Not wanting to steal John's idea, I have come up with my own list. These are the top ten sports moments that have made the biggest imprint on my memory from 1982 to the present (in chronological order).
1982 - My first Twins game. The Metrodome had just been built and we were all in awe of its splendor and magnificance. A group of us from church all took a van to the game to watch the Twins play the Tigers. I don't remember who won, but I remember taking a nap in one of the blue plastic seats and I remember thinking it very odd to be peeing in a urinal that was twenty feet long. Little did I know that I would be back in those same blue plastic seats 24 years later and peeing in the same twenty foot long urinal.
1985 - My first Vikings game. Truly a memorable experience. My dad offered to take me to a Vikings game for the first time if I paid for my ticket. So I saved up $15 and requested that we go to the game against the Buccaneers so I could be sure I got to see a win. They won, 43-17 and I was a happy camper.
1987 - St. Louis Park Little League. The Legend of Skippy Field.
1987 - The Twins win the World Series! Willie McGee hits a ground ball to Gary Gaetti who throws to Kent Hrbek as Al Michaels declares, "For the first time ever the Minnesota Twins are world champions!" I sit on the couch silently staring at the screen in a state of shock.
1991 - The Twins win the World Series again! "Into deep left-center...for Mitchell...and we'll see you tomorrow night!" The power actually went out in our house in about the seventh inning of the seventh game that night so we were all huddled around a five-inch battery-powered black and white TV.
1997 - The Road Trip. In what would become the first in a series of 31 road trips (only 22 to go) to see a game in every NFL stadium in the country, my buddy Tom and I drive to the RCA Dome in Indianapolis to watch the Patriots beat the Colts, 31-6, followed by trips to St. Louis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Nashville, Seattle, Detroit, Buffalo, and Dallas.
1998 - NFC Championship Game. The low point. Oh Gary, how could you miss that field goal?!?!
1999 - Stars win the Cup. And I am vindicated.
2004 - My trip to the Super Bowl. At least I got to see the first three minutes.
???? - The Vikings win the Super Bowl! (I'll be sure to let you know when this happens.)