forecaster, friends, I as always an atom or Breck happy to be with you here on a Monday And it is, unfortunately, a little bit of a melancholy Monday because the last dance do***entary, Siri's finished up last night.
We don't have anything else to look forward to will be no more secrets uncovered around the Chicago Bulls and what is now the the infamous final season for them getting to the finals, obviously, winning that 2nd 3 peat.
And really, as the sequence unfold last night, if you were if you were watching along with May, you get to see this really great sequence where on the defensive and right core Malone comes down, it's kind of highlighted there by Michaela's.
Well, not anticipating him, still being there on the weak side.
He comes in, gets that fantastic Steel, then goes down the other way on the court, knocks down that incredible shot as well, and when she thinks to is just as a footnote when he talks about it on the back end.
As the do***entary closes out and he's in the hotel room and they're just talking about obviously you know that that final shot with some reporters around the piano smoking a cigar, he says. I was short.
I was short all game long.
That that little extra push with the fingers Right now, the lecture, elevation.
There's something about the fact that as smooth as that shot was, when you when you look at it from that side view, he really end up seeing how he's on his toes a little bit right, like it's not.
It's not an elevated jump shot.
It's creating that space for himself, getting past Russell and then knocking that shot down and really again, maybe another.
Just compliments of Michael Jordan's game that once you work that sequence and you get around player, you get his momentum.
Take him away with five away in in watching it again.
You really do see how much of Russell momentum is taking him past the play.
But then, you know you only have a limited window again to get that shot off.
So obviously the beautiful shot, the perfect sequence and the Chicago Bulls finish on, and it all against broken up.
And as Michael Jordan wonders, could we have won 1/7 if we came back the following year? But the thing that got me thinking about was other sequences.
Other dramatic moments right throughout sports, not just the n B A where maybe we thought it was over and all the sudden right or you're anticipating like the Bulls, you think that are going to go out on top.
That's what you would anticipate, given their history, given their track record.
And yet you're still blown away by the couple of sequences that are required for them to get there, you know? So there's some really big Tiger Woods moments when you go back five in Augusta, you can think about the Mark McGwire Sammy Sosa home run race and ultimately McGuire winning that with his 62nd.
These there is, like, kind of iconic moments that we think about in sports history, but I came up with a few.
I came over the few that I was thinking about, the first of which will run through him here, you know, and I wasn't sure.
Should it be championship caliber? Is that the way that I want to go where it seals the deal for winning a championship, a Super Bowl green jacket? Whatever the case may be, So instead though I just thought about maybe how it shifted right, could it could have been a game winning play.
Could have also been a Siri's saving play.
That's what this 1st 1 comes in.
You go back to the Yankees and Derek Jeter against the Oakland Athletics there, down at the time in the series.
And that is when, as you may recall, if you were around this sequence played out and really this this give you that sense of for me, this is that idea of and maybe this ties into Michael Jordan, especially on this initial one.
Derek Jeter doing everything to win, right? And that's more than just preparation and dedication to to your team and into being able to get the big hits for making big plays.
It's also about knowing where everybody is going to be.
It's also about reading the play.
So if you want to think about Michael Jordan on that inbounds play, it comes into call him alone as he processes it.
Process it on the back end, he says.
Listen, I know that I haven't been there on the weak side earlier in this game, so Malone is not gonna be thinking, then I'm going to be present there.
So now I know that I maybe have a little advantage.
I can sneak around, pick his pocket and go the other way.
Likewise, for this, this to me feels like Derek Jeter saying On that hit, you're supposed to be backing up, potentially position on the field.
But there's no reasonable reason why a shortstop would come across the diamond you're talking about.
When that sequence plays out, as we're about to see and we'll go, let's go ahead and run through with your first just so that you can get the full context of what I'm talking about.
In case you weren't around, this is for me.
Growing up is a Yankees fan, a big moment against the Oakland Athletics in the playoffs, down 02 in the series.
Let's take a look.
All right, so we freeze it right here for a second that Shane Spencer out there in right field.
This is a base hit down the first base line, down to the wall, blows completely passed.
Both cut off men, probably a little amped up, knowing that there's someone possibly coming around third there.
That's Jason Giambi.
Later, in playing for the Yankees at one point, Mrs both cut off men. Both opportunities.
You can see on this freeze frame rate now at the bottom left corner of the screen.
What do you see? Dairy.
Jeter Just coming across the time in here.
And that ball is already over.
The head of the first baseman already going to be coming down the line.
Jeter, in this moment is anticipating that.
