I thought long and hard about the most remarkable sports story of 2007.
Before I get to the winner, two stories deserve honorable mention.
First, the Colorado Rockies' amazing run from mediocrity to the World Series. It was really fun to watch the Rocks in September and October.
Second, LeBron James' 25 straight points during a playoff game at the beginning of the summer. The King showed signs of true greatness in that one. We should be in for a real treat watching this guy develop.
But enough of that—let's stop kidding ourselves.
The 2007 New England Patriots are by far the most unbelievable story of the year.
Consider how it all played out...
First, the pieces fell into place. During the offseason, the Pats secured an absurd abundance of talent to help them get back to the Super Bowl.
With the additions of Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth, Randy Moss, Sammy Morris, Adalius Thomas, and Kyle Brady, among others, New England became the favorites to represent the AFC in February 2008...even before training camp started.
The rest is (almost) history. Everyone knows the Pats have yet to lose a game, and have won most games very convincingly. Whether or not they beat the Giants in Week 17, they've put together an amazing season.
What's even more amazing, though, are the peripheral plot lines up and down the roster.
Randy Moss' career looked over in Oakland, as was evident when the Pats had to cough up only a fourth-round draft pick to secure his services.
Now Moss is two touchdowns away from breaking the single-season TD record.
Wes Welker and Sammy Morris, meanwhile, are both guys who were once only known by fans of the teams they played for.
Now they're household names.
Welker is second in the NFL in receptions, and Morris was carrying the rushing load for the Pats until he was placed on injured reserve.
Tom Brady is having the kind of season most quarterbacks only dream of. He's currently two touchdowns away from setting the single-season passing TD record, and he's had a completion percentage of over 68 percent all year.
Brady's 2007 performance has quieted those critics who'd said he hadn't done enough to be considered one of the best QBs in NFL history. Now he has the Super Bowls AND the stats.
All told, these Patriots will forever be remembered as one of the best football teams of all time—let alone the best sports story of 2007.