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Historic Sporting Events You'd Have to See If You Had a Time Machine

Updated June 14, 2019 4.2k votes 626 voters 27.9k views29 items

List RulesVote up the historical sporting events you wish you travel through time to witness.

You have been granted the secret of the time juice. No one knows exactly how it works, but it holds the power to transport you and your extra temporal vehicle through time. Exciting chrono adventures await, but you must know, there are rules for using the time juice.

1. Time juice is a limited resource. Each time slide will consume a portion of your supply, so you must prioritize your trips… rank them, if you will.

2. Time juice will only take you to historical sporting events. This is the best thing about time juice.

3. Time juice mysteriously prefers the North American continent. Transcontinental jumps consume vastly more time juice and there are no frequent flyers points. Soccer fans, invent your own juice to see great sporting events in history. #america

4. Time juice will typically only last long enough for one game, match, race, etc… Linger at your own risk.

5. Time juice will not permit you to collect on bet, or buy stocks, or get Shoeless Joe Jackson’s autograph, or whatever space/time continuum-trashing get-rich-quick scheme you're cooking up. Also you cannot kill Hitler at the 1936 Olympics. Don't even think about messing with space/time. Just stop it. 

With these parameters in mind, you must choose wisely to visit the most legendary of sporting moments, solve historical sports mysteries, and, most of all, enjoy this list of the historical sports moments you'd have to visit if you had a time machine (and more importantly, time juice).

  • The Miracle on Ice
    Video: YouTube

    When: February 22, 1980

    Where: Lake Placid, NY

    The Event: When Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Cold War tensions were at all-time high. In fact, America ended up boycotting the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. We couldn't fire nukes at them, but we could do the next best thing: beat them at their favorite sport on the world's biggest stage. Sports Illustrated named this the most memorable sports moment of the 20th century, and since you own your own time machine you already "believe in miracles."

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    The Fight of the Century

    The Fight of the Century
    Video: YouTube

    When: March 8, 1971

    Where: New York, NY

    The Event: Also known as Frazier vs. Ali 1, the Fight of the Century was the first heavyweight championship match between two undefeated boxers. Neither will be in their athletic prime, but that just means you see two smart boxers, rather than two all-out brawlers. Frazier won a unanimous decision after knocking Ali down in the 14th round. It's a no-brainer to catch the first politically charged go-round between these two titans.

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    1936 Olympic Men's 4x100m Relay

    1936 Olympic Men's 4x100m Relay
    Video: YouTube

    When: August 9, 1936

    Where: Berlin, Germany

    The Event: The greatest day in track and field legend Jessie Owens’s career was probably a Big Ten track meet in 1935, when he set three world records and tied a fourth in a span of 45 minutes. But, if you can spare the time juice, slide to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where he won four gold medals (100m, 200m, long jump, and 4x100m relay) to shove the idea of Aryan supremacy back in Adolf Hitler's face.

    You must also solve the mystery of whether or not Owens and Hitler shook hands, a controversial moment that may or may not have happened.

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    MJ's The Shot

    MJ's The Shot
    Video: YouTube

    When: May 7th, 1989

    Where: Richfield, OH

    The Event: No one around you will know about the championships the Bulls will go on to win; few of them will even be expecting the upset win when Michael Jordan hits a buzzer-beating game-winner and proceeds to fist pump his way into NBA immortality. For maximum effect, get your seats behind the opposite basket to replicate the iconic video footage of the shot. Jordan will be facing away from you for the shot, but you'll see the full celebration.

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