5. Alex Morgan sips tea vs. England
> Team/athlete: U.S. Women’s National Team
> Sport: Soccer
> Year: 2019
The U.S. Women’s National Team was bold, brash, and by far the best team in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Perhaps no moment better personified the team’s swagger than when star Alex Morgan scored a sublime header against England in the semi-finals and celebrated by pretending to take a sip of tea. The USWNT would go on to win the Final against the Netherlands, 2-0. The team was unstoppable, outscoring their opponents 26-3 throughout all their World Cup matches.
4. Tiger returns and wins the Masters
> Team/athlete: Tiger Woods
> Sport: Golf
> Year: 2019
Tiger Woods overcame years of injuries, multiple surgeries, and the controversy surrounding his personal life to win the 2019 Masters. Until Woods’ triumph at Augusta, he had not won a major since 2008 and had not won the Masters since 2005. With his fifth Masters triumph, the 43-year-old Woods has 15 major victories and trails all-time leader Jack Nicklaus by three. Unlike his prior 14 major wins, Woods’ victory at the Masters was the first time he had to rally to win a major. Previously, Woods was either tied or ahead going into the last round.
3. LeBron’s chase down block
> Team/athlete: Cleveland Cavaliers
> Sport: NBA
> Year: 2016
LeBron James put the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back and willed them to the NBA championship, the first title for the city of Cleveland since 1964. No play summed up James’ drive to win more than a crucial play against the Golden State Warriors late in Game 7. With the game tied at 89-89, and less than two minutes left, the Warriors rebounded a Cavs’ missed shot and started a fastbreak. Steph Curry found Andre Iguodala with a bounce pass, and as he went up for a layup, James streaked across the lane and rejected the shot. The Cavaliers got possession of the ball and would go on to defeat the Warriors for their first NBA championship.
2. Cubs’ extra inning game 7 win
> Team/athlete: Chicago Cubs
> Sport: MLB
> Year: 2016
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the 2016 World Series, ending the Cubs’ 108-year-old championship drought. Game 7 has been called by some baseball writers and historians as the greatest World Series game ever. They may have a point. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings, but not before the Indians overcame Chicago leads of 5-1 and 6-3. The Indians tied the game in the last of the eighth on Rajai Davis’ two-run homer off Cub closer Aroldis Chapman. A 17-minute rain delay after the ninth inning only raised the tension. The Cubs rallied for two runs in the 10th and held off the Indians to win the World Series.
1. Philly Special
> Team/athlete: Philadelphia Eagles
> Sport: NFL
> Year: 2018
It took a gadget play that will forever be known to Eagles fans as the “Philly Special” to help bring the Super Bowl victory to the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots in 2018. The Eagles pulled off the trick play with 38 seconds left in the first half. Philadelphia faced a fourth and goal from the Patriots one-yard line when quarterback Nick Foles suggested the play to coach Doug Pederson, who agreed to run it. Foles walked up behind center Jason Kelce, shifted to the right. Running back Corey Clement received the snap, then tossed the ball to tight end Trey Burton, who threw a pass to Foles who had circled out of the backfield and into the end zone, giving the Eagles a 22-12 lead.