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MICHIGAN STATE DEFEATS INDIANA STATE (1979)

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird compete for the NCAA basketball title, launching a rivalry that will continue into the NBA and making college sports an office-pool obsession.

MIRACLE ON ICE: U.S. MEN'S HOCKEY TEAM WINS OLYMPIC GOLD (1980)

Everybody loves an underdog, and this team of American amateurs achieves the greatest upset of all time by beating the Soviet Union at its own game—and at the height of the Cold War, no less.

JORDAN GOES OUT WITH A BANG (1998)

Michael's shot to beat the Utah Jazz in the final seconds of Game 6 of the NBA Finals is the ultimate clutch performance—and his last in a Bulls uniform.

THE U.S. WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM WORLD CUP VICTORY (1999)

Brandi Chastain scores the winning goal for the U.S. over China in front of a sold-out Rose Bowl. Ripping off her shirt in celebration, she creates an iconic sports moment, and the team collectively puts women's soccer on the map.

THE DOMINATION OF THE WILLIAMS SISTERS (2003)

When Serena wins the 2003 Australian Open against Venus, giving her all four career Grand Slam titles, it puts an exclamation point on a true phenomenon: two athletes from the same family ruling the tennis world.

THE RED SOX WIN THE WORLD SERIES (2004)

The Boston Red Sox—once down three playoff games to arch rivals the New York Yankees—come back to win the franchise's first World Series in 86 years.

MICHAEL PHELPS WINS EIGHT OLYMPIC GOLD SWIMMING MEDALS (2008)

The record-breaking feat, which captivated the world, is one of the most amazing individual sports achievements we will ever see.

TIGER TAKES THE U.S. OPEN (2008)

With the mental and physical toughness of a champion, Tiger Woods battles through golf's toughest contest—including an 18-hole playoff—despite a bad knee that would sideline him for the rest of the season.

GIANTS' SUPER BOWL VICTORY (2008)

Eli Manning's scramble and David Tyree's miracle catch deny the heavily favored Patriots—including superstar quarterback Tom Brady—their perfect season.

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  • Lorenzo Benet,
  • Brian Braiker,
  • Paul Chi,
  • Champ Clark,
  • Antoinette Y. Coulton,
  • Mark Dagostino,
  • Shruti Dhalwala,
  • Mary Green,
  • Wendy Grossman,
  • Liza Hamm,
  • Jessica Herndon,
  • Julie Jordan,
  • Amy Elisa Keith,
  • Kristen Mascia,
  • Farah Menass.