Surreal in sports happens often on the field and in between the lines.
Recently, there was last year’s World Series Game 6, when one more out would have made the difference, or this past year’s Super Bowl rematch when it came down to a last play.
Also, the explosions of Tebow Mania and Linsanity had their surreal moments, as they led their teams to unlikely victories.
Record-setting moments like Usain Bolt in the 100 meters at the 2008 Olympics captured the public’s attention and created an aura of unbelievability, too.
Surreal is most bizarre, though, when not even a screenplay for a movie could have been written to match what actually happened.
Sometimes, what happens off the field seems to be more compelling than what happens on it…and the hardest to fathom.
Which of these surreal off-the-field stories over the last 25 years have most affected American culture and been the most difficult to accept?
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