Game Seven of the World Series will be held tonight in St. Louis. Here are five more great championship deciding, do or die, win or go home, name any other sports cliche you can think of seventh games:
Yankees v. Diamondbacks, 2001 World Series
Taking place just one month after the terrorist attacks of September 11, this World Series was an emotional one. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium, and for once, not everyone was cheering against the Yankees. More than anything, though, this series will be remembered for legendary closer Mariano Rivera blowing a save in the bottom of the 9th to give the series to Arizona.
Penguins v. Red Wings, 2009 Stanley Cup
This Stanley Cup was a rematch of the previous years finals, which Detroit won in 6. The Penguins were led by young phenom Sidney Crosby, and had staved off elimination at home in Game 6. This year, the Penguins would not be denied, with goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury making a spectaular lateral movement to stop a potential game tying goal in the final seconds and bringing the Cup back to the Steel City.
Pistons v. Lakers, 1988 NBA Finals
The Lakers were seeking their second consecutive NBA title, and it was a nailbiter right down to the wire. The Lakers managed to keep the Pistons off the ball in the final seconds, though, and the LA fans were able to rush the court to celebrate another title.
Braves v. Twins, 1991 World Series
This game might be the definition of pitchers duel. It took until the bottom ofthe 10th inning for a run to cross the plate. With the bases loaded, the Twins scored on a base hit to win what ESPN would later declare the greatest Fall classic of all time.
Devils v. Rangers, 1994 Eastern Conference Finals
Ok, so this game didn't decide a championship. It is, however, one of the most famous games in NHL history--and though the Rangers would go on to win the Stanley Cup in seven games over Vancouver, it is Howie Rose's elated screaming of Matteau! Matteau! that still echoes for hockey fans.