Top 10 Sports Moments of this Decade

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Alex Clough, Online Editor-in-Chief

During times such as these, reminiscing on the past might just be enough to see how much the future will hold and sports are a catalyst for creating its own world, rid of the hardships that seem so imminent. Now that the sentimental intro has connected the pandemic to what sports can do, let’s achieve that by looking back at the 10 best moments this past decade.

10) Simone Biles dominates at the 2016 Olympics: In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the 2016 Summer Olympics, American Simone Biles won individual gold medals in all-around competitions, one member of the “Fab Five” who gave all Americans something to look forward to night in night out during the summer.

9) American Pharaoh does the impossible; wins the Triple Crown: In 2015, American Pharaoh became the twelfth horse in history to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in over 30 years. Bob Baffert’s horse had the fans of all sports stuck watching him win the Crown.

8) Sergio Aguero scores a last-minute winner to give Manchester City the Title: Over to England where Manchester City just needed a win against bottom of the table side Queens Park Rangers. After cross-city rivals Manchester United took care of business against Sunderland and City were losing with minutes left, it seemed United would regain the throne atop the Premier League. Edin Dzeko scored to draw the game and then star Sergio Aguero pounded one home to the noise of thousands in the stadium and across the world, giving City the title.

7) Kick Six gives Auburn the shocking Iron Bowl win over Alabama: College football creates some great rivalries, none such as the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn. In 2013, Alabama traveled to Jordan-Hare Stadium as the one seed and ten-point favorite. In the fourth quarter, it seemed the game was heading to overtime to decide the SEC champion, with a risky decision to go for the 57-yard field goal, it led to Auburn’s Chris Davis receiving the ball in the endzone and running 109 yards giving Auburn the win. The fans stormed the field, creating a fantastic moment.

6) Ray Allen hits a three to keep the Miami Heat in The Finals: Being a fan who was sprinting out of American Airlines Arena following what seemed to be the Spurs winning The Finals, must have been filled with guilt when veteran shooter Ray Allen hit a three to send Game Six to OT where the Heat pulled off a clutch win. Days later the Heat won their second Finals in a row, solidifying Lebron James as one of the best players of all time.

5) Villanova hit buzzer-beater to win the NCAA Championship: Buzzer Beaters are truly the most entertaining sports play to witness live and for Villanova fans, it was only the sweeter. When North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit a three with 4.7 seconds left, it seemed the game was heading to overtime. After the inbound went into Villanova, Ryan Arcidiacono made his way up court with Kris Jenkins trailing him who got the ball a few feet outside the three-point line and threw up a shot. As the buzzer hit, blue confetti streamed down as Villanova had won the title.

4) Leicester City defies the odds to win the Premier League: Back over to the United Kingdom where Leicester City shocked the world and especially Vegas by winning the world’s most competitive soccer league with 5000/1 odds to begin the season. Feel-good stories don’t come around often, but with players such as Jamie Vardy, Rhiad Mharez, and N’Golo Kante, the Midlands club dropped jaws on their way to a comfortable Premier League Title.

3) Malcolm Butler intercepts Russel Wilson to give the Patriots the Super Bowl: Not a lot of people have sympathy for the Patriots, apart from the New England faithful, but when Malcolm Butler who had been working at a Foot Locker a year before intercepted Russel Wilson to deny the Seahawks of its second title in a row, it seemed the feel-good story of the decade. The goal-line stop was shreded in disbelief that Pete Carroll didn’t give the ball to their star running back Marshawn Lynch. Nonetheless, it gave the Patriots its first Super Bowl in ten years, starting phase two of the dynasty as they would go on to win in 2016 and 2018.

2) Lebron Block/ Kyrie three gives the Cavaliers first title ever: Cleveland isn’t a place to go to see great sports teams and after Lebron James, the Hometown Kid who was supposed to give Cleveland glory again, left to join the Miami Heat where he would win two titles, it seemed the Cleveland faithful would have to wait a few more decades. The King didn’t really forget about his hometown, returning in 2014 only to lose to the Golden State Warriors a year later. When Lebron and the Cavs got their second chance, Kyrie Irving’s three pointer over Warriors star Stephen Curry, minutes after Lebron sprinted down the court to block Andre Iguodala’s layup, the three games to one deficit vanished giving Cleveland their first title in decades.

1) The Cubs win their first title in 108 years: Being a Chicago Cubs fan is seceding to a lifetime of emotional torment, seen countless times where the gods just seem to be in defiance of the team from the North Side. Though after going down one game until elimination against the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 Fall Classic, the Cubs, built by Theo Epstein, the same man who built the 2004 Red Sox (won the world series after an 86 year drought), forced a game seven. Ben Zobrist hit an extra-inning go-ahead single which set the stage for Cubs fans around the world to finally see their team win the World Series.