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SC remembers Fan Man: Who's the most memorable fan?

TSN.ca Staff

11/6/2013 12:10:44 PM

It had all the makings of a classic heavyweight boxing match - Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield in the second of what would become three great title bouts.

That is, until James Miller grabbed the spotlight.

Wearing a parachute with a propeller attached, Miller glided from the sky above and into the ring area at Caesar's palace during the second minute of the seventh round. The lines on his paraglider became tangled in the overhead lights, dropping him down at ringside and into the crowd of spectators. With ruly boxing fans and security detail swarming him almost immediately, Miller was knocked unconscious before being sent to hospital where he was charged with 'dangerous flying.'

Henceforth, the legend of 'Fan Man' was born - twenty years ago today on Nov. 6, 1993.

Tonight, SportsCentre looks back at that infamous moment in sports history with its Top 10 memorable fans - and wants you to vote for your favourite.

The Candidates (5):

Jeffrey Maier - Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles and the Orioles were up 4-2 at the bottom of the eighth. Maier, 11, caught a Derek Jeter hit over the rails at the left centre field stands at Yankee Stadium. The umpires ruled it to be a home run instead of fan interference and New York would go on to win the game and the series.

Steve Bartman - Another eighth inning incident - this time in the 2003 NLCS between the Cubs and Marlins. With Chicago up 3–2 in the series and 3-0 in Game 6, some fans attempted to catch a foul ball off the bat of Marlins' second baseman Luis Castillo. Lifelong Cubs fan Steve Bartman reached for the ball, stopping a potential catch and second out by Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. The Cubs ended up surrendering eight runs in the inning and lost the game, 8-3. They then lost Game 7, which many Cubs fans say was kickstarted by Bartman.

Pummeled Nordiques fan - No controversy here, just an old fashioned beatdown. In a home game against the Quebec Nordiques in 1992, Buffalo Sabres forward Rob Ray beat up a Nordiques fan who had snuck onto the ice and approached the bench. That was one brave (maybe not so bright) guy.

Philly fan with Tie Domi - Toronto Maple Leaf Tie Domi wrestled with a spectator who jumped from the second row and landed on the glass separating the box from the crowd during the Leafs' games against the Philadelphia Flyers at First Union Center.  Domi, who had just been penalized early in the third period, twice poured water over taunting fans in the front row before the attacking fan, Chris Falcone, jumped in and landed on the glass. Falcone leaned into it while throwing a punch at Domi. He then fell into the box as Domi grabbed him.

The Saddledome Streaker - Wearing only a pair of red socks at a game between the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins, a fan scaled the glass near the penalty box during a stoppage in play and just over five minutes left in the game. He then slipped when his feet touched the ice and landed hard on his back and head, knocking himself unconscious. After a delay of six minutes, he was removed on a stretcher to a huge ovation from the Pengrowth Saddledome crowd.

Watch SportsCentre at 6pm et/3pm pt for the Top 10 most memorable fans.