So i (Chris) fully intended to do the series of Pittsburgh sports moments throughout the month of August.
However, I got a job writing for the sports section of a newspaper and immediately had to dive in to high school football coverage — thus having no time.
I wanted to do a post for each moment, but couldn’t I figured I’d at least present the list for everyone.
So the following are the top 10 Pittsburgh sports moments of the last 15 years. It’s a list that’s tailored toward the younger generation of Pittsburgh sports fans.
We’ll start with #10 and work our way to #1…
#10: Francisco Cordova’s no-hitter
Had to get the Buccos on here somehow and, honestly, this was the lone bright sport of the last 15 years in Pirate baseball aside from the 1997 “Freak Show” team that was nearly .500 on a $9 million payroll.
#9: Super Bowl XXX Run
Yes, the Steelers lost. But none of us will ever forget Neil O’Donnell, Bam Morris and Greg Lloyd just to name a few.
Getting back to the Super Bowl was a great moment for the city, coming back from the heartbreaking loss at home in the 1994 AFC Championship game.
#8: Pitt beats No. 2 West Virginia, 13-9
Pitt had no business winning this game. I had no business making the trip.
However, both happened.
Maybe I’m biased, having been there to witness it first hand. However, the Panther haven’t won a bigger game in the last 15 years. Knocking the Mountaineers out of the BCS National Championship Game was an amazing moment for Pitt fans everywhere.
#7: Pens draft Sidney Crosby
I mean, there’s not much to explain here. We are where we are now due in large part to this single, solitary moment.
STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS
#6: Mario Lemieux returns to the ice
We all grew up watching Mario, and for many of us he retired too soon.
It was one final chance to witness the biggest hero in the history of our city. And Mario didn’t just come back — he was dominant.
#5: Penguins 2008 Stanley Cup Finals run
We hadn’t seen that type of success since 1992. Despite the loss, we all knew it was the beginning of something great.
I’ll never forget the rollercoaster of emotions the whole city went through. It prepared the fans, along with the players, for what was to come.
#4: Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII
The city’s second Super Bowl win in four years, this gave our generation our own little dynasty.
#3: Mario saves the Pens
Again, this is why we’re here. Nothing else really has to be said.
#2: Steelers win Super Bowl XL
This beats out XLII because it was the first Vince Lombardi Trophy since the 1970s. It was Jerome Bettis being sent off the right way.
It was 90% Steelers fans at Ford Field. It was AMAZING.
#1: Penguins 2009 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS
For the last time, nothing else needs to be said.
Chris | PPT