I’m actually not much better than the folks walking up the aisle with time still left on the clock, all collectively trying to beat the traffic. I was at home this late March evening in 2007, watching the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons duke it out on Fox Sports Detroit, but my interest was hanging by a thread.
Quite honestly, I tend to stick games out until the bitter end (you never know when a Rodney Rogers 9 in 9 situation is going to happen). Yet on this particular night, after Chauncey Billups missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds remaining, I figured that was a wrap. The Pistons were out of time-outs and the Nuggets had a three point lead and possession. Disgruntled 2007 Ryan figured he’d be better off looking for Cheap Seats reruns or something, so he turned the channel.
Here’s what he missed:
Tie ball game.
With people already making their way to the exits, oblivious to the game’s sudden turn of events, Rasheed Wallace somehow managed to gather a loose ball and unleash a miracle heave from deep (62 feet, to be exact). Announcers George Blaha and Greg Kelser made noises on-air that we’d never heard before and certainly haven’t heard since.
At a loss for words, Kelser eventually managed to sum things up with, “You know… he practices those.” And he was right, Wallace had a well-established practice habit of executing stunts of that ilk (sidenote: am I the only one who gets Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 flashbacks when hearing this clip’s background track?):
To top it all off, Wallace scored 10 points in the extra session, including two standard length triples, catapulting the Pistons to an unlikely come-from-behind victory over Carmelo Anthony and future Pistons exile Allen Iverson.
At the end of the day, a valuable lesson was learned. A game’s never over until it’s over, especially if you’ve got Sheed on your side.