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How About Those Mountaineers?

Posted September 4, 2007 7:26 a.m. EDT
Updated September 4, 2007 9:27 a.m. EDT

What is the greatest sports victory in North Carolina history?

Please weigh in on your favorite.

I'm thinking Appalachian State's thrilling victory over Michigan Saturday at the "Big House" in Ann Arbor has to rank right up there nationwide as one of the greatest conquests in the history of sports. The game had all of the markings of an another underdog coming close but falling short of victory. I must admit after fifth ranked Michigan went ahead late in the fourth quarter I gave up hope. But then the Apps marched down the field and kicked a field goal putting them ahead by two points.

Then,  my heart sank again when a Wolverine hail Mary set up what appeared to be a relatively easy field goal attempt. Who could have predicted the elation that followed when a block by Corey Lynch sealed the deal?  The clock ran out and the ASU announcers went wild yelling and talking about "the yard sale in the Big House. " Oh my,  what a classic moment in sports! What a movie in the making!

I was there in Greensboro in 1974 when NC State won what has been called the greatest game ever in college basketball - a double overtime thriller against Maryland. Of course, the '83 Wolfpack upset over Houston in Albuquerque was a golden moment.  Plus, UNC's national championship over Illinois in 2005 was huge.  But ASU's heart thumping win at Ann Arbor has secured the new top spot in my mind.

How about you, sports fans?  What do you think?