Scariest moments in Arizona sports

Oct 28, 2011, 4:29 PM | Updated: Oct 29, 2011, 12:13 am

Halloween is the time for trick or treating, haunted houses,
scary movies and candy — lots of candy.

While we’re not here to pass out Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups,
we have decided to compile a list of the scariest moments in
Arizona sports.

So sit back, relax and try to enjoy….if you dare.

January 29, 2010: the day the Cardinals lost 
their QB. Kurt Warner guided the team to 
consecutive playoff appearances but, after 12 
seasons in the NFL, decided he had had enough. 
Most understood and respected the decision, and 
soon after the question became how the team 
would replace him. They're still wondering. Jeremy Roenick, meet Derian Hatcher. The 
Coyotes star was drilled by the Stars 
defenseman in April 1999, breaking the center's 
jaw in three places. Roenick valiantly returned 
to the ice less than one month later, but was 
not able to help the Coyotes top the St. Louis 
Blues in Game 7 of the first round. The Arizona Cardinals jumped out to a 24-6 
lead in the 2008 NFC Championship game only 
to let the Eagles storm back in the second 
half. Then, with fewer than 11 minutes left 
in the fourth quarter, Donovan McNabb hit 
DeSean Jackson for a 62-yard TD that gave the 
road team the lead. The Cardinals, who just 
minutes earlier seemed destined for the Super 
Bowl, now seemed destined to be remembered 
for one of the greatest playoff collapses in 
NFL history. Everything about the 1992-93 Suns said 
"championship." Charles Barkley had an MVP 
year, the team's depth was unreal and the 
team finished with the best record in the 
NBA. It almost all came crashing down in the 
first round of the playoffs, as Phoenix 
dropped the first two games to the Lakers in 
a best of five series. Do the words, "We will 
go to Los Angeles and win both games. We will 
then come back to Phoenix and win Game 5. 
Then everyone will say what a great series it 
was" ring a bell? The 2-1 Arizona Cardinals traveled to New 
York to take on the Jets in September of 
2008. They left the game with a 2-2 record 
but not Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin. 
Trailing 56-35 late, Kurt Warner threw a pass 
downfield for Boldin, who had torched the 
Jets for 10 catches, 119 yards and one 
touchdown. Jets safety Eric Smith drilled 
Boldin helmet-to-helmet, leaving the receiver 
lying on the field motionless. The 2nd-seeded Phoenix Suns were facing a 
Lakers team that, quite frankly, wasn't that 
good in 2005. It didn't matter. The Lakers 
jumped out to a 3-1 series lead after Kobe 
Bryant made a pair of big shots in Game 4, 
the first tying the game and the second 
giving the Lakers the win at the buzzer. It 
seemed like the clock was about to strike 
midnight for the Suns, who had a magical run 
that season without Amare Stoudemire and Kurt 
Thomas. Game 7, 2001 World Series. The Diamondbacks 
are knotted up at 1-1 in the 8th inning, when 
Yankees Rookie Alfonso Soriano steps up to 
the plate. Curt Schilling throws an 0-2 
splitter that gets belted into left center, 
giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead and the 
opportunity to bring in Mariano Rivera to 
close out the series and another Yankees 
championship.

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