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Not really out of the realm of possibility yet, but I'd love an El Clasico UCL final.

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The homer in me wishes we got Jazz/Cavaliers in 2007. I think the Jazz would’ve had a legit shot at winning it had that happened.

 

Aside from that, I think Brazil/Argentina in the ‘14 World Cup would’ve been really fun. I also remember wanting LSU/George Mason in the ‘06 Basketball national title game really bad.

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1996: Colorado Avalanche vs Pittsburgh Penguins instead of the Florida Panthers.  2 high-flying offensive teams (they played to a 6-6 tie earlier that season) instead of the Avs crushing a clutch-and-grab Panthers team. 

 

I still think the Avalanche win, but a Finals with Sakic, Forsberg, and Roy vs Mario and Jagr would have been incredible.

 

(Also, if the Panthers don't make it all the to the Finals, does the NHL devolve into the clutch-and-grab Dead Puck era, or possibly other teams emulate the high-flying offense of those 2 teams?)

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Maple Leafs / Canadiens 1993 Stanley Cup Final

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16 hours ago, Crabcake47 said:

Not really out of the realm of possibility yet, but I'd love an El Clasico UCL final.

No way, we'd hear more Messi vs Ronaldo for an entire month, then Benzema scores a hat trick. 

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40 minutes ago, MJWalker45 said:

No way, we'd hear more Messi vs Ronaldo for an entire month, then Benzema scores a hat trick. 

Not on his current form, but yeah, point taken. Didn’t really think about that

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27 minutes ago, Crabcake47 said:

Not on his current form, but yeah, point taken. Didn’t really think about that

I’d hate that but God it would be a great match. 

 

Hopefully Bayern and Juve crash the party this year though. 

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Super Bowl XV: Bills vs. Falcons

 

Super Bowl XVII: Redskins vs. Steelers

 

Super Bowl XIX: Broncos vs. 49ers

 

 

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Limiting these to my lifetime, but in chronological order...

1969 - Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Colts, Super Bowl

1970 - Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl

1971 - Oakland Raiders vs. San Francisco 49'ers, Super Bowl

1972 - Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49'ers, Super Bowl

1972 - Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Finals

1973 - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl

1973 - Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors, NBA Finals

1974 - Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl

1976 - Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Phoenix Suns, NBA Finals

1977 - Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams, Super Bowl

1978 - Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl

1978 - Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies, World Series

1979 - Houston Oilers vs. Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl

1980 - Houston Oilers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl

1980 - Philadelphia 76ers vs. Seattle SuperSonics, NBA Finals

1981 - Montreal Expos vs. New York Yankees, World Series

1982 - Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs, NBA Finals

1982 - Quebec Nordiques vs. Vancouver Canucks, NHL Final

1983 - New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins, Super Bowl

1984 - Oakland Raiders vs. San Francisco 49'ers, Super Bowl

1984 - Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers, World Series

1985 - Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets, NBA Finals

1986 - Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears, Super Bowl

1986 - New York Mets vs. California Angels, World Series

1987 - Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants, Super Bowl

1987 - Boston Celtics vs. Seattle SuperSonics, NBA Finals

1988 - Cleveland Browns vs. Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl

1988 - Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks, NBA FInals

1990 - Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Rams, Super Bowl

1990 - Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland A's, World Series

1991 - Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49'ers, Super Bowl

1991 - Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Toronto Blue Jays, World Series

1992 - Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Oakland A's, World Series

1992 - Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Portland TrailBlazers, NBA Finals

1993 - Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL Final

1994 - Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl

1994 - Montreal Expos vs. Texas Rangers, World Series (just for the embarrassment of having a 52-62 team make the series)

1994 - Indiana Pacers vs. Utah Jazz, NBA Finals

1995 - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49'ers, Super Bowl

1995 - Colorado Rockies vs. Seattle Mariners, World Series

1996 - Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Final

1997 - Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl

1998 - Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs, World Series

1999 - New York Jets vs. Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl

2000 - Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl

2000 - Indiana Pacers vs. Portland TrailBlazers, NBA Finals

2001 - Oakland Raiders vs. New York Giants, Super Bowl

2001 - Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros, World Series

2001 - Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs, NBA Finals

2001 - Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Final

2002 - Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl

2002 - Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings, NBA FInals

2002 - Colorado Avalanche vs. Raleigh Hurricanes, NHL Final

2006 - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl

2007 - Cleveland Indians vs. Colorado Rockies, World Series

2008 - Dallas Stars vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Final

2009 - Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets, NBA Finals

2010 - Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns, NBA Finals

2011 - Chicago Bears vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl

 

I also wouldn't have minded seeing...

Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman II

Muhammad Ali vs. Earnie Shavers II

Ken Norton vs. Larry Holmes II

Larry Holmes vs. Michael Spinks III

Riddick Bowe vs. Lennox Lewis

Vitali Klitschko vs. Vladimir Klitschko

Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Evander Holyfield

Deontay Wilder vs. Vladimir Klitschko

Tony Bellew vs. Anthony Joshua

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvin Hagler II

Ray Mancini vs. Aaron Pryor

David Tua vs. John Ruiz II, during one of the times the WBA handed Ruiz its belt

Ike Ibeabuchi vs. Lennox Lewis

and just for giggles...

