10 Iconic Sports Moments Everyone Gets Wrong

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Do you know the old cliche about never letting
the details spoil a good headline? Well, that applies just as much to sports
headlines. You’ve probably heard of these famous sports
moments, but do you know the real stories? 10. Bill Buckner’s Error This clip is inevitably shown before every
World Series game. 1986 World Series, Mets vs. Red Sox, game
six, bottom of the 10th. Bill Buckner allows a slow grounder to roll
between his legs and the 68 year long “Curse of the Bambino” continues. Red Sox Nation’s hearts are broken in the
most excruciating way possible. Except… The game was tied at that point. Had he made the play it would’ve merely
prolonged the game — the improbable had already happened. The Red Sox scored two runs in the top of
the 10th, giving them a 5-3 lead. They were just three outs away from winning
the series, and after two quick fly outs they were one out away with no one on base. Crews were decorating the Red Sox locker room
with banners and champagne. Keith Hernandez, responsible for the second
out of the inning, went to the Mets clubhouse to have a beer. And why not? The probability of a comeback was around 2%. But then things got crazy. Two singles gave the Mets runners on first
and second. Another single knocked in a run and put runners
on first and third. Red Sox Manager John McNamara decided it was
time for a pitching change and brought in reliable closer Bob Stanley to face Mookie
Wilson. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat Stanley
threw a wild pitch, allowing the tying run to score and the other runner to move to second. On the next pitch Wilson hit his slow grounder,
which resulted in the infamous error. While the error is symbolic, and certainly
came at the worst possible time, it was merely the last in a series of improbable events. Bill Buckner took a lot of undeserved grief
about it. 9. Miracle on Ice Everyone knows this one. The 1980 US Men’s Hockey Team defeated the
powerful Soviet Union 4-3 in an upset for the ages and won their first Gold Medal since
1960. Except… It wasn’t the Gold Medal game. In 1980, like today, the teams in the tournament
entered into pools where they would play a round robin. The top two teams from each pool advanced
to the medal round. But unlike today, where the medal round is
a single elimination tournament, the top two from each pool would play the top two from
the other pool in another round robin for the medals. It gets even weirder. Those top teams would carry over their points
earned against the other team from their pool who also advanced. The U.S. and Sweden tied in pool play, so
they each brought in one point. The Soviets defeated Finland in pool play
so they brought in two points, while Finland brought in zero. So before a game in the medal round had even
been played the Soviet Union was leading the pack. By beating the Soviets the U.S. went up three
points to two, but the Soviets could still win the gold with a win over Sweden (who they
beat 9-2) and a U.S. loss to Finland. Even worse, a Soviet win and U.S. tie against
Finland would’ve resulted in gold for the Soviets as well, since goal differential was
the first tie breaker. But the U.S. defeated Finland 4-2 after coming
back from a 2-1 third period deficit, and we were spared having to go through such a
ridiculous explanation as to why the U.S. staged one of the biggest upsets in history
but still finished behind the team they beat. 8. Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the
World” Every baseball player’s dream is to hit
the big walk-off homer. In 1951 Bobby Thomson got that wish when he
hit a dramatic three run homer off Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca in the bottom of the ninth to
win the National League Pennant for the New York Giants. This was in the very early days of TV broadcasts,
and the calls from the announcers are legendary. Except… The Giants would go on to lose the World Series
to the Yankees in six games. Just to add to it, Bobby Thomson hit an unimpressive
.238 with no home runs. It would be like, well, the U.S. defeating
the Soviets and then losing to Finland. 7. Kerri Strug’s Vault Everyone’s seen the image. It’s shown before every Olympic broadcast. Kerri Strug, one of the “Magnificent Seven”
members of the U.S. Women’s gymnastics team at the 1996 Olympics, lands a beautiful vault
on her injured and heavily wrapped ankle. It’s the embodiment of the Olympic spirit
— just look at the pain on her face! Strug wasn’t the star of the team. She wasn’t expected to medal in any of the
