Vote your top moment for 2004
In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's anniversary, we want you to help select the most significant moment for each of the Mag's 15 years. SportsNation will decide the top moment, to be revealed in the May 3 issue.
Former Cardinals defensive back Pat Tillman, who left a lucrative NFL contract on the table to join the U.S. Army Rangers after September 11, is killed in friendly fire in Afghanistan.
Michael Phelps breaks a world-record time as he wins his first Olympic gold medal at the Athens Games, adding fuel to Phelps mania. Although Phelps failed to match Mark Spitz record of seven gold medals, Phelps took home eight medals, six of them gold. He also got much attention for sportsmanship by giving his spot to Ian Crocker in the 4x100 medley relay final. Because he swam a leg in an earlier round, Phelps would earn whatever medal the U.S. took home, but it allowed Crocker to grab gold after losing his best event to Phelps earlier.
The Bloody Sock
Curt Schilling, pitching with a torn ankle tendon, gives up one run in seven innings of Game 6 of the ALCS with blood seeping through his sock. This earns the title, "The Bloody Sock Game."
In the ALCS against the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox become the first team to rally from a 3-0 series deficit and eventually end "The Curse" with their first World Series title since 1918.
The Pacers Brawl
Pacers forward Ron Artest, with help from teammate Stephen Jackson, sparks the biggest mêlée in the 58-year history of the NBA by going into the crowd and attacking a fan, who threw a beverage at him. The event gets dubbed "The Malice at the Palace" since it was at Detroit's arena. Artest is suspended for the rest of the Pacers' season -- 86 games -- the longest non-drug related penalty in NBA history.
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