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Vote your top moment of 2008

3/21/2013

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.

New York Giants

David Tyree's stunning helmet catch plus Plaxico Burress' late TD help the 12-point underdog New York Giants stun the Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XXII, ending New England's quest for a perfect 19-0 season.

Brett Favre

After 17 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre announces his retirement but then reverses his decision. It caused a rift with the Packers front office, which had announced that Aaron Rodgers -- their 2005 first-round pick -- would be their starting quarterback. The Packers later trade Favre to the Jets for a fourth-round pick.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods, two months removed from knee surgery and playing with a double stress fracture in his leg, nails a birdie on the 18th hole to send the U.S. Open into a sudden death playoff with Rocco Mediate. Tiger eventually wins in an epic 19-hole match on Monday, earning his third U.S. Open title.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer in an epic rain-delayed, five-set Wimbledon final that lasts four hours, 48 minutes -- the longest in tournament history -- ending both Federer's Wimbledon winning streak at 40 matches and his grass court winning streak at 65. Legendary John McEnroe deemed it the greatest match he'd ever seen. 

Michael Phelps

In a stunningly dramatic finish, Michael Phelps ties Mark Spitz's record of seven Olympic gold medals by out-touching Milorad Cavic by .01 in the 100M butterfly at the Beijing Games. Phelps then broke the record by winning his eighth Olympic gold medal in the 4x100 meter medley relay. Across the Pacific Ocean, Americans were glued to their TVs to see the U.S. flag raised as the "greatest Olympian ever" received his medal. Phelps set seven world records and one Olympic record, doing a personal best time in every event.