Okay, he's missed the cut off men.
That's one thing.
He also didn't have enough.
Strong enough of an arms.
You know this bowl isn't going to get there quickly enough.
So now on a full sprint, he's gonna come through this diamond, grab this bull, and, with back of his hand, just flip across the glory.
Basanta, who's going to sweep through and get the leg off Jason Giambi, just as he barely is about to put his foot down.
By the way, this is also in the sequence of events where if you don't talk about but coming down and then the tag on the back of the leg is literally fractions of an inch from him touching home plate in being safe, and you think about how far off that would have been on.
The other element of it, too, is if you want to give credit as much as you can to individual players or the team as a whole one.
Jorge Posada ready on that plate, right? Ready to receive that flip because it's an out of ordinary situation to be in a junior, flashes through.
And then the other thing is, though, what you have to be thinking.
If you're Jason Giambi, I'm sure he was running hard the whole way.
Then you maybe have a set of okay, I don't worry about sliding necessarily.
I don't worry about going to the back side of home plate here.
I could just run clean through, and that's what he does in this sequence.
And when he does that, well, you ultimately end up.
Having is, is that he just comes clean through, and that's what gives Jorge Posada the opportunity look great.
Stretch by John. Be right.
But because he's rate down the baseline clean through home plate, Jorge Posada, the big extension able to tap him on the back of that calf muscle, gets called for the out at the time.
In this game, it was a one night thing, lead the New York Yankees, so that would have been a game tying run that came across the plate.
They went on to win that game, and then from there they went on to win that Siri's.
Now we can talk about whether or not you think it's unnecessarily the biggest play, because it wasn't in a world serious situation for them.
But at the same time, I I still think that that's one of those magical sequences that you talk about, especially as the New York Yankees fan that you look at and think this waas a series changing moment, especially your down 02 on a five game series, could have been the end of it.
You know you're up in the game, but a one nothing.
All the son that makes it 11 Now you're tired now.
The pressure is that much more ratcheted up against the second sequence that I think about.
I do go to championship aspirations in the next two that will talk about are going to be in that same vein.
So you go to Super Bowl 49 I think you can suspect where we get to you here.
The thing that really gets my attention about this is you're talking about.
Well, first of all, Ah, year later.
I think it just that's just a year later.
Two seasons later, this player that's involved ends up.
Not being on the field for the final sequence is of a Super Bowl opportunity, So that's one element of it.
The other aspect is that we're talking about Super Bowl 49.
That's the New England Patriots.
That's the Seattle Seahawks.
So there's a couple of things that are involved here, right? P.
Carol elects to go with it, passing play when you have more Sean Lynch in the backfield and feeling feeling like, even with limited time, just a bit over, I think 26 seconds on the play clock is the sequence goes, you know, still feel like a really good opportunity for you to go ahead. Make that happen.
Going up the gun, you're at the what is one yard line.
So instead they go with the pass play.
That's the first element of this.
So you know the interesting thing about the sequences? Let's go back to Michael Jordan if when he inbounds that bought a car.
Malone, let's say that Malone just grabs it, sweeps up straight through immediately instead of maybe taking a ah, little bit of a dribble gathered there that may have made it impossible, even if Jordan comes over to be able to do that.
So in the same way that we talked about trying to anticipate the play, this is what Malone could have been doing in that scenario.
But I need to anticipate that someone may come from the weak side.
So how am I going to approach it? We play this one out here for you as well, in case you're unfamiliar with okay.
And the anticipation on that play by Butler is just phenomenal.
I mean, you're talking about in the biggest moment on the biggest stage when literally, you're sitting there in a moment when you're talking about Seattle is about to take the lead with not enough time for the Patriots to do anything, Tom Brady isn't going to be able to win the You have the opportunity to win the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots and, ah, blink of an eye and all the sudden goes the other way.
And just like that, as they show Russell Wilson just classes, hands, takes off his helmet.
You know, the New England Patriots of celebrating you don't.
Tom Brady is celebrating, and the and the the reality sets in on both sides.
So you know, snatching victory from the clutches of defeat.
If you're Malcolm Butler and then on the other side of things, it really felt like giving away victory when you virtually had in your hands.
You were ****d there in Seattle as it highlights here with a time out.
And that's the biggest reason why you think you're gonna catch somebody off guard as they highlight their butler, too.
Is a great job dissipating jumping that route, bumping the receiver off that space.
Russell Wilson looked like he had the perfect window and really just a phenomenal job from Butler to come over the back side of that other sequence that's happening behind him and give it tells chance to intercept that ball.
