Don't Look Now, Are We Living in The Greatest Year in History?
I don't want to get too far into this topic yet because the year is only half over, but 2008 is shaping up to be among the greatest years in the history of sports.
If you look at each major and minor sport, there are great stories everywhere, and we don't even have a college football or World Series champion yet.
So far this year, we have seen Fresno upset the No. 8 Georgia in the College World Series. This was one of the most covered College World Series in recent history because of this.
We have also seen the U.S. Open (golf) come down to a sudden death, following a next day 18 hole playoff. It has been said that Tiger's performance (against himself more than anything) is one of his greatest victories, but the effort of unknown Rocco Mediate was truly inspiring.
I am not someone that sits down and watches golf on a regular basis, but I was glued to my TV for all of Sunday and followed closely online Monday.
Furthermore, we had a huge, epic final in the NBA. The Celtics went from worst to first and faced the Lakers in the finals. The Celtics, of course, took the series in six games, marking the first time since 1987.
We also saw, simultaneously, one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played and the biggest upset in history. The 18-0 Patriots rolled into Super Bowl 42 as the heavy favorites over the New York Giants who sneaked into the playoffs as the fifth seed.
Of course, the rest will help this 2008 go down in history as the Giants upset the Patriots led by Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress, 17-14.
Finally, just this past week, we watched what many are already calling the greatest tennis match in history. Rafael Nadal faced off against Roger Federer.
Federer has dominated the Majors circuit for the better part of the current decade. It seemed that he would win yet another Wimbledon, until the persistent Nadal took the match in the fifth set.
This loss might have signaled to the rest of the world that there is a new kid on the block, finally defeating Federer outside of France.
Finally, we arrive at baseball. I think that this year is important regardless of who wins in the end. This season has proven to the world that the steroid era has ended, with players like McGwire, Clemens, and Bonds now all but out of the game completely.
The new hope has finally arrived on scene in the form of young, talented players. As the end nears for greats and future hall of famers such as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Mike Mussina, Pedro Martinez, Jeff Kent, Randy Johnson, Juan Pierre, Curt Schilling, and Moises Alou, new players have finally arrived to fill the void these players will leave in the next few years.
Players such as Evan Longoria, Matt Holiday, David Wright, Tim Lincecum, Chase Utley, Hanley Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, and Dan Haren, are now ready and willing to take the reins and lead this sport into the post steroid era.
This is a monumental swing in baseball, a sport that has been dominated by these veterans for the past 10 years, and its not even playoff time yet.
We have seen probably the most epic year in the history of sports, with players that will go down in history. Everyone reading this article should appreciate the time we live in as such.
Sorry if I left any big stories out, please post them below.
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