Top 10 sports miracles

Written By My Infomation on 4/26/11 | 4/26/2011

New York Giants receiver David Tyree scores a touchdown after catching a pass from quarterback Eli Manning as New England Patriots defenders Brandon Meriweather and Randall Gay react in the fourth quarter of play in the NFL's Super Bowl XLII football game in Glendale, Arizona, February 3, 2008. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)
Are there miracles in sports? 

Of course not.

It is no doubt an overused cliché, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good way to describe a sports result that doesn't have a rational explanation. And there are a lot of them.
So here are the top 10 sports miracles -- relatively speaking, of course.
10. Colorado-Kansas Nov. 6, 2010 
This one didn't get a lot of attention because neither team was having a very good season, but Turner Gill's Kansas Jayhawks trailed the Colorado Buffaloes 45-17 with 12 minutes left in their Big 12 regular-season game. Final score? 52-45 for Kansas.
9. North Carolina State Wolfpack April 4, 1983 
Jim Valvano's college basketball team was a sixth seed going into the NCAA tournament that year, so when it squared off against Houston's Phi Slamma Jama team that included Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, it was expected to get creamed. Well, it appeared someone from above guided Dereck Whittenburg's air ball that fell into the hands of Lorenzo Charles on the last play of the game. Charles put in the lay-up for NC State's 54-52 victory.
8. Boston Red Sox Oct. 20, 2004 
The BoSox were down 3-0 in the ALCS and trailed 4-3 heading into the ninth inning of Game 4 against Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees. Normally that would be the end of it, but not this time. They won Games 4 and 5 in extra innings, doubled up on the Yanks 4-2 in Game 6 and then thumped them 10-3 in Game 7 to complete baseball's first comeback in from a 3-0 series deficit. They went on to win their first World Series since 1918.
7. David Tyree Feb. 3, 2008 
It looked like Eli Manning had some help from above when he scrambled to get free from defenders, but it was Tyree's catch, where he pinned the ball against the helmet, that was the real miracle of Super Bowl XLII. The 32-yard catch kept the fourth-quarter drive alive and resulted in the Giants upsetting the unbeaten New England Patriots.
6. The Miracle Mets Oct. 16, 1969 
The expansion Mets hadn't posted a winning record in their previous seven seasons. And despite recording a 100-62 record in '69, they were not supposed to beat the powerhouse Baltimore Orioles, whom many considered to be one of the best teams in baseball history. That didn't matter to theMiracles, who lost Game 1 but proceeded to win the next four.
5. Doug Flutie's Hail Mary Nov. 23, 1984 
The Miami Hurricanes football team went up 45-41 over Flutie and the Boston College Eagles with 28 seconds to go, and everyone thought it was over -- except for Flutie. After 19-and 13-yard completions, and an incomplete pass, BC was 48 yards from the end zone with six seconds remaining. Flutie, from his own 37, heaved it up and Gerry Phelan sneaked in behind the coverage to cap the miraculous play.
4. Kerri Strug July 23, 1996 
The American gymnastics team needed points from the 17-year-old on the vault to beat the Russians for gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, but the plan hit a snag when Strug tore ankle ligaments on her first vault. She somehow mustered the strength to run down the floor on torn ligaments and executed a nearly flawless second vault to win gold. It turned out her second attempt wasn't even needed, but that wasn't known until after the event.
3. Immaculate Reception Dec. 23, 1972 
The Pittsburgh Steelers were trailing the Oakland Raiders 7-6 late in their AFC divisional playoff game when Terry Bradshaw, on fourth-and-10 from his own 40-yard line with 22 seconds left, threw a pass to John Fuqua that bounced off Raiders safety Jack Tatum and was headed for the ground. Fortunately for the Steelers, Franco Harris was able to snag the ball a few inches above the turf and rumble 35 yards for the winning touchdown.
2. Music City Miracle Jan. 8, 2000 
The Tennessee Titans trailed the Buffalo Bills 16-15 with 16 seconds left in their AFC wildcard game, so Titans special teams coordinator Alan Lowry called for the "Home Run Throwback" play to be run. Lorenzo Neal received the kickoff and handed it off to Frank Wycheck, who threw a lateral pass across the field to Kevin Dyson. All Dyson did was race 75 yards for the winning touchdown.
1. Miracle on Ice Feb. 22, 1980 
The U.S. Olympic hockey team, made up of a bunch of amateur and collegiate players, wasn't supposed to beat the mighty Soviets in their medal-round match in Lake Placid, N.Y., but that's what they did. The 4-3 victory didn't win gold for the Americans, but their 4-2 triumph over Finland two days later did. "Do you believe in Miracles? Yes!"


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