Apollo Creed vs. Clubber Lang

Clubber Lang vs. Ivan Drago

Tommy Gunn vs. either Apollo Creed or Clubber Lang

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A Jets/Bears Super Bowl XLV would've been nice. Mostly because the Jets would be up against Jay Cutler and not Aaron Rodgers. And there's a whole host of interesting NBA Finals matchups we were so close to seeing, like Sacramento/New Jersey in '02.

 

Yes, I'm both someone who hates historically successful franchises and a bitter Jets/former Nets fan. Sue me.

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2 hours ago, Mac the Knife said:

 

I also wouldn't have minded seeing...

Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman II

Muhammad Ali vs. Earnie Shavers II

Ken Norton vs. Larry Holmes II

Larry Holmes vs. Michael Spinks III

Riddick Bowe vs. Lennox Lewis

Vitali Klitschko vs. Vladimir Klitschko

Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Evander Holyfield

Deontay Wilder vs. Vladimir Klitschko

Tony Bellew vs. Anthony Joshua

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvin Hagler II

Ray Mancini vs. Aaron Pryor

David Tua vs. John Ruiz II, during one of the times the WBA handed Ruiz its belt

Ike Ibeabuchi vs. Lennox Lewis

and just for giggles...

Apollo Creed vs. Clubber Lang

Clubber Lang vs. Ivan Drago

Tommy Gunn vs. either Apollo Creed or Clubber Lang

Holmes would've outboxed Norton a second time.

 

Holmes was robbed in the second Spinks bout, but Michael Spinks was ultra talented.

 

Pryor w/o Panama Lewis would've stopped Boom Boom Mancini.

 

Hagler/Leonard: As a teen, seeing the fight on closed circuit, I thought Sugar Ray won.  After seeing the fight again with a VCR version, I think Hagler won 7-5.

 

Oh damn, Ike Ibeabuchi was incredibly dangerous, in and out of the ring. He was a solid, entertaining fighter. He was the $hit! That David Tua fight was fantastic.

 

What I want to see again... Trinidad/DeLaHoya

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16 hours ago, Mac the Knife said:

Roy Jones, Jr. vs Evander Holyfield

 

Tony Bellew vs. Anthony Joshua

 

David Tua vs. John Ruiz II

 

You're a sick person Mac

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Super Bowl XXVII.  Oilers vs Cowboys.  A damn shame Warren Moon never reached the Super Bowl.

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37 minutes ago, OaklandIsBack said:

You're a sick person Mac

Are you kidding?

 

Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Evander Holyfield would've been an absolutely epic match, no matter the outcome.  They say styles make fights, and those guys would've been perfectly matched to provide some serious pre-fight hype, a solid 12 rounds ('cuz neither would've knocked the other out), and likely a Bowe-Holyfield like trilogy when all was said and done.

 

Tony Bellew vs. Anthony Joshua?  That's a fight I'd pay to see today, and that's more than I can say for the Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua :censored:show they're trying to put together right now for later this year.

 

And David Tua vs. John Ruiz II?  That one I'll admit some sickness to.  I'd only be interested in seeing that if one of Ruiz's WBA paper heavyweight championships had been on the line.  Tua would've destroyed Ruiz again, snatched the belt away from him, and we'd never have heard of John Ruiz as a serious heavyweight again - which to me, would've been more than worth it.

 

Oh, and I'll throw one more in that I didn't think of listing earlier... Ike Ibeabuchi vs. Mike Tyson.

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3 hours ago, Mac the Knife said:

Are you kidding?

 

Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Evander Holyfield would've been an absolutely epic match, no matter the outcome.  They say styles make fights, and those guys would've been perfectly matched to provide some serious pre-fight hype, a solid 12 rounds ('cuz neither would've knocked the other out), and likely a Bowe-Holyfield like trilogy when all was said and done.

 

Tony Bellew vs. Anthony Joshua?  That's a fight I'd pay to see today, and that's more than I can say for the Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua :censored:show they're trying to put together right now for later this year.

 

And David Tua vs. John Ruiz II?  That one I'll admit some sickness to.  I'd only be interested in seeing that if one of Ruiz's WBA paper heavyweight championships had been on the line.  Tua would've destroyed Ruiz again, snatched the belt away from him, and we'd never have heard of John Ruiz as a serious heavyweight again - which to me, would've been more than worth it.

 

Oh, and I'll throw one more in that I didn't think of listing earlier... Ike Ibeabuchi vs. Mike Tyson.

On what planet is Joshua-Bellew a better fight than Joshua-Wilder? 

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3 hours ago, Mac the Knife said:

Tony Bellew vs. Anthony Joshua?  That's a fight I'd pay to see today, and that's more than I can say for the Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua :censored:show they're trying to put together right now for later this year.

Out of curiosity, why wouldn't you care to see Wilder-Joshua?

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I'm not saying I don't want to see Wilder-Joshua, nor even that Joshua-Bellew might be a better fight.

 

I do, however, think that with the exception of his most recent fight, Deontay Wilder's title should be the Heavyweight Champion of Alabama, and nothing more.  If he fights Joshua and beats him?  Maybe, maybe he reaches the stature of, I dunno, a Michael Moorer or a Tim Witherspoon.  But right now, based on the bulk of his opposition (Ortiz included)?  He ranks in a category of such esteemed titleholders as Gerrie Coetzee, Pinklon Thomas, Tony Tubbs and the illustrious Tony Tucker.

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