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Sports is always better in high-definition, and 2008 produced some events and images that truly stood out.
10. Immelman Wins Masters
9. Phils, Rays in the Slop
8. Celtics Return to Glory
7. Nadal, Federer Battle at Wimbledon
6. Sharapova vs. Ivanovic in Aussie Final
5. Texas tips Oklahoma
4. Kansas Heroics Top Memphis
3. Giants Freeze Packers
2. Penguins, Sabres Outdoors Shootout
1. Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony
Honorable Mention: Volleyball Scores Big
 
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2. Penguins, Sabres Outdoors Shootout

I’ll be the first to admit that hockey season on TV to me usually covers a pretty short span—the Stanley Cup Finals, maybe the conference finals. This New Year’s Day game in Buffalo between the Sabres and Penguins stood out on many levels, and I simply couldn’t turn away. For one, it was a rare game scheduled outdoors, at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium. It was played during the day (a previous outdoor game a few years back was at night and not on national TV) and made for a good breather against college football bowls. As if the hockey gods had scheduled it, there was snow during the game—how perfect! And the icing on the cake? It came down to a shootout, and a goal by one of the best players in the NHL, Sidney Crosby. It all made for incredible HD video from NBC, not to mention the audio of players being checked into the boards and hearing the old-time organ through my surround speakers.

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