Random Thoughts: Top Moments From The First Half Of 2009

Brian GulishContributor IJune 25, 2009

PARIS - JUNE 07:  Roger Federer of Switzerland lifts the trophy as he celebrates victory during the Men's Singles Final match against Robin Soderling of Sweden on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 7, 2009 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

We are only nearing the halfway point of 2009, but that doesn't mean we can't have a list of the top moments (thus far) for the year.

There isn't a set number, aka "Top-10,  I am going with.  It is whatever may come to mind as I write.

Florida defeats Oklahoma for the BCS Championship.

Brett Favre retires.

Arizona Cardinals defy odds and represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLIII.

James Harrison returns an interception 100 yards as the first half ends to help the Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII.

Larry Fitzgerald scores a 64-yard go ahead touchdown reception with 2:37 remaining in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLIII.

Sometime during the greatest quarter of football in Super Bowl history, Brett Favre decides he still wants to play the game.

Santonio Holmes is named Super Bowl MVP after catching game-winning touchdown pass with 35 seconds to play in the game.

The 98.7 million American viewers made the game the most watched Super Bowl ever.

Matt Kenseth wins the Daytona 500

Dan Bylsma replaces Michael Therrien as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  At the time, the Penguins were in 10th place in the Eastern Conference.  The Penguins went on to finish the season 18-3-4 to capture the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Energized by the Penguins' fantastic run, Favre calls the Minnesota Vikings about possibly playing for them in 2009.

Rafa Nadal defeats Roger Federer to win the Australian Open

Roger Federer wins the French Open, minus a finals match-up against Rafa Nadal, who was upset by Robin Söderling.  The win completes the career grand-slam for Federer.

North Carolina defeats Michigan State to win the NCAA Basketball National Championship.

Brett Favre's shoulder hurts.

The Connecticut Women Huskies win the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship while going undefeated on the season.

50-1 long-shot Mine that Bird and jockey Calvin Borel win the Kenutcky Derby.

Brett Favre staying retired, or Mine that Bird winning the Triple Crown? Mine that Bird is favored.

Borel decides not to ride Mine that Bird at the Preakness in favor of Rachel Alexandra.  Rachel Alexandra goes on to with the Preakness, while Mine that Bird, with Mike Smith on the mount, finishes 2nd.

At the Belmont Stakes, Borel is back on Mine that Bird again.  However, while going after his own unique "Triple Crown," Borel is unable to race Mine that Bird to victory.

Helio Castroneves wins the Indianapolis 500, just weeks after he is acquitted of all charges in a federal tax fraud case.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Detroit Red Wingsto win the Stanley Cup.  Trailing in the series 3-2 after an embarrassing 5-0 loss to the Red Wings in game 5, the Penguins go on to win the final two games, each by the score of 2-1, to win the Cup.  Evgeni Malkin wins the Conn Smythe trophy.

Brett Favre begins throwing with high school players in Mississippi.

The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Orlando Magic to win the NBA Championship.  Kobe Bryant wins finals MVP.  He asks Shaq how that tastes?

Brett Favre thinks Shaq would be a great left tackle to protect his blindside.

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to party with the Cup in Mario Lemieux's swimming pool.

Shaq is traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Lebron James still won't win a championship.

Michael Jackson dies at the age of 50.  He's bad!

The Minnesota TIMBERWOLVES draft Ricky Rubio, Johnny Flynn and Ty Lawson in the first round of the NBA draft. 

As they are on the clock for a fourth time in round one, Bus Cook is on the phone with both the Vikings and Timberwolves to sign a joint deal for Brett Favre.

A quarterback in football is to a point guard in basketball.  The pick makes Brett Favre the first two sport athlete in football and basketball since Terrell Owens.

Brett Favre retires from the NBA citing his desire to focus solely on handing the ball off 40 times to Adrian Petersen so that he can beat the Green Bay Packers.