January 11, 2006 at 1:00 am

Super Bowl XL

Top 40 moments in Detroit sports

Never fear, the 2004 NBA championship won by Chauncey Billups (1) and the Pistons will not be overlooked. (Andy Hayt / Getty Images)

Top 40 moments in Detroit sports history

Year Consensus moments
1902 Michigan plays in first Rose Bowl. U-M beats Stanford 49-0.
1926 The Tigers' Ty Cobb sets hits record, has .367 career average
1934 The Lions begin a tradition by playing the Bears on Thanksgiving.
1935 The Lions, Tigers and Red Wings win championships.
1935 At Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, Jesse Owens set 3 world records.
1938 Tigers outfielder Hank Greenberg leads the A.L. with 58 home runs.
1938 Boxer Joe Louis defeats Max Schmeling
1941 Boston's Ted Williams' winning All-Star Game home run
1950s Red Wings 1950s dynasty -- four Stanley Cups
1951 Ben Hogan wins U.S. Open, defeats "the Monster" at Oakland Hills
1954 Arnold Palmer wins U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit
1957 The Lions' last championship
1963 Wings forward Gordie Howe becomes career goals leader (545)
1966 Michigan State vs. Notre Dame -- "The Game of the Century"
1968 Tigers pitcher Denny McLain's 31 victories
1968 Tigers win World Series
1968 Detroiter Spencer Haywood leads Olympic hoops team
1969-1978 U-M's Bo Schembechler vs. Woody Hayes: The ongoing rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State
1971 Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson's All-Star home run
1974 The Tigers' Al Kaline gets 3,000th hit.
1976 Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych's start on "Monday Night Baseball"
1979 Magic Johnson (Michigan State) vs. Larry Bird (Indiana State)
1980 Thomas Hearns knocks out Pipino Cuevas to win welterweight title at Joe Louis Arena; Al Kaline's Hall of Fame induction
1980 Lions running back Billy Sims' first game -- 120 yards, three touchdowns
1984 Tigers start 35-5, win World Series
1988 Pistons guard Isiah Thomas scores 25 in the third quarter against the Lakers in Game 6 of the Finals despite a sprained ankle
1989 U-M wins NCAA basketball championship
1989-90 ' Pistons "Bad Boys" win back-to-back championships
1991 Lions finish 12-4, beat the Cowboys 38-6 in the playoffs
1991 Fab Five come to Ann Arbor
1997 The Wings' Darren McCarty gets revenge on the Avalanche's Claude Lemieux
1997 Steve Yzerman hoists the Stanley Cup
1997 Michigan wins 1997 NCAA football championship
1997 Lions running back Barry Sanders gains 2,053 yards
1999 Tiger Stadium closes
2000 Michigan State wins the NCAA basketball championship
2003 Detroit Shock win WNBA title
2004 Pistons win the NBA title because of Joe Dumars' vision
Detroit Lions' Billy Sims, Lem Barney, and Barry Sanders