Top 25 sports moments of the decade

Feb. 3, 2020, 5:12 p.m. | By Alex Russ | 4 years, 4 months ago

Miracles, game winners, comeback stories and the greatest plays of the 2010s

Though the 2010s have come to an end, the decade brought with it some of the greatest sports moments of all time. Here is SCO’s ranking of the top 25 sports moments from the last decade.

Tennis player Serena Williams has won a record-breaking 23 grand slam wins (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

25. Boston Red Sox World Series win after the Boston Marathon bombing: In 2013, after the Boston marathon bombing, the Red Sox were able to bring the city back together by winning the World Series against St. Louis in game 6.

24. Mario Götze goal in the 113th minute of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final: In the 2014 FIFA World Cup final Götze scored the only goal of the match in the 113th minute to beat Argentina and win the finals.

23. Joe Burrow going from 3rd string to Heisman and national champion: In 2016 quarterback Joe Burrow was the 3rd string for the Ohio State University. Fast forward to his senior year he transferred to LSU, won the heisman, and led them to an undefeated national title run, and will soon be the number one pick in the NFL draft.

22. Ray Allen shot in game 6: Miami Heat guard, Ray Allen, hit a game tying three point buzzer beater in game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. This sent it to overtime which lead to the Heat's eventual championship win.

21. Kris Jenkins buzzer beater to win NCAA Championship: In the 2016 NCAA national championship forward Kris Jenkins hit the game-winning three at the buzzer to beat UNC.

20. Malcolm Butler interception to win the Superbowl: In 2015 the Patriots beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl after a come from behind 28-24 win and a game ending interception on the goaline made by cornerback Butler.

19. Croatia advancing to the FIFA world cup final: In the 2018 FIFA World Cup Croatia advanced to its first ever finals after becoming a country in 1991.

18. Simone Biles winning 5 medals in 2016 Olympics: Simone Biles won five medals at the 2016 Olympics, four of them being gold. Solidifying her as an Olympic icon.

17. Messi and Ronaldo Ballon d'Or battle: Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo went back and forth winning eight of the 10 Ballon d'Ors of the decade. Messi won five and Ronaldo won three.

16. Shaun White winning the most gold medals as a snowboarder in his last run: In the 2018 Winter Olympics, White won his 3rd gold medal in his last halfpipe run, making him the most decorated Olympic snowboarder.

15. Auburn's Kick 6: In 2013 Auburn's football team won the 78th Iron Bowl against Alabama, after they returned a last second field goal attempt for a touchdown.

14. Michael Phelps became the most decorated olympian: US swimmer, Phelps broke the record for most Olympic medals in 2016, winning his 23rd gold medal and his 28th medal total.

13. Washington Nationals World Series win: The Nationals won their first ever World Series against the Houston Astros in game 7, with 28-1 odds of winning. (2019)

12. Kobe Bryant's 60 point retirement game: Bryant scored 60 points and the game winner in his last NBA game ever against the Utah Jazz in 2016.

11. Odell Beckham Jr. with the catch heard around the world: Beckham caught a one handed touchdown with three fingers, while being pulled down by a Cowboys defender in 2014.

10. UMBC beating Virginia in March Madness: UMBC became the first 16th seed in NCAA tournament history to upset a 1 seed in the first round, after beating the top ranked Virginia.

9. USA Women's national soccer team winning back to back FIFA World Cups: Team USA beat Japan in 2015 and the Netherlands in 2019 to win back to back FIFA World Cups.

8. Patriots 28-3 Super Bowl comeback: The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl 51 in a shocking fashion after coming back from a 25 point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons.

7. LeBron James bringing a championship to The Land: LeBron James made his return to Cleveland in 2016 and was able to win the Cavaliers their first ever championship after a 3-1 series comeback against the Golden State Warriors. 

6. Cubs winning World series: The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years, after making a 3-1 comeback against the Cleveland Indians.

5. UConn women's basketball team winning 126 straight games: The University of Connecticut's women's team went on the longest winning streak in NCAA women's basketball history and won four national championships in the process

4. American Pharoah winning the first triple crown since the 70s: Thoroughbred racehorse American Pharoah won the 12th triple crown in history.

3. Leicester City winning the Premier League with 5000-1 odds: Leicester City won the English Premier League taking down all of the typical contenders. This is widely considered one of the biggest upsets in all of international professional soccer history.

2. Tiger Woods’ Masters comeback: After four back surgeries and what looked like a disappointing end to an amazing career, golfer Tiger Woods came back to win The Masters in 2019.

1. Serena Williams wins a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam while pregnant: Tennis player Serena Williams won the Australian Open in 2017, achieving a record-breaking 23 grand slam wins.

Last updated: Feb. 3, 2020, 5:13 p.m.

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