Top 10 Chicago Sports Moments of the Last Decade

Chicago’s ESPN Zone is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To accompany the festivities they compiled a list of the 10 most memorable Chicago sports moments of the past 10 years. Only one Bulls moment cracked the list — Joakim Noah’s breakaway jam against the Celts.

Hit the jump for the full list…

1. 8th Inning Nightmare / 10.14.2003

Five outs from the World Series, the Cubs suffer nightmare 8th inning of Game 6 of the NLCS as fan Steve Bartman interferes with Moises Alou’s attempt to catch a foul ball, followed by Alex Gonzalez muffing an inning-ending double-play ball; Marlins win the game and later the series.

2. Hester, You Are Ridiculous / 02.4.2007

Following a regular season in which he returned six kicks/punts for touchdowns, Bears rookie Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI for a touchdown, the first time in Super Bowl history that feat is accomplished.

3. Series Champs / 10.26.2005

In the only run of the game, Jermaine Dye hits a game-winning RBI single and after an 88-year drought the White Sox become World Series Champions, sweeping the Astros in four games.

4. Say It Ain’t So(sa) / 06.3.2003

Sammy Sosa is caught with a corked bat and ejected from the game; claims he mistakenly used a batting practice bat.

5. Cross-town Quarrel / 05.20.2006

Cubs catcher Michael Barrett ignites a bench-clearing brawl by sucker punching the White Sox’s A.J. Pierzynski after a collision at the plate.

6. Desert Miracle / 10.16.2006

Trailing 20-0 at halftime of Monday Night Football vs. the Cardinals, the Bears’ defense stages an incredible fourth quarter comeback; Mike Brown and Charles Tilllman both return fumbles for touchdowns and Devin Hester returns a punt 83 yards for a touchdown and the Bears win 24-23.

7. One for Sweetness / 11.7.1999

In their first Bears game since the shocking passing of NFL legend Walter Payton, the Bears defeat their storied rival Packers 14-13 (the team’s first win over the Packers since 1993) on a blocked field goal by DT Bryan Robinson.

8. One for the Ages / 04.30.2009

Bulls force a game seven in its first round playoff series with defending NBA Champion Celtics with a triple-overtime, 128-127 thriller that features Joakim Noah’s steal, full-court drive, dunk and three-point play that fouls out Paul Pierce with 35 seconds left.

9. Big Z, Big No-No / 09.14.2008

Carlos Zambrano throws the first no-hitter by a Cubs pitcher in 36 years, against the Astros, at neutral Miller Park in Milwaukee.

10. Don’t Stop Believin’ / 10.23.2005

Scott Podsednik, who had not hit a home run during the regular season, blasts a solo homer to center field in the bottom of the ninth off closer Brad Lidge to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 7-6 win and put the team up two games to one in the World Series.

Topics: Joakim Noah, Playoffs

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