Top 10 Memorable Moments of 2012 : Part II

football, games, moments,Yesterday we started to list the Top 10 most memorable moments of the 2012 Season. Today we’re wrapping it up with the Top 5. Let’s dive in!

5. I’m sorry…but this moment has to be included. If only because it was the epitome of the train wreck that was the Jets season. And really, it’s become a moment that will be immortalized in NFL history. You know it, I know it, every comedy act performed since knows it: the butt fumble

4. The Rookies. I don’t think we’ll be able to look back on this season without thinking of the unbelievable year rookie quarterbacks had. Luck, Wilson, and RG3 changed the game for incoming rookies. They each led their team to the playoffs and will undoubtedly keep their team in contention from here on out. Another player genre we’ll remember from this season? The Comebacks. Peyton and Adrian Peterson blew traditional comeback timelines out of the water to put their teams in the playoffs. What a year for unexpected greatness!

3. I think it’s fair to say that the first quarter of the season was defined by the Replacement Refs. As a Packers fan, the Fail Mary will always stand out to me as one of the iconic moments in my personal history as a Packers fan, one of those moments  that Packers fans – and football fans in general – will likely reference as a national tragedy, in that we’ll all remember where we were when it happened. (I’m telling you, sports are as real a part of “real life” as anything.) I stayed up more than half the night/morning that followed in disbelief that the NFL had let something like this happen, all over a contract dispute. But it wasn’t all bad. It was the catalyst for resolution that brought the regular refs back, and it was the defining moment for me and this website. That process of watching the game, staying up all night watching/reading analysis of the game, waking up a couple of hours later to watch/read more analysis, spending the next 6 hours writing about the game…I was hooked. I want to do this forever.

2. The HarBowl. What a Super Bowl storyline! Brother against brother for all the marbles in New Orleans, arguably the best Super Bowl location of them all. Even if the Harbaughs weren’t brothers, this game still would have had a great angle: two teams who made HUGE changes mid-season and reaped the benefits. For the 49ers, a quarterback change. A quarterback change from a guy with a 7-2-1 record to a guy who had started two games. For the Ravens, the firing of their Offensive Coordinator and a complete reshuffling of their offensive line. And the game itself did not disappoint! From the blackout to the safety to Ray Lewis’s last stand…it was just a unique Super Bowl, a perfect way to end a unique season.

1. Chuckstrong. The first big comeback win. The cheerleaders shaving their heads. The speech. Andrew Luck. Reggie Wayne. BA. Making the playoffs. Even after all of the other 2012 memories start to fade, Chuck Pagano’s brave battle against leukemia and the Colts resilience throughout will be the story of the season, at least for me. This is why sports matter. It’s so much more than just a game.

Ok guys, sound off! What were the most memorable stories of the season for you?

(And FYI – just because we’re wrapping up the season does not mean I’m wrapping up the blog! Not a chance. Tune in next week for a new offseason posting schedule! We train year-round around here :))

Top 10 Memorable Moments of 2012 : Part I

football, games, moments, part IIt’s time.

Time to start wrapping up the season.

Before we close the books on 2012, let’s take a look back at the moments that made the season so great. And really, wasn’t it a great season? I think it was one of my favorites.

Not all of these are big-ticket moments. Not all of them will leave a lasting impression on the history of the game. But when I think back on 2012, these are the moments I’ll remember the most:

10. Let’s start things off on a lighter note. The Dolphins had their fair share of unfortunate moments over the course of the season, but perhaps the most unfortunate was when the sprinklers went off in the middle of the third quarter of the Seahawks at Dolphins game. Really, this clip never gets old. It’s like something out of a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial.

9. And one more…just because it’s too good. It’s one thing for the players to let the team down on the field. It’s another for the fans to let the players down in the stands…literally. Come on, Buffalo! The least you can do is catch your man in the stands.

8. Every season, there are a handful of wild, unexpected wins that just make you feel good. My favorite of the year had to be when the Colts came roaring back to beat the Packers in Week 5. I never thought I’d say that one of my favorite moments of the year was a Packers loss, but watching the tenacity of a team inspired by the overwhelming desire to win for their absent head coach…it was really something special. Second favorite? The Charlie Batch win. A comeback victory after a terrible loss the week prior for one of the league’s best backups in what may have been his last game. Wow. It’s why we love football.

7. Another one of those special moments – Torrey Smith’s huge game just hours after finding out that his brother had died in a tragic motorcycle accident. The video linked above, from ESPN’s piece on Torrey Smith during their Super Bowl pregame programming, will change your day for the better. What a story.

6. Hey Diddle Diddle Ray Rice Up The Middle. On a 4th and 29, Ray Rice busted up the Chargers defense and ran right up the gut to eventually win the game and keep the Ravens playoff hopes alive. Aside from the inhuman feat of converting on a 4th and 29, this was the moment for the Ravens. From this point on, they set the tone for an unexpected, unbelievable Super Bowl run.

Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow!