Sports 10 Greatest Moments – Sports Signage
Posted on September 17, 2014
We love sports – the action, the excitement, the nerves as that tying run comes to the plate – tens of thousands of fans all focused on the same thing at the same time – not to mention those millions watching on TV. Oh, and did we mention the sports signage opportunities? Oh, the impressions! Trying to choose the top 10 moments in sports history is a daunting task. It’s like trying to determine which food pairs best with bacon. In case you’re wondering, it’s all. All foods are better with bacon. So, when we began putting this list together, we had enough memorable moments to write an entire book. After much smack talking, mad-dog stares and victory dances, we were able to whittle it down to 10. Here are 10 of our favorite moments in sporting history, in no particular order. Just don’t tell Joe in Accounting we put the Dream Team at the end!
The Dallas Cowboys may have dominated the NFC throughout the 70s, but Joe Montana put an end to that during the 1982 NFC Championship Game. The upstart 49ers were trailing “America’s Team” by 6 points with 58 seconds to go when Montana found Dwight Clark in the end zone. The result? The 49ers went to the Super Bowl for the first time. Watch the video closely – how many advertising signs were seen there? And with modern day HD broadcasts, every one of them gets millions of impressions now.
Always one to stir the pot, Muhammad Ali began hinting at a new technique before his 1974 fight with George Foreman. Dubbed The Rumble in the Jungle, the fight was highly-anticipated, if only to see what Ali had up his sleeve. On the advice of a photographer, Ali used the rope-a-dope technique to tire Foreman and won the bout.
Jackie Robinson makes our list not just because he was a brilliant player, but because he did more for the game of baseball and racial segregation than most others. Facing racial injustice and poverty throughout his life, he forever changed America’s favorite pastime when the Dodgers called him up to the major leagues. His legacy is still remembered and celebrated today.
The curse is lifted
It’s one of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in all of professional sports, continuing for more than 100 years. Beginning with the sale of Babe Ruth in 1919, the Boston Red Sox would go another 86 years without winning a World Series title. When they won the series in 2004, the “Curse of the Bambino” was lifted and the inhabitants of Boston could rest easily again.
The Immaculate Reception
It may have happened over 40 years ago, but it’s still one of the most hotly contested moments in the history of professional football. During the 1972 AFC divisional playoff game between the Steelers and Raiders, Franco Harris grabbed a shoestring catch and ran for the game-winning touchdown. Did he really catch it? Did it bounce first? Perhaps we’ll never know.
The Miracle on Ice
They entered as the clear underdogs, a team comprised of amateurs and college students, involved in something much larger than a game of hockey. The US was in the midst of a second Cold War, tensions were high and the Soviets had won gold in six of the last seven Olympics. But that day belonged to the US. With seconds left on the clock, they scored the winning goal and hockey was never the same.
None shall pass
He may not be a household name just yet, but Tim Howard has already united a nation. Soccer reached a fever pitch of fandom during the 2014 World Cup. And although it’s never been the most popular sport in the States, it was for a brief moment on July 1, 2014. Howard saved a record 16 goals during the match and solidified his reputation as one of the sport’s premier keepers.
Earning his nickname from his aggressive driving style, he was one of the first Nascar superstars and indelibly left his mark on the popular sport. He won his only Daytona 500 title in 1998 but counted a host of other awards among his accomplishments. Tragically, he was killed while racing in 2001. And if you doubt his popularity or place on the list, try driving around the American South and avoiding one of those #3 stickers.
Battle of the Sexes
It may have been all about the pomp and circumstance, but it meant more for women’s sports. It was important because Nixon had recently signed Title IX into law and Billie Jean King was central to many conversations regarding gender equality. After openly taunting all female players, Billie Jean King accepted an invitation to play Bobby Riggs, at which point she summarily defeated him.
The have been others since, but none have come close to the 1992 US men’s Olympic basketball team. The squad was chock full of unquestionable talent and more than a few dynamic personalities. Led by titans such as Jordan, Ewing and Bird, they crushed everyone in their path on the way to the medal stand.
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