80s Sports: Where Do You Start?

The decade of 1980 could arguable be one of the greatest decades for sports. So where do you start? well why not start with the 1980 winter Olympics.

USA Men’s Hockey upsets USSR in semifinal game and then beats Finland for Gold. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!?!

As a huge Red Sox fan, this one hurts. the ball goes through Bill Buckners legs at first and the Red Sox lose the World Series in 7 games to the New York Mets.

The Play. the University of California returns kick off for touchdown while running through the Stanford band and wins the game.

Boston College’s Doug Flutie throws Hail Mary at the end of the game versus the University of Miami and wins.

The Catch. Joe Montana throws a touchdown pass to Dwight Clark with 51 seconds left to win the 1982 NFC Championship Game.

Jack Nicklaus birdies 17 and comebacks to win the 1986 Masters and becomes the oldest Major winner at 46 years old.

Pete Rose sets all-time hitting record and then is suspended for life from the game of baseball because of gambling.

The Trade: As one ESPN resporter stated, “the day Canada cried. Think about it. The Oilers had won four Stanley Cups in five seasons, and Gretzky had won eight of the previous nine MVP trophies. This would have been like the Bulls trading Jordan to the Clippers in 1997 for Lorenzen Wright, Eric Piatkowski and Bo Outlaw. The Kings? Postscript: the Oilers won the Cup in 1990.”

Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Mariners

Larry Mize wins 1987 on improbable chip:┬áMize was an Augusta native with only one career PGA Tour victory. His opponents in a three-way playoff: two-time Masters champ Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman, then considered the world’s best player. Ballesteros dropped out on the first hole; on the second hole, Mize chipped in from off the green. Remarkably, it was the second straight major Norman had lost on a miracle shot

There are a lot more than this but which one is your favorite?

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