Looks Back At Last Decade

Sports Illustrated’s Web site put together some pretty extensive pieces on the best and worst of the past decade. Here’s a link to the college basketball page. You’ll find a scroll bar below the "Galleries" link that allows you to look at other sports.

Both the Minnesota Twins and North Dakota State’s men’s basketball team appear on the lists. NDSU’s upset of Wisconsin in 2006 was named the fourth-biggest upset of the decade.

The Twins’ one-game playoff victory against the Detroit Tigers back in October was named the seventh-best MLB game of the decade and the No. 1 regular-season game of the decade.

I can speak from first-hand experience that the one-game playoff was incredible. I’ll never forget the mad dash I made for the doors and to the ticket booths immediately after the mad dash Carlos Gomez made for the plate to score the winning run in the 12th inning. Wow, that was amazing!

Reading over the college basketball top 10 upsets got me revved up for March Madness, which unfortunately is still three months away.

I did the best I could to find YouTube videos of as many of the upsets as I could. Here they are:

10. Davidson defeats Georgetown in 2008 NCAA tournament


9. Indiana stuns Duke in 2002 NCAA tournament.

Got nothing.

8. Oral Roberts 78, Kansas 71 – Nov. 15, 2006


7. Gardner-Webb 84, Kentucky 68 – Nov. 7, 2007


6. Vermont 60, Syracuse 57 (OT) – 2005 NCAA tournament


5. Northwestern State 64, Iowa 63 – 2006 NCAA tournament

4. North Dakota State 62, Wisconsin 55 – Jan. 21, 2006

Not sure if this was even televised.

3. Bucknell 64, Kansas 63 – 2005 NCAA tournament


2. Hampton 58, Iowa State 57 – 2001 NCAA tournament

Definitely was televised, because I’ll never forget watching this game. Hampton was the 15 seed. Nothing on YouTube.

1. George Mason 86, UConn 84 (OT) – 2006 NCAA tournament

3 Responses

  1. The Truth

    I agree with a comment that Bill Simmons made about how CBS should broadcast the NCAA Tournament every yeare; they should just put Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery in the studio and have them call the last 5 minutes of every single close game in the tournament.

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