The year is almost over. The Christmas presents have been opened, played with, and exchanged. The food has been put away and the kids are gearing up to head back to school.
But before we close out the year, there is still one more thing left to do, honor the best of the best in sports in 2010. It is a great time to look back to 2010 and hand out awards for the best moments of the past year. The moments that captivated us and those that downright sucked, thanks Jim Joyce. We can look back at a year when Americans finally knew how exciting soccer is during a World Cup year. It is a chance to relive those plays and players that stood out and also check out some beautiful women too.
I have the honor of presenting the Swag Awards(the title of the award, duh!) to the best and worse in sports for 2010.
So grab a cold one, put the kids to bed, preferably not in that order, and sit back, relax, and enjoy the Best of Everything in Sports 2010.
She came from almost nowhere to quickly rise to the top of the charts. She has steadily grown in popularity over the past year and is becoming one of the networks sexiest female reporters.
Her charm, looks, and very high sports IQ made this choice an easy one as the award for Hottest Sports reporter of 2010 goes to Michelle Beadle.
Her legs did not hurt her chances either.
I had another week originally chosen for this award but after the C'mon Man of the year was given out during Monday Night Football in week 16, I had to make a quick change.
If you have no idea what this is, sit there and enjoy the three minutes of fun that the ESPN NFL crew put together. They came up with this idea to make fun of the dumbest or funniest moments in the previous week in sports and it has become a weekly skit.
My personal favorite - Eli Manning's post-game press conference
The award for Hit of the Year goes to Dunta Robinson for his total knockout tackle/hit of Desean Jackson.
When you give yourself a concussion from a hit, that's when you know you gave it your all.
Was it a good idea to leave Cleveland? Did he make the right call? Will this hurt his legacy? How will three of the best players in the NBA play as a team? Should he have not done an hour long special to reveal his decision? What about the spectacle put on in Miami starring the Big "3", was that a good idea?
These were just some of the hundreds of thousands of questions that Lebron James has stirred up following his move to South Beach. A lot of these answers will not even be answered for a couple of seasons.
Sure, he probably should not have made a television special out of his decision during free agency. It was a bit over the top. He could have been normal and just tweeted about it one evening. At least that would not have been as much of a big deal.
As for the show put on in Miami revealing the Big "3", well, that was just plain dumb. It made this story continue to become the biggest story of the year. This story never stopped growing, it just kepy branching off into other segments.
As a loyal New Orleans Saints fan, I find myself in a tough place. Do I choose the Saints Super Bowl run as the surprise of the year? Or do I go after the San Fransisco Giants winning a World Series? What about Randy Moss going from unstoppable to unplayable? Hell, I could have even picked Team USA and their World Cup run.
The biggest reason I went with the Saints was not from loyalty, love, or bias. It had to do with heart. Those guys showed up every week for the entire season and left it all out on the field. The Saints had more castaways than an episode of Lost. The team was built to win by one simple measure, heart. If you bring it, than no one can stop you.
Well, they not only brought it, but they proved that nothing is impossible. Any one can achieve greatness, they just have to work hard for it.
“Isn't it great to live in a society where the penalty for lying to a congressman can be up to 30 years in jail, but the penalty for a congressman lying to you is another two years in office.”
Peter Schmuck said this when he was talking about Roger Clemens, earlier this year.
The man makes a great point about the hypocrisy that exists in politics but it has now poured into professional baseball.
If there was ever a time to be in awe of a player, that was it.
Lebron James showed up in Cleveland on December 2nd to chants from the fans that even I can not repeat. He had extra security surrounding the bench. The Miami Heat even kept the flight number and hotel the team was staying at a secret. The Quicken Loans Arena was setup as if the president was making an appearance.
But somehow, the man ignored it all. He acted as if he had been here before and dropped 38 points, handed out eight assists, and grabbed five boards without playing a minute in the fourth quarter.
The man was in a zone and was not to be stopped. The fans could keep on yelling but in the end, he was the one smiling as he walked back to the bus and out of Cleveland.
If you had the privilege of watching the game live, you would have seen an umpire make a decision that he will never forget.
Jim Joyce called a runner safe when he was clearly out. It was one of those plays that nine times out of ten, the runner would be called out but not that day.
"I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay" Joyce said.
He knew it. We knew it. The only person that will never know it is the person who reads a sports almanac in 40 years because this game will not be in it.
If you thought the blown call by Jim Joyce was bad, think again.
For the next award, we head on over to New York where Sal Alosi decided he was ready to retire from football as he stuck out his knee and tripped an opposing player running down the field on punt coverage.
The score: Giants - 31 Eagles - 10
The time left in the game: 7:28
All the Giants needed to do was not screw up. All they did in the final seven minutes of the game was just that, screw up. They gave up 28 points in the final seven minutes to blow a lead that should have been locked up.
The Eagles scored more points in the final seven minutes of the game then twenty other teams scored on that same day. They flipped a switch and did the unimaginable, coming from 21 points down, on the road, to win a very important football game.
Bonus: Michael Vick helped about 453,324 fantasy football owners come from behind and win that day too.
In the words of Monty Python, "And now for something completely different."
We will now focus our attention on the beauty of 2010. The women we have stared at all year long. The beauties we constantly looked at on the internet. The ones we said we had enough of but we never really did.
I look at Larissa Riquelme and the first thing that comes to mind, "Where have you been all my life?"
She used her beauty to her advantage during the 2010 World Cup. By properly shoving her cell phone in between the mountains of glory, she drew all the attention of every camera in the stadium straight to her chest.
She was already a model and actress in Paraguay but after her cell phone trick, she became internationally well known and for that, we thank you and present to her the Swag for Hottest Fan of 2010.
