Happy New Year’s Eve! After kicking off the countdown yesterday, this is it. It’s time to reveal the final ten plays of the year and settle it once and for all: which play gets the top spot? Here we go, numbers ten through one!
- 10. Manny Machado’s ridiculous throw. This play had Orioles fans reliving the Brooks Robinson days in Baltimore. Machado has incredible fielding skill for his age, and simply put, this was the greatest throw you will ever see from a third baseman.
- 9. J.J. Worton’s one-handed TD catch. The effort by Worton to track down this ball and tie the game was simply incredible. Not many wide receivers can make that play, and it probably kept UCF’s BCS hopes alive.
- 8. LeBron dunks on Jason Terry. This wasn’t the dunk of the year (you’ll see that one in a second), but it was one of the fiercest posterizations of all time. LeBron always seems to step up in games against Boston, and this one was no exception.
- 7. David Ortiz grand slam vs Tigers. This most likely saved the Boston Red Sox season. Without this clutch homer from the most clutch postseason performer of all time, the Tigers probably send the Sox home packing. Not so fast my friend. Big Papi came up huge, and the bullpen cop’s celebration says it all.
- 6. Kodi Whitfield’s insane one-handed TD catch between two defenders. This play has amazed me since it happened because it just doesn’t seem real. How on Earth did Whitfield make that catch?
- 5. Oh Me Oh My #2. DeAndre Jordan absolutely destroyed Brandon Knight on this play. Knight literally looked dead as he lay on the floor in a heap after Jordan threw this down with authority. Blake Griffin, Mr. Dunkman himself, looked as giddy as a school girl on the bench as he and his teammates celebrated the dunk of the year. Credit to CP3 as well for putting it right on the money.
- 4. Jadeveon Clowney’s “Hit Heard ‘Round the World.” Pow. This one on New Year’s Day knocked off Vincent Smith’s helmet and was good enough to be the Sportscenter’s choice for play of the week for weeks on end.
- 3. Auburn’s Hail Mary to beat Georgia. To make the Bama game mean something, the Auburn Tigers would have to beat Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs a couple weeks prior. It wasn’t looking good for the Tigers late in the game…until this happened.
- 2. Ray Allen hits “the” three to tie San Antonio. What more can you say about this shot? Saved Miami’s season, changed legacies across the board, and showed that the team with the greatest three-point shooter ever can never be counted out. The rest was history, and this was one of the best NBA games ever.
- 1. Auburn’s final play to beat Bama. Chris Davis… his return of the Tide’s missed field goal to win the Iron Bowl definitely clinches the top spot due to its rarity and pure shock value. Social media blew up, Alabama’s title hopes were pretty much dashed, and the Tigers are the ones preparing to face Florida State in the BCS Championship Game. Honestly, this play is already penciled in as one of the Plays of the Decade (check back on December 31, 2019 for that list).
These Top 10 plays, and the whole Top 25 even, show what a great year it was in sports. How would you order the plays? Do you agree with the Top 10 and Top 25? Drop a comment or follow me on Twitter @chuckiemaggio. And finally, have a Happy New Year! May there be plenty more amazing moments in sports in 2014.