As we get older, time goes by faster. The only things that help us stall off our impending mortality are our memories. They allow us to emote and relive experience. 2009 had so many lasting sports images, it’s impossible to pick one. Sports fans rode a roller coaster of emotion in 2009. We witnessed some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows.
We said sad goodbye to likes of Steve McNair, Chris Henry, Nick Adenhart and Jack Kemp and we said prayerful goodbyes to likes of Plaxico Burress and Donte’ Stallworth with the hopes that they get their lives together once they finish serving the punishments. We welcomed newcomers like Brandon Jennings and Percy Harvin, and welcomed back old favorites like Tom Brady.
We witnessed the Cincinnati Bengals, who not only suffered the tragic loss of Chris Henry, but the loss of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s wife Vikki Zimmer deliver an unexpectedly great season. We witnessed a King in Cleveland behaving like a petulant prince after losing in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals and prince becoming a king during the 2009 World Series of Poker. And in the end of the year, we witnessed how a Tiger, who’s usually a lion on the golf course, lost his roar due to his infidelities.
Today, I share with you the ten things I will remember most from the 2009 Year in Sports. I prefer a visual look back instead of a worded one because we watched or “witnessed” most of this. A picture paints a thousand words and believe me, there’s a thousand words and more in this piece. I do my best to stay away from the negative, because when you remember positive things in life, positivity comes back to you. So sit back, relax and enjoy.
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