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Greatest Hail Mary of all time

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by DBT, Jan 2, 2015.

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What was the Greatest Hail Mary ever?

  1. Flutie to Phelan

    2 vote(s)
    3.8%
  2. The Miracle in Michigan

    51 vote(s)
    96.2%
  1. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    I was waxing nostalgic back to days of yore and the Miracle in Michigan came to mind. I was talking to my son about it, he was 3 at the time, and we replayed it. Then I mentioned that although I thought it was the greatest Hail Mary of all time, the consensus is that the Flutie to Phelan Hail Mary is the greatest. Through my Black & Gold glasses, I call bull****. What say ye?
     
  2. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    CU-Michigan. Not even close. Those were national championship contenders playing a huge game. Miami and BC were good in 1984, but that game was nowhere near as relevant as CU-Michigan.
     
  3. Jens1893

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    I think people on here might be a little biased, but that´s just me.
     
  4. Highlander

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    Add this game to the list of the good times when breaks sometimes fell CU's way. It has been way too long.
     
  5. DBT

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    That's what I thought as well. I think BC was ranked something like #12. I get what Jen's is saying about us not being objective, but I also think the "East Coast" bias is real and comes into play often at many different levels.
     
  6. Liver

    Liver modded mod Club Member Junta Member

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    anyone who picks the flutie play on this board is getting a kick in the 'nads

    consider yourself warned. :rofl:
     
  7. Liver

    Liver modded mod Club Member Junta Member

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    next poll question: better team colors: black and gold versus red and white.
     
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    This would be a better poll nationally. Not sure anyone here could legitimately find a reason to vote for Flutie.
     
  9. Buffnik

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    The only reason I can think of is that it happened 10 years earlier so was already in the national psyche as the greatest Hail Mary ever for a decade before the Miracle happened.
     
  10. PAHIBuff

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  11. BehindEnemyLines

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    Break it down by various factors:

    Game location and attendance:

    BC played in Miami in front of maybe 70K, mostly 'cane fans
    CU played in the big house in front of over 100K, mostly maize and blue fans
    Advantage: Colorado

    Game conditions:
    Miami - rainy, wet and muddy
    Ann Arbor - dry and clear
    Advantage: BU

    Distance required to score; length of pass:
    BU was at about mid field and Flutie threw from just their side of the fifty to about 5 yards deep. Pass length about 60 yards.
    CU started short of their own 40; Kordell released the pass around the 27 which was tipped at the goal line. Pass length about 73 yards.
    Advantage: Colorado

    Defense and difficulty of completion:
    Miami defenders stopped short and allowed the ball behind them where Phelan caught it for the TD, unopposed.
    At least 3 Michigan defenders were in position when the ball was tipped past them to Westbrook who was blanketed by an all-American cornerback.
    Advantage: Colorado


    You do the math.
     
  12. Hugegroove

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    I thought a number of years ago that some beat writer did a national poll on this subject, and CU came out on top? I know that Kieth Jackson who was calling the game at the time, was later quoted saying he thought it was the best hail mary ever.
     
  13. InTheBuff

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    [video=youtube;AcTnzTuFI3Y]https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_725348&feature=iv&s rc_vid=ywcD94gqxQM&v=AcTnzTuFI3Y[/video]

    the #3 LSU one was better than the Flutie one IMHO
     
  14. BehindEnemyLines

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    That's a crock of shiit.

    Way, way too many clips of teams from the big cant count conference.
     
  15. DBT

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    The underlying point is that there is most definitely an east coast media bias in sports. It is really irritating.
     
  16. Buffnik

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    Flutie's play also has that "Rocky" or "Rudy" appeal of "underdog white guy wins the big one" thing going for it. Majority of the audience eats that **** up.
     
  17. zbuff

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    Rocky or Rudy?
     
  18. BehindEnemyLines

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    Basically his Heisman signature play.

    And it doesn't hurt that the university is in close proximity of espin headquarters.
     
  19. goalline

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    nah. you're not the only biased one.
     
  20. Uncle Ken

    Uncle Ken Orr no morr Club Member

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    I've always loved the Bluegrass Miracle. Such a cool play. I was at a wedding right after that happened and talked to a dude that had been in attendance for both the Miracle in Michigan and the Bluegrass Miracle. How wonder how many other can say the same?
     

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