Top 10 Sporting Events that Were as Great or Better Than the Previous Year's

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The Top Ten

1 Super Bowl 42 (Giants/Patriots) & Super Bowl 43 (Steelers/Cardinals)

Super Bowl 42 saw the New York Giants upset the 18-0 New England Patriots 17-14 in a Super Bowl some called the best ever. One year later, Super Bowl 43 had a Super Bowl game that might've been better with the Arizona Cardinals rallying from 20-7 down to lead 23-20 only for Ben Roethlisberger to lead a two-minute drive to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 27-23 win. - BUETBU91

2 1997 NBA Finals (Bulls/Jazz) & 1998 NBA Finals (Bulls/Jazz)

Both the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals ended in six games with the Chicago Bulls defeating the Utah Jazz. But 1997 saw MJ's buzzer-beater in Game 1, Utah overcoming a 2-0 deficit, MJ playing Game 5 with the flu and winning, plus Steve Kerr's game-winning shot. 1998 would see the Bulls demolish Utah 96-54 in Game 3, the Jazz steal game 5 in Chicago to avoid elimination and MJ's last shot in a Bulls' uniform. - BUETBU91

3 2016 World Series (Cubs/Indians) & 2017 World Series (Astros/Dodgers)

While 2016's Fall Classic was a Chicago Cubs victory coming back from a 3-1 deficit ending a 108-year title-drought against the Cleveland Indians, who were waiting 68 years to end their drought, 2017 was a more competitive heavyweight fight between two 100-win teams that featured two epic World Series games which ended with the 101-win Houston Astros over the 104-win Los Angeles Dodgers. - BUETBU91

4 2015 NBA Finals (Warriors/Cavaliers) & 2016 NBA Finals (Cavaliers/Warriors)

The beginning of the Warriors-Cavs rivalry saw Golden State win in 2015 after overcoming a 2-1 deficit. Cleveland would do one better the next season as they overcame a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to win the title. - BUETBU91

5 2016 NCAA FB Title (Alabama/Clemson) & 2017 NCAA FB Title (Clemson/Alabama)

Alabama and Clemson played in two incredible national title games in a row. Alabama won 2015 45-40 while Clemson won 2016 35-31 on a game-winning drive. - BUETBU91

6 2015 NCAA MBB Title (Duke/Wisconsin) & 2016 NCAA MBB Title (Villanova/North Carolina)

2015 featured Wisconsin, who upset 38-0 Kentucky in the final four, challenge Duke all the way before the Blue Devils ended up winning 68-63. A year later, Villanova drilled a game-winning buzzer-beater over UNC for a 77-74 win. - BUETBU91

7 1966 NFL Championship (Packers/Cowboys) & 1967 NFL Championship (Packers/Cowboys)

The reason the Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls? They had to get by a tough Dallas Cowboys team in both 1966 and 1967 in the NFL Title games. One of those games was played in 16 below zero temperatures. - BUETBU91

8 1986 Masters & 1987 Masters

Jack Nicklaus incredible comeback at the 1986 Masters to win the green jacket at age 46 is an unbelievable achievement and the best golf moment ever. But a case for a close second would be Larry Mize winning a year later in a playoff on a chip shot to beat Greg Norman, who finished second in both years. - BUETBU91

9 1987 NBA Finals (Lakers/Celtics) & 1988 NBA Finals (Lakers/Pistons)

The 1987 finals was the third and final meeting between Magic's Lakers and Bird's Celtics, which ended up in a six-game Lakers win. The following year went the full seven games as the Lakers hung on to repeat against an upcoming Detroit Pistons squad led by Isaiah Thomas. - BUETBU91

10 1977 Horse Racing Triple Crown and 1978 Horse Racing Triple Crown

There were two consecutive triple crown winners in horse racing in 1977 and 1978. Seattle Slew (1977) was the first horse to win the Triple Crown undefeated while Affirmed (1978) had to endure three epic races with arch-rival Alydar. - BUETBU91

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