Feb 28 2010 : Vancouver Olympics. Hockey. Canada 3 USA 2 in overtime. Sydney Crosby scores (...of course who else could have it been)
I'm a passive fan of hockey, but even I thought that was a monumentally great game.
Except for the outcome.
Even as a passive fan of Hockey... You may recall Al Michael's great call about the Miracle on Ice... and where you were and what your were watching (?) .. what you were drinking (?)... who you were with (?) ... circa February 24 1980 ....???
Now I didn't watch that game and so know of it after the fact.
As I say I don't want to come across as some type of hockey super fan / or even sports super fan.
Really I think I am typical.
However Hockey is deeply rooted in Canadian culture and so Team Canada milestones are often shared by the entire nation.
I see a few Americans post of Baseball games with Dad etc.. and I fully understand that... especially as Baseball has or had deep ties in American culture as well. I suspect with the British here it may be "their football our soccer". Each culture will probably have some sort of milestone sport.
I think that I can remember so clearly a date, a time, who I was with, the circumstances so clearly is that sports (as entertainment) mixed with National Patriotism, likely a few pints, and some of your best friends and family at that moment in time is a very heady cocktail.
Next to the birth of my kids probably the clearest memories.
Whereas it seems to me (perhaps its only me) that other events even 9 / 11 seem to be less succinct. I mean I know the date. I am not exactly sure where I was or who was near me... only that the morning event seemed to blur into "days" of being glued to media coverage about it.
I would agree that sports events are probably big with many people - good and bad.
05:02 (UK time) 26th October 1986 is still etched firmly in my mind and is still painful.
The weekend of 16th/17th May 1987 was a very dark one... as was 1st November the same year.
The heartbreak of the Euro 96 semi-final and the World Cup semi of 1990 will never be forgotten either.
On the flip side, watching Spurs win the FA Cup with my old dad - 9th and 14th May 1981 - was emotional and still brings a happy tear to the eye when thinking about it.
Virginia Wade winning Wimbledon in 1977, the Rugby World Cup win in 2003 - and of course the legend that is Andy Murray
Yeah, sport matters an awful lot
England expects that every man will do his duty. Horatio Nelson October 1805