The greatest moments in sports often come in the waning moments.
Marie sent her U8 Firecrackers team to the Cabarrus County Invitational final with a penalty kick back in the day. This, while coaches questioned out loud why in the world I’d put a girl on the spot with the game on the line.
Grace twice sent her team to overtime in playoff games with incredible shots. The first came to tie the game with less than a minute to play in a first-round match. She ripped a free kick from just inside the midway line right through the keeper’s hands.
Two seasons later, she did it again.
I call it the Angriest Shot on Earth. Perturbed at rough play and upset over a missed penalty kick, Grace ripped a shot from midfield, during play. It tied the championship match and sent us to overtime, and eventually penalty kicks.
We lost, both times.
Just proves the most painful moments in sports often come in the waning moments, too.
1. Is it even possible to score two touchdowns in 2 minutes?
Two minutes? That’s an eternity in football.
The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings took it a step (or three) further in 2013. Baltimore won 29-26 in a game that featured five go-ahead touchdowns – in the final 2 minutes, 5 seconds. “I’ve never played a game like that,” Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith told ESPN.
“I’ve never played in a video game like that.”
Here’s how it went:
2:05 remaining: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finds Dennis Pitta for a 1-yard touchdown pass, on fourth-and-goal, for 15-12 lead.
1:27 remaining: Toby Gearhart’s 41-yard run put Minnesota ahead 19-15.
1:15 remaining: Jacoby Jones returns the kickoff 77 yards, and Baltimore leads again 22-19.
:45 remaining: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel connects with Cordarrelle Patterson for a 79-yard touchdown. Minnesota up, 26-22.
:04 remaining: Marlon Brown catches a 9-yard pass from Flacco, and Baltimore wins, 29-26.
2. Can I wear this, or is it too Charlotte United-y?
Even the kids honor the sponsors.
Charlotte United, my former club team, wore Puma officially, then switched to Under Armor. Their colors are green and gold.
I have a sweet Charlotte United hoodie I can’t really wear in public anymore, now that I coach and you play with Lake Norman Soccer Club. They’re a Nike outfit. Our colors are sky blue and black.
The jacket in question isn’t too Charlotte United-y, Grace. I just wouldn’t wear it to training. They’ll wonder if you’re taking your clutch goals across town.
3. What’s the difference between ‘on’ and ‘start’?
On and start are just two positions on the ignition switch. Here’s what they all mean:
LOCK | It’s the only position where you can remove your key. It turns off non-essential electrical currents and locks the steering column.
OFF | Not all cars have this, but you can unlock the steering column on a turned-off car here.
ACC | It’s for accessories – it gives power to your radio, fans and sometimes windows and sunroof. This is handy while you wait in pickup line and still want to jam out to Boz Skaggs.*
ON | Now we’re talking. Your dashboard will light up, and you’ll get those dings that translate to “time to put on your seatbelt, chump.”
START | This activates the starter motor solenoid and cranks your engine.
*-leave your car in ACC for a prolonged period (I wouldn’t mess with anything longer than Don McClain’s American Pie) and someone will have to jumpstart your ass.
4. Why is Andy Griffith in black and white and Little House on the Prairie in color?
This could be as baffling as “why is Clint Black white, but Barry White was black”?
Maybe not *that* baffling. Andy Griffith ran from Oct. 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968. The story of the widower sheriff in Mayberry, N.C., started in black and white, but changed to color in 1965. Shot in the 60s, the Andy Griffith Show probably took place in the 1930s.
Did you know Andy Taylor made time with five ladies during the show’s run? They were pharmacist Ellie Walker, short-timer Mary Simpson, nurse Peggy McMillan, high school sweetheart Sharon DeSpain and schoolteacher Helen Crump.
Little House on the Prairie aired from 1974-83. The series, an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, featured the Ingalls family’s Minnesota farm life in the late 1800s.
Because TV had switched to color nine years before, Little House appeared in full color. Legend goes that the late Michael Landon, who played Pa and directed 89 episodes, had the set of Walnut Grove destroyed so no one else would use it.
5. How did M&Ms get their name?
Not from the rapper. (As an editor, I saved a writer’s arse when he referred to the rapper as M&M.)
M&M stands for Forrest Mars and William Murrie. Forrest Mars Sr. noticed chocolate treats in hard candy shells in soldiers’ rations in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). By World War II (1939-45), they were as American as a five-touchdown fourth quarter.
Did you know the vegetable dye printer at the M&Ms plant can stamp 2.5 million candies an hour? That means they could print 83,333 M&Ms in the time it takes the Ravens and Vikings to score 35 points.
Football and candy? That’s the kind of math made for dads.