WHEN IT COMES TO THE BEST SPORTING SPEECHES (MOVIES AND REAL LIFE!), WE'LL TAKE LOU GEHRIG'S FAREWELL
The 2008 Jimmy V Classic is tomorrow night at "The World's Most Famous Arena." (Do you ever wonder if that title offends people who work at The Bradley Center and stuff?) Jimmy Valvano is famous for being involved in two iconic visual moments: running around looking for someone to hug after the 1983 NCAA Final was done and this speech ("Don't ever give up") at the 1993 ESPYs. To nod to Jimmy V the day before Texas, Villanova, West Virginia and Davidson lock it up at "The Mecca," we're going to attempt to rank the greatest sporting-context speeches ever. Some are real and some will be from movies. For an exhaustive list of these (with clips!), go here.