FanDuel - WFBC

February 24, 2007

Get your vote on!:
The Canadian sports television network "The Score" has started a massive undertaking to determine the greatest sports highlight of all time. They've put together their list of the top 64 plays into a playoff bracket system. They reveal a new match-up each weeknight.

posted by grum@work to other at 10:38 AM - 35 comments

The first round winners so far: The Play Ovechkin Back Goal Malik's Miracle on Broadway Ronaldinho Bicycle (the English commentary is almost worthy of a vote on its own)

posted by grum@work at 10:44 AM on February 24

Is that Sid Waddell doing the commentary on the Ronaldinho clip?! How bizarre. In Britain, he's more known for his rather colourful commentary on a far more athletic type of sport.

posted by afx237vi at 11:10 AM on February 24

The Ronaldinho goal was a fine individual effort, but the Buck Martinez play required excellent throws from both the right fielder and the left fielder. Of course, in both clips the opposing team makes a great contribution to the play (passive defense against Ronaldinho and some questionable base running by the Mariners). I had to go with the Martinez play as representing the better team effort. Maybe that's not the proper yardstick, but it's the way I judge it. Thanks, grum, this one ought to keep us throwing words at each other for a while.

posted by Howard_T at 11:51 AM on February 24

This is pretty awesome. I mean, of course you can't determine the greatest sports highlight of all time, but the fun is in the attempt, and the giant bracket system looks like a lot of fun.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:53 AM on February 24

Poor Freddie Brathwaite, there's not much in the history of sports that can compete with the Cal/Stanford ending. Can somebody please explain the double buzzer beating 3-point shots video? It's written that one of the players has a priceless look on his face. Huh? All they show is somebody making a long jumpshot.

posted by NoMich at 12:12 PM on February 24

I'm presuming Maradona's goal against England is going to show up at some point? Carlos Alberto had best be there too.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:21 PM on February 24

Waddell's commentary after Ronaldinho's goal: "As electrifying as a hairdryer thrown in the bathtub, my friend ..." "It puts the Haitian voodoo rattle on this one ..." "Like Betamax, they do not make them like him anymore." Imagine all that wrapped in an overwrought Scottish accent. It's brilliant. I'd love to have this guy do some NBA or NFL games. It might actually liven up some MLB games, too. (Heh.)

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:38 PM on February 24

I'm suprised The Play won in Round One by such a small margin.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:47 PM on February 24

It is a Canadian site after all. You know how well awesome hockey plays are going garner votes.

posted by NoMich at 01:27 PM on February 24

We've all seen these kinds of things before, so I nearly didn't click through, but wow- the addition of youtube makes a huge difference. Going to see a lot of footie here I've never seen before, I expect. That Ronaldinho goal was incredible. (Not incredible enough to make me forget this.)

posted by tieguy at 02:35 PM on February 24

Imagine all that wrapped in an overwrought Scottish accent. It's brilliant. Geordie, not Scottish.

posted by afx237vi at 03:54 PM on February 24

Is it me? Or does "The Score" not have streams online of the plays in questions? It's 2007... Having a poll on highlights without video is like having a webpage that only people using Lynx can access...

posted by Drood at 03:57 PM on February 24

The YouTube links save this, but really, this will disappear, and the rest of the poll is worthless. Despite being in Canada, those hockey clips are barely average. Of the four Tube links posted, "The Play" is BY FAR the best. And I guarantee F1 will be left out of this. Which means none of this. (Though the onboard from Zonta if you can find it is great.) http://youtube.com/watch?v=NrVwlU2R3mA Or this. http://youtube.com/watch?v=5LuKW7DrtbM Or this. http://youtube.com/watch?v=TU5D7vwIYt4

posted by Drood at 04:12 PM on February 24

Or this. Mansell winning Hungary in 1989, a track notorious for it's lack of overtaking, starting 12th, and winning in a Ferrari that had no business being up there. This is him passing Senna to take the lead. http://youtube.com/watch?v=AALoxy6Y8l4&mode=related&search= If any racing does make it into that poll, I guarantee it'll be bloody NASCAR... *sigh* Of course if you're not a fan of F1, you don't know how hard passing is, so you figure it's just another racing clip.

posted by Drood at 04:16 PM on February 24

Seriously, can it get any better than this? (minus the sappy music of course)

posted by SummersEve at 06:17 PM on February 24

NO, it can't.

posted by 2bnamedl8r at 07:22 PM on February 24

Sure it can, Touch 'em all Joe!