individual events. But then her team needed her. On her first attempt she fell. But with the encouragement of her coach, Bela
Kurolyi, she nailed her second attempt and the U.S won gold for the first time ever. Kerri Strug was vaulted (see what we did there?)
into superstardom and Olympic immortality for coming up big when it mattered the most. Except… The team had already secured the gold medal
before she landed the vault. Kerri almost certainly wasn’t aware of that,
nor was it likely that any of her teammates knew. At the time there was a very complex scoring
system, and the scores of the eventual silver medalists (Russia) were being tabulated more
or less simultaneously. So while it was an awesome moment, Strug could’ve
fallen flat on her face and the result would’ve been the same. One scary theory is the debate over whether
or not the American coaches knew they had already won. There’s a rumor that Bela Kurolyi, who did
not coach Strug individually but did coach teammate Dominique Moceanu, sent her out there
just to fail so she would be eliminated from individual competition. Think about that the next time you see the
other iconic image of him saying “you can do eet” and promptly carrying her out for
the medal ceremony. 6. Michael Jordan’s Shot You’ve seen it in Nike and Gatorade ads. The NBA used it in their promos forever. With two seconds remaining and his team down
by one, Michael Jordan takes the inbound pass, dribbles quickly towards the foul line, jumps
high in the air, buries the jumper and pumps his fist in celebration. It’s the defining moment of the career of
a man who nailed numerous clutch shots while winning six NBA titles. Except… This only clinched a first round win two years
before his first title. It was 1989. The Bulls were the sixth seed and were tied
with the third seeded Cavaliers 2-2 going into the final game in Cleveland. When Jordan hit the game winner it was just
another sad chapter in the infamous Cleveland curse. The Bulls would go on to defeat the New York
Knicks in the second round before falling to the Detroit Pistons 4-2. More impressively, those were the only two
games the Pistons lost in the playoffs on their way to their first of back to back titles. It’s cool to watch, and it was a sign of
things to come, but it was far from Jordan’s greatest moment. 5. Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs in the Battle
of the Sexes In 1973, women’s tennis legend Billie Jean
King defeated men’s tennis legend Bobby Riggs in front of 30,000 spectators and an
estimated 90 million television viewers, in what has become known as the Battle of the
Sexes. It was a triumph for the women’s liberation
movement, proof that a top female athlete could compete against a top male athlete on
equal ground. Except… Bobby Riggs was 55 at the time. Quick, name a great 55 year old athlete. Exactly. He was way past his prime. The oldest winner of a Grand Slam title was
37. The average winner is in their early 20s. Even golf’s oldest major winner was 48. Not to mention that Bobby Riggs was far from
one of the greatest of all time. He won an impressive three grand slam titles,
but there are over thirty men who’ve won more than three. And his most recent was in 1941, when he was
23 years old. Billie Jean King is one of the greatest athletes
of all time, and her win was an important symbol for the era’s feminist movement. However it would’ve been much more impressive
if it came against one of the top players of 1973, not 1943. 4. Scott Norwood, Wide Right 1991, Super Bowl XXV, eight seconds left. Scott Norwood, place kicker for the heavily
favored Buffalo Bills attempts the game winning field goal, but misses wide right. The New York Giants win 20-19 in the closest
Super Bowl ever. Had Norwood not blown it the Bills would’ve
won 22-20. Except… It was a 47 yard attempt, not exactly a chip
shot. During the 1990 season NFL placekickers as
a whole were successful only 62% of the time between 40-49 yards. Notwithstanding the enormous pressure he was
under, his kick was on the back end of the 40-49 range. By comparison, the success rate from over
50 yards in 1990 was 42%. So he was pretty much in the 50-50 range. Also, the game was played on a grass field,
not the Astroturf that the Bills played on at home and favored kickers. And remember that the Bills were heavily favored,
yet were trailing by one in the waning moments of the game. It certainly came down to much more than one
missed long field goal attempt. 3. Bob Beamon’s Long Jump At the 1968 summer Olympics in Mexico City,
Bob Beamon shattered the world long jump record by over two feet, winning the gold medal in
style. It was the culmination of one of the most
dominant stretches ever for a track and field athlete, as he’d won 22 of the previous
