So 2008 has come to a close. Sports Illustrated has proclaimed it to be the best sports year ever. I'm sure this is the source of major debates around various blogospheres and frankly I'm too tired from New Year's Eve to address that issue. So instead, I'll focus on my top-6 stories of 2008. And I promise that there will be nothing related to Federer-Nadal, Tiger's U.S. Open victory, Jimmie Johnson's Threepeat, or anything else in those sports that I couldn't really give a damn about...
Usain Bolt manages to crush the competition in the 100 meter dash in Beijing while showboating for the final 20 meters. The result - a fantastic celebration, an uncomfortable interview with Bryant Gumbel on Real Sports, and Jacques Rogge, the head of the IOC, getting his panties in a bundle. Listen Jacques, maybe you should focus more on your countrymen choking away a certain victory in swimming. And frankly, anybody who can continue running sideways at the speed Bolt did without falling on his face, I have plenty of respect for.
Tampa Bay Rays give hope to fans of mediocre baseball teams everywhere, especially yours truly and the other 9,000 fans of the Washington Nationals. Not only because they made it to the World Series, but because they decided that in doing so, they'd routinely brawl the friggin bandwagon fan lovin' Boston Red Sox and knock the Yankees and their $2 trillion payroll out of the postseason. Winning AND playing with heart... please pay attention Misters Zimmerman, Kearns, Milledge, Acta.
Tom Brady goes down in Week 1 of 2008 NFL season. This isn't the story. What is the story are the thousands of fantasy football owners who just lost their first round pick after less than 30 minutes of football and had kindly donated their buy-in fee to the eventual winner of the league.
Oregon State Beavers basketball becomes relevant again. Not because of any success which they can hope to experience on the basketball court. But because their coach just happens to be the brother-in-law of the newly elected President of the United States. Not so sure that this will help recruiting as much as Craig Robinson would hope for. "Hello top 100 recruit. I know you have offers to play in Los Angeles for UCLA and in Washington, DC for Georgetown. But why not come to Corvallis, Oregon and play for me? Hey, by the way, did you know that I'm Barack's brother-in-law?"