On November 20th, 1982 Stanford Cardinals went up against California Golden Bears in a game that even non-sports lovers like me will never forget. I can't tell you why but I remember this game. The basic story goes something like this... The California Bears were winning in the final quarter 19 to 17. In the final 8 seconds of the game Standford kicked a field goal giving them the winning point, 20 to 19. The crowd is going nuts, but not as crazy as they were about to become. With 4 seconds left on the clock, Standford kids to California; which catches the ball and starts their return. After several laterals the Bears begin to take yards. As a few of them break away from Standford they suddenly find themselves running through the band. Undaunted they plow right through the extremely surprised and confused band for a winning touchdown that no one expected, including the sportscaster.
History would know this simply as "The Play" and it's considered one of the greatest moments in college football. I can tell you that it's great TV. It's great sports. Most of all though, it's a wonderful lesson in "it ain't over, till it's over."
Video After the Break: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fZCCAqoSwY