G.Mo’s Amazing Sports Moment From 2009


So much has occurred over the past year. But when I reflect back, there’s really one true moment that outshines them all. In fact it’s only 3 minutes of unbelievable excitement that stand out. But that 3 minutes is not just one of the best of 2009, but an amazing period in sports history.


With slightly more than 3:00 minutes remaining left in the 4th quarter, the Steelers led 20-14. At the 2:58 mark, Pittsburgh C Justin Hartwig was called for holding in the end zone resulting in a safety making the score 20-16 in the Steelers favor. After Mitch Berger punted, the Cardinals set-up shop at their own 36 yard line. 2 plays later, something incredible happened. Kurt Warner hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 64 yard TD to put Arizona ahead 23-20. In the words me and boyz used on the block when playin' with the K2 back in the days... Larry was bookin'!!!! From the moment he caught the ball there was no doubt that was gonna wind up in the end zone.




As a die hard Cowboys fan, I hate the Steelers. I was surrounded by folks rooting for the Steelers and for the first time that night I saw fear in their faces and their impending misery was destined to be my salvation. Text messages & calls to the cell came from everyone I knew who wanted the Cards to win. You couldn't tell me that they weren't about to pull the upset. All the Arizona defense had to do was hold on with 2:37 left on the clock. That was not exactly an easy task knowing the history of Big Ben and his history of comebacks. But more than any point that night, I was amped and cheering for the Cardinals.

Cards kicked off and the Steelers began the critical drive at their own 22. A holding penalty on first down backed them up to the 12. Roethlisberger then worked his magic completed 4 of 6 passes to the Arizona 46 with 1:02 left in the game. On 2nd & 6, Big Ben hit Santonio for a 40 yard pass play to the 6. On 2nd & Goal, the hearts of the Cardinals faithful were broken. Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes with a perfect pass as Holmes tip toed to keep both feet inbounds for the game winning TD. A big time play by both Big Ben & Santonio. One for the history books.



Being that the catch was made under 2 minutes, it went to the replay officials. One image is firmly stuck in my head from that night. It was Larry Fitzgerald's show of emotion as he watched the catch on the Jumbotron. You had to feel for dude. I know I was sayin' the same thing at my Super Bowl party.


Arizona got the ball back, but Warner got sacked and fumbled away any last hopes. Steelers won their 6th Super Bowl and Santonio Holmes was the MVP.


I’ve been watching football since about ’77 and remember my first Super Bowl in ’78 as the Cowboys mollywhopped the Broncos. Since that time there have been some remarkable finishes to win the Lombardi trophy. But I’d be hard pressed to give you an ending that was as great as the one witnessed in Super Bowl XLIII.

Peace & Love...

G. Mo


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