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post #61 of 98 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 11:30 PM
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Happiest: Wings '02
Saddest: Wings '06
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Happiest: Illinois coming back from a 20pt deficit against Arizona in the Elite 8 a few years back and advancing to the final four. Just a crazy tournament all around that year.

Saddest: Cubs blowing a 3-1 NLCS lead against Florida and watching them beat the Yankees to win the world series

Angriest: The Bears losing to the Packers in the NFC championship game and the fact that they would have been eliminated had we beat them in week 17 as well :angry:
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Happiest: Saints winning Super Bowl 44
Saddest: Saints losing 2006 NFC Championship
Angriest: Lakers Game 4 vs Mavericks in 2011

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41 hours and twenty minutes ago has to rank up there as the happiest I've ever been.

The 2010 World Seres Championship victory was as sweet as anything, and can never quite be replicated because San Francisco had never joined the list of cities that had won a World Series Championship. The Giants, since moving out here from New York City in 1958, never quite pulled it off, despite two nail-biting seven-game World Series stacked with drama and intensity in 1962 and 2002 (oh, and there was that 1989 "Earthquake Series" in which the Giants were swept by their cross-bay rivals, the Oakland A's).

However, I can say quite truthfully that I was never as completely close to that team as I was to this 2012 Giants team. So many rookies at key positions, such hope for the beginning a long-lasting, winning and dominant franchise built on pitching, defense and scoring just enough runs through loads of speed, high average hitting, making contact, "small ball" and two power hitters in Pablo and Posey (though we exploded quite a bit in the postseason, hahaha). To see Ryan Vogelsong get a World Series ring is remarkable. Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt. Tim Lincecum after all of his struggles all year long becoming an ace out of the bullpen of all things. Barry fucking Zito saving our asses when our backs were against the wall. Insane "Gideon" Hunter Pence rallying the troops after only being in San Francisco for two months; Marco Scutaro becoming one of the undeniable team leaders and "Mr. Automatic" at the plate after being in San Francisco for two months. Buster MVPosey returning from the woeful abyss of his catastrophic injury in 2011 (if you want to know the saddest time of my sports fandom, there you have it) to becoming the Comeback Player of the Year, National League Batting Champion, Hank Aaron Award-winner, and almost assuredly in line to win the National League's Most Valuable Player Award, the unquestioned face of the San Francisco Giants franchise. Matt Cain--did you know I was at his "Perfect Game" back in June? LOL.

Madison Bumgarner having a great season, getting to be at Dodger Stadium pitching the game of his life against the hated Los Angeles Dodgers against their ace, Clayton Kershaw, as they pitched one of the best games against one another I've ever seen, each striking out ten and not walking a soul... Then worrying that Bumgarner was physically "broken" after throwing over 120 pitches in that game as such a young pitcher, only to discover that his mechanics were off during his last nine miserable starts, and then getting fixed by Dave Righetti and Mark Gardner between the NLCS and Game 2 of the World Series. The team getting better and closer and tighter and stronger after Melky Cabrera's suspension. The resolve in the face of the Dodgers buying the entire world in late August. Our "Blockbuster" Scutaro saving the day. After years with the Mets and Cubs, Angel Pagan gets a ring. After Brian Wilson went down with Tommy John Surgery, Casilla stepping up for the first half of the year in closing games, until Sergio Romo rightly took the job as his own. Pablo Sandoval goes from being benched two years ago in the postseason in the quest for the World Series Championship to being a juggernaut who joins Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols in hitting three home runs in a single World Series game. Oh, and two of those were off Justin Verlander and pretty damned good pitches by Verlander, too.

This is the best team of men I've ever seen in my life and I love the team and them individually like no other team I've ever followed. Thank you, guys, for fighting for your city's honor and with your backs against the wall 0-2 in a Best-of-5 vs. the lethal Cincinnati Reds, and then down 1-3 in a Best-of-7 vs. the obnoxious St. Louis Cardinals, you guys were tough and skilled and just brave enough to fight until you became so much stronger for it that you effectively became a buzzsaw the Detroit Tigers didn't see coming in a four-game sweep of the World Series.

This is as happy as I think I'll ever be. See you at the parade in San Francisco tomorrow!

