1. 8th Inning Nightmare / 10.14.2003
Five outs from the World Series, the Cubs suffer nightmare 8th inning of Game 6 of the NLCS as fan Steve Bartman interferes with Moises Alou's attempt to catch a foul ball, followed by Alex Gonzalez muffing an inning-ending double-play ball; Marlins win the game and later the series.
2. Hester, You Are Ridiculous / 02.4.2007
Following a regular season in which he returned six kicks/punts for touchdowns, Bears rookie Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI for a touchdown, the first time in Super Bowl history that feat is accomplished.
3. Series Champs / 10.26.2005
In the only run of the game, Jermaine Dye hits a game-winning RBI single and after an 88-year drought the White Sox become World Series Champions, sweeping the Astros in four games.
4. Say It Ain't So(sa) / 06.3.2003
Sammy Sosa is caught with a corked bat and ejected from the game; claims he mistakenly used a batting practice bat.
5. Cross-town Quarrel / 05.20.2006
Cubs catcher Michael Barrett ignites a bench-clearing brawl by sucker punching the White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski after a collision at the plate.
6. Desert Miracle / 10.16.2006
Trailing 20-0 at halftime of Monday Night Football vs. the Cardinals, the Bears' defense stages an incredible fourth quarter comeback; Mike Brown and Charles Tilllman both return fumbles for touchdowns and Devin Hester returns a punt 83 yards for a touchdown and the Bears win 24-23.
7. One for Sweetness / 11.7.1999
In their first Bears game since the shocking passing of NFL legend Walter Payton, the Bears defeat their storied rival Packers 14-13 (the team's first win over the Packers since 1993) on a blocked field goal by DT Bryan Robinson.
8. One for the Ages / 04.30.2009
Bulls force a game seven in its first round playoff series with defending NBA Champion Celtics with a triple-overtime, 128-127 thriller that features Joakim Noah's steal, full-court drive, dunk and three-point play that fouls out Paul Pierce with 35 seconds left.
9. Big Z, Big No-No / 09.14.2008
Carlos Zambrano throws the first no-hitter by a Cubs pitcher in 36 years, against the Astros, at neutral Miller Park in Milwaukee.
10. Don't Stop Believin' / 10.23.2005Scott Podsednik, who had not hit a home run during the regular season, blasts a solo homer to center field in the bottom of the ninth off closer Brad Lidge to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 7-6 win and put the team up two games to one in the World Series.
First, what I agree with - the Bartman incident definitely has to be #1. People will be talking about those events for the end of time. And poor Steve Bartman, the man had to go into hiding. If the Cubs ever win it, they better let this guy ride on the parade float or something.
The Crosstown Cagefight should be on the list. It's an inner-city rivalry that reached hilariously brutish levels. As a Cubs fan, I was happy to see Michael Barrett go, but he'll remain a figure of Cubs lore forever.
A few things I don't agree with - Sammy Sosa's corked bat is too high on the list. Devin Hester's Super Bowl return was definitely list-worthy, but bigger than the White Sox winning the World Series? Come on!
And how can we not have one mention of the Blackhawks? What about the Winter Classic that turned Wrigley Field into an ice rink on New Year's Day? Or the team making the Conference Finals after a whirlwind season? That's bigger than the Bulls series they ended up losing.
But what do you think? Was something left off the list? Leave a comment and let me know!