I have to admit that I am an absolute sucker for those “feel good moments”. You know, those moments when a veteran finally wins it all, or a well-respected player receives a warm welcome home to the team he/she spent the majority of their career with after a transaction. I love seeing those moments because I feel it reminds everyone that sports can be more than just a game we watch on TV. I don’t really know how to explain it, but it’s more than entertainment. Without further delay, here are five “feel good moments” in sports, in no particular order:
“After 22 years, Raymond Bourque!”
The Colorado Avalanche provided the first “feel good moment” on this list, and I highlighted it in my “Bloody Wednesday” piece. At the 2000 NHL Trade Deadline, Raymond Bourque was dealt to the Avs so he would have the opportunity to raise the Stanley Cup. Colorado went to the Western Conference Finals that year, but lost out to the defending champion Dallas Stars.
Dallas would lose to the New Jersey Devils, and the Devils would return to the finals in 2001. Who would they face? The Colorado Avalanche. The series went to seven games, and Gary Thorne described the moment in a very fitting way:
Going back a few years, the Detroit Red Wings were on top of the hockey world. In 1997, they had won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 seasons, as they swept the Philadelphia Flyers. They were on cloud nine, and nothing could seemingly knock them off that pedestal.
Yet, six days after captain Steve Yzerman hoisted the Cup, the team was dealt an enormous blow. Defenceman Vladimir Konstantinov, forward Slava Fetisov, and team trainer Sergei Mnatsakanov were involved in a serious limo accident that forced Konstantinov into a wheelchair and Fetisov into retirement. You can read more about that in the aforementioned “Bloody Wednesday” piece.
The Wings went on to repeat in 1998, and this is where we see another “feel good moment” courtesy of the Stanley Cup:
“A big moment for James Conner”
Former Pittsburgh running back James Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2015. One season later, he rushed for 1,060 yards and 20 touchdowns. A few months back, Conner declared for the NFL Draft. The moment that made this list is Conner’s first touchdown after he beat his cancer. Take a look:
“The Cubs…..win the World Series!!”
Love or hate if you will, but this past World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians was one of the best I have ever witnessed. Regardless of your opinion of Joe Buck, I believe his call couldn’t have been more perfect for the situation. The Cubs, after 108 years of heartbreak, failure, and defeat, finally won it all. Just take a look:
“Home Run…Michael Lorenzen”
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen had just lost his father before an August night game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lorenzen, being a pitcher, never really had any pop in his bat. However, on the first pitch he saw from Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez, he launched the ball to deep left center. As he rounded the bases, the Cincinnati Reds faithful gave him a standing ovation. Take a look:
These are five “feel good moments” in sports. Note that these aren’t the top five “feel good moments”, these are just five that I found and decided to share with you all. If you guys enjoyed, let me know!
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