So here we are in the last week of 2016; time to look back at the biggest (so many to choose) sports stories of the year. Unless Tiger Woods wins this coming weekend or Todd Bowles gets fired, I think I have it covered. 2016 gave us some of the most dramatic scenes and incredible performances in many years. So after careful deliberation…
The Peyton Manning retirement was certainly a story. Manning wins the Super Bowl despite barely being able to throw a ball farther than 10 yards. Funny thing is after injury he wins his old job back from a guy who, one year later, would be benched in favor of someone named Tom Savage.
Sadly we lost Jose Fernandez who wasn't just an amazing pitcher; he was a bridge to the next generation of baseball fandom, a player who had an unabashed exuberance and joy for the game and wasn't afraid to express it. Unfortunately he decided to drive a boat at 2:00am while under the influence.
The great Muhammad Ali died. There were many legends to die this year (Arnold Palmer, Pat Summitt, Gordie Howe), but Ali might have been the most influential, important American athlete since Babe Ruth.
The Rio Olympics certainly gave us a handful of stories. Everybody has their favorite. Usain Bolt. Simone Biles. Michael Phelps and his 6 medals. But for my money, the most amazing athlete was 19 year old Katie Ledecky, who was so dominant that she made all her opponents look like they just learned to swim. Let’s not forget Ryan Lochte’s shaky credibility.
Lebron James leads the Cavs past the seemly unbeatable Warriors to win the NBA title, while Alabama wins the NCAA football championship, and Kris Jenkins hits a last second shot to give Villanova the basketball title. The Penguins beat the Sharks to win the Stanley Cup, and a team from Leicester City (wherever that is) pulls off the most amazing upset winning a soccer title.
There were other stories like Kolbe’s 60 points in his final game, Colin Kaprnick’s stand to not stand, Rex Ryans, firing, Vin Scully’s retirement, Tom Coughlin’s resignation, the sex scandal at Baylor, and Kevin Durant’s signing with the Warriors.
Locally we had a few stories of our own, like the retirement of Mark Teixeira, and the Alex Rodriguez drama. But the real Yankee story was the firesale in the Bronx, losing Miller, Chapman, and Nova while making room for the future, especially Gary Sanchez. The Mets failed to get back to the playoffs with all their injuries and Big Blue’s return to the NFL playoffs.
The biggest story may be that the curse is over, the Cubs won the World Series. Seriously: The Chicago Cubs did win the World Series. I swear, I didn’t make it up!
Happy New Year
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