What's your favorite setup for a great sports moment? When a hockey team pulls their goalie? Bottom of the 9th in a tie game? Game 7? Two free throws to tie the game with no time left? A field goal attempt with no time left? Here are mine.
Football: 4th and goal from the 1 yard line. The goal line stand is the essence of football for me: Can you and your team of men stop me and my team of men from moving this ball over this line right now? (Update: I forgot to mention that I also love when a ball carrier is in a scrum, and a teammate pushes him from behind to gain more yards. That's the best.)
Basketball: one possession, down by one and there's time enough for only one possession, so between about 3 and 9 seconds if they are inbounding the ball near the basket they are shooting at.
Soccer: A breakaway or set piece in the final 5 minutes of a tied match.
Baseball: My favorite part of Major League Baseball is in the playoffs when starting pitchers come out of the bullpen. This is when I KNOW a manager is trying his best to win a game and I love it and so do the starting pitchers.
I realize most people would rather a bottom of the 9th with two outs scenario, but something about seeing starters in a relief role just does it for me.
Hockey: 4 on 4. I guess I'd prefer a 5-on-3 or 4-on-3, but those never happen. I just like it when there is that much open ice, and so much more offensive opportunity and increased likelihood of a goal. Pulling a goalie is fun, but that always seems more desperate than threatening. Shoot outs are shiny, but they are too artificial and don't accurate indicate the better team that night.
Horse Racing: Down the stretch when the late-running closer is starting to approach the horse that lead throughout. Neither will have any excuse now and only one is going to win.
What are yours?