In honor of today being the most patriotic holiday in the history of holidays, heres my 10 most patriotic moments in sports history:
10. TJ Oshie’s Shootout Winner Against Russia
Nothin’s more American than us sticking it to our mortal enemy Mother Russia in some puck.
9. Rick Monday Saving American Flag
In 1976 in a game against the Dodgers, two protestors attempted to burn the American flag on the field. Cubs center fielder, quoted later saying “If you are going to burn our flag, don’t do it around me”, swept in to save the day, grabbing the flag covered in lighter fluid before the protestors could light it on fire. As American as it gets.
8. 2008 Olympic 4 x 100 Comes Back To Keep Michael Phelps’ Record Hopes Alive
(skip to 4:52 for extreme patriotism)
Again nothing more American than a veteran getting a win in the same water as the French, like our proud soldiers storming the beaches of Normandy to wipe out those Nazi bastards. ‘Merica
7. Mike Piazza Belts Home Run In First Game Since 9/11
I don’t think there has been a more emotional presence in a sporting event than when the Yankees and Mets played their first games after the 9/11 attacks. Piazza’s homer was a great representation of how sports can transcend just being a game and even support an entire nation. Can’t keep America down.
6. 1999 USA Women’s Soccer Team Shootout To Win World Cup
The lone save by our goalie and the shootout winner are both electric in their own rights, giving America their first World Cup championship brings it to the next level.
5. The Story of Pat Tillman
His underdog story of not only making the NFL but then becoming an All-Pro would’ve been a stand-alone story as it is, but Tillman withgoing millions of dollars to quit football and join the military after 9/11 (where he tragically lost his life) makes him an all-time American hero.
4. Miracle on Ice
True underdog story, a bunch of college kids going against the best in the world. But once again Russia’s got nothing on the US-of-A.
3. Boston Strong
Boston endured so much heartbreak after the Boston Marathon terrorist attack. But just like after 9/11, we were able to persevere and come together through sport. These two incredible moments proved just how strong Boston was and how we can always stick together as a nation.
2. Jesse Owens Shoving His Olympic Victories in Hitler’s Face
Jesse Owens, one of the best athletes in history, not only won 4 gold medals in the 1936 summer Olympics, but did so in front of Adolf Hitler, “single handedly crushing his myth of Aryan-supremecy.” As American as it gets.
Right down the middle. Gotta give it to the Dubber here, something as little as the first pitch of a baseball game was able to momentarily let New York City and America take a breath and forget the awful tragedy they just encountered.
God Bless America.