I tell people this all the time and I’m still unsure if they actually believe me or not. Had it not been for sports and music I truly, legitimately, genuinely do not know where my life would be right now. Earlier this week my buddy Nick sent me a video with the e-mail subject line stating “some of the greatest moments in sports history.” And while he wasn’t lying with the description, he failed to inform of how much of a emotional and surreal journey it would embark upon throughout the next six minutes.
Sports represent a monumental divide in life. Even the most heartbreaking of on-field losses provide symbolic carvings there are indeed more “important” facets to what transpires in the world. Yet, damn near simultaneously, sports are life. They’re the escape from realities while holding the rare power to provide irreplaceable memories with friends, family and moments. Sports’s most iconic segments are as woven into the fabric of human life as any political upheaval or societal movement; prospectively speaking, of course.
So upon clicking play, realize these moments are frozen in time with ourselves, our parents, our grandparents and so forth. There is no narrator except the larger-than-life voices who helped construct the moments. And even then they are few and far between. From Ali’s sheer dominance as arguably the finest athlete who has ever lived, flat out ridiculous soccer shots, “THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!”, Flutie’s Hail Mary, Chris Webber’s timeout to damn near any moment one could possibly fathom, it’s all there with M83’s “Lower Your Eyelids To Die With The Sun” providing the Herculean-like soundtrack. Simply put, consider it a time capsule of consciousness and a collage of irrefutable triumphs. Additionally, it should serve as a visual scrapbook that ideally would live on long after any of us check out of here.
It’s one of those videos that will get a person so caught up in their emotions, who knows what they’ll be like following the conclusion. Partially misty eyed with chill bumps on my arms, I damn near didn’t want the compilation to end. The crazy thing about this is everyone in these clips either has met their expiration date or will at some point in the future. That’s something we all share in common. The memories, however, they’re the only things strong enough to ever stand the test of time.