TSG’s Year in Review: Sports
TSG is a huge sports fan as many of you know, some might even say to a fault. But, I just can’t help it. It’s one of the most emotion-driving things in our lives today. We root for people, against people, for teams, against teams, for cities, against cities and certain things become bigger than sports but are still represented by them. All these things make sports fun to follow; that and all the history, statistics, comparisons and other things. 2009 was definitely no exception.
The year started with a bang as one of the most exciting Super Bowls in recent memory was won by the Pittsburgh Steelers on a fantastic catch by Santonio Holmes. The current NFL season is shaping up to be interesting heading into the playoffs, with the Saints having just lost for the first time to the Dallas Cowboys, the Indianapolis Colts are the lone undefeated team at 14-0. The early favorites are looking like the Colts, Chargers, Saints (all Swagbucks partners) and Vikings. Brett Favre is playing like a man possessed and Vince Young and the Cincinnati Bengals all had comeback years. In sad news, former Titans and Ravens QB, Steve McNair, passed away along with current Cincinnati Bengal, Wide Receiver, Chris Henry.
In College Football, the Florida Gators won another National Championship at the beginning of the year but since the story has been about Alabama. The Crimson Tide defeated Florida in the most recent SEC Championship game and got a Heisman winner to boot! In addition, the Pac-10 got good as evidenced by USC’s 4 Pac-10 losses! Four! They usually have ZERO! Bummer for TSG. UCONN’s Jasper Howard was also tragically killed during the season.
Frustrating year in baseball for ol’ TSG. The Dodgers had a great regular season despite losing Manny Ramirez for almost a third of the season. His replacement during that time, Juan Pierre did an incredible job filling in and will be wearing a White Sox jersey next season. That’s not the only upsetting thing though. Those darn Phillies kept TSG’s team from the World Series again. Then they themselves got knocked off by those darn Yankees! The Yankees had an incredible year and after winning the World Series they’ve since acquired Curtis Granderson from the Detroit Tigers and let go of Hideki Matsui who will be playing for Mike Scioscia in Anaheim next year.
Albert Pujols played, well…like Albert Pujols again and grabbed himself another MVP. Joe Mauer seemed to have a lot of trouble NOT getting on-base as he put up a ridiculous batting average of .365. That long-haired flame-thrower up in San Francisco got himself a Cy Young, I’m of course referring to Tim Lincecum and in the AL, Royals ace Zack Greinke had a breakout year and got himself a Cy Young award. Rookies came to play this year too as Andrew McCutchen, Elvis Andrus, Tommy Hanson, Dexter Fowler, and Colby Rasmus all made names for themselves. But, Chris Coghlan of the Florida Marlins and Andrew Bailey of the A’s won their league’s respective Rookie of the Year awards.
Basketball was kind to TSG as his Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title! They took on, and defeated that monster Dwight Howard the Orlando Magic. Then, right after that…those same Lakers went out and picked up Ron Artest! Thanks, Lakers! Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade all had huge years.
In the NCAA, the North Carolina Tarheels returned to greatness by winning the NCAA Basketball Championship. Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough and company had a great run and the whole tournament was a lot of fun to watch.
The 2009 Stanley Cup Finals had the same matchup as 2008 but with a different result. Sid “the Kid” Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins avenged their loss the previous year to the Detroit Red Wings by beating them in June to take home the cup. Can’t wait for this year to unfold, especially because TSG’s Los Angeles Kings are playing very well.
In other sports, like golf, there’s been one big story and you may not have heard…but Tiger Woods had quite a month! The best golfer..ever(?) had some marital woes and the tabloids have been doing little else since the story broke so I probably don’t need to go over it at length here. Lucas Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open while Stewart Cink won the British Open and YE Yang bested Tiger in the PGA Championship.
Roger Federer cemented his place as one of the most dominant athletes of the decade by winning at Wimbledon and the French Open. Those Williams sisters are still having their way with the sport of tennis as well, so not much changed there I guess?
Manny Pacquiao! Manny has become pound-for-pound, the best boxer in the world. In 2009, he defeated Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto and he is scheduled to meet Floyd Mayweather Jr. in March of 2010, can’t wait for that one.
In MMA, Forrest Griffin avenged his controversial (he totally should’ve won) loss to Tito Ortiz while BJ Penn recently defeated Diego Sanchez.
If you feel I missed something, mention it in the comments! List your favorite sports moments of 2009.
And here’s to just as exciting a year in sports for 2010!