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May 20, 2015, 05:34 PM
 
Even if you're not a sports fan, I think it's pretty easy to appreciate something like this (referenced from SI's Greatest Sports Photos of All-Time feature):



It's difficult to attempt to decipher sports' widespread appeal. Much has been made of the largely non-violent modern man's necessary correlation between sports and war. Whatever the reason, sports have the capacity to create some truly emotional connections between the fans and the resulting images, which can be breathtaking:

Most picturesque athlete ever?


Hooray, Merica women!
(I actually remember watching the match and being pretty stoked about the whole thing)


This is what PEDs look like:


One of the coolest photos ever:


This might be a dead thread right out of the gate (initially unintentional sports pun), but do any of you have a sports photo that you remember seeing that stuck with you? I'll post my own submission below.
     
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May 20, 2015, 05:42 PM
 
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God yes.

I'll have to think on it.
     
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May 20, 2015, 05:45 PM
 
First to come to mind.
     
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May 20, 2015, 05:48 PM
 
My personal favorite sports image with a story was Thierry Henry's goal against Tottenham in 2002.

I wasn't an Arsenal fan until I accidentally stumbled across them on an obscure cable channel at a friend's house. I think it was in March 2002, because I remember them beating Newcastle. I initially laughed at them because they looked like they were wearing red sweater vests, but then realized I really liked the way they played, especially Henry and Bergkamp.

Though I didn't see the goal live (or even until years later when someone uploaded it on YouTube), I read about him scoring against Tottenham in November of 2002. He had been going through a small goal slump, but scored in the 14th minute. He was so pumped, he ran across the length of the pitch to the visitor's section, and slid in front of the traveling Tottenham supporters:



It seems like a jerk move, but Arsenal fans ate it up.



I can't find a high quality image of it, but what I've always loved is the reactions on the faces of each individual Spurs fan.

Some are flipping him off:


Some are furious:


Some are already resigned to defeat.


Some are this guy.


The goal and moment were so famous that they eventually resulted in Henry's statue in front of The Emirates.



I love it.
     
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May 20, 2015, 05:48 PM
 
How could I forget.
     
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May 20, 2015, 05:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
God yes.

I'll have to think on it.
There will never be another photo to surpass it.

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First to come to mind.
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How could I forget.
For any basketball fan, especially those who were there for the 90s Jordan stretch, those two moments will stick with them forever.

I actually feel sorry for some of the 21-and-younger fans who only have the LeBron years to consider. I'm thankful for YouTube so they can relive some of those moments, but it's just not the same.
     
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May 20, 2015, 05:59 PM
 
I could post an endless amount of these, too





     
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May 20, 2015, 06:10 PM
 
God damn, had to post this from the article


I wish they had one of Bo Jackson running up the wall.
     
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May 20, 2015, 07:41 PM
 
Probably the most famous picture in all of Boston sports.

     
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May 20, 2015, 09:27 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
First to come to mind.
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May 20, 2015, 09:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
This is what PEDs look like:
As a resident Canadian and kid who was into running (and crushed in 1988 and for years afterward) I have to point out that your slogan is incredibly accurate: common consensus now seems to be that almost every sprinter was on PEDs by this time, and Johnson was just the guy who didn't do it as well (or maybe as discreetly) as his rivals.

His story is pretty sad. It was pretty much the only thing he had going for him - unlike guys like Carl Lewis he wasn't smart, talented, or polished. Well maybe only sad if you consider that the people who received his medal(s) were just better at cheating than he was.

I guess I'm just saying that Ben Johnson ran a 9.79 in 1988. A recent that was not broken for 22 years I think.
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May 20, 2015, 10:13 PM
 
**** me, iOS Safari refreshed and deleted the next post with the pictures I'd linked to. I ****ing hate iOS Safari.
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May 21, 2015, 12:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
Probably the most famous picture in all of Boston sports.
Curious: how did that picture end? Seems like a crazy celebration on ice.
     
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May 21, 2015, 12:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
**** me, iOS Safari refreshed and deleted the next post with the pictures I'd linked to. I ****ing hate iOS Safari.
I only go to 'NN on Chrome for iOS now.

Safari seems to have gotten worse. I've been getting the "This web-site has stopped responding," error message several times per day.
     
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May 21, 2015, 12:34 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cap'n Tightpants View Post
Mailman don't deliver on Sunday.
Pippen won Game 1 with that.

Also, that is the most Mormon-looking crowd I've ever seen.
     
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May 21, 2015, 12:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
As a resident Canadian and kid who was into running (and crushed in 1988 and for years afterward) I have to point out that your slogan is incredibly accurate: common consensus now seems to be that almost every sprinter was on PEDs by this time, and Johnson was just the guy who didn't do it as well (or maybe as discreetly) as his rivals.
There was a great 30 for 30 on it.