23 events he’d entered. His record would stand for 23 years, an eon
for a track and field world record. Except… The 1968 Olympics were held in Mexico City,
a city with an elevation of 7000 feet. Anyone who’s ever been to such an elevation
knows that the thin air can make breathing difficult at times. But it also means a lot less resistance — is
it any wonder the longest field goal in NFL history was in Denver? Or that Denver’s Coors Field is built with
such enormous dimensions to prevent constant home runs? Try hitting a golf ball at those altitudes,
it’ll do wonders for your ego. And guess what? You can also jump a lot farther. We don’t want to take anything away from
Beamon — he dominated the competition all over the world all year. He beat the silver medalist, who had the exact
same altitude advantage, by almost two and half feet! That’s the equivalent of winning a football
game by 35 points. Or if you’re not North American, that’s
the equivalent of winning a football match by six goals. The gold medal was certainly impressive, but
it’s reasonable to say the world record would’ve likely been broken after just a
few years instead of a few decades had it been set elsewhere. 2. Steve Bartman In 2003 the Chicago Cubs held a 3-2 series
lead against the Florida Marlins for the National League Championship. One of the Cubs’ two superstar pitchers,
Mark Prior, was on the mound as the Cubs led 3-0 in the eighth. The Cubs were just five outs away from going
to their first World Series in 58 years and an opportunity to win their first World Series
in 95 years. But then Luis Castillo hit a fly ball towards
the left field foul line. It was drifting towards the stands, but Moises
Alou had a shot at it. He leaped into the air and reached for the
ball… but fate intervened in the form of a fan named Steve Bartman, who also reached
for the ball and interfered with Alou’s attempt. The Cubs would go on to lose the game. The next night they would lose again and fall
short of the World Series. Had it not been for one overzealous fan, lifetimes
of frustration for countless other fans would’ve been over. Except… The Cubs would go on to give up eight runs
that inning. Had Alou made the catch it would’ve been
the second out with only one runner on. Instead Castillo walked, and the next batter
singled in a run. But that was just the start. The most notorious moment came next when Miguel
Cabrera hit an easy ground ball to short, a classic double play ball that should’ve
ended the inning. But usually sure handed shortstop Alex Gonzales
misplayed the ball and both runners were safe. After that the floodgates opened, and the
Marlins took an 8-3 lead they would not relinquish. And then the Cubs went out and blew a 5-3
lead in game seven the next night, eventually losing 9-6. 11 years later Cubs fans are still waiting
for a chance to come so close again. Certainly Steve Bartman’s interference hurt
matters, and it’s symbolic of the debacle. But there were many other preventable aspects
that everyone should just leave the poor guy alone. 1. Miracle on Ice (Part II) The Miracle on Ice really was an upset for
the ages, right up there with the Giants upsetting the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and Villanova
upsetting Georgetown in the 1985 National Championship game. Except… Those were pros beating pros, or amateurs
beating amateurs. While the 1980 Olympics were technically an
amateur event, the communist definition of amateur wasn’t exactly the same as that
of the capitalist definition. The Soviet players did nothing but play hockey. Many were technically in the Army or had some
other job title for the state, but realistically they were spending all of their time playing
hockey in state of the art facilities. Meanwhile the top American players were all
playing in the NHL, and since they were being paid to play they were not eligible to compete
in the Olympics. The American team was made up of the top college
players, and a team of college All-Stars has a shot against a team of professional All-Stars,
right? Except hockey has a rather extensive minor
league system. So while the best American players were in
the NHL, dozens, if not hundreds, of other top Americans were playing for minor league
teams all over North America. Which of course made them ineligible pros
as well. So the top several hundred American players
weren’t eligible, while a broad definition of amateur allowed the top players from the
hockey mad Soviet Union to compete. Fast forward to 2014 where pros played pros
in the Olympics and the U.S. had to go to a shootout to beat the Russians. No wonder it’s arguably the highest profile
upset of all time.