You see Tom Brady's reaction and way we go if you are the New England Patriots, and there's Richard Sherman, maybe not being quite as enthusiastic as one might like.
So you know, that's that's the tricky part of sports.
Sometimes it works out, and then sometimes it doesn't the last one that will now look at and again you think about going back to the sequences.
Michael Jordan has the chance to do that because of some other big plays that happened along the way from teammates.
Even though Tom Brady did a lot of the legwork to get you to that point, it took a teammate to get him over the hump in that situation, So not necessarily the greatest doing the greatest thing in the final moment.
But it's still about who you gonna have to rely on in a certain point final when we take a look at this May surprise and people were going to go over to European football at the highest level.
The Premier League.
This goes back to 2015.
We're talking about Man City.
They're playing on the final day of the season.
And, as you can see on the clock here, 93 20 Sorry, I should be going the other way.
That is in stoppage time.
You're three minutes and 20 seconds into stoppage time in Manchester City is trailing Q p r a less than worthy opponent.
Tuto one and playing with only 10 men was Q P R and the situation in the situation.
Excuse me, they have everything to play for Man City, and as it stands already in stoppage time, they are about to full and miss the opportunity to win the title.
But instead, as it plays out and we'll try to jump our way through these stat lines as we go and these were going to run through a lot of the highlights of the game, action will jump ahead here until we feel like we get ourselves into good sequence.
This is, of course, the time when Q p R is losing their 11th man, having some conversations with Man City.
A little bit of discussion in and around what was good, right? Wrong, indifferent.
Hey, goes ahead and lets the referee know that I can take myself off field.
I don't need you at this time.
It is once a one, so also worth noting that you're talking about Q P R with 10 men in a tie game.
So if they continue to work through this sequence work through the rest of the game. Q.
Gave themselves an opportunity to score a goal also, and that was really the big difference here that we were highlighting.
So as we jump down the line here, I really want to get into the biggest and most important sequence, and that's gonna come a little bit later here in the game.
As we look through now, shoot a one.
Q P r is leading time.
Feels like it's slipping away from Man City.
Some people, some players, maybe fans.
Excuse me, considering the idea of moving on to tow one.
And here comes that big sequence of corner kick from the outside and a save at the mouth of the goal.
That's the first time that they had an opportunity to.
We need to get a goal there and a beautiful saved by Q pR's keeper there.
This is coming after battering, of battering of opportunities and chances near misses off the crossbar.
See if then the ricochet just comes wide.
There another corner now from the opposite side.
Easy catch well done by the Keeper in that sequence there.
But again, this was literally pounding at the door and what felt like agony for the man city families.
We'll try to get ourselves here to this final sequence, and Bang Barrett is right there, that 1st 1 So let's dial this back. Just a hair.
This is the corner kick coming up.
And as we said in stoppage time, trailing by one across the mouth of goal bang, they finally come across.
But again now to two.
There's still not going to win the title because a draw isn't going to be enough, and they remain tied at this point of the sequence.
So a 22 scenario is playing out.
They finally break through on the corner, and now it's about this mad dash to try to achieve it.
And the reason why I want to highlight this one in particular is not just because of the initial goal, unnecessarily right there that tied it up.
But it's the idea of soccer.
You know, European soccer, unlike some other sports at times it's a very cciw oriented game, right? You can't have a header to tie it up to two if you don't get the corner kick well placed.
If your teammates.
Don't position yourself against the defense to allow you to loop around and find an access point in the middle around the six yard box to get a crisp better, and then you still have to put the header through.
So you still have to accomplish a lot here and all effect kick off.
As you see, they elected cube yards to drop one down into the corner, feeling like Okay, we got in the draw.
The quick sequence working up the field down the left wing again.
Tons of space Q B are dropping back, loading up the Final 18 with bodies, and as the sequence plays out, it comes across.
You're going to see the ball pops a little bit loose.
We'll work it back inside.
Here, keep your eye on.
Aware of rate around the middle of the 18 this one drops down, gets headed back out.
A scramble for the ball here.
Unable to and then ultimately able to work it out, at least for the moment, get themselves a field a little bit.
Great slide tackle to challenge.
This one will go out of bounds.
Quick sequence here.
When you talk about getting down to the point.
Usually, there's an announcement of stop it time, so you'll know.
Okay, we're dealing with about five minutes of stoppage time.
But as you're a team that you see this one getting kicked down into your own third, you know you need 10 15 20 seconds to be able to get that out.
And as Q p R is awarded the free throw here, you know just more time will be wasted.
