It's all about the games, isn't it? The stories we read, the scores we check, the highlights we watch ... they're all about the games. Somebody wins. Somebody loses. And sometimes you get a great one, a game for the ages, a game that will be shown for years on ESPN Classic, a game that makes you leap for joy or causes your head to throb in pain.
ESPN.com then called ESPNet SportsZone launched on April 1, 1995, in conjunction with the Final Four in Seattle (the original offices of the Web site were in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue). That day, Arkansas beat North Carolina 75-68 and UCLA beat Oklahoma State 74-61. Neither game was good enough to make our list of the 100 greatest games of the past 10 years, but they did kick off 10 fantastic years. We're just as excited about the next 10.
Check out our list, be sure to read Darren Rovell's story on what advancements in technology over the 10 next years will bring for the sports fan, click through to see a different front page from each year of our existence, and then go vote on the greatest games of the ESPN.com era.
100. 2001: Indians 15, Mariners 14 (11 innings)
Just a meaningless August game? Maybe. The Indians rallied from 12 runs down in the final three innings for the biggest comeback in major league history. The significance? The Mariners finished their amazing year with 116 victories tied with the 1906 Cubs for most ever. They could have had the record to themselves.
99. 1995: Northwestern 17, Notre Dame 15
The Wildcats hadn't had a winning season since 1971 when they opened the 1995 season with a stunning upset of the Irish. They went on to an undefeated Big Ten season and Rose Bowl berth.
98. 1996 NCAA Tournament, 1st round: Princeton 43, UCLA 41
UCLA was the defending national champion when it ran into Princeton's slow-down offense. The Bruins didn't score in the final 6:13 and the Tigers won it on a patented back-door pass with 3.9 seconds left.
97. 2001: Duke 98, Maryland 96 (OT)
Duke trailed by 10 with 54 seconds left when Jason Williams scored eight straight points in a 13-second span. In OT, Shane Battier scored Duke's final six points and then blocked Juan Dixon's shot at the buzzer.
96. 2001 NCAA Tournament, semifinals: Duke 95, Maryland 84
And to add more insult to injury, the ACC rivals met again in the Final Four. This time, the Terps jumped to a 38-17 first-half lead. Duke closed to within 11 by halftime, gained the lead with seven minutes left and pulled away down the stretch.
95. 2002: Colts 23, Broncos 20
In a Sunday Night game on national TV, with a heavy snowfall soaking the field, Indy's Mike Vanderjagt nailed a 54-yard field at the end of regulation to tie it and then booted a 51-yarder in OT to win it.
94. 2003 Australian Open quarterfinals: Andy Roddick def. Younes El Aynaoui, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 21-19
The epic fifth set alone lasted 2 hours, 23 minutes.
93. 2000 World Series, Game 1: Yankees 4, Mets 3 (12 innings)
Mets fans undoubtedly remember Timo Perez's pause on the bases. And Armando Benitez's blowing the save in the bottom of the ninth.