Reggie Bush might be playing at a lower level this season than he has in the past but the one thing we can always count on him for is the babes.
He brings them to the big show each season. This year, however, he rocks the one from Cuba by his side. I did not believe there was a creature that could defeat Kim Kardashian's romp, until now.
She might not have been around for most of the year but now that Reggie Bush has her locked up, she might be around for quite some time. At least, four more months.
If you need an introduction to Irina Shayk, you must not have read a single news article on the internet this year. She was bound to pop up in one of those sometime in 2010, she dated Cristiano Ronaldo.
Of all the women he tackled in his dating career, Irina Shayk is by far the sexiest.
If you hate Jason Kidd, that is alright because he probably does not like you either.
He goes around dating women like Hope Dworaczyk, winning games, and making millions. Do you think he has time to care what anyone thinks of him?
Let me help you out, NO!
Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick have been married for almost two years. So why is she considered the hottest tennis WAG of 2010? She is old news, right?
Wrong! Take a look at the picture. Now, take a moment to consider that Andy Roddick has played better since her arrival into his life. Next, take another glimpse at the photo. Do you see what I am getting at? She is smoking hot. Almost no other WAG in tennis could dethrone her from being named the hottest.
Oh yeah, she was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue too.
Millions of Nascar fans hate Kyle Busch. I hate Kyle Busch. The only problem is that I am not sure why. He never did anything to piss me off, make me mad, or turn me against him. In fact, now that I think about it, he is one of the best drivers we have seen in a long time unless you include Jimmie Johnson.
So it is only fitting that someone of that caliber talent, would have a woman by his side prepared to take on world domination. Samantha Sarcinella, his current woman, is one of the sexiest women in the WAG world period. I am not just talking Nascar. This chick is hot and deserves this Swag award.
Do you listen to country music? Do you watch American Idol? How about CMT?
If you answered yes to any of the previous answers, than you have already witnessed the explosion of hottness that Carrie Underwood has brought to the world of country music over the past few years.
Now she is married to a NHL player, Mike Fisher, and we get to put her in these slideshows as the WAG of the NHL. She is not just a WAG, she is the hottest WAG of the NHL.
I will never understand how Barry Zito continues to date beauties such as Ari Brugh. The man is a total wack job. He is stranger than a talking horse at a humming bunnies convention. He is that strange.
When the team travels, the man brings pink satin pillows, his lucky stuffed teddy bear, and burns incense to relax.
Oh wait, now I see it. The man uses sensitivity to get the girls, genious.
Tom Brady, you are one lucky SOB.
If the man wanted to eat the moon, all he would have to do is say so and somehow it would happen. The man has everything and now he has the worlds most beautiful model, Gisele.
If you have not watched wrestling in the past ten years than you are missing out on some of the sexiest women in the world.
Maryse came on to the scene about five years ago. She has gone from "hottie standing over there" to "hottie standing over here".
She is beautiful beyond anything I have ever seen in the WWE over the past year. She has an incredible body and an even better face. She also has a sexy accent. That is all I needed to complete this decision.
Where is Maria Sharapova? Anna Kournikova? Or Maria Kirilenko?
They are old news, especially Anna Kournikova. Nobody cares anymore Anna, it is time to retire and move to Europe because Gisela Dulko has taken over.
Gisela was an unknown to most of the world until late last year and early this year. She has grown in popularity, thanks to many photos of her posted on the internet.
This hottie has raised the bar for 2011. It is going to be fun to watch another tennis star knock her off the throne but for now, she is the sexiest tennis athlete of 2010.
Speaking of new faces in sports, Sophie Horn? Who the heck is that? Where did she come from?
Sophie Horn is the new hottest thing in golf. She is hotter than Natalie Gulbis, sorry Nat, and she is sexier than any other female golfer you might have thought of in the last couple of sentences.
Sophie is not afraid to show off her amazing body but the best part is, she stopped playing golf for awhile to become a professional model. Now that she is sexy to everyone, golf has become a priority and we can not wait to see what she can do on the green.
If I lived in the Amazon, I would have moved under that tree yesterday. Claudia Lampe is the hottest female basketball player I have ever seen. Lauren Jackson was the former but it looks to me like we have a new champion.
She stands six foot two inches tall and that makes her legs look longer and sexier than any female basketball star I have ever seen. She can run a pick and roll on me any day of the week and twice on Saturday. She is the sexiest female basketball player of 2010.
"Although, what I can say, at least in my opinion, was the “dirtiest” play of the game was when our QB, Anonka Dixon, had her bra top ripped off. Three girls from Chicago jumped on her after the play was already over and shredded her top to pieces. There she sat, topless on the field, and for no other reason than she is an unbelievable player and a huge threat to Chicago’s defense…they wanted to take her out of the game.” - Michelle Stevens said when asked about the dirty play of the Chicago Bliss in their LFL opener.
If this is the biggest issue in the Lingerie Football League, I want season tickets. Can I have them mailed to me or do I just show up at the box office?
Does anyone, men only, think this is a dirty play? They probably do but not in the sense that Michelle Stevens is describing the word dirty. We are thinking more of the Christina Aguilera version.
Female surfing is the greatest sport known to man. It has everything a man would want to watch. It has beautiful woman in bikini's, uh, I think that is all I need to sell that point.
Once you take a glance at Anastasia Ashley, you have no doubt why she is the winner of the Swag for sexiest female surfer. She is the reason there is even an award for female surfers.
I was going to talk about how deserving Laisa Andrioli is for the sexiest female soccer player Swag but this photo is all the evidence I need.
Is there a gym in America that allows women to work out like this? If so, please email me the address so I can move there tonight.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been one of the worse teams in the NBA for quite some