His story is pretty sad. It was pretty much the only thing he had going for him - unlike guys like Carl Lewis he wasn't smart, talented, or polished. Well maybe only sad if you consider that the people who received his medal(s) were just better at cheating than he was.
I find Ben Johnson to be infinitely more likable than Carl Lewis, but I know that I'm in the minority as far as that is concerned. Lewis is/was a blowhard.
     
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May 21, 2015, 12:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
There was a great 30 for 30 on it.
If this is on Netfix I'll watch it.

In return, I recommend the Bo Jackson one.
     
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May 21, 2015, 12:41 PM
 
Seriously, though. Every picture taken of Jordan seemed to be a defining sports photo:



So much so that he has his own SI 100 Best Michael Jordan Photo Feature.

Also, this one's for you, sek.



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In return, I recommend the Bo Jackson one.
Seconded.
     
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May 21, 2015, 12:56 PM
 
The event more than any one picture, but probably the greatest cup final of all time.

I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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The event more than any one picture, but probably the greatest cup final of all time.[/img]
I remember being stunned they pulled it off.

Not jealous a bit................
     
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May 21, 2015, 05:20 PM
 
Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
Even if you're not a sports fan, I think it's pretty easy to appreciate something like this (referenced from SI's Greatest Sports Photos of All-Time feature):

story behind that photo:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/20/sp...=8972964&_r=0#
     
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May 21, 2015, 06:22 PM
 
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Also, this one's for you, sek.

Wow almost forgot about the bloody sock game, good call.
     
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May 21, 2015, 08:15 PM
 
Really? No love for Torii Hunter?




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May 21, 2015, 08:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
God damn, had to post this from the article
This gets a thumbs up from the bald dude sitting courtside.

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May 22, 2015, 10:07 AM
 
I noticed him too.
     
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May 22, 2015, 10:46 AM
 
Agree on Jordan. So many iconic shots - he especially benefitted from the rapidly growing media circus starting in the mid-1980s.

The Bobby Orr picture is probably the most famous hockey shot of all time. The next two might be:

Instantly recognizable by any good Canadian - Paul Henderson's goal-winner against the USSR in the 1972 Summit Series, validating the identity of a nation:


Maurice "Rocket" Richard, one of the greatest hockey players of all time, staring into the depths of your very soul:


Poster on my wall throughout the early 1990s (RIP Craig Kelly) - I spent years imitating the tucked-in-rear-knee look, and then more years breaking myself of it when it turned out to be terrible technical form:


And keeping with the iconic sprinter photos theme :

Percy Williams - another tragic Canadian sprinter, double-gold winner of 100 and 200 in 1928. 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7 and apparently between 125-140 pounds, and as a virtual unknown kid he equaled the Olympic record of 10.6 in 1928 against the fastest fields ever assembled; subsequently dominated salty top US sprinters in a legendary series of post-Olympics sprint meets throughout the eastern US (won something like 19 of 20 races in 25 days, or so the legend goes), and then set a new world record of 10.3 at the Canadian championships in 1930; he tore a thigh muscle while winning a race in 1932 and was never the same, later accusing Canadian sprinting authorities of forcing him to run through the injury. Lived with his mother and died in the early 80s of suicide - with a shotgun he had received for his 1928 Olympic medals. His medals were stolen from the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame within weeks after he'd donated them in 1980, and never found.

He had two epic finals photos in the 1928 Olympics:

100 metres:


200 metres:


That 200m picture was a huge influence on the design of Canada's current national flag, which was only adopted in the mid-1960s - the designer George Stanley said that as a kid he loved that picture and was so impressed with the way you could see the maple leaf on Williams' chest as he broke through the tape - there was no doubt that the winner was Canadian.

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May 22, 2015, 01:06 PM
 
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May 26, 2015, 02:36 PM
 
Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
There was a great 30 for 30 on it.
Watched this last night, As good as advertised. I have to credit the director with planting a small seed early on with an amazing surprise pay-off. (Early on, one of the doctors mentions athletes started wearing braces because of the side-effects of steroid (or whatever it was). About 20 minutes later, Carl Lewis is talking shit in an interview and at the end he flashes a smile to reveal braces. Holy smoking gun!)

The opening was great – getting every participant to relive the race is enthralling. Also the wrap-up at the end where they tell you everyone who later got caught doping is hilarious.

Couple more notes: I liked Lewis' manager less and less as the doc went on, culminating in him pretending not to hear the question about Andre Johnson, then laughing it off, then going all sly and claiming he doesn't remember the details of what he arranged. After that. Andre's quote was both mysterious and damning.

All in all, I'm not sure I believe Ben Johnson's drink was spiked (I'd be weirded out if someone opened a beer for me) but Lewis comes off as insufferable and unapologetic. Great stuff.
     
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May 27, 2015, 12:29 AM
 
Yeah, I wasn't prepared for how much the doc would make me dislike Lewis.

Good point on getting everyone to participate as well. It was the opposite of Chris Webber leaving a gaping hole in the Fab 5 doc.
     
   
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