'The Play' Named Top Play of the ESPN SportsCenter Era
Feb. 14, 2007
BERKELEY - Long recognized as one of the top players in the history of sports, 'The Play' from the California-Stanford Big Game in 1982 has been voted as the top play of the ESPN SportsCenter Era by voters on ESPN.com. The legendary play received 32 percent of the vote which was part of the network's celebration of its 30,000th SportsCenter show, which aired on Sunday, Feb. 11.
'The Play,' which every Cal fan knows was a thrilling sequence of laterals on the final play of the 1982 Big Game against Stanford, culminated with Kevin Moen dashing into the end zone while dodging Stanford band members who mistakenly came onto the field to celebrate what they thought was a victory.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the play, which will be remembered through various promotions during the 2007 football season.
'The Play' topped some of the other more memorable finishes in sports since 1979. Coming in second was Doug Flutie's Hail Mary for Boston College against Miami in 1984. Kirk Gibson's game-winning home run in game one of the 1988 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers was third, Christian Laettner's buzzer-beater in the NCAA Tournament for Duke against Kentucky in 1992 finished fourth and the 1999 Music City Miracle in the Buffalo Bills-Tennessee Titans game rounded out the top five.