The intersection of video games and sports is timeless (as far as video games go back). Some of the first video games ever were sports related. Pong was basically tennis.
My favorite sports video game ever is NHL 94 for Sega Genesis. It was the first game, for me at least, where I noticed physics in any practical sense when it came to gameplay. Your player would slide across the ice ever so slightly when you missed your target. I'm sure this was just a few lines of code, but it made every pass, every cross check, every goal feel so right.
I actually have so many other sports video games I want to talk about, but before I dive in, I'm curious: what are your favorite sports video game experiences?