The Most Memorable Memorial Days in Sports History

Memorial Day is an interesting holiday for sports. I say interesting because it’s not like the major holidays, but it’s pretty solid in its own right. Not to mention, its not necessarily a day when you sit inside and watch sports. Most people spend Memorial Day out on the beach or at a BBQ. If that’s you – be careful – you might miss something.

Today, we looked at some major Memorial Day sporting events and came up with a couple. Here they are in no particular order:

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2: This wasn’t a spectacular hockey game in terms of goals. It was actually a defensive-minded, nail-biting 2-1 victory by the Blackhawks. What’s interesting about the game is it drew awesome ratings for Memorial Day – some of the best ever. It also propelled the Blackhawks to their first title since 1961.

Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 2009: Why the heck would a random Rays vs. Indians game get on this list? You want to talk about ratings – this game probably had none. Well, not for the first few innings. The Rays jumped out to a 10-o lead in this one, but the Indians came fighting back and score seven in the ninth. The game was referred to as the “Memorial Day Miracle” or “Memorial Day Massacre” depending on where your allegiance lies.

The Indianapolis 500, 1911: The first ever Indy 500 took place on Memorial Day. Now the event is run the day before Memorial Day (Ryan Hunter-Reay won yesterday). The event’s first winner was Ray Harroun, who used an innovative technology to win – rearview mirrors.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 1999 Western Conference Finals: Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals took place on Memorial Day 15-years ago. It was one of the more incredible playoff games to date. It also featured one of the most incredible game winners (seen below) by Sean Elliot. The Spurs would go on to win the game, win the series and win the NBA Championship vs. the Knicks.

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