Meisel's picks for magic moments No. 81 through 100 are posted today. He'll post the other picks as the week progresses. Anyway, pick No. 94 on his list concerned Tennessee coach Bob Neyland's ill-fated meeting with Boston College in the 1941 Sugar Bowl game. Without further adieu, here is Meisel's version of the story:
New Orleans | Jan. 1, 1941
Boston College's Charlie O'Rourke raised his arm to pass and the Tennessee defense bit. Instead, O'Rourke raced 24 yards for a touchdown and the Eagles upset the Vols, 19-13, in the Sugar Bowl. Tennessee should have recognized the play. Boston College coach Frank Leahy borrowed it from the Vols because his team couldn't stop it in practice. Six weeks later, the 32-year-old Leahy returned to his alma mater, Notre Dame, as head coach.
Interestingly enough, Meisel's pick for magic moment No. 95 also has special meaning for me.
On Oct. 4, 1969 I was a 17-year-old kid sitting spell-bound in front of the family TV set watching the greatest individual performance I've ever seen on a football field. It occurred at Legion Field in Birmingham, and the performer was an electrifying Ole Miss quarterback named Archie Manning.
Alabama scored a late touchdown to win the game 33-32 but that made Manning's heroics no less mythical. He compiled 540 yards of total offense that evening – 436 passing and 104 rushing – and made a lasting impression on at least one future sports writer.