From Kris Jenkins to Deshaun Watson: What a Sports Year
Sports Year is a little different than the calendar year. To me, it begins again after the football is over from the Fall of 2016 when Super Bowl comes to a close. The sports year starts back up again with NCAA Tournament, The Masters and so on. People need to realize how absurd the last year has been with so many memorable games that will be in the history books. Many people will say 2016 is one of the worst years ever, but for sports, it’s been absolutely incredible.
April: Kris Jenkins hits a game-winning buzzer-beater to give Villanova their first national championship since 1985 with a game-winning three against North Carolina. Also in April, Jordan Spieth would have an epic collapse down the stretch at Augusta letting Danny Willet sneak through the back door and win a green jacket.
June: Golden State Warriors blow a 3-1 lead to Cleveland Cavaliers giving The Land its first title since the 1950’s. LeBron James completes his mission and puts him on another level. Game 7 itself was absurd with Kyrie Irving’s huge block to LeBron’s chase down block. One outlier may have been hockey where Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth title without really having the ‘classic’ feel to their series with San Jose Sharks
July: Open Championship features one of the greatest duels you’ll ever see between Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson. The Swede would end up taking it home with both of these guys going at each other while everyone else played like shit. One of the most fun golf tournaments of the year.
August: Olympics happened with the dominating U.S. Gymnasts and Michael Phelps having his moment again.
September/October: Ryder Cup wasn’t really that close in the end, but the golf in Minnesota will always be seen as legendary. The Rory McIroy and Patrick Reed duel will never get old. Let’s hope these two face off for a major this season.
October/November: Chicago Cubs cap off an great World Series by beating Cleveland Indians in one of the best Game 7’s ever. Cubs came back from a 3-1 lead to beat Indians. The final game was one of the most tense things I’ve ever watched with a Cubs fan in the room. It’s hard for me to admit it but I’ll always be happy for him.
January: Deshaun Watson comes back from 10 down to beat Alabama. No one has ever done that to Nick Saban for his ENTIRE Alabama career. Think about that for a second. No matter what happens with Watson in the pros, he will always have this moment.
So this sports year will close out with the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers is totally winning it with a Hail Mary, right?