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The moment that would have broken sports Twitter

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On this day in 1993, Nolan Ryan pitched to Robin Ventura in a game between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox. Ventura paused after the hit, as if to consider his course of action, before he charged onto the mound. I hit a few times. Divided by regular basebrawl scrum.

Three things about this fight are certain. For one, Ryan was the clear winner. Second, it has become a staple of sports highlights shows and will continue to do so for as long as sports highlights shows exist. And three – in 1993 he said that if Twitter existed, this moment would have dominated the feed.

It’s easy to imagine this pattern happening again and again since the social media service launched in 2006. The first reaction is a tweet. Scramble as everyone not watching tried to figure out what was going on. This is the first video that got tens of thousands of retweets in a few minutes. Big name athletes and celebrities are obsessed with the moment. meme. A meme about a meme. The inevitable point where everyone cringes at memes.

In honor of the one year anniversary of the battle, everyone was prompted to remember it on social media, so we came up with a short list of pre-Twitter existed. That would have been the only thing anyone talked about on the site for at least a day or so. 2.

Bo Jackson running up the wall

It’s hard to narrow down Jackson’s best career highlights – in fact, this list is just the highlights of his career. It probably caused the most reactions, not just because.

Vince Carter jumps over Frederick Weiss

Carter is another player whose best highlights could have made it onto this list without objection. It would have made an immediate impact. Will he jump over a 7-foot man while playing for Team USA at the Olympics?Many people would have tweeted about it at once.

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Brandi Chastain wins USWNT

The world has watched two of women’s soccer’s best teams go head-to-head in a penalty kick shootout at the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Chastain hit the winning penalty on her kick, quickly ripping off her shirt to create an iconic moment. With sheer glee.

Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield

Two of the world’s greatest boxers and one of them in a rematch in Las Vegas bite part of the other person’s ear? Twitter might have had something to say about this ordeal.

Kelly Strugg builds the final vault

For pure drama, this is hard to beat. Strug’s vault-loading, where she won the gold medal for Team USA at the 1996 Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team Games, went online the moment she stopped landing. It would have wreaked havoc and virtually guaranteed everyone watching.

Christian Laettner hit song “The Shot”

Duke. Kentucky. Journey to the Final Four on the line. A shot so well known simply as “The Shot”. Basketball Twitter was probably just banging on the keyboard for about 10 minutes after that.

The magic of the best sports Twitter moments lies in the brief period of time that leaves everyone questioning exactly what they just saw, whether it’s because of the absurdity of the moment or the outrageous skill involved. This play had a bit of both.Jordan didn’t Have Switching hands midway through a layup against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals. But he did, and that, among many other things, is what made him great.

Roger Clemens throws bat to Mike Piazza

Broken bats rarely come back to the pitcher. Also, pitchers rarely throw back to hitters. Add in the fact that Roger Clemens bean Mike Piazza early in this same series, and this happened every Game 2. world series, And there’s no doubt it went viral.

Venus and Serena win US Open

The Williams sisters were already stars at this point, but their dominance was surreal in the 2001 Open when Venus didn’t drop a set in her title defense against Serena. The hype leading up to their showdown in the championship round would have been a Twitter buzz.

Tuck’s law

Was it a fumble? The referee said no. What would the Twitterverse have to say? How the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders fared given the stakes in this game very The ending took many different avenues – and besides the fact that instant replays were a relatively new phenomenon in the NFL, it could go either way, Twitter melting away from a ton of hot takes. The fact that it is possible

Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary

A last-second elation by the eventual Heisman Trophy winner in a nationally televised match between Boston College and Miami? After a frantic scramble? College football Twitter would explode.

bartman game

In at least one respect, Steve Bartman was lucky. His infamous moment came in his NLDS in 2003, before social media became widespread. Bartman has gotten enough hell out of both fans and pundits alike. Luckily, his story is kind of a happy ending, as the Chicago Cubs gave him a ring in his series from his 2016 win at Worlds.

clock: “Catching Hell” about the moment and after

Bill Buckner’s mistake

Unfortunately, bad plays tend to be just as, if not more, than good plays. This is another example of when the worst moments were lucky to come before the social media age. Twitter users may have been ruthless, but they may have been more sympathetic than expected.

Believe it or not, there is no footage of Wilt Chamberlain’s record-breaking 100-point game. When thinking of it, many people think of the iconic photo above.

But what if it aired and Twitter existed at the time?

Wilt had 23 points at the end of the first quarter and 41 at halftime. We’d be shocked if all of the proto-NBA Twitter wasn’t watching at the time.

Babe Ruth sold to Red Sox

OK, this required a computer and the Internet, not just Twitter. But can you imagine the shocked reaction of Boston Red Sox fans when the team was sold? Babe Ruth of all people new york yankeestheir rivals?and they came back cash considerations#CurseoftheBambino would have trended instantly.?