Re: The Greatest Play Sports Has Ever Seen
posted at 5/28/2013 3:44 PM EDT
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
To bring it back to the old NFL:
How about Lynn Swann's 53 yard juggler in SB X?
He basically took that game over .... but none of his catches, including the 64 yard TD will be as memorable as this big time 3rd and 6 reception in a close game on the NFL's biggest stage.
Here is an excellent photo, and a video to boot. They've listed it as 5th best, but the ones ahead of it are not in the SB or are much flukier (Franco Harris & David Tyree for instance).
For grandness of the moment, plus total athletic performance on the play, I'd say this deserves some mention.
Certainly hate to bring this up...but I think the Tyree helmut catch in SB 42 was better. There was also "The Catch"...with Joe Montana hitting Dwight Clark in the closing seconds, to win the 1981 NFC title game, in San Francisco. There was also the Santonio Holmes' catch to give the Steelers the win over the Kurt Warner led Cardinals in the SB.
No worries man. Those are all great plays.
I think the Tyree catch was a little flukie. That's just me. Tyree wasn't a great player. It wasn't a great throw, Eli had his eyes closed and was basically chucking it away to keep from getting sacked. He caught it on his head, but you couldn't reproduce that if you wanted to and it wasn't designed. Point being ... if Tyree had been in better position on that throw ... he could have squared up and made a much easier play for himself.
Kind of like the Franco Harris catch ... a deflected ball off an opponent's helment right into your area? Great fingertips catch and run .... but the flukieness of it is what made it memorable more than an acheivement.
But again ... just me ... Flutie's Hail Mary ... for instance, is really interesting ... but not a truly great play because so much of it came down to chance as opposed to a great play being made.
The Holmes catch was not as good a catch, but was in the clutch big time. You see corner tip toe catches like that almost every week ... you don't see juggling circus catches on overthrown balls with defenders in the way 53 yards out every week. It's almost a draw to me.
Still I'd give an edge to Holmes too because it was sooo darn big in that moment -- it was a game winner ... a Superbowl winner.
Montana's "catch" was always about the "throw" ironically .... I'd give waaay more credit to Montana for putting that ball where only Clark could get it, on the run too!
So, for best plays I'd take Holmes and Montana over Swann for sure ... not for best catch though. Swann's is one of the greatest ever for me.
Tyree and Harris? Too fluky for me.