Nov 20, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) rushes with the football during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Buccaneers 35-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
The plays start here
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has been enjoying the attention and accolades that come with athletic success. Since starting for the Knicks, Lin's stats have put him in rarified air. While he's the latest and greatest, there are more than a handfull of immortal plays from the past year in sports.
Dirk Nowitzki's game winning layup in the 2011 NBA Finals
It took Dirk Nowitzki 's Mavericks five years to get a rematch against the Miami Heat — the team who won the 2006 battle between the teams for the NBA title. With the Miami Heat looking to take a decisive 2-0 series lead, Game 2 came down to the final seconds. Dirk Nowitzk (L) drove down the lane and hit the decisive layup with 3.6 seconds remaining. The Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Miami Heat 95-93 to level NBA finals at 1-1. Nowitzki will remain a legend in Dallas as a result of that shot.
Blake Griffin's reverse alley opp slam dunk
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin is famous for his other-worldly athletic ability. Griffin's reverse alley oop slam dunk against the Golden State Warriors only adds to his legendary persona in Los Angeles.
Tim Tebow's game-winning touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas
The Tim Tebow hype had been building all season but the Broncos first-round playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers sealed the deal. In the blink of an eye, Tebow fired off an 80-yard touchdown pass to receiver Demaryius Thomas. The play resulted in a 29-23 playoff victory and Tebow solidified his place in Broncos' lore.
Ben Revere's somersault triple
When Twins' player Ben Revere knocked the ball out of the park, even the announcers knew he got all of it. The truly amazing part of the play happened just after Revere rounded second base. He stumbled into a somersault while running and recovered in time to get to third base safely. Truly amazing.
Albert Pujols' three home runs in 2011 World Series game
Former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols came through in a big way for his team in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series. Pujols became just the third player to crush three home runs in a single World Series game. Despite the fact that Pujols will suit up for the Angels starting this season, St. Louis will always remember him for his amazing performance in the 2011 World Series.
LeGarrette Blount's bruising touchdown run
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount delivered one of the most memorable touchdown runs of the NFL season against the Green Bay Packers. Blount rolled through defender after defender to cap a 54-yard run with a touchdown.
Jerome Simpson's touchdown flip
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson did more than just score a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. Simpson backflipped, untouched, into the end zone and stuck the landing with two feet. Simpson's amazing flip seemed more befitting of an Olympic gymnast rather than an NFL wide receiver.
Giants' hail mary touchdown
Nobody gave the underdog Giants much of a chance against a Green Bay Packers team that slaughtered the 2011 NFL schedule. As the first half wound down between the Giants and Packers, quarterback Eli Manning and receiver Hakeem Nicks hooked up for one of the most incredible football plays in recent memory. As time expired, Manning launched a hail mary into the end zone and somehow Nicks made the reception. It was a sign of good things to come for the Giants, who went on to win the Super Bowl.
David Freese's clutch World Series walk off home run
Talk about spine-tingling. A native of St. Louis, Cardinals' third baseman David Freese played the hero during Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. With the Cardinals down 3-2 in the series and fighting for their baseball lives, Freese drilled a game winning home run to keep his team alive. The Cardinals capitalized, winning the World Series in Game 7.