One of the biggest casualties of the COVID-19 outbreak has been the complete cancellation of any team sporting events. Due to the nature of how the coronavirus is transmitted, team sports (football, basketball, baseball, hockey, etc) are out of the question. Not only that, the fans can’t gather and celebrate their teams without worsening the spread of COVID-19.
So what can you do? Luckily, technology has made it possible to relive some of your most recent favorite sports memories. In 2020, you don’t need a subscription to ESPN Classic to see some of the greatest games and sports moments of the last decade. Enter Youtube.
We’ve put together a list of the top 9 complete games from the big 3: baseball, football, and basketball. You can stream them all below on YouTube. So get a bag of peanuts, fire up the grill, ice down some beers, and enjoy some of the greatest games playing in the 2010s.
Top 3 Football Games of the 2010s
This game is so noteworthy for the Patriots’ 25 point comeback that it’s often called 28-3, the score that the Falcons had halfway into the 3rd quarter. This was the very first Super Bowl game to be decided in overtime, so strap in for this rewatch.
If there ever was a truly iconic deep south football rivalry, it’s Alabama and Auburn. Both schools call Alabama home, heck their campuses are less than 3 hours away from each other, and both have a long, long history of college football in a state with no pro teams. This game is notable because it was decided by a miraculous play in the very final second of the fourth quarter.
The 2017 showdown between Clemson and Alabama was actually a rematch of the 2016 BCS Championship and the acrimony ran high. This is another college football classic that came down to the very final second of the game. Notably, Clemson QB set the record for most passing yards in a college championship game with 420.
Top 3 Basketball Games of the 2010s
This one is bittersweet but is a great example of why Kobe is lauded as one of the best of all time. That season, the Lakers were not having a very good year and with Kobe retiring, things weren’t looking good for Lakers fans. But in a show of true sportsmanship - when he could have just phoned it in and retired as one of the best of all time on a mountain of money - Kobe Bryant played his heart out scoring 60 points.
This game was a real nail biter and was a win-or-go-home scenario for Miami. This finals was also remarkable for the veteran display of talent from the likes of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan. Classic Lebron, classic Spurs.
A modern-day buzzer beater classic. That’s all we’ll say about this one.
Top 3 Baseball Games of the 2010s
The Rangers aren’t known for their post season prowess, but in the 2010s they played some of the best postseason baseball around. Emboldened by sluggers Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre, Game 6 of the 2011 World Series went into extra innings. Let’s just say there’s a reason Rangers fans hate the Cardinals.
Now that the Astros have been outed for sign stealing, the 2017 World Series can be seen in a whole new light. But that doesn’t mean you’re not watching one of the greatest world series of all time. The Astros were a hitting and pitching powerhouse. The Dodgers came into the series screaming hot, their bullpen having thrown 23 straight scoreless innings. As you might expect, the series came down to the 7th and final game.
Coming into Game 5, the Blue Jays had clawed their way back from an 0-2 deficit. Going into the 7th inning, the Jays were down 3 - 2 and what transpired over the following 53 minutes of the inning has to be seen to be believed. "I've never seen anything like that in 19 years in baseball," said Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey said of the inning. "It was like a novel that you don't want to put down."