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JUST SUPER MOMENTS

Today the Bucs are in New Orleans to play the Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Or, as we all simply call it: the Superdome. The famed stadium, sadly, is perhaps best known for being the last-resort shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since opening in 1975, the Superdome has hosted musical acts from the Rolling Stones to Johnny Cash to Beyonce. It has hosted Pope John Paul II, the Republican National Convention and Wrestlemania. And, naturally, it has been home to some of the greatest and most memorable moments in sports history. Here is our Two Cents picks for the most memorable sports moments of the Superdome:

The block

Sept. 25, 2006

Playing at the dome for the first time in nearly two years because of Hurricane Katrina, the Saints' inspirational Monday night victory before a national television audience showed that the city was on its way to recovering from the devastating storm. The key moment was Saints safety Steve Gleason blocking a punt that led to a score. A statue celebrating the block is on display outside the Superdome.

The pass

March 29, 1982

North Carolina basketball coachDean Smith won his first NCAA championship when a freshman named Michael Jordan hit a baseline jumper with 17 seconds left. UNC also got a little help from its opponent. Trailing by a point in the waning seconds, Georgetown guardFred Brown mistook the Tar Heels'James Worthy for a teammate and passed him the ball, passing away the championship with it.

The timeout

April 5, 1993

North Carolina won the NCAA basketball title when an opponent, again, made a terrible blunder. Down by two in the final seconds, Michigan's Chris Webber tried to call timeout, forgetting that his team was out of timeouts. The result was a technical foul that helped the Tar Heels seal the game.

The shot

March 30, 1987

Iconic Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight won his third and final national title when Keith Smart hit the winning bucket from the baseline with five seconds left. That gave the Hoosiers a 74-73 victory over Syracuse.

The last win

Sept. 15, 1978

Seven months after losing his heavyweight belt to Leon Spinks, Muhammad Ali fought Spinks again and, this time, beat the young upstart to win the heavyweight championship for a third time. As it turned out, it would be the last victory in Ali's legendary career.

The kick

Feb. 3, 2003

The Superdome has hosted seven Super Bowls, but most of those games have not been all that competitive. But it did host one of the best Super Bowls ever. In Super Bowl XXXVI, New England kicker Adam Vinatieri booted a 48-yard field goal as time expired to give the Patriots their first championship with a 20-17 victory over the Rams.

No mas

Nov. 25, 1980

Five months after Roberto Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard, the two met in a rematch for boxing's welterweight title. Leonard was so dominating that a befuddled Duran, in the eighth round, turned to the referee and said, "No mas'' ("no more'' in Spanish). That phrase became one of the most famous in sports history.

The stop

Jan. 1, 1979

In a Sugar Bowl matchup between No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Alabama, Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide kept Joe Paterno from winning his first national title with a spectacular goal-line stand in the fourth quarter. The stand was punctuated when Alabama's Barry Krauss and Murray Legg jumped high over the line to stop Nittany Lions running back Mike Guman on fourth and 1.

The rematch

Jan. 2, 1997

Florida and FSU, the heated rivals from the Sunshine State, met for the national title in the Sugar Bowl. The No. 1 Seminoles had beaten the No. 3 Gators 24-21 in the regular-season finale in Tallahassee. But the Gators crushed FSU 52-20 in the rematch behind three TD passes from Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, giving UF and coach Steve Spurrier their first national title.

The power outage

Feb. 3, 2013

The Ravens jumped out to a 28-6 lead early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII, but the 49ers battled back after a 34-minute delay because of a power outage. The Ravens managed to hold on for a 34-31 victory.

- tjones@tampabay.com

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