There may be a situation in which 60- and 70-home run seasons become existent or even commonplace. (Ever played Super Baseball 2020? What foresight!) But it would require a culture shift, a blind eye, and a ton of steroids. Hey, we did it once...
(4) July 9, 2006: Marco Materazzi provokes Zinedine Zidane to headbutt him in the World Cup final
There have been insane fights in sports. (Ron Artest, are you reading? Of course not.) And there have probably even been headbutts during competition. But on perhaps the world's largest sports spotlight this side of the Olympics, for the Italian defender to get under the skin of one of the game's best with a classic "I want to bang your sister" routine ... and to have it result in a friggin' headbutt? What a rare combination of notoriety, prominence, and innovation. Molto bene!
When someone is insulting you to the point of rage, what's your first reaction? A push, perhaps? Maybe a punch to the face? What involuntary spasm results in a noggin into the sternum? Of the above maneuvers, the headbutt is the most intricate of the unarmed combat selections.
(3) March 16, 2003: Ricky Craven wins NASCAR race by .002 seconds
Wow. Remember Ricky Craven? Of course you don't. He only won two career races at NASCAR's highest level, the latter being this photo finish over Kurt Busch in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. I mean, look at it:
If you thought Michael Phelps' photo finish in the medley was close, he had some space. That one was a difference of .013 seconds. And as much as the lore would like you to believe, Phelps doesn't swim 180 mph.
So yeah. Ricky Craven. That takes me back.
(2) September 1, 2007: Appalachian State beats No. 5 Michigan 34-32
It had never happened where an FCS team even beat a ranked team, let alone one so high. Looking back, it wasn't exactly a slam dunk upset; App State was a championship in their own subdivision, and they repeated that year. While the Wolverines weren't top 10 material, they did finish 9-4 with a No. 18 after beating Florida and Heisman winner Tim Tebow in the Capital One Bowl.