posted by tommytrump at 07:42 PM on February 24

Despite being in Canada, those hockey clips are barely average. Of the four Tube links posted, "The Play" is BY FAR the best. I think you are seriously underestimating Ovechkin's and Orr's goals. Of course if you're not a fan of F1, you don't know how hard passing is, so you figure it's just another racing clip. The problem with a clip of a car passing another car is that something very similar happens every race. If were to show 5 clips of cars passing other cars in a race, how does the average sports fan determine that one of them was spectacular and the others were just average? But if you show the same fans 4 clips of goals being scored and then a clip of Ovechkin scoring behind his head while lying on his back while sliding away from the net and being covered by two Coyote players, they just MIGHT be able to determine that it was a pretty fucking spectacular goal. Is it me? Or does "The Score" not have streams online of the plays in questions? It's 2007... Having a poll on highlights without video is like having a webpage that only people using Lynx can access... Well, the YouTube links will have to do for now. The problem with video clips are that you have to sometimes get the rights to use those clips beyond the scope of a news story. Sometimes those rights aren't available, or they might cost too much money. Can somebody please explain the double buzzer beating 3-point shots video? It's written that one of the players has a priceless look on his face. Huh? All they show is somebody making a long jumpshot. I don't know what's going on with that one either. Did they link to the wrong video?

posted by grum@work at 10:51 PM on February 24

BTW, if you haven't seen this clip, it's worth watching. Rodney McCray became famous for running through the outfield wall attempting to catch a fly ball. This clip shows the play and then shows McCray watching the video of the play for the first time. His reaction is great.

posted by grum@work at 10:52 PM on February 24

I think you are seriously underestimating Ovechkin's and Orr's goals. Each time I get to see Orr reels, I'm reminded of what a MONSTER he was. Very likely the most talented player ever. The problem with a clip of a car passing another car is that something very similar happens every race. OK. How about this, then? The most awesome F1 highlight ever.

posted by qbert72 at 11:12 PM on February 24

Damn, that was a pretty exciting four and a half minutes of racing, q. Thanks for posting that. About Bobby Orr: when I think about his career, it makes me sad. Bad knees cut his career short and he got ripped off by his manager. However, when I watch his on-ice videos, I forget about all of that. It's a lot of fun to watch him absolutely dominate a game. Could you imagine his numbers if his career would've lasted as long as Ray Borque's?

posted by NoMich at 11:53 PM on February 24

Great video there Q - though I'm surprised the Renault turbo went that far without breaking.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:31 AM on February 25

Where do you find the clips?All i sea are brackets & nothing of value!Looked all over the stupid site & found nothing!

posted by mdavidsf at 05:29 AM on February 25

Where do you find the clips?All i see are brackets & nothing of value!Looked all over the stupid site & found nothing!You Tube?No You Tube anywhere i looked!Drood its too complicated for a sucky typist like me to put all that in a browser.I need links i can just click on.There are none there!!!

posted by mdavidsf at 05:39 AM on February 25

OOPS!Figured it out,LOL!But has to be better than those to vote on.How about Willie Mays catch of the ball off Vic Wertz bat in 1954 Series?Not only made the catch w/his back to the plate,but spun & threw to the infield to hold the runners!& in the cavernous Polo Grounds,thats something!!!& to afx237vi The announcer on Ronaldinho soccer play is absolutely a Scot!Absolutely!!!

posted by mdavidsf at 06:03 AM on February 25

afx237vi The announcer on Ronaldinho soccer play is absolutely a Scot!Absolutely!!! Sorry, but Sid Waddell is absolutely, absolutely, absolutely not a Scot. He's an Englishman, a Northumbrian, a Geordie, possibly a Mackem or a Pitmatic, but absolutely, positively, 100 per cent not a Scot.

posted by afx237vi at 08:03 AM on February 25

But has to be better than those to vote on.How about Willie Mays catch of the ball off Vic Wertz bat in 1954 Series? It's early in the voting process. They've only revealed a fraction of the bracket. I'm almost positive we'll see the Willie Mays catch, as well as Devon White's catch (fast forward to 1:33) and Jim Edmonds' catch (I can't find the video where he runs away from home plate and leaps flat out to catch it with his back to the ball).

posted by grum@work at 11:31 AM on February 25

Drood its too complicated for a sucky typist like me to put all that in a browser. You don't need to type it in. Just highlight the link he's provided, right-mouse-click and choose "copy". Then open up another browser window and right-mouse-click into the address bar and choose "paste". Voila!

posted by grum@work at 11:32 AM on February 25

Tomorrow, grum teaches us how to tie our shoes. "Loop, swoop and pull."

posted by SummersEve at 05:42 PM on February 25

afx237vi listen to the guy talk!Thats Scottish thru & thru!Grum,thanks for the lesson!

posted by mdavidsf at 09:07 AM on February 26

Sorry summer, I like the bunny ears way myself!!

posted by Debo270 at 09:08 AM on February 26

afx237vi listen to the guy talk!Thats Scottish thru & thru! You'd probably be unwilling to accept info on various dialects of shitkicker from a member of the United Kingdom, so I don't think they're interested in your ear for Accents of the Islands.

posted by yerfatma at 09:51 AM on February 26

afx237vi listen to the guy talk!Thats Scottish thru & thru!Grum,thanks for the lesson! Well I can only assume you've never actually heard a Scottish person talk.

posted by afx237vi at 03:08 PM on February 26

Sure he has, they sound just like them Anglish and them Eye-rish and them Double Ought Seven types! Stinkin' foreigners.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:25 PM on February 26

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