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Best sports moment of 1998: Valparaiso's upset or the Red Wings' Stanley Cup win?

Twenty years ago, some of the biggest sports moments were etched into history, with teams and players immortalized in athletic lore. To celebrate those great accomplishments one score ago, the Tylt wants to know who you think were the iconic figures of 1998. Valparaiso University gave the country an upset to remember at the NCAA Tournament. The Detroit Red Wings overcame a tragic accident to win the Stanley Cup. What was the best sports moment of 1998? 🏀🏒

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It's the 20th anniversary of 1998—a year of iconic pop culture moments!—and we're facing-off the best music artists, songs, albums, movies, TV shows, sports moments, teams and pro athletes of 1998. The "Best of 1998" was chosen by a combination of popularity, impact, acclaim, rankings and/or amount sold. But ultimately, we want you to let us know who really won 1998 in each category.

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"Pacer" is a play that lives on for eternity. You can thank the Valparaiso Crusaders for that.

With about five seconds left, fourth-seeded Ole Miss was on the verge of advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. All Ansu Sesay needed to do was sink two free throws to make it a two-possession game. He missed both instead.

Valparaiso head coach Homer Drew drew up a play called "Pacer." Organized chaos ensued. 

The result was one of the most beautiful plays in basketball, where a contested touch pass at halfcourt went to Drew's son, Bryce. He then hit a 23-foot three-pointer—forever known in college basketball circles as "The Shot"—to sink the Rebels and send the 14th-seeded Crusaders to the next round of the tournament.

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Success turned to tragedy quickly for the Detroit Red Wings, after defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov was severely injured in a limousine accident just six days after the team won the Stanley Cup in 1997. The bruiser suffered a serious head wound and spent weeks in a coma. The Red Wings could've spent the following season in a daze after losing one of their most important players, but the team rallied together and played for their fallen brother.

The Red Wings notched 103 points in the regular season with Konstantinov's initials on their chest. After sweeping the Washington Capitals in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, Konstantinov was wheeled onto the ice to celebrate with his teammates. The team even got special permission to etch his name onto the Cup despite not playing with the team for the entire season.

Konstantinov was never able to play hockey again, but this moment lives on forever as one of the most tear-jerking moments in sports history.

FINAL RESULTS
Sports
Best sports moment of 1998: Valparaiso's upset or the Red Wings' Stanley Cup win?
A festive crown for the winner
#VoteValparaiso
#VoteRedWings