
19. Leonard defeats Hagler in 1987.
20. Ben Johnson ‘truimphs’ at Seoul - well almost.
21. Canada wins Hockey Gold Medal in 2002.
22. Liverpool win 1987/88 League Championship playing unbelievable soccer.
23. Muhammed Ali wins Heavyweight title for the Third time.
24. Blue Jays win American League East Pennant in 1989.
25. Dodgers upset A’s to take 1988 World Series.
26. Manchester United blow League and FA cup in 1994/95.
27. San Francisco 49ers clinch 1989 Superbowl.
28. McEnroe’s 1984 season - US Open, Wimbledon and Masters.
29. Stefan Edberg takes the 1991 US Open.
30. The 1999 Rugby World Cup. South Africa Lost n the semi-finals to Australia (the eventual winners).
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