Jonah Keri’s ultimate sports celebrations bracket: Vote for the best in Round 4 –

We’ve reached the Elite 8 of our Ultimate Sports Celebrations bracket, and we’ve got an eclectic blend of heavy favorites and surprise sleepers.

Gibson vs. Fisk is a West Coast vs. East Coast baseball war. Ron Hunter and Desmond Howard will pit two Cinderella stories against each other. The Stanford band will face stiff competition from Joe Carter’s walkoff for the ages. Meanwhile, Brandi Chastain vs. Bobby Orr might end up deciding the champion. 

Cast your votes!

Region 1 Final


1. Brandi Chastain, 1999 Women’s World Cup: In front of 90,000-plus people at the Rose Bowl, Chastain became a Sports Illustrated cover subject and a national icon for women, telling them it was OK to celebrate like the men while ignoring the social undertones that came with her method of celebrating. If ever a sports photo captured a look of pure joy, this one was it.    


Brandi Chastain falling to her knees after scoring the winning penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup.
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2. Bobby Orr scores Stanley Cup-winning goal, takes flight: It was a trip by Blues defenseman Noel Picard, not a premeditated leap, that caused Orr’s unforgettable leap. Whatever the circumstances, when your celebration becomes a statue, that’s an all-timer.    

 Region 2 final


4. Kirk Gibson’s fist pump after game-winning, pinch-hit HR in the 1988 World Series: Fully confess he probably got a higher seed just so we could hear Vin Scully’s voice again (and again).    

7. Carlton Fisk waves it fair: Technically the best part of this clip is the pre-celebration. Still iconic. 

 Region 3 final


6. Ron Hunter falls off his chair … : … after son R.J. Hunter hits the game-winning three-pointer to upset Baylor in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.  

 8. Desmond Howard, Heisman pose: Simple, cocky, unforgettable. And it knocked off a No. 1 seed to get here. 

Region 4 final


1. Stanford Band on the field: “THE BAND IS OUT ON THE FIELD! HE’S GOING TO GO INTO THE END ZONE!!!” This one BARELY edged out Jordan’s shot vs. Cleveland and Iverson’s ‘Stepover’ to get here.

 2. Joe Carter World Series jump for joy: Touch ’em all, Joe. You’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life.