The SportsLifer Top 50 Countdown

In the third installment of his all-time top 50 sports events attended, the SportsLifer recalls the play of Willie Mays, Joe Namath, Lawrence Taylor and others.

First installment: 41-50. includes the St. Louis Hawks, Holy Cross, and a Ranger rout.

Second installment, 31-40. stars Lew Alcindor, The Mick, and the Boston Marathon

The SportsLifer countdown, 21-30, continues:

30. Joe Namath throws 70 passes in cold rain at Shea as Broncos hold on to beat Jets 33-24, 1967

29. Giants 36, Redskins 0, first game after death of New York owner Wellington Mara, 2005

Rangers tie Canucks 3-3 on Darren Turcotte goal with half-second left in game, 1992

27. Lawrence Taylor, left, and the Giants D stop Dan Fouts, Chargers 20-7 on way to Super Bowl 1986

26. Gil Fenerty scores 6 touchdowns, rushes for 337 yards, Holy Cross overwhelms Columbia 77-28, 1983

25. Knicks raise Earl Monroe’s #15 to the Madison Square Garden rafters, but Buck Williams, Nets win at buzzer, 1986

24. Willie Mays hits grand slam vs. Cubs, Juan Marichal wins 11-2, Candlestick Park, 1962

23. Georgetown rallies to stop North Carolina in overtime, NCAA East Regional Final, 2007,

22. Yankees beat Red Sox 12-11 on rookie Derek Jeter’s game-winning single in 10th, 1996

21. Giants crush 49ers 48-14 as Y.A. Tittle throws 4 TD passes (5 days before JFK assassination), 1963

Special Category

Saw Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman in famous “rope-a-dope” fight in Zaire, 1974 (well I wasn’t really there, I saw it on closed circuit television)


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