Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in Review: Greatest Sports Moments heard on WMML

It's been a big year for us here at FOX Sports Radio 1230.  From a programming standpoint, we added New York Mets baseball, Buffalo Bills football, IndyCar racing and started producing our own High School Sports broadcasts.  And with new programming coming in 2013, it should continue to be a growing year for FOX Sports Radio 1230. 

These ventures have produced memorable moments that should be remembered long after the ball drops to usher in 2013.  Here's our favorites.

Takuma Sato crashes in the final lap, Dario Franchitti wins the Indy 500.

In a wild Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti battled for first positioning in the final 5 laps, with Franchitti winning the battle.  Takuma Sato moved up to be 2nd.  Wanting the win in the final lap, Sato tried to be aggressive, taking an inside path, but lost control and spun out, forcing a yellow which allowed Franchitti to cruise to the finish, with teammate Scott Dixon retaking 2nd on the crash.

Sam Sax layup with 2.2 seconds left to go

In a game dominated with runs, the Glens Falls Indians found themselves with the basketball with 20 seconds left on the clock in a tie game.  After a timeout, the Indians made good work of their sideline discussion as Cam Girard started driving the lane, but then dished the ball to a wide-open Sam Sax who layed it in with 2.2 seconds left to go to beat the Queensbury Spartans 56-54 in the opener of the Foothills Council.

Warrensburg wins the game with 30 seconds left

The Warrensburg Burghers found themselves trailing throughout the game, but would take the lead when it mattered the most.  After watching a punt get blocked and returned for a touchdown, and then seeing Issac Isom run on by for a touchdown, the Burghers were looking for a last moment miracle, and it came with just under 30 seconds left.  The Burghers ran the ball in for the touchdown, and then converted a 2 point conversion to bring them a 14-13 win over the Salem Generals.

Adam Greenberg gets an official at-bat.

On July 7th, 2005, Adam Greenberg was up to bat in his first major-league plate appearance for the Chicago Cubs, facing Florida Marlins pitcher Valerio de los Santos.  He was beaned in the back of his head on the very first pitch, resulting in a mild concussion that took him out of the game, never recording an official at-bat.  The Miami Marlins signed Greenberg to a one-day contract, and in the 6th inning on October 2nd, he made an appearance against the New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey.  Greenberg struck-out on three pitches, but gained a loud round of applause from the Miami fans both before and after his now official Major League at-bat.  Greenberg has since signed a minor-league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

Johan Santana does what no other Met has done before

Tom Seaver came close, on two occasions.  The drought had lasted long enough that Howie Rose had counted every game where the New York Mets failed to achieve this award.  Who knew that it would be a Friday night, the first of June, game #8020 in the regular-season history of the Mets, that this achievement would finally come.  Johan Santana kept the St. Louis Cardinals at bay, with a little help from the officials.  Carlos Beltran hit a pitch that appeared to hit the chalk, but was ruled foul by the umpire.  The no-hit continued, and the Mets would go on to win 8-0. 

Glens Falls makes it to the Dome.

The Glens Falls Indians had not claimed the Section II title since 1993, and despite dropping from Class A to Class B, it appeared that it would be a tough task for them to accomplish this year after their first week loss to Schalmont.  But the Indians bounced back from the loss, and made it to the sectionals as the #2 seed in the West Division.  After easy victories against Albany Academy and Schuylerville, the Indians were faced with a rematch against Schalmont in the Class B Super Bowl.  Being called underdogs, the Indians stuck with Schalmont, and a big play from Cam Girard to Mike LaNoir carried the Indians to victory and a berth to the state regionals.  Peru was the next victim of the Indians, earning them a trip to Dietz Stadium to face the Marlboro Dukes.  Long plays were the Indians' best friend in the semifinals, earning them their first ever trip to the state championship at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  But the Indians run would end as runner-up, as the size and strength of the Maine-Endwell Spartans proved to be too tough for the Indians.