Nothing in sports gets a fans blood pumping quite like overtime. It’s the suspense and the drama of a game on the edge that makes it all the more special. This week, Audibly Offensive takes on a list of the top five greatest overtime
Patrick: So Chris, what are your nominees?
Chris: Boise State’s win in the Fiesta Bowl, UNC vs Kansas Triple OT 1957 (Taking down wilt chamberlain).
Patrick says: What else you got?
Chris: Thinking, seems too soon but that Pens game this year was incredible.
Patrick says: You’ve already named one of my three. I’ll list the other two while you think.
Patrick says: Avalanche/Panthers: Game 4 1996 Cup Finals. COL won 1-0. (3OT) Roy had 63 saves.
Chris: Oh I got another old one. I almost forgot about this one. Colts-Giants 1958…It was the first NFL overtime I think.
Patrick says: How about Arkansas/Kentucky from 2003?
Patrick says: The LONGEST OT game in NCAA history. ARK 71, UK 63 (7OT)
Chris: Oooooh yeah. What about Kentucky vs Tennessee?
Patrick: The second longest game in NCAA history? LOL
Chris: Great game.
Chris: Umm…theres the 1994 Rangers Devils 2OT game from the East Finals.
Chris: Game 7 to go to the finals. Although I can’t remember who scored twice for NY.
Chris: Yeah Stephanie Matteau.
Chris: Tiger’s open?
Patrick: Yeah. Thats a great one.
Chris: What about Jordan against Cleveland where he put up 69?
Chris: Don’t remember what year.
Patrick: March 28, 1990…69 points, 18 boards in a 117-113 OT win
Chris: That was a phenomical performance
Chris: I miss Jordan.
Patrick: I do too.
Patrick: So you ready to finalize this?
Patrick: The nominees are: Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl Win, Arkansas/Kentucky’s 7OT game, 2008 US Open, Avs/Panthers 1996, 1994 NHL East Finals Game 7, 2008 All-Star Game, Colts-Giants 1958 (first OT game), UNC/Kansas 3OT 1957, Bulls/Cavs 3-28-1990 (Jordan scores 69)
Chris: Alright. I would say Boise State, Avs/Panthers, Colts Giants, UNC/Kansas, Bulls/Cavs.
Chris: Then ranking in top five….
Chris: UNC/Kansas, Boise State, Colts/Giants, Avs/Panthers, Bulls/Cavs
Patrick: I’d put Boise, Avs/Panthers, Ark/UK, Bulls/Cavs, and then Colts/Giants
Chris: That UNC kansas game was the birth of west coast offense. Tough, fast offense. UNC shut down one of the best defensive players EVER to play the game. It’s considered the greatest college basketball game ever played.
Patrick: I can’t put that above the Boise State game though. You talk about shutting down Wilt, but the Broncos actually took everything OU had and fired back.
Chris: It’s tough to say, one was fueled by throw back plays and the other one was a huge step forward. The only reason i have to put it first is because of the impact that it had. The only impact Boise state had was that it gave some validity to the mid majors.
Patrick: Agreed, but it was the excitement of the game. It was Rocky and Apollo all over again.
Chris: I think the boise state game gets a lot of credit because its still fresh in everyone’s minds.
Patrick: True. OK, I’ll give you UNC/Kansas at one and BSU at 2…
Patrick: But how can you not have Arkansas/Kentucky in the top 5 but Baltimore/Giants from the 50′s in there?
Chris: Arkansas-Kentucky was a helluva game but again the stakes weren’t even at bowl game level. Long term affects here, Colts and Giants is arguably one of the greatest games EVER played.
Patrick: Understood… but you’re talking about a game that, while it’s an all-time great, most of our readers haven’t even heard of. I know there are about a dozen Hall of Famers in that game and that the 7OT game meant nothing because Kentucky sucked back then… but it’s a game that people remember
Chris: Come on it was the damn superbowl! It was Johnny U leading the final charge against a great defense before the world had ever heard of Tom Brady or Peyton or Young or even Elway.
Patrick: damn. ok.
Chris: Arkansas-Kentucky… the game was garbage if you take away the OT. It actually wasnt UNTIL the overtimes started where the game became watchable or interesting
Patrick: Good point. Arkansas was relevant that year with Cedric Cobbs and Matt Jones… UK had… Jared Lorenzen?
Chris: UNC vs Kansas and Colts vs Giants are two of the most influential games played along with two of the greatest games played. They didnt just PLAY overtime they embodied everything that overtime COULD be before overtime was when you headed to your car to beat the traffic.
Patrick: OK… UNC/Kansas at 1 agreed?
Patrick: Boise or Colts/Giants at 2? I’m thinking Colts/Giants with the points you made
Patrick: Now, here’s where it gets interesting
Patrick: Do we put Boise @ 3 or Give Avs/Panthers 3 because of the Cup being involved? That was the clincher, remember?
Chris: I would put Boise up there because it was SUCH and upset. It was more of an upset to see the panthers contend that heavily.
Patrick: Jordan’s 69 @ #5? Or the 08 US Open?
Chris: I think you have to have Jordan on the list. That’s an elemental question though, Jordan or Tiger?
Patrick: Jordan by a mile. Ask me in ten years and I might change the answer, but right now, Jordan.
UNC/Kansas 3OT 1957
Colts-Giants 1958 (first OT game)
Bulls/Cavs 3-28-1990 (Jordan scores 69)
Chris: Yes. Honorable mention Arkansas/Kentucky and Kentucky/Tenn and US Open
Patrick: That does it for this Top 5. Let the debating begin
Chris: Or kiss my ass