Best Sports Plays of the Year: Top 15 of 2013

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Top 15 Crazy Sports Plays of 2013

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As we all know, the 2013 calendar year is coming to an end and the year in sports was nothing short of spectacular. Each sport has had a crazy ending or crazy play that nearly defined that respective season and will be remembered for a long time. It was definitely a great year to be a sports fan. There were crazy finishes, like we saw recently in the Auburn Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide game.

Although the calendar year isn't quite over yet, it's never too early to reflect on the first 11, or so months of the year and see which plays were crazy enough to make this list. There have been many defining moments in each sport. In the NFL, there was the "lights out" situation in the Super Bowl, the ridiculous amounts of fines and illegal hits and the crazy 2012-13 playoffs.

In the NBA, we saw the Miami Heat improbably come back in the 2013 Finals and win the title over the San Antonio Spurs. We also saw Derrick Rose come back and then leave just as quickly -- for the second straight year. Oh, and don't forget the whole Dwight Howard saga that seemed to stretch out over the course of three seasons -- and it isn't over yet.

What about college football? Johnny Manziel's antics or Jameis Winston's rise to fame? Both story lines have been extremely interesting to follow and it looks like the 2013 college football season has been one of the most exciting in the history of the sport. Not too often do you see college football trump the NFL in story lines, but the 2013 season may have done just that.

There were other defining moments in other sports as well, but it would take forever to run through all of them. Let's take a look at the top 15 craziest plays of 2013.

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Honorable Mention: Yankees Triple Play

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

This doesn't quite make the list of crazy plays, but how often do you get to see a triple play in baseball? Practically never.

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15. Kenbrell Thompkins' Winning Catch

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Kenbrell Thompkins made the catch of his young career to beat the New Orleans Saints.

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14. Johnny Football Does it Again

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I know it was a pretty annoying play -- especially if you're an Alabama fan -- but Manziel worked his magic once again to get a big first down. Maybe a bit lucky, but crazy nonetheless.

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13. Not in LeBron's House

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LeBron made the block of the year against San Antonio's Tiago Splitter. This made a pretty nice poster.

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12. Jose's Magic Glove

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There have been many plays that could go in this spot from Jose Iglesias, but I'm just going to pick the favorite. This was unreal.

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11. What Obstruction?

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Remember the obstruction call in the World Series? It was pretty ridiculous. It wasn't a good play, but it was definitely crazy and memorable. I guess you can lose a game by just laying on the ground.

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10. Play Until the Whistle

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Columbia River and Skyview were both made famous for this infamous play.

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9. The Tomlin Tip-Toe

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This play is still fresh in our minds, but what was Mike Tomlin thinking?

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8. A.J. Green's Hail Mary That Didn't Matter

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

This was one of the most ridiculous catches in recent memory. Too bad it didn't change the fact that the Bengals still lost in overtime.

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7. Ben Brust Burns Michigan

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This may be one of the forgotten plays of the year, but it might have been the best college basketball play of 2013.

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6. Cornhusking Miracle

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Just two spots ahead of the A.J. Green touchdown, this Hail Mary actually won the Nebraska Cornhuskers the game after they were about to lose to the Northwestern Wildcats.

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5. Miracle at Mile High

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The Denver Broncos were on their way to beating the eventual champion Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs, but then this happened.

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4. R.I.P. Brandon Knight

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The title says it all. Brandon Knight may or may not have died a little inside after DeAndre Jordan made a poster out of him.

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3. Ortiz's Series-Changing Grand Slam

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If it wasn't for this grand slam by David Ortiz, the Red Sox may have not beaten the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Talk about the momentum-swing of the year.

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2. Ray Allen's Clutch 3-Pointer

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Although the arena was emptying in Miami as many Heat fans thought the game and series were over, Ray Allen made the three-pointer that saved the series for the Heat and eventually won them an NBA title.

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1. Best Finish in College Football History?

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No description needed. Just watch this amazing play.