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Numerous matches and moments with United, but truth be told the actual happiest I've ever been at a game?

Rochdale 2-3 FC United of Manchester, FA Cup 1st Round November 5th 2010

For those unfamiliar, FC United are a breakaway club formed in the wake of the Malcolm Glazer takeover of Manchester United back in 2005. Contrary to what is reported however, many fans had been contemplating such a move long before the takeover with the general feeling that football was moving in a very corporate and commercialised direction and abandoning the traditional roots of the game. They therefore formed their own club, secured a groundshare with Bury to use their ground for home fixtures and immediately started in the 10th League of English football, aka as far low as they could go. They took 4,500 fans to the likes of Blackpool and St Helens for pre season friendlies, and there was a passionate atmosphere that this club and its supporters were here to make a vocal stand against modern football. This would include given every member a say in the club's ethos and decisions, instituting 'pay what you can afford' season tickets and running numerous local community intiatives from charity work to programs with inner city youths. They're also planning to not have Sky TV in their soon to be christened Club Lounge, as a continued stance against Sky and their growing influence on football.

Fast forward to 2010, FC had secured consecutive promotions for 3 years running since 2005, meaning they were now in the 7th League of English football. They managed to defeat Barrow in the final qualifying round, a Conference team who were 2 leagues above them at the time. FC were then drawn away to Rochdale, a local derby 15 minutes away with the game televised on Friday night (FC agreeing to the time switch because ESPN took the time to ask for their permission, and in the process secured cheaper admission for both sets of supporters). Rochdale were 4 leagues and 97 places ahead of FC United before the game, and after FC went 2-0 up early in the second half, Rochdale brought it back to 2-2 with 15 minutes to play. Cue a 91st minute winner from Michael Norton to send the 3500 FC United fans into jubliant celebrations and send shockwaves through English football. A subsequent pitch invasion by close to 1500 FC United fans who began unleashing song after song against modern football and its many pitfalls garnered swift media attention and it remains one of the proudest moments in the club's shortlived history. For the first time in years it felt like a true victory for what football used to be about, and FC then managing to hold the current League 1 table-toppers Brighton to a replay away from home in the next round further underlined the fantastic effort by all at the club.

Everything about that night was magical. A bunch of part time footballers managed to outplay and overcome professionls against all the odds whilst 3500 FC fans ensured one of the loudest away followings in England in quite sometime. Here's a short pre-match video of the FC end that night:

Alternatively, FC recently lost to Hereford at home in the final round of qualifying for this year's FA Cup. Despite losing they continued to outsing the travelling support with consumate ease, and really demonstrated the club ethos which doesn't focus on team performances, but rather supporting the team whatever the result:

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Happiest: Solskjaer winner in CL final 1999.
Saddest: Drawing away to West Ham giving Blackburn the title.
Angriest: Arsenal players jumping all over RVN after his penalty miss.

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Happiest-Green bay won the SB in 96
Saddest- Green bay lost SB in 97
Angriest-Michigan losing to Appalachian State
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post #68 of 98 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 01:51 PM
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Happiest: When the Washington Nationals clinched the National League East this season.

Saddest: When the Nationals blew a 6-0 lead to the scumbag Cardinals. Glad the Giants humbled them, though.

Angriest: When Drew Storen blew the save in Game 5 after being given an insurance run going into the top of the ninth. I haven't watched a game of baseball since.

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post #69 of 98 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 02:00 PM
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Can't really think of a happiest.. I'm a 49ers fan first and a Raiders fan second...

Saddest - tie between the 9ers trading Montana and the Raiders going into the superbowl with the same playbook they had the year before under the coach they were facing in the superbowl.

Angriest - Easily the playoff snow game between the Raiders and the Patriots.. That was the day they invented the tuck rule to screw the raiders over and get the patriots into the superbowl. It was a conspiracy I tells ya!

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Happiest - Inter winning the champions league in 2010 and second one when inter managed to hold on the lead against Barcelona in the semi finals after having motta sent off in the first half
Saddest - Holland losing in the world cup final
Angriest - Among others, Busquets diving in the Motta sending off (the famous peekaboo picture)
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