100 comments

  1. Bobby Riggs was a tennis hustler. He made his living (once he was too old to be competitive) making bets against folks. He would agree to assorted "handicaps" on his side of the court, say a folding chair, or a couple of wash buckets. He won enough to do it "professionally" but as the story points out, he was 30 year past his prime. It was all theater.

  2. Bobby Riggs was claiming that any man, no matter how old, no matter how he scored against other men in his prime, could beat any woman, no matter how great she performed against other women.

  3. I don't think anyone actually believes that the "Shot Heard Around the World" won the WS. The iconic call is after all,"GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!! GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!"

  4. Oh dear, yet more mispronunciations!
    Nike is not pronounced as in Mike, it's pronounced Nikee, who was the Greek goddess of victory, after who the band was named after.
    Bob Beamon is not pronounced Baymon, it's pronounced Beemon.

  5. the Cubs ended up winning the World series in 2016 and broke the curse (they ended up giving Steve Bartman a World Series Ring)

  6. 90% of these moments are totally irrelevant outside the US. Most of the world doesn't even know what the hell baseball or American football is, and care even less.

  7. Money in sports has ruined sports for people like me. I can't understand why people get so riled-up about teams full of players that compete for filthy lucre and not for the pride of their community. "Bread and Circuses" I suppose, and being gullible. Of course, if the Portland "Trailblazers" start winning or the Timbers go for the championship cup, I may change my hypocritical mind. 😀

  8. Bobby Thomson’s homer was significant because of how the Giants were far back of the Dodgers in the division. But then the Dodgers absolutely collapsed and the Giants got hot. In a division breaking game Thomson walked off the Dodgers to win the pennant (division). The fact they lost the World Series has nothing to do with how great the homer was

  9. Regarding the long jump in Mexico, was his competition jumping in the the same city? So you're wrong to try to knock the feat.

  10. Football GAME by 35 points or football MATCH by 6 goals. You are pure gold, Simon Whistler. Keep on keeping on, man.

  11. Guess no sport is played outside USA. Would have thought an Englishman would show some sports played in England for example.
    Great going at alienating all your viewers from everywhere else in the world that doesn't give two rat's arses about USA anything. That stuff can be found on any number of these types of channels. No wonder the viewer numbers are dropping. Your (yawn) USA-centricness is showing.

    Try be original and cover the entire world rather than pander to americans.

  12. I like watching this channel for the guy who does the presentations. He is very sexy and I bet he is very hairy. A real bear grr

  13. This is what I love about the British! Teetering forever on the edge of suicide, cuz if you don't win it ALL then why play? Why try for a championship? Now, be sure your stocked up on Hemlock for when the day comes. Gad!

  14. A bit too American centric this one, The rest of the world has never heard of or just doesn't care about most of these `iconic moments`.

  15. I generally like Simon's videos but this one was little off – showing Jordan's iconic still shot of his dunk while discussing the jumper against the Cavs, mispronunciation of Bob Beamon's name, and the reference to the Cubs still looking for that title – all stood out to me.

  16. Is it really so difficult to write "American" in the title? I don't care that the video only shows American sports but why not state that instead of wasting people's time.

  17. Year later, 1981 and in North America Soviet Union beat Canada 8-1 in hockey final with narrow rink favoring Canadians.. Canada had all their best players including Wayne Gretzky. Later Gretzky said that Soviet team was far superior and deserved to win (though not likely such marginal). They moved better, were much better organized, skate better and faster and outclassed Canadians with both defense and striking. That match forced North American hockey to rethink game and ended era of big but slow defenders on ice.

