The end of the sports year is coming to a close. and with it, come the memories that will stay with us, for the seasons end. The passion, the controversy, and the satisfaction, and even the embarrassment of many moments of the sports seasons will sit buried in the archives of our emotions for all time. let’s take a look at some of the biggest sports stories and moments of 2013.
The Boston Red Sox shocked the world this season in baseball, by their remarkable worst-to-first reversal by winning the World Series in 6 games over the St. Louis Cardinals. where they outscored the powerful Cards 2-1 And Big Popi batted .688 knocking in 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, and scored 7 times, easily winning the MVP.
Andy Murray finally ended the drought for the Brits. Becoming the 1st British man to win the Wimbledon championship in 77 years. Defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets, in a match that lasted over 3 hours.
LeBron James dodged his haters again, leading the Miami Heat as NBA Finals champions, repeating champs, by surviving the pesky and stubborn Spurs, who were up in the series 3-2, but the Heat got themselves righted, and won it in 7 breathtaking games.
Louisville won the national title. Louisville continued to find ways to score points and ways to make the stops when needed, in a fantastic title game for the ages, when they defeated Michigan 82-76. The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. With Ray Lewis’ last journey being the big momentum pusher for the Ravens, Joe Flacco played his heart out earning him a monster contract. It had just about everything fans could want in a Super Bowl. The Alabama Crimson Tide, continued to roll. Taking home its 3rd national championship in 4 years, pounding the surprise Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 42-14.
The Yankees hitter, Alex Rodriguez, was given a extraordinary 211-game ban in MLB’s Biogenesis investigation. OL Jonathan Martin left the Dolphins with his accusations of bullying at the hands of fellow OL, Richie Incognito. Martin stated he was the point of verbal attacks, of racial slurs and belligerent threats. We finally got Lance Armstrong admitting to doping. After years upon years of speculation, the Tour de France machine, confessed he used PEDs. What made this even weirder, was his adamant denial for so long, then to finally arrogantly just say “yep, I did.”
The awful Aaron Hernandez murder case. never a highlight, more of a lowlight, but a huge sports story this year. When NE Patriots star TE Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with the homicide of Odin Lloyd. And the gang connection possibilities. It all came as a huge shock.
We came into a great direction, finally, when the BCS would in the end be replaced by a 4-team playoff. Thankfully, no more computer based champions. Peyton Manning had a ridiculous start to the NFL season. Wasting zero time getting his Broncos ready and firing in the 2013 NFL season, throwing for 7 touchdowns in the very 1st game of the year. Surpassing the old 50 TD record by Tom Brady, Manning adds yet another record, to his 5 inch thick record book already. We got acquainted with the fast paced offensive style of Chip Kelly into the NFL. When he accepted the head coaching job for Philadelphia Eagles. Many were on the fence if his style would be effective in the NFL. It has shown it was more than effective with the surprising emergence of star QB, Nick Foles, leading the team.
Super freshman, Jameis Winston owns the NCAA football world. The Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston stood as the biggest and baddest QB in the nation. After allegations of inappropriate relations with a female, he went on to win the Heisman Trophy. Winston won the trophy easily, finishing with the 7th-largest margin of victory in Heisman voting history.
And let’s not forget the amazing game we will all certainly remember, when Auburn DB Chris Davis returned a missed field-goal attempt 100+ yards to score the game-winning touchdown as time expired vs. #1 Alabama. Auburn won 34-28, putting them into the title game. It was more than a busy year in sports, it was entertaining, and drama filled, as always.
And as always, wishing you all a SAFE & HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014.