(Pictured above are the Arsenal Youth Team celebrating a win over the Liverpool Youth Team. They would go on to win the youth league crown.)
For me, this has been the best year in sports.
Every so often, we as sports fans, are granted a reprieve.
We toil through mediocre seasons from all our teams.
We put up with terrible coaching and general managers, who insult our intelligence with trades we know won't pan out—insert Mike Dunleavy jokes.
To make matters worse, most sports fans have multiple teams sinking into mediocrity.
Then, in one magical year, the sports gods shine down upon us.
Boston got theirs in 2004: The Red Sox coming back from 0-3 to beat the Yankees, and the Patriots cementing themselves as the team of the 21st century.
In 2009, I received my payment.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, fresh off a Stanley Cup beatdown at the hands of the Red Wings in 2008, returned in 2009 to defeat Detroit and subsequently rubbed karma pie all in Marian Hossa's grill.
The Lakers, fresh off an embarrassing beatdown from the rival Celtics, returned in 2009 to claim their 15th title.
Adding to my joy is recent news that All-Universe defensive stalwart Ron Artest will be taking a paycut to play for the fabled Lakers.
The Arsenal Gunners made it to the semifinals of the Champions League and saw its youth team win yet another crown.
Transfer season has brought the Gunners Ajax captain Thomas Vermaelen and will most likely see A.C Milan pay 25 million to take Emmanuel Adebayor off our hands.
The Minnesota Vikings seem destined to sign the QB we need to take us to the Super Bowl.
Everything just seems to be going right.
If this sounds like gloating, well, it probably is, but it doesn't come without a premise.
What is your greatest year in sports history?