All countries around the world have each taken their own unique approach to the coronavirus pandemic. One fundamental response they’ve all taken, however, is the amount of time that people have needed to spend at home in order to slow the virus and ultimately protect lives. So, with so much time on our hands and movement restrictions still in place around the world, what can we do with all this time at home? Our answer – look back through some of the best sporting events in history.
Sure we could all watch Netflix shows or binge watch our favorite movies, but with the absence of sports right now, it just seems to make sense to reconnect with the sporting world. The beauty of technology these days is that we can watch previous sporting events on platforms like YouTube and Amazon Video instantly.
Without further ado, let’s look at some sporting events you should absolutely watch again, especially if you are still stuck at home.
2008 Men’s Wimbledon Final
In arguably the greatest Grand Slam final ever witnessed in modern history, the men’s Wimbledon final was just incredible. First of all, the participants were two of the greatest players that the game has ever seen – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer was still the King of Wimbledon when this game took place, and Nadal was still a bit of a youngster, although he was already nipping at the heels of the great Federer.
This game was so special for many reasons. Nadal managed to win his first Wimbledon, Federer came back from two sets down to force a fifth, and the game was completed in near darkness. Rafael Nadal ultimately achieved the victory, winning 9-7 in the final set, in a match that lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes. This is a game that we could just watch over and over again, so get some popcorn in and clear your schedule to rewatch this one. Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are candidates to win the Mens Wimbledon 2020, the betting odds are today 9/1 Roger Federer and 7/1 Rafael Nadal (source: Gamblersbet.com)
Cleveland Cavaliers Winning NBA Championships 2016
When LeBron James first moved back to Cleveland from the Miami Heat, he faced a lot of backlash, but he received a lot of praise too for ‘returning home’. Being a young star from Cleveland, LeBron moved away from this city in search of NBA glory when he was just a teenager. Cleveland basketball fans were always somewhat angry about this as they felt he should have stayed home and represented his city. However, nobody could have predicted what he would deliver for those fans in 2016.
It was looking like yet another Golden State Warriors blowout in the NBA Championships that year, as they raced to a 3-1 lead in the series. Cleveland fans had almost given up hope until LeBron James played like a man possessed for the rest of the series. The Cavs overcame this and took the NBA Championship crown on Warriors soil, with LeBron James posting a triple-double in the final game. The quality of basketball and the emotion from James was just amazing – definitely worth a rewatch!
Tiger Woods Masters Win 2019
It would be fair to say that Tiger Woods has had his fair share of heroic moments in his time, as well as his fair share of lows. Regardless of your views on Tiger Woods’ personal life, you can’t deny the fact that he is the best golfer that has ever lived. He has had a miraculous career, there’s no doubt about that, but many had written him off following such a decline in form that coincided with the troubles seen in his personal life.
This is what made his masters victory so special in 2019. After an 11 year drought, Woods’ still showed to the world that he was a true GOAT of the game. This was his 15th major title during his miraculous career, and the fact that he achieved this at age 43 is just breathtaking. This made Woods’ the second oldest guy to win the masters, behind only Jack Nicklaus who won it at age 46.
Maybe you only want to watch one of these games, or maybe you want to watch all three? Whichever one you choose, you are going to be in for a treat. If you watched any of these events live you will already know how emotional and hair-raising they were, and we promise, these feelings will come flooding back when you watch the reruns.
The good news is that sport could soon be coming back to the world, but in the meantime, get stuck into these classics!