2008: The Best Sports Year Ever

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2008: The Best Sports Year Ever

The year of 2008 has been the most exciting and compelling year in sports history.  From the Patriots getting upset in the Super Bowl to the Devil Rays leading in AL East ahead of New York and Boston in mid-August, let's take a look at the events that have already made 2008 the greatest year in sports.

—In February, Eli Manning led the Giants to one of the biggest upsets in NFL history when they beat the then undefeated New England Patriots. 

Manning, who was on the hot seat early in the season, somehow willed his team to win in the closing seconds of the Super Bowl after David Tyree's incredible reception to set up the winning score: a pass to Plaxico Burress the burned the blitzing Patriot defense. 

Manning finally lived up to the hype as the Giants won Super Bowl XLII.

—In April, the Kansas Jayhawks beat Memphis to win the NCAA Tournament.  Thanks to missed free throws down the stretch, the "new school" Memphis offense was put on hold as the Jayhawks made a huge comeback in the last few minutes capped off by a Mario Chalmers game winning three pointer. 

However, the most compelling story of the tournament was Stephen Curry and the Davidson Wildcats reaching the Elite Eight before losing a heart breaker to Kansas.

—In May, the match-up all NBA fans had been wanting happened in the NBA Finals. Lakers vs. Celtics. The two most storied franchises in basketball against each other. Memories of Magic and Bird were put on hold as the focus turned to Kobe Bryant against Boston's Big Three. 

Paul Pierce, hobbled leg and all, led Boston as they won the series four games to two and won their first title in twenty-one years. 

—June featured two great sports events. The first was Tiger Woods winning the US Open in a playoff with a broken leg in what was not only his most impressive win, but also probably the most compelling victory in the history of golf.

The second was Fresno State, who barely made the NCAA Baseball tournament, being a Cinderella of their own and winning the national championship in Omaha.  They were 6-0 in elimination games during the tournament.

—In July, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal squared off in the tennis match of the century.  Nadal won the match to overtake Federer, the best of all time, and win his first Wimbeldon title. Nadal was up two sets to none but Federer came back to tie it up 2-2.

Then they two went back and forth between rain and darkness until Nadal finally pulled it out.  Most tennis experts agree that this is the greatest match in tennis history. 

Also in July, the shark was back when Greg Norman was leading the British Open in the fourth round. Norman, who was just married, wound up coming just short of the win, but a magical run it was.

 

When in history has there been a year with this many amazing and suspenseful sporting events?

That's why 2008 will already go down as the best sports year ever.  And just wait, the World Series (come on Cubs!), most of the Olympics, NFL, and college football are still left in the year. If the events of this year that have already happened are any indication, an amazing Fall is in store for us fans.

 

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