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Game Changers: Memorable sporting events

What is the best or most memorable sporting event you’ve attended?


Meg Aronowitz: I took my dad to the Game 3 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. As lifelong Mets fans, it was so great to experience our only win of the series with my dad. It was like he was 18 again!! I will cherish every moment of that game, because I got to go with my dad.

Anna Barton Kolda: Texas A&M vs. Tennessee football game at Kyle Field — Oct. 8, 2016, 2 OTs. I’ve been to a lot of college football games in my career from the ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC, and hands down, even after seeing the Iron Bowl or even The Big House, Kyle Field is the best atmosphere around and for that game it was electric!

Meredith Battin: Personally, Michigan defeating Ohio State at home in the snow to win the Big Ten and go on to win the national championship in 1997. Professionally, my first Super Bowl, SBXLII in Arizona. As a Michigan alum I was rooting for Tom Brady and the Patriots but the undefeated upset and helmet catch made it hard not to root for the Giants that night.

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Gretchen Beaumarchais: Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.

Lindsay Brinkmann: 2015 World Series at Citi Field.

Heather Brooks Karatz: LAFC’s first home match at Banc of California Stadium and the XFL’s Los Angeles Wildcats’ last home game at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Debbie Brown: 2003 Marlins clinching the wild card and being on the field as a reporter in my first year covering the team (they of course went on to win the World Series).

Kristin Byrd: Wimbledon — the greatest tennis tournament in the world!

Elizabeth Casey: The most memorable was Super Bowl LI in Houston. Tom Brady and the Patriots came back after halftime to win it all. You could feel the momentum of the fans in the stadium as Brady started scoring. It was almost as if the fans cheering him on carried the team to victory, and it was a fun reminder that the support and faith of others can sometimes carry you across the finish line. It was also amazing to watch that comeback by such a phenomenal quarterback.

Elizabeth Cohen: Tottenham Hotspur winning the 2008 League Cup Final at Wembley. My childhood team rarely wins silverware these days, so it was a moment I continue to cherish!

Julie Cromer: U.S. Open.

Aileen Dagrosa: 2018 NFC Championship Game when the Eagles defeated the Vikings 38-7 to make it to the Super Bowl. (The most memorable event that I wasn’t able to attend is Super Bowl LII in Minnesota because I was nine months pregnant with my son.)

Natalie Epperly: Recently, my family and I were able to attend the first-ever Charlotte FC game and it was so awesome to see a sold-out stadium for a first-time club. Unfortunately, there were audio challenges during the national anthem performance, but to see 74,000 people singing the national anthem was truly a “goosebump” moment. It’s now become a tradition at games to have the crowd join in the singing. 

Kelly Flatow: There are so many. 1996 Olympics in which lifelong friendships were built. 1998 Pro Bowl for which I was the Hershey’s rep, with Dennis Crawford from Cleveland, Tenn., when he won the Hershey’s Million Dollar Kick with a 40-yard field goal. As a fan, Super Bowl 2018 with an Eagles win alongside some of my favorite Philly people.

Talaya Gaines: 2016 NBA Finals, Game 7.

Carrie Gerlach Cecil: I am blessed to have attended thousands of remarkable sporting events with treasurable sports figures. How do you compare sitting with Hank Aaron in the dugout the night the Boston Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino in Game 4 of the World Series to standing with Jimmie Johnson on the track at the Daytona 500 during the national anthem or watching Brett Favre throw four touchdowns the day after his father died and feeling Irvin’s spirit everywhere in the Raiders’ stadium? There is no way to rank moments like these. However, there is nothing more special than watching my incredible husband, Chuck Cecil, play or coach on any given Saturday or Sunday.

Kristen Gray: The first time, in person, I witnessed the Patriots win the Super Bowl. It was Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. My dad was there. It was an incredible moment to celebrate together. My Boston loyalty is a result of my dad’s fandom.

Christy Hedgpeth: 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Kate Howard: My first Super Bowl in 2009. Epic.

Raven Jemison: It’s a tie between two events: a. Watching my beloved alma mater, Auburn University, win the 2010 BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz. WAR EAGLE! b. Watching the Milwaukee Bucks win the 2021 NBA Finals in Game 6 at home in Fiserv Forum. Couldn’t have scripted a better ending to that season. #bucksinsix

Laurie Kepron: Any of the numerous Stanley Cup Final games I have been fortunate to attend.

Julie Keryc: The conclusion of the 2013 SEC football regular season. It would be easy to say the “Kick Six” (when Auburn returned the final play of the Iron Bowl for a game-winning touchdown), but people forget that the week before was the “Prayer at Jordan Hare” when Auburn caught a miracle Hail Mary to beat Georgia. To witness both of those games (from the TV truck) and be a part of those broadcasts is a memory I will never forget.

Christine Lazatin: My son’s 8U baseball league championship game. It was inspiring to see so much grit, resilience and teamwork at that early age. The power of youth sports is truly incredible.

Jeehae Lee: Masters 2012 (my first Masters).

Jennifer Linn: Monday Night Miracle when the Jets came back to beat the Dolphins. Not only was it my first season working full time for the Jets, Monday Night Football as an employee is such a unique experience. I remember the excitement leading into the game, and then just feeling bad for everyone — the players, the coaches, the fans, the sponsors. People were leaving. And then in the 4th quarter watching these guys move the ball, score after score, Jumbo’s touchdown and then the John Hall’s kick, it was truly a miracle. Jets scored 30 points in 4th to win 40-37.

