Top 100 Sports Plays of 2018 (Part 2)
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We're back with part two of our four-part best play extravaganza! You can find the rest of the parts (or part 1, if for some reason, you stumbled here first) in the links above.
Here are plays 75-51:
75. 10/11- David Pastrnak undresses Oiler defenders en route to goal
These are straight mitts of marinara for David Pastrnak. This guy's so good. Whatcha gonna do when Pastamania runs wild on you, brother?
74. 4/12- Filip Forsberg dangles through defender’s legs and scores
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game 1
Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche
This is nothing new for Filip Forsberg, as the guy has a deke move named after him. Here, he goes through his own legs and toys with the Colorado defenders en route to a very nifty goal in game one.
73. 12/23- Luka Doncić hits three with .6 seconds left
Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Luka-mania is upon us, and let me tell you, I am HERE for it. With .6 seconds left, Doncić sends the Mavs bench into a frenzy as he ties the game at 107 with an impossible three-pointer.
72. 7/20- Joey Wendle makes crazy glove flip for the out to nab Justin Bour
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins
"Can Eovaldi get it?" Nope, but Joey Wendle can, using his glove to make a great flip to first to nab Justin Bour for the out. I love great baseball IQ.
71. 12/8- Keldon Johnson half-court shot to tie game
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Seton Hall Pirates
Seton Hall controlled this game (and they'd win in overtime)- but Kentucky showed why they're a force to be reckoned with (and will not go away) as Keldon Johnson nails this buzzer-beater from half court to send it to OT.
70. 4/28- Odubel Herrera pulls one back from the bushes
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
I don't really know why there are brushes within reaching distance at Citizens Bank Park, but there are. They're no match for Odubel Herrera, though, as he is able to pull the ball back in play, saving a home run.
69. 1/5 - Carey Price makes one save, rolls over to make another save
Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
For all the smack I talk about the Canadiens, Carey Price is a force to be reckoned with. He makes a Dominic Hasek-like save (in overtime, no less) against two Lightning players to keep the game tied. Ridiculousness.
68. 1/26- Blake Peters nails 80-foot shot to beat the buzzer
Evanston Township (IL) vs. Maine South (IL)
The first thing to know about this play is that Blake Peters is a freshman. The other is that this play is now known as the "Peters Prayer." Please enjoy a 14-year old nailing an 80-foot game-winner.
67. 12/16- Patriots make great special teams coverage play
New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Patriots use not one, not two, but THREE different players to pin the Steelers deep off a punt. This is some baller special teams coverage if I've ever seen some.
66. 2/6- Brian Elliott makes stick save with some help from Claude Giroux in OT
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes
How many sticks does it take to keep the puck out of the net? Two apparently. Brian Elliott starts with a great paddle save, and Claude Giroux has great hand-eye coordination to bat the puck away from the crease. A solid tandem, no?
65. 6/13- Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura make great play on Luis Valbuena
Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels
The bat flip is legendary. The throw is mutant. The tag is even niftier. I love baseball.
64. 9/23- Josh Allen hurdles defender
Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings
Say what you want about Josh Allen and the Bills, but the guy can run. Dude has some serious ups as he leaps over the Vikings defender here.
63. 2/27- Ja’Quan Newton buries UNC with buzzer-beating 3
Miami Hurricanes vs. North Carolina Tarheels
Man, I do love a good college basketball crowd silencer. After UNC tied the game with a clutch three with only seconds to go, Miami player Ja'Quan Newton thrust the dagger into the hearts of the Tarheels, winning the game for the Hurricanes.
62. 9/19- Steven Matz behind the back snag and double play
New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Ah yes, the ol' behind the back snag. You're slick, Steven Matz.
61. 11/29- Elias Pettersson makes a great pass for the goal while falling
Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights
This is some great awareness by Elias Pettersson here, to be able to keep control of the puck even though he's tripped, to finding Brock Boeser, who slaps it into the empty net.
60. 8/11- Ramon Laureano doubles up Eric Young with crazy throw from centerfield
Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels
The best play in baseball is the outfield assist. Watch this, as Ramon Laureano doubles up Eric Young with an out-of-this-world throw from the warning track.
59. 11/13- Pekka Rinne essentially throws his stick behind him to block shot
Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks
I'm not quite sure what this save is. Does he... throw his stick at the puck? Or does the puck actually hit him in the back? How does the stick get back there? Regardless, it's a great save. Post your comments as to how you think Rinne makes this save.
58. 10/16- Tony Kemp goes up onto the wall to rob Steve Pearce of a hit
American League Championship Series, Game 3
Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox
If this had fallen for a hit, it would have blown the game open for the Red Sox. Instead, Tony Kemp makes an outstanding catch, further emphasized by the loud bang made when the ball hits the wall from inside his glove.
57. 2/3 - Dominic Green hits game-winning 3 after layup is swatted away
Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington Huskies
I can imagine that Washington was pumped to find that the game-tying jumper was blocked. Problem was, there was still time for Dominic Green to bury a game-winning three pointer for Arizona.
56. 4/11- Sidney Crosby tips one in out of mid-air
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 1
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
What else is to be expected from Sid the Kid? And in a playoff game, no less! Crosby somehow redirects this puck into the net after a blast from the point. Crazypants.
55. 2/6- Giannis Antetokounmpo jumps over Tim Hardaway on dunk
Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks
Does it need repeating that Giannis is a freak of nature? I didn't think so. He jumps OVER a dude on his way to a dunk. You're welcome.
54. 9/16- Keelan Cole one-handed grab
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots
This was Jacksonville's version of the Super Bowl (since they shit the bed and finished 5-11 this year). As is nature in every Super Bowl against the Patriots, there's some crazy circus catch. This one by Keelan Cole is no different.
53. 2/11- Casey Cizikas one handed shovel goal
New York Islanders vs. Calgary Flames
Well this is a new way to score a goal. I'm curious to see what kind of direction this puck takes off the stick of Casey Cizikas as it goes past Mike Smith. I dig it.
52. 9/29- Juwan Johnson makes crazy one handed grab
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
This is on the first drive of the game for Penn State. Imagine what a crazy one-handed catch would do for both your team and the crowd! I can't imagine what would happen if you were to squander all of that momentum in a crucial moment in the game...
51. 10/27- Max Muncy ends 18-inning game with walk-off home run
World Series, Game 3
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox
And 18 innings later.... Max Muncy ends the longest game in World Series history with a blast that will long live in Los Angeles Dodgers lore.
50. 12/9- Juju Smith-Schuster toe-tap touchdown
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders
In the pros, it's two feet down with possession. This one was called incomplete on the field, but replay showed that Juju had both feet in bounds and control of the ball, completing the absurd touchdown catch.
We are halfway done! Be sure to check out parts three and four of the best plays of 2018 by using the links above (or below), and take a look at the rest of According to Andrew's Best of 2018 spread by clicking HERE.
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