These days, professional sports are as big a part of Christmas as wrapping paper, ginger bread and dysfunctional families. In anticipation of today's big NBA showdown between Kobe and Lebron, we wanted to share with you just a couple of our favorite sports moments that occured on Christmas Day in years past.
3. The Knicks' Bernard King scores 60 points against the Nets
In 1984, the New York Knick small forward lit up Madison Square Garden making him the tenth player in NBA history to score 60 or more points in a single game.
2. Jordan vs Ewing
In 1986, the much anticipated battle between Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing ended with last-second heroics by number 33 to put his team ahead by 1 point just as time ran out.
1. The Longest Game
Christmas Day, 1971, the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins faced off in what would become the longest NFL game ever played. The AFC Divisional Playoff game finally ended about halfway through the second overtime, clocking in just over 82 minutes after Dolphins Kicker, Garo Yepremian drilled a 37-yard field goal. Involved in this marathon, were a handful of hall-of-famers from each team including Larry Csonka (RB), Bob Griese, (QB), and Don Shula (coach) from the Dolphins and Len Dawson (QB), Willie Lanier (MLB), and Emmitt Thomas (CB) from the Chiefs.
What is your favorite sports moment from Christmas Day?