Best games of the 2000s

Posted: December 31, 2009 in lists, sports opinion

We stand a mere hours away from 2010, let’s examine the best games of the 2000s.  In no particular order, this will probably be light on analysis because these lists are all over the internet. 

Texas vs. USC, 2006 Rose Bowl:  Star power on both sides, but Young shown the brightest on that night. 

Giants vs. Patriots, XLII (52):  Was there a better played Super Bowl?  Can’t think of one. 

Nadal vs. Federer 2008 Wimbledon:  This is the gold standard for tennis games.

Lakers vs. Kings, 2002 WCF:  A badly officiated Game 6 notwithstanding, this was the preeminent matchup for the NBA. 

Blazers vs. Lakers, 2000 WCF:  Except for the Game 7 drought, this was a very well played game.  Depth vs. two deep. 

Diamondbacks vs. Yankees, 2001 World Series:  Another consecutive Yankees win would have cemented their status as a lasting dynasty.  The D-backs stood in their way and prevailed.

Syracuse vs. Kansas, 2003 NCAA National Championship game.  This was never truly out of reach until the very end when Kirk Hinrich badly missed a desperation trey.

Flyers vs. Penguins, 2000 Stanley Cup playoffs:  This is the 3rd longest NHL overtime game (5th overtime period) and it’s in the playoffs to boot.  A young Stank-0 remembers being in a friend’s dorm room and watching the last period and all of the overtime.  Luckily, Stank-0 lived in Arizona at the time so it wasn’t that late when it was over. 

Stank-0 truly believes sports will not bless us with the quality of performances we saw in the 2000s ever again.  The NBA and NFL have changed the rules to allow for more scoring and upset the balance between defense and offense. 

Agree?  Disagree?  Other additions?

One more thing.  This blog will most likely be off the grid bringing in the New Year.  It’ll all spark back up on Sunday. 


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