Long ball deep into the zone, Head ball gets it back out into the middle of the field, and now you ratchet up again.
By the way, you see those.
Couple of trailing players need to be in better position.
Can't allow yourself to be trailing behind.
This play necessarily works itself in at the top of the 18 a quick little touch sequence and just like this one to bang back of the net for Aguero, shirt comes off to the flag.
And this waas four Manchester City on the last day of the season on the last match of the season.
On virtually the last seconds of that game, they're able to come from behind against a 10 man, one man down team in Q p R and secure the victory when you talk about the length of time that seasons, take the test that you go through over the course of it.
And then all the sudden so unlike, say, the N B A championship were NFL sports.
You know where it's a one game situation for E p L.
It's a culmination of your entire season, so you can put yourself in a position to already have 156 games in advance.
And when you came into this match for Man City, on paper, you saw QPR and said, Hey, win this game, we win the championship.
Is that so? For everything toe unfold the way it did, find yourself trailing in extra time and in a matter of minutes, come from behind to tie it up and then ultimately get the victory here as Aguero does a fantastic job stepping over the defender, finding space and then just a bullet in the back of the net that won the crown back in 2015 4 the Manchester United team and actually in that marks, I think, 20th franchise so 20th in franchise history.
So when we think about the idea as well of the Chicago Bulls and what it meant for them, they were playing at their highest level expectations.
Were there same thing for Man City? Now, year to year, there's going to the other teams.
You got the Tottenham hot Spurs that bubbled up at certain points.
Obviously, men united is going to be there.
Obviously, Chelsea is going to be there.
But when you come in with expectations and just historically, they've been there, they've won their A team that's expected to win.
Sometimes that pressure builds, and that is probably the closest thing, at least you know, just in scanning over some of the sport's memories in recent history.
That's one of those closest things to me that feels a lot like right snatching victory.
What felt like could have been in defeat.
Now the Bulls still would have had another game to play if they had lost that, because it was only in Game six.
But from a Man city standpoint, you had to keep firing, keep peppering that goal, then you finally get the chance on a corner to not it up, You do so and then it's still that last beautiful sequence, and you can think of it as picking the pocket and their own third.
Getting the ball back from Q B R.
The nice header into the middle of the field, the sequence that pulls it up and moves down the left side of touch into the 18.
As the players slides down, getting an extra foot over gets it to the feet of Aguero.
He avoids a tackle you want, just like Michael Jordan.
Avoiding Russell is, he slides by.
Same sequence happens for Aguero and then Aguero has to you at that point.
Put it on target, right? Put the ball through the bucket.
If you're Michael Jordan, both are able to accomplish it.
Both are able to celebrate the highest level.
So, you know, I think one of my favorite things, at least overall from the last dance taking away is just the simplicity of celebration, the desire to win the desire to achieve that ultimate goal, and at the end of the day, being able to do it and then you get you release all of that emotion and all of that energy and all of that drive that you've put into this thing and whether it was Steve Kerr or Scottie Pippen or Dennis Rodman or Michael Jordan or Luc Longley, right, all the both these guys were invested in that process.
So when Jordan hits that shot there when Steve Kerr headed in a serious prize serious Prior, it's all of just is big.
And just as an emotional relief to get there and just one step in achieving that ultimate goal.
So I'm sure there's going to be more of these.
Don't be surprised if I if I rattle around my head and maybe, and maybe you have more thoughts about some big game sequences, but I want to make sure I kind of I'm in a couple different levels there specifically with the Yankees and Derek Jeter, because there's always moments and plays that happen along the way, for you have a chance to have the final sequence.
Jordan doesn't get to pick the pocket of Karl Malone, go down and score that shot following the time out by Phil Jackson.
If you don't have the big shots coming in the Siri's prior, if you don't have the big defensive plays.
If Scottie Pippen doesn't do what he does, even during the regular season, to get you to the playoffs, to get to that point toe, have that rhythm and toe have that, that confidence that when it comes down to it, it's going to happen.
And as they highlighted there in sequence as well.
Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen was.
What were you thinking as the final sequence played out? Get the F out of the way.
This is This is Jordan shot and what and what they all knew to be final game for this group, for this franchise as they were constituted.
Yeah, it's going to go to Jordan.
He's gonna get the last he's gonna get right.
The last sentence, the last word in the final chapter, the Chicago Bulls and that dynasty runs that they went up.
That'll do it for me.
I'm just gonna go back and start watching more highlights.
I'm gonna try to think about what I do now with my Sunday nights for two hours at the last