Starting Lineups: If You Could Change The Outcome Of One Game In Sports, Which Would You Choose?

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While I was down in San Antonio shocking the world at the NCAA Tournament games — article on that to come early next week — my buddy Zach asked a simple question he had started debating with friends that caught my interest. That question — If you could change the outcome of any game in sports history, what would you choose? And furthermore, how would that change history?

It's a brilliant question, one that quite literally has almost infinite answers. What if Scott Norwood makes that field goal against the New York Giants? What if Gordon Hayward hits that half-court shot against Duke? What if Ray Allen doesn't send Game 6 to overtime against the Spurs with that miraculous three? What if Mitch Fucking Williams strikes out Joe Carter? What if Trevor Linden completed the hat trick and the Vancouver Canucks wound up topping the New York Rangers in Game 7?

This is a question that is insanely fun to ponder and remarkably hard to find the best answer. Which game would change the course of sports history the most? How would everything as we know it be altered?

Share some of yours in the comments section … and who knows, maybe we here at TSFJ offices will put together a nice collaboration post on the topic.

Links …

Animal Instinct: How Cat-Loving Sleuths Found an Accused Killer Sadist - Rolling Stone

Wu-Tang, Atomically - Grantland

Simmonds in the thick of Flyers' success - ESPN's Cross Checks Blog

Yakkin' About College Sports Labor Law - The Classical

How Roberto Luongo Saved Vancouver - Deadspin

Better Know a Draft Pick: Johnny Manziel - Kissing Suzy Kolber

Penn State Wins Wrestling National Championship - Black Shoe Diaries

Inside Joke: Eric Andre - Grantland Channel

The Charity Stripe - Sports on Earth

The Fundamentals: Examining Anthony Davis, the most unique star in the NBA - The Point Forward

24 Replies to “Starting Lineups: If You Could Change The Outcome Of One Game In Sports, Which Would You Choose?”

  1. 2000 NBA western conference finals game 7...Change that game and my Blazers have another ring...That was back when the balance if power was out west so no chance east champs could win.

  2. You know the sad thing? My teams haven't been particularly close to a championship save for the 2008 Phillies who won. If I reverse the Joe Carter home run, the Phils might still lose game 7. The same is true of the Patrick Kane goal in 2010.
    USA-Ghana in the 2010 World Cup comes to mind. UMD Bulldogs vs Denver in the 2004 Frozen Four.
    Honestly, Tiger at the 2009 PGA is my final answer. It's likely that the sex scandal would have emerged regardless of the outcome of the tournament. But his level of invincibility would still be in tact. And 15 sounds so much closer to 18 than 14 does.

  3. 2000 NBA western conference finals, game 7. Change that game and it breaks up the dynasty, kinda, my Blazers will get another ring. The balance of power was in the west, back then, so no way the Pacers can contend with anybody out west.

    1. Yes. Yes. And Yes.

      (Also, Game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals, the 2006 NFC Wild Card Round [botched snap] or the 2007 NFC Divisonal Playoffs - Cowboys vs. Giants....That game itches my soul.)

  4. The Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl. The 'Nova-UNC phantom walk game, sure 'Nova most likely doesn't go on to win the championship, but I still want my justice. Eagles-Bucs NFC Championship. And for one where I didn't have a particular rooting interest, the Tuck Rule Game.

  5. Desean doesn't get nipped at the shoelaces in 2010 against the packers, Eagles win, Packers don't win super bowl, Discount Double Check doesn't exist, Vick may have a Super Bowl ring.

  6. Game 6 of the 1992 World Series... my dad had promised me if it went to Game 7, we were going and we made reservations in ATL...

  7. ^^The Eagles-Patriots Superbowl.

    Also, the Eagles-Buccaneers NFC Conference Championship in 2003. I feel like just getting past them into the Superbowl, our best chance to win one would of been against that Raiders team.

  8. USC vs Texas. It would have been three straight titles for the Trojans and would have cemented them as the best college football team of the last several decades.

  9. IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

    FUCK SCOTT SPIEZIO - 2002 WORLD SERIES GAME 6

    FUCK TIM THOMAS - 2006 PLAYOFFS 1ST ROUND

    FUCK TOM BRADY - 2001 TUCK RULE GAME

    FUCK THE CELTICS - 2008 GAME 4 AND 6

    FUCK GAME SIXES IN GENERAL! FUCK THEM ALL!

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