Like any good story - be it from a book, a movie or a weekend in Vegas - the best part of a memorable game is reliving the details for days, and sometimes years, after it is over.
So it is with some of the best from New York sports in the 2000s, starting with the most shocking of all from a historic night in Glendale, Ariz.
As always in our series looking back at the past decade, extra credit was given for important games, but the regular season counts, too.
Especially when the Red Sox are in town. Or if Jumbo Elliott catches a touchdown pass.
But like their Super Bowl XXV ancestors, the 2007 Giants won it all with a flourish, one so grand it was easy to forget the big picture:
Their 17-14 victory over the Patriots ruined the first 18-0 start in league history and foiled the most productive offense the NFL ever has seen.
After three quarters, the Patriots led 7-3 in a defensive struggle, one that hardly was the stuff of football lore.
What at the time was the largest TV audience in sports history saw Manning win the MVP award, David Tyree's life change forever and the Giants' secure their seventh league title.
2. Game 7, 2003 ALCS, Oct. 16/17, 2003, Yankee Stadium
But one stands above the rest: Game 7 of the '03 ALCS.
Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth and would pitch three scoreless innings.
3. Giants-49ers playoff game, Jan. 5, 2003, 3Com Park
It was one of the wildest, most controversial playoff games in NFL history.
The Giants led the 49ers, 38-14, in a wild-card game late in the third when the offense congealed and the defense collapsed, allowing San Francisco to rally for a 39-38 lead.
A Matt Bryant field goal still would have won it in the final seconds, but Trey Junkin's snap was off target, forcing holder Matt Allen to attempt a desperate pass.
The NFL apologized the next day. It was too late.
4. Big East quarterfinals, March 12/13, 2009, Madison Square Garden
The Orangemen, who had an apparent buzzer-beater waved off at the end of regulation, did not lead in any of the first five OTs but took charge in the sixth, starting with a three-pointer by Andy Rautins.
5. Game 6, NBA second-round series, May 19, 2000, Madison Square Garden
The 1999-2000 playoffs were the last significant gasp of the Patrick Ewing-era Knicks, who made it to Game 6 of the conference finals before losing to the Pacers.
There were dramatic turns along the way, including a second-round struggle against Pat Riley's Heat typified by Game 6, in which the Knicks fell behind by 18 but rallied to win, 72-70.
"This is absolute madness,'' said Riley, whose team scored only 25 points in the second half.
Game 7 was another thriller, with the Heat's Clarence Weatherspoon missing a shot in the final seconds and the Knicks - controversially - being awarded the ball after an out-of-bounds play.
6. Dolphins vs. Jets, Oct. 23/24, 2000, Giants Stadium
The Dolphins and Jets both were 5-1 when they met on "Monday Night Football,'' but there was little pre-game hype, seeing as how it was the night between Games 2 and 3 of the Subway Series.
In the fourth quarter alone, the other Long Island-raised quarterback in the game, Vinny Testaverde, was 18-for-26 for 235 yards and four TDs.
7. Red Sox vs. Yankees, July 1, 2004, Yankee Stadium
The ALCSes of 2003 and '04 were defining events of New York's sports decade, but between those two series the Yankees and Red Sox showed even a regular-season game between them can be a classic.
It happened in July of '04, a 13-inning battle in the Bronx best remembered for Derek Jeter's catch and dive into the stands in the 12th.
There was much more that night, including a third-to-home double play started in the 11th by Alex Rodriguez, who later moved from third to shortstop to replace the injured Jeter.
8. NFC Championship Game, Jan. 20, 2008, Lambeau Field
Favre appeared far less comfortable in the cold than did Manning, a fellow Southerner. But even Favre didn't look as frozen as Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whose face was a bright, scary shade of red. GRAF
Plaxico Burress caught 11 passes for 154 yards despite the horrendous conditions.
9. Game 7, 2006 NLCS, Oct. 19, 2006, Shea Stadium
As special as the Mets' run to the '00 pennant was, there is no game fans will remember more from the 2000s than Game 7 of the '06 NLCS against the underdog Cardinals.
10. Galaxy-Red Bulls, Aug. 18, 2007, Giants Stadium
Why the Red Bulls when we have excluded the Nets and Devils? Because unlike the Nets and Devils they are the area's only major-league team in their sport - the world's favorite, by the way.
The mostly moribund franchise flashed its potential when it hosted David Beckham and the Galaxy in the summer of '07 and drew 66,238, the most for a league game there since the Cosmos era.
Better yet, the teams provided enough action to satisfy even the most skeptical soccer spectator, with the Red Bulls winning, 5-4, on a late goal.
Said Beckham, who set up three scores: "I haven't been involved in a game like that since I was 9 or 10 years old.''