Or at least consult the scribes at SI when it puts together a Top 10 Best Sports Moments of the Year list for its current issue. I certainly don’t object to the miraculous series of laterals that was the Trinity University win being on the list. I’d also like to call “shenanigans” on Sean Gregory — the list online, complete with video, is different from what was published. Here is the published version:
- Trinity University’s 15-lateral touchdown
- Peyton and the Colts beat the Pats in the AFC Championship
- Matt Holliday’s slide against the Padres
- LeBron James’ 45 points against the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals
- David Beckham in America
- App State over Michigan
- Angel Cabrera winning the U.S. Open in golf
- Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final
- Australia winning cricket’s World Cup
- Midges swarming around Joba Chamberlain in the AL Division Series
If you were a sports fan who had no particular reason to look up the list online, you might say that’s a bit fucked up. The online version of the list subs in Bonds’ record homer, the Tim Donaghy mess, the Patriots’ video-taping mess, and the Warriors’ first round upset of the Mavs. Still, what happened to this?
I mean, hell, no offense Trinity, but that’s on a bigger, better level than those 15 laterals. Oh, wait — there’s a separate Top 10 Sports Matches list that never made the dead tree, and you’re #1 there, Boise, being even bigger than Peyton beating the Pats last year. So why did Peyton, LeBron, Club Fed and Rafa, and the Rockies cross over? Probably publication space — although the Broncos may suffer from their moment happening on New Year’s Day, and the memory has a short attention span.
I know these things are circle jerks — any Top 10 list of anything automatically is, by nature — but don’t try to have it both ways. You can’t separate it online yet combine the features in print; it looks like an incomplete list — especially when Bonds’ 756 and Boise State over Oklahoma are left out of the print issue.