Taking inspiration from Deadspin, I thought I would open an entry for the community to discuss the best sporting events they personally attended this decade.
The following are the categories:
* Best NC State Events
* Best non-NC State Events
In an attempt to limit brain damage and save some time, I am not going to list the events in order right now. Maybe I will have time to come back and clean up the list. I also am not going to list the NC State events yet and will come back to that a little later. Also, you don’t have to list ten events if you do not so choose.
Without giving it much thought, I can’t imagine there being a more significant NC State win for the decade than the 2003 Gator Bowl that saw NC State trounce Notre Dame 28-6.
(1) 2001 NHL, NY Rangers hockey game in Madison Square Garden (in a special evening of programming honoring NY Police and Firefighters after September 11th)
(2) 2004 NCAA Basketball, Final Four in San Antonio (when both semi-finals were ‘classics’; Georgia Tech vs Oklahoma State and Duke vs UConn).
(3) 2002 NFL Football, Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans (opening night of Texans franchise in Reliant Stadium that saw Texans defeat Cowboys)
(4) 2005 NFL Football, Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers (Monday Night Football)
(5) 2001 US Tennis Open (Andre Agassi and Serena Williams at Centre Court on opening night)
(6) 2009 MLB, Boston Red Sox @ NY Yankees (first season in new Yankees stadium that included a no-hitter through five innings by CC Sabathia)
(7) 2009 College Basketball, North Carolina Tarheels vs Texas Longhorns (first game in Dallas Cowboys Stadium)
(8) 2004 NFL Football, San Diego Chargers @ Houston Texans (in Philip Rivers first NFL game. DNP)
(9) 2001 College Football, Auburn @ LSU (for SEC West Title after game was moved from September to December due to terrorist attacks)
(10) 2008 College Football, Alabama vs Clemson (in Georgia Dome to start season)
As I previously stated…I will come back to this list and make some adjustments as things come to mind.