If you’re a sports fan, you know about Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”… okay millennials, here’s the video.
Across the country, morning newspapers led with Thomson’s historic moment. Which brings us to this widely known column printed the day after the series-clinching dinger. It’s been called the “greatest lede ever written.” It was penned in 1951, but it might as well have been written in 2018.
Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again.- Red Smith, NY Herald Tribune, October 4, 1951
Right there. That’s the perfect description of the Golden Knights inaugural season. Perfectly crafted in three sentences.
To further the story, Thomson’s Giants ended up losing the World Series to the Yankees but the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” is what most fans remember. It’s constantly considered one of the best moments in baseball history, and Thomson’s team lost in the finals. Sound familiar?
Sure, NHL fans will remember the Washington Capitals hoisting their first Stanley Cup, but fans of all sports will never forget about Vegas’ remarkable season. If 82 games could be squished into one inning, the Golden Knights are undoubtedly one of the greatest stories in NHL history.
Pick a moment. Opening night in Dallas, October 10th, Shea Theodore’s last-second winner, any of William Karlsson’s highlights, Brayden McNabb eliminating his former team, Marc-Andre Fleury’s Superman WCF saves, or even the moment the losing Golden Knights players raised their sticks and saluted the fans at T-Mobile Arena.
Maybe there isn’t one “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” moment, but why stop at one? Vegas had an entire season of history.
Move over Thomson, make some room.
(The Giants went on to win the World Series three years later. Willie Mays made “The Catch” in Game 1 of the series. So, Cup in 2020-21?)