Vote on best sports moment in 2012
As part of our 2012 wrap-up Sunday, we published the state's 12 top sports stories as well as 12 faces from the past year. The Story of the Year, as voted by Seattle Times readers was Felix Hernandez's perfect game, with the Seahawks' resurgence a close second.
But sports is more about moments than stories. The year is made up of clearly defined games or plays, snapshots that capture what is special about sports in Seattle and this state.
That made me wonder what the moment of the year was for 2012. Was it Felix Hernandez's perfect game? So I've come up with my list of the top six moments in Washington sports and want to hear from you about your favorite moment. Vote in our poll or weigh in on the Take 2 comments. We'll publish the results later this week.
My top six sports moments in 2012:
- Felix Hernandez's perfect game on Aug. 12. The King's dominating 12-strikeout performance was the third no-hitter at Safeco Field in 2012. The image of Hernandez yelling, arms raised, index finger extended after the final out is a classic.
- Golden Tate's "Fail Mary" touchdown reception Sept. 24 is still looping endlessly somewhere on YouTube. The 24-yard pass from Russell Wilson beat Green Bay 14-12, but the photos and video of him wrestling for the ball as a replacement official signaled touchdown define the Seahawks' remarkable season. The play on "Monday Night Football" led to an end of the strike by NFL officials.
- Richard Sherman's electrifying 90-yard return of a blocked field goal against the hated 49ers on Dec. 23 was the most electrifying defensive play I've seen all season - and the loudest moment at CenturyLink Field since BeastQuake shook Seattle two years ago.
- Nathan Adrian's victory in the 100-meter freestyle won an Olympic gold medal in London on Aug. 1 by the smallest margin possible - one-hundredth of a second - or a fingernail. The neck-and-neck finish was almost as memorable as Adrian running to his parents and presenting a bouquet of flowers to his mother after the medal ceremony.
- Chris Hansen defied the odds by reaching a deal with the Seattle City and Metropolitan King County councils to build an NBA and NHL arena in the Sodo District. It's hard to pick one moment that defined this important but slow-developing story, but I like the image of a smiling Hansen raising a beer with NBA fans after buying a round at a rally Sept. 13.
- Ichiro's trade to the Yankees on July 24 is easy to forget, but it was a stunning story when it happened because the former Mariner suited up in pinstripes that night and played against the Mariners at Safeco Field. Who can forget the future Hall of Famer bowing to fans during a 45-second ovation before his first at-bat as a former Mariner?
But that's just me. I'll bet you have some moments I've either forgotten or that meant more to you. Russell Wilson's touchdown pass in overtime to Sidney Rice to beat the Bears in overtime? The Cougars' kicking a field goal to complete an amazing comeback to beat the Huskies in the Apple Cup? The Huskies slamming Stanford to turn around their 2012 season? Something else?
Vote or sound off.