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July 2, 2007

The Power of Live Sports

In a new book, 100 sports figures and famous sports fans share their five most memorable moments of fandom. The author talks to Gelf about the joy of being there.

Carl Bialik

Illinois was about to upset Penn State. Will Leitch, editor of the sports blog Deadspin, was there that November 1994 night, ready to tear down the goalposts to celebrate his beloved Illini's big win. Then Penn State scored a touchdown. "Everyone went back to their dorms and got drunk," Leitch recalled more than a decade later. The game ended up a footnote to Penn State's shared national championship season, but to Leitch it was one of the five most memorable sporting events he's attended. Being there amplifies the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

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