Dreaming in 3D - Reliving Top Chicago Sports Moments

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Article first published as 3D Experience: Reliving Top Chicago Sports Moments on Blogcritics.

Sony's doing a promotional feature on their new 3D HDTV's, and Blogcritics is running a "Dreaming in 3D" feature. Writers were asked for a wish list of items that we'd like to see in 3D. Here's a chance for me to bring in some sports talk to the blog:

The Superdome. New Orleans, LA. 1985. Handoff to William "Refrigerator" Perry who goes rumbling into the end zone for a touchdown. No, I'm not just reminiscing about the 25th anniversary of the Chicago Bears' Super Bowl XX victory. Instead, I am dreaming of a scenario where viewers can relive famous sports moments, not just on DVD, or on ESPN Classic, but rather in 3D. So, grab your time traveling gear, and let's take a trip down memory lane for some of the most memorable moments in recent Chicago sports history. After all, we're not here to start no trouble, we're just here to do the 3-Dimensional Shuffle (ouch...)

Repeat the Three-Peat
I have some fond memories of the Bulls dynasty runs during the early 90's. Watching Michael Jordan live during his prime was an experience that I had from the nosebleeds and I was grateful for that. However, what I would give for a court side seat to see "The Shot," ,"The Shot Part II," or "The Shrug."   Of course, I can't travel back in time, nor would I have the funds or the connections to finagle such a seat. Thus, a 3-D version of the Bulls championship runs would be a great addition to any Chicago sports fan's collection.

Do the Bartman
This one is going to be painful Cubs fans. Why on earth would I want to relive the 2003 NLCS where my beloved Cubs were 5 outs away from reaching the World Series? Kind of how you want to know who shot JFK, I want to experience that fateful foul ball, plus the grounder that went through Alex Gonzalez's legs, and perhaps, I can shout just enough to help Alou get to that ball, or A-Gon to shag that ball. Despite those painful scars, the playoff run was truly memorable, and if the neighborhood vibe was any indication, I'm sure the experience inside Wrigley was that much more electric. Strap on those 3-D glasses, and let's experience history, even if it's to remind us of what could have been.

Congrats to the Other Team
As revealed above, I'm a Cubs fan, and in this town, it's hard to be fans of both. I tried once, when I was 6 years old. Pudge Fisk and company made baseball interesting in this town in 1983, but it didn't last. And neither did my affection for the Sox. Don't let anyone try to tell you that they're a fan of both teams. It's just not possible. Nevertheless, I recognize a World Championship when I see one, and that's exactly what Sox fans got back in 2005. I'm sure that they would like to share 3-D moments with their children and their children's children. In the meantime, those of us enamored with the "lovable losers" continue to suffer.

Cold Steel on Ice
Thankfully, I don't have to go back too far for the last championship that I've experienced. For me, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are still a recent memory, and as a season ticket holder, I was fortunate enough to experience the mighty Blackhawks conquer the Flyers live for their home games at the United Center. That's not to say that I wouldn't relish the opportunity to go 3D with Kaner, Toews, and Hossa. Skating alongside the defensemen or seeing what goalie Antti Niemi faced during the amazing playoff run would have been something else. Just don't let it get too real and knock out seven of my teeth.

Outside the 312
OK, those are some of my wish list moments for sporting events in 3D. Clearly, I'm interested most in Chicago sports, and even with that said, there are plenty more to choose from. What would be your top moments for 3D sporting goodness? The Miracle on Ice? Doug Flutie's Hail Mary? Kirk Gibson's Pinch-Hit Homer? Feel free to leave a comment with your top three.

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