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What's the best match you ever saw?
Sun, August 19, 2007

Usually, it’s long after you’ve assumed the position on a bar stool and have somehow managed to have blown your cover and exposed yourself as a being guilty of being a sportswriter. That’s when somebody will ask you the damn question: “What’s the greatest game you ever covered?”

My answer has always been the same. “Sorry. Can’t do it. Covered too many to name one.”

Sun Media writers recall the greatest sporting event they have ever witnessed


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Canada crushing the yanks in the 2002 Olympics right in there own back yard. They completely dominated them from start to finish.

Pete, 2007-09-15 10:15:59

Miracle on ice....and the U.S. beating Canada in the 1996 World cup of Hockey(canada cup)
Micheal, 2007-09-13 19:28:14

It all depends on the era you grew up in and your fave sport.

I will never forget the Canada Cup in 1987. That was the best hockey I have seen. Great end to end action, very close games that were all decided by a single goal.

Second fave is the 2002 mens olympic hockey team. They crushed the yanks right in there own backyard. The score was flattering to the yanks thanks to mike ritcher's goaltending, if he didnt play so well it would have been double digits.

Third would be the back to back world series wins by the Blue Jays.
James, 2007-08-31 15:54:14

Good post Noel. Some great memories for you, and others I'm sure. I can't go back that far but certainly to the 6 teams.

Hope you'll be sharing your memories for a long time.

Philo, 2007-08-29 15:05:02

I’m enjoying the reminiscences of your reporters and fans on canoe.ca about their greatest sports stories. I’m an elderly dude now, born in the 1930’s. I’m old enough to remember when Foster Hewitt stopped saying “Hello Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland,” the day after Newfoundland become part of Canada in 1949. Here are my contributions:

I remember going to Maple Leaf Gardens often as a young person. I think we had to pay $1.25 to stand behind the blue seats and maybe 95 cents to stand behind the grays. We saw the greatest stars of our generation at affordable prices.

One unforgettable evening in the 1950s, a Maple Leaf player named Bob Bailey hammered Rocket Richard into the boards in the Canadiens’ end. The Rocket got up slowly as the play went to the other end of the ice. We watched him gather speed as he raced diagonally from the near corner to our left, to the far corner on our right, and he only stopped after he cross-checked Bailey in the ear and nearly took his head off. (No helmets in those days, of course.) There was a wild scene as referees and teammates tried to control the Rocket. I don’t know how long the Rocket was suspended, but I don’t think this was the famous suspension that cost him the scoring title and caused the Montreal riots.

Earlier in the same game (I think), the Rocket stickhandled through the entire Leaf team (some of them twice, it seemed) before scoring an unbelievable goal against Harry Lumley. A famous photo of that goal, with the Rocket’s eyes flashing as he reached around the Leaf goalie – has been reproduced often over the years.

Another memory from the late 50s is about the first tour of a hockey team from Russia. They played against the Senior A Whitby Dunlops of Bobby Attersley and Harry Sinden among others. We invited one of our friends, who really spent ’way too much time studying, to come to the game. “Who’s playing?” he asked. “Whitby Dunlops against Russia.” “Whitby is playing Russia???” he asked. The Russian team’s sticks were at a weird low angle – lie 2 instead of the lie 5 or 6 that we were used to. Russia was ahead 4-0 faster than you could say “Sologubov.” But I do believe that Whitby came back and beat them.

Perhaps the most memorable sporting event I’ve ever seen took place in Rome in 1968: Italy vs Yugoslavia in the European Cup. Since then, I’ve seen enough on television to realize that this goes on all the time, but for this young fellow at the time, it was amazing. 100,000 people jammed the beautiful white marble Olympic stadium in Rome. We were standing about five deep behind the last row of seats at one end. As darkness descended on the stadium, all 100,000 fans stood and shouted for half an hour before the game began. Huge Italian flags waved in the stands. Some people rolled up newspapers and lit them on fire, and swayed rhythmically. Some of them fired Roman candles whose fireballs described big arcs as they flew from the stands into the centre of the field, which was of course surrounded by a tall wire fence. The blond girl with me chirped “Viva Yugoslavia,” and the fans responded quite good-naturedly while they tossed crumpled paper bags and other harmless missiles at us. The game ended in a tie, and had to be replayed a few days later.

Noel Cooper, 2007-08-28 20:35:24

Everyone has their own personal favourite depending upon your favourite sport and team. But Henderson gets the nod just because of what happened off the ice as well as on. The whole country was united behind the team, perhaps shamed into it by Esposito's famous speech. This series became more than just hockey, it was a war between two disparate ways of life, there was fear in the eyes of players on both sides over the prospect of losing. Grown men wept and normally cool players like Dryden were so wound up that he was jumping out of the crease trying to make the big save and getting beaten.

On paper, '87 had more "superstars" but before the term was really invented I'd give '72 the unquestioned nod for sheer drama, tension and euphoria at winning.

The Summit series reshaped Canadian identity and brought together sworn lifelong enemies from the NHL as teammates. No other series did this and no matter how good the games were, they were all just sporting events. Just ask Paul Henderson if it still matters. I've never been a Leafs fan and to me he was just a journeyman player as far as his NHL career, but to everyone who saw this series he is a hero and welcome in their homes because of 3 game winning goals he scored, one in particular.
Rick W., 2007-08-28 12:39:24

For me its the 1987 Canada Cup. That was the most exciting hockey I have ever seen. All three games were decided by 1 goal with Canada winning all 3 games by the scores of 6 - 5.

My second choice would be the mens 2002 olympic hockey team winning the gold medal. They got off to a very shakey start losing badly to Sweden in the first game but started to play better every game and completely dominated the americans in the gold medal game.
Chad, 2007-08-28 12:21:14

2001 World Series. Yankees vs Diamondbacks. 9/11 had just occurred, so their was this strange feeling in the air. The baseball was amazing. 2 games ended in extra-innings and 3 had late game comebacks. It went to game 7 and ended with a walkoff hit.
Jose Jimenez, 2007-08-26 22:40:37

Darryl Sittler's 10pt night against Don Cherry's big bad Boston Bruins ranks up there with the best ever.
Joseph, 2007-08-26 22:19:26

I was only 9 but "The Goal" Paul Henderson 1972 game eight Canada-Russia is the greatest moment in all of Canada's history. We won, and the country went nuts my school closed for the game. Henderson belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Paul Etherington, 2007-08-26 20:19:27

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