This one will be worthy of some bar room arguments this week but I was entrusted with identifying the 16 greatest games in Baltimore sports history. Passion. Drama. Great finishes. Memorable action on the field of play.
I wrote down a list of 30 great games and seeded them based on the significance of the outcome and the level of activity in the games and came up with a WNST.net Sweet 16 lost full of memories but not all them had happy endings.
Hey, a great game is a great game. All of these left me feeling like I got my monies worth.
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16. Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 8, 2013)
It will take some more time to know how distance treats this recent classic, but it’s hard to top the only snow game in the franchise’s history going back and forth with five touchdowns in the final 2:05 of a 29-26 win for the Ravens over the Vikings. “Will we ever see another game like that again?” head coach John Harbaugh said. The answer to that is probably “no.”
I guess that’s why they gave this week’s list to “the varsity”, huh?
Seriously — this thing was tough. Lots of angles to play in the “Heartbreakers” edition of the Sweet 16 list we’re compiling on a weekly basis here at WNST.net.
Teams? Players? Specific plays? Other “issues” like teams moving, etc.?
How do I rank them? How do I consider one over the other?
It wasn’t easy.
But I nailed it.
Let’s start at #16 with an incredibly heartbreaking moment from the 2011 Preakness. Why was it heartbreaking? Because your’s truly had the boxed exacta of Shackleford and Astrology with a boatload riding on it. How much is a boatload? Try $5,700 worth of cold, hard cash if those two just wind up 1-2 in either order.
Wanna see how close ol’ Drewski was to $5,700? Watch below and weep along with me as those two horses pull away from the field in the last 500 yards, only to see that scumbag Animal Kingdom come out of nowhere to steal $5,700 from me.