Last week I was given the task to come up with my ultimate sports doubleheader. The only requirements were that the two sporting events could actually happen, and you had to be able to attend them in the same day. For example, attending a Red Sox home game against the Yankees on an afternoon in June, and then attending Game 2 of a Celtics playoff game against the Lakers later that night.
It’s a Sunday afternoon in January, and I’m in Aspen at the final day of competition for the X Games. Sean White is in the perfectly groomed SuperPipe trying to top Danny Kass’s score of 92.4. White is throwing his second consecutive 900 right over my head. Before I know it, he’s got a gold medal around his neck and I’m running down the mountain trying to make it back to Denver for the Broncos-Patriots game that night. The AFC Wild-Card playoff game (hey, it’s possible the Pats could be a Wild-Card team!) is close and goes into overtime on a TD pass from Jay Cutler to Tony Scheffler. By this point snow is coming down so hard that the overtime coin has to be brushed off to show the players which side is heads and which side is tails. Pats win the toss, and on 2nd and 6, Elvis Dumervil forces the ball out of Brady’s hands. It’s recovered by John Lynch who takes it into the endzone for the score and the win.