PALO ALTO – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The “28-3” New England Patriots Super Bowl comeback over the Atlanta Falcons and former Celtics swingman Ray Allen’s clutch three-pointer for the Miami Heat headlined the most exciting plays of the 2010-2019 decade, according to a sports analytics firm.
Thuuz Sports, an automated video highlights production and analytics platform, announced their Top 10 Most Exciting Games of the Decade, an eclectic mix that included a memorable Australian Open Final, a pair of MLB game winners, an NCAA Final Four thriller and the Heat’s win over San Antonio in the NBA Finals. Thuuz culled data from over 254,000 events during the decade to build the list.
“We all have our memorable moments, but what we’ve been able to do, and do every day, is measure the overall excitement in a wide range of sports events to produce this very special list,” said Warren Packard, Thuuz CEO. “This amazing cross section from around the world shows the global nature of sports fandom and provides us with a unique snapshot on what really made hearts pound the last ten years.”
Using their custom designed algorithms to measure real-time event excitement, Thuuz provided a unique look into the most exciting and engaging games through the close of 2019.
The game excitement ratings are measured on a 0 to 100 scale and take into consideration game pace, team parity, play novelty, momentum shifts, social buzz, and historical context. The algorithms behind the excitement ratings are statistically calibrated to insure the appropriate distribution of ratings across the duration of a season or course of a tournament.
Using the Thuuz excitement measurement platform, the Top 10 Most Exciting Games of the Decade were:
New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28 (NFL): 2/5/2017. The Patriots rallied from a 28-3 deficit to claim their Super Bowl title in one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history.
Clemson 35, Alabama 31 (NCAAF): 1/9/2017. Dabo Sweeny’s Tigers won the National Championship with one second remaining.
St. Louis Cardinals 10 Texas Rangers 9 (MLB): 10/27/2011 David Freese late game heroics created an instant heart stopping classic and helped the Cardinals to the MLB World Series title.
FC Barcelona 6 PSG 1 (UCL): 3/8/2017 Barca was down 4-0 after 1st leg and rallied with a massive comeback, thought to be by many Futbol fans as the greatest comeback in Champions League.
Chicago Cubs 8, Cleveland Indians 7 (MLB): 11/2/2016: The “Curse of the Billygoat” finally ended in Wrigleyville.
Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5: 1/29/2012: Probably the greatest tennis match ever played resulted in five-plus hour Djokovic win at the 2012 Australian Open Men’s Final.
Miami Heat 103 San Antonio Spurs 100 (NBA): 6/17/2013: Ray Allen’s game winner was one for the history books.
New Zealand 241/8 & 15/1, England 241 & 15/0 (Cricket): 7/14/2019: A Super Over ended an epic series.
Los Angeles Kings 5, Chicago Blackhawks 4 (NHL): 6/1/2014 The Game 7 OT Blackhawks winner ended the best hockey series of the decade.
Villanova Wildcats 77, North Carolina Tar Heels 74 (NCAA Final 4): 4/4/2016: Villanova’s Kris Jenkins’ buzzer beater gave the Wildcats the national title.