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Friday Fun: What’s the best sporting event you’ve seen live?

Almost witnessed an epic Patriots comeback in 2012. Instead I was late to pick up my girlfriend from the train station.

San Francisco 49ers v New England Patriots Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

It’s Friday and while that means the weekend is just around the corner, it also means that most everyone’s afternoon is spent staring at the clock just waiting for work to get out. So, I decided to help distract you from the monotonous tick tick of the clock and from that mound of work on your desk. You’re welcome!

This is a fantasy site and being such, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the fantasy world and forget that there is a whole real world of sports out there. And no I’m not talking about The Real World: NFL edition, though I would pay good money for that. It would be like Hard Knocks mixed with Jersey Shore and I would love every minute of it. TLC, it’s all yours.

So instead of fixating on those fake teams we all love to build, I thought instead we’d reminisce about real teams and real players we’ve seen play real sports at the highest level. While I intended the word “live” to mean like you were actually at the game, feel free to interpret “live” however you want. For me, the best sporting event I watched on TV live hands down was Malcolm Butler’s interception on the goal-line in Super Bowl 49. That’s why it’s tattooed on my arm.

My list of live “I attended the game” sporting event isn’t that long nor is it that grand. Naturally I’m cheap so I tend to get the cheaper games which means either early in the season or against bad opponents. Rarely do the games I see get really exciting.

I went to the Patriots 49ers game back in 2012 in which the Patriots almost stormed back from a 21-point deficit in the 4th quarter. The first half of that game sucked but the 4th quarter was amazing. I remember Danny Woodhead punching the ball in for the game tying touchdown from the one-yard line and Foxborough just going absolutely nuts. Then of course the next drive, the 49ers scored easily as Michael Crabtree got behind Kyle Arrington and scored a 38 yard touchdown. Damn you Kyle Arrington.

While the game ultimately ended in a loss, the comeback was fun to witness. However, it also made me really late to pick up my girlfriend of less-than-a-year at the time and she was rightfully none-to-pleased about having to wait around a train station by herself at close to midnight.

What’s the best sporting event you’ve seen live? Leave your stories in the comments or—if you want to tell us more and paint a verbal picture for us—write a FanPost and we’ll make sure to share it!

Hopefully the final moments of the week won’t seem as bad with this to distract you.

Happy weekends!