  18. Wow, I hate the titles "everyone misses/no one knows…" Many of us do know, and you missed a few. The US 1980 Olympic Men's team did have Minor Leaguers on it. Mike Eruzione played minor league hockey right here in Toledo before his Olympic captainship. There was a loophole which allowed minor leaguers to get in, and Eruzione and others used it. Also, the Cubs did win the World Series in 2016. Also, Bobby Riggs has gone on record (and Billie Jean has not denied), that the whole event was staged. Riggs was a hustler, but felt money in women's tennis would be more money everywhere staged the whole thing with her (his claim). Obviously she would beat him. They had tried to get Connors and others to play, but Conners did say that no top woman could beat a top male player and the men refused, so Riggs played it up. Whether it is true or revisionism, he made the claim several times before he died. Most of these stories were understood and recognized for how they are portrayed here by most people.

  19. OK… So where are the sports that the rest of the world gives a damn about, not just the American showmanship stuff.

  20. There are other sports than just the ones played in America? I love these but it’s like the rest of the world doesn’t exist

  21. Dude you realize the cubs won the World Series? You really should check your facts if you’re gonna nitpick these sports plays

  22. This is two video in two weeks where you fail to check your facts about the Chicago Cubs. THEY WON THE WORLD SERIES IN 2016

  23. You’re completely wrong about Bob Beamon’s jump – the absurd “air density” argument is perpetuated by imbeciles who know nothing about simple physics. It is impossible that the negligible difference in air density could have made a difference of 55 cm (the distance by which he exceeded the previous record) in Beamon’s jump. Do the math.

  24. No one thinks the 'Miracle on Ice' was the Gold Medal game, the point is that to Americans, beating the Soviets was more important than winning the gold. Even if the Soviets had gone on to win the gold that year and the US finished in last place, it would still be just as celebrated today.

  25. Bartman, forgot all about this. Poor sod, took all the heat and was not the only one attempting to get in the way. Not to mention the crap he took having those headphones on. Odd for the time. Bonus fact: Mr. Bartman was issued a 2016 Championship ring from the Cubs.

  26. There have long been rumors that Riggs bet heavily against himself in the Battle of the Sexes. Riggs was known to be a heavy gambler. In 1939, for example, he made far more money betting on himself to win Wimbledon than he received from actually winning the tournament. In fact, he won almost $2m in modern dollars, a sum so large that he could not leave the country with it due to wartime currency restrictions. Riggs was also known for playing pickup games for money – any one , any time, for any amount of money – even at the height of his professional success.

    What Whistler also didn't mention is that the RiggsKing match became known as "Battle of the Sexes II". As others have noted, Riggs played the then #1 female tennis player Margaret Court a few months earlier in "Battle of the Sexes I". Riggs beat her easily. Anyone can have a bad day, and for sure King had a better game plan against Riggs than Court did. Still, Riggs' play that day was suspiciously bad… so bad that 40 years later there's still an "Allegations of match-throwing" section on the game's Wikipedia page.

  27. How about Carlton Fisk's home run in the 1975 World Series? Cincinnati still won the series the following night in spite of it.

  28. Please name your clips in an appropriate fashion. If you're talking about US sports events that no-one else in the world gives a crap, just put US somewhere in the title. I just wasted 13 minutes hoping to here at least something meaningful.

  29. As a kid, I remember watching the "Battle of the Sexes." It was like watching Woody Allen play against Maria Sharapova. He looked so old and stiff… no one took the media stunt seriously.

  30. There's actually a fair bit of disagreement on just how much benefit Beamon got on his long jump attempt from the high altitude. There is also the added factor of a 2 m/s tailwind during his run-up.