Keri Lockett: In 2016 when the Chicago Cubs won the NLCS at Wrigley Field. The energy, passion and intensity that day at the field was off the charts. On the final out of the game, the stadium erupted. Fans jumping, cheering, hugging and crying all while the white “W” flag was being raised and the song “Go Cubs Go” was echoing as far as the ear could hear.

Cheryl Mark: Women’s soccer gold medal match at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. It was the last Olympic appearance by the Fab Five (Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly). The success of these women paved the way for my career in sports. Sports Illustrated for Women may not have existed without them, and I may not have learned that I could have a career in sports if not for SI Women. It was an honor to cheer them on!

Women’s soccer gold medal match at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athensgetty images

Aileen McManamon: 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers victory parade. I flew home to attend with my brother, sister and brother-in-law. And 2 million of my “homies.”  So much joy — there were no incidents, just tears of happiness and relief washing away decades of misery.

Meredith McPherron: The world’s biggest match: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid.

Jessi Miley-Dyer: The 4x100m men’s relay at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 in the Aquatic Center. Australia came from behind to win, the stadium was shaking, and it was that night that Ian Thorpe won the 400m.

Renee Montgomery: The most memorable sporting event I’ve ever attended is the 2009 Women’s Final Four. It was my last chance to win a championship before graduating and you just don’t leave UConn without winning a championship. Best Day Ever.

Amanda Oliver: One that stands out was my cousin Dean Oliver’s senior year playing his final home basketball game at Iowa. My grandma and a lot of our family flew up to support him. I think sharing that memory together made it so special. I’m lucky enough to attend the Daytona 500 every year to kick off our season and I look forward to bringing my son out to the race to enjoy the festivities and grandeur of the event now that he’s old enough to appreciate it.   

Sharon Otterman: 2008 Super Bowl Pats/Giants — The “catch” (and then found out I was pregnant with twins).

Kate Pratt Theobald: My first trip to Anfield (Liverpool FC’s stadium). Before flying across, I had watched an embarrassing amount of YouTube videos about Anfield and the famous anthem. I’ll never forget hearing Liverpool FC’s anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” for the first time pre-match. CHILLS!

Pinky Raina: USA-Mexico Men’s World Cup qualifier in November 2021 in Cincinnati.

Jill Redmond: 2022 Men’s Final Four.

Alyssa Romano: Most memorable was the 2008 women’s lacrosse Patriot League semifinals, where the American University Eagles scored seven goals in 9 minutes to claim a 17-15 come-from-behind win over Navy.

Megan Rose: Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. Walking around the Olympic Village and seeing the world’s greatest able-body athletes in one place was something I’ll never forget.

Diana Sabau: The 2022 Women’s Ice Hockey National Championship (Ohio State vs. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs) and the 2015 national championship football game (Ohio State vs. Oregon).

Kate Sheets: One of my first dates with my now husband (who is from San Diego) was a Chargers-Bears game at Qualcomm Stadium just over 15 years ago. We didn’t talk to each other for the entire first half because we were so competitive. I think I knew then it was going to work out. And while I didn’t attend, I have to mention the White Sox winning the World Series in 2005; I’ll never forget screaming into the phone with my dad and brother as we were spread out across the country when it happened. We were beside ourselves with joy.

Leticia Silva: Game 163 in 2009 — Twins beat the Tigers in 10 innings to win the AL Central in front of 54,000 fans at the Metrodome.

Laura Sipes: The U.S. vs. France quarterfinal match in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Jessica Slenker: Experiencing the Giants winning Super Bowl XLVI with teammates, partners and sisters in Indianapolis.

Tarena Smith: 2007 Super Bowl. The Indianapolis Colts played the Chicago Bears. It was the first time two African American head coaches faced off in the Super Bowl. It rained a good part of the game and Prince’s performance of “Purple Rain” in the rain was amazing and remains one of the top five, if not the best, halftime performance.

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Cindy Stutman: I have a few! All of the home Flyers games of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final run; the clinching Phillies World Series Game 5 in 2008; and the Eagles Super Bowl LII win in 2018.

Angelique Tetrault: The men’s gold medal football match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where Brazil beat Germany after having lost to them in a landslide defeat two years earlier on home turf during the World Cup. Maracaña Stadium was absolutely electric, literally vibrating — like no other sporting event I have ever witnessed. My Brazilian client was so excited he picked me and two other staff up and was spinning us around screaming.

Trish Tulloch: 1996 Rose Bowl (Northwestern vs. USC, my team didn’t win but it was a magical season, a ton of fun and Pasadena was all PURPLE); 1999 storied Ryder Cup in Brookline, Mass.; and opening ceremony of 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games and seeing a 9/11 American flag (and the Games actually happening during this dark period in our history).

Sarah Villani Davis: Super Bowl XLI with Prince singing ”Purple Rain’ in the rain … magical.

Alyssa Zeleznik: Attending Super Bowl LVI in L.A. with the FanDuel team. Through a sports betting lens, every moment of game action matters for our business and our consumers, so that made it an exciting and different way to experience a sporting event! 

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