The 12 Days of Christmas: Sports Edition

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 22, 2010

The 12 Days of Christmas: Sports Edition

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    In the "12 Days of Christmas," somebody's "true love" gives them a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three French horns, four calling birds, five golden rings, six geese-a-laying, seven swans a-swimming, eight maids a-milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming.

    Never mind that nobody can possibly carry that many birds, or that some people never liked band class when they were in high school.

    So for the "12 Days of Christmas," we here at Bleacher Report are going to give you 12 things you actually would like. Such as 12 of the best moments in sports for 2010, matched up with their corresponding number.

    Enjoy these next to the fire with your "true love" and a "piping" cup of hot cocoa.

The First Day Of Christmas

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    Five years after Hurricane Katrina, in a still-ravaged New Orleans, the Saints won their first Super Bowl in 42 years in Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts.

    It not only gave the Saints a Lombardi Trophy, it lifted up the city of New Orleans that was still rebuilding after the devastating natural disaster.

The Second Day of Christmas

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    The Los Angeles Lakers won their second straight championship in 2010 against the Boston Celtics, and are now going for a three-peat.

    The "Big Three" might have something to say about that though.

The Third Day of Christmas

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    The San Francisco Giants upset three teams (out of three) on their way to being crowned 2010 World Series champs in the 2010 MLB playoffs.

    They beat the Atlanta Braves in five games, the Philadelphia Phillies in four games and the Texas Rangers in five games to win the World Series—their first since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

The Fourth Day Of Christmas

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    On Dec. 14, 2010, #4 Brett Favre saw his NFL record consecutive starts streak end at 297.

    Injured the week before, he was forced to sit out against the New York Giants.

The Fifth Day Of Christmas

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    Five golden rings.

    Jimmie Johnson won his fifth straight Sprint Cup this year, a NASCAR record.

    With his fifth championship, nobody comes close to what Johnson is doing right now.

    It was a close race this year, but Johnson came away with the championship on the last day.

The Sixth Day Of Christmas

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    Auburn QB Cameron Newton, who stands at 6'6", only threw six interceptions all season while becoming only the second player in college football history to throw for at least 20 touchdowns and run for at least 20 touchdowns.

    He led the Tigers to a 13-0 record, the No. 1 ranking, and has them headed to the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 10 to face the No. 2 Oregon Ducks.

    Newton, who also won the Heisman Trophy, has come out of nowhere to turn college football on it's head this season.

The Seventh Day Of Christmas

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    In his second year of football since coming out of prison, Philadelphia Eagles QB, #7 Michael Vick has resurrected his career this season.

    He's led the Eagles to a 10-4 record atop the NFC East, passing for 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

    He's also run for 613 yards and eight touchdowns in that time.

    Vick is the surprise of the NFL this season and arguably the most explosive player in pro football.

The Eighth Day of Christmas

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    On July 8, 2010, LeBron James announced what team he would be joining for the 2010-2011 season.

    In the one-hour special televised by ESPN, known simply as "The Decision," James announced he would be "taking my talents to South Beach" to join the Miami Heat.

    Joining up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, the trio was dubbed the "Big Three."

    Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert lambasted James for the manner in which he left, writing an open letter on the team's official page in what came off as a diatribe.

The Ninth Day of Christmas

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    September, the ninth month of 2010, was Tiger's first month without Elin Nordegren after the former couple divorced in August.

    It came in a tumultuous year for Tiger, who not only had "nine ladies dancing," but 12, as he was reported to have had possibly 12 mistresses while with Nordegren.

    Not to mention, he lost his No. 1 ranking and went winless in 2010.

The 10th Day Of Christmas

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    Legendary coach John Wooden, who led the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA basketball championships, died on June 4, 2010, at the age of 99.

    Wooden's Bruins from 1971-1974 held the NCAA basketball record for consecutive wins with 88 before the UConn women broke the record on Dec. 21.

The 11th Day of Christmas

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    On July 11, 2010, Spain won the World Cup for the first time in its history against the Netherlands, 1-0, in extra time.

    Andres Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute won it for the Spaniards.

    Their were "eleven pipers piping" after this one.

The 12th Day of Christmas

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    On Dec.21, 2010, the UConn women's basketball team, composed of 11 players plus coach Geno Auriemma, made history for winning the most consecutive games in NCAA basketball history, with 89.

    But what may be even more shocking is they haven't lost two games in a row in more than 600 games played.