    I know of three scientific analyses that have been done of how much the altitude and tailwind affected the jump compared to an equivalent effort at sea level in calm conditions. The three have very large differences:
    (1) 31 cm difference, (13 from altitude, 18 from tailwind; 26 from takeoff speed, 5 during "air phase")
    (2) 27 cm difference (22 from altitude, 5 from tailwind)
    (3) 1.8-6.3 cm difference (all during air phase; increase in takeoff speed not considered significant)

    When Beamon's effective effort was exceeded depends on which analysis we accept:
    (1) Beamon effective = 8.59 m; exceeded by Carl Lewis in 1981 at the US Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento (8.62 m).
    (2) Beamon effective = 8.63 m; exceeded by Carl Lewis in 1982 in Indianapolis (8.70 m).
    (3) Beamon effective = 8.837 m minimum, 8.882 m maximum. The minimum was exceeded by Robert Emmiyan in 1987 in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia (8.86 m), but this was at an altitude of 1840 m, not much lower than Mexico City's 2240 m. The next jump which would have broken this effort was Mike Powell's world record jump of 8.95 m at the 1991 Tokyo World Championships.

    Also, even if you take the 31 cm figure, while this reduces Beamon's improvement on the record from 55 cm to 24 cm, that would still stand as the largest single improvement in the long jump world record since it began being tracked in 1901. And the 12 years it stood up would remain second to the 25 years that Jesse Owens' 1935 then-record jump of 8.13 m stood.

  31. Can I get this a thousand thumbs down and track you down and cut your throat and pull your tongue through it and then piss all over your body and then light it on fire with about 50 logs on top of it so you turn completely to Ash

  32. uh….11 years later was 2014 and this video was posted 11/3/2018. Where did 2015-2018 go? Oh…by the way……2016 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS CHICAGO CUBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO CUBS GO, GO CUBS GO, HEY CHICAGO WHAT'DA SAY, THE CUBS ARE GOING TO WIN TODAY!!!!!!!!

  33. Another legendary sports moment that should have been #1 was Babe Ruth's called shot..Even with very old newspaper film it shows him either pointing at the pitcher or center field. Then came the home run. The argued question was, did he get lucky besides yelling at pitcher or was it a called shot!

  34. Knew all of these (and that the Cubs have won a WS since Bartman) except the Strug/Karolyi storyline. If indeed Karolyi did know the USA had already won and sent Strug out to vault to help his own gymnast win an individual medal, it shows what kind of a lowlife he is. His academy was at the center of the Nasar scandal that has brought USA Gymnastics down to their knees.

  35. about 70% of the content in this video flew right over my head, but that fact is less impressive given that I live in Mexico City, and the altitude offers less resistance to the flight path of Simon's facts.

  36. The original article was written by an American author on an American website and published in 2014. The narrator is British. A few things have been updated since then. It was known at the time of publishing that most of these events would mean little to those outside America or Canada.

  37. Another way to show how big of an upset the Miracle On Ice was would be to point out that the Soviet team beat an NHL all star team 2 games to 1 in the run-up to the olympics, including a 6-0 drubbing in the 3rd game.

  38. A number of biophysics types have analyzed Beamon's record-shattering jump. He didn't just have altitude on his side, but the maximum allowable tailwind for the jump to qualify for a record. The largest "assist" that I've seen anyone calculate is 31cm (about a foot), with most of that being due to wind, not altitude. Subtract that from his jump, and the result would still not have been beaten for almost 13 years. The altitude just provided the "icing on the cake".

  39. Thomson's homer was the culmination of an epic comeback by the Giants from 13.5 games behind the Dodgers. So while they lost in the World Series, winning the pennant over their close rivals was huge, and was part of a long hard luck story for the Dodgers, as was Buckner's error for the Red Sox. Context…

  40. Thanks for trying to perpetuate the Cleveland curse. During the 1990's Cleveland Soccer teams won 3 championships and were division or conference champions 7 times. This must be an old video or You would know about 2016 being the Cav's championship season. Love your shyt Simon, great work.

  41. Steve should have left the poor ball alone. You never interfere with a play by your team, and if i made the rules, either team…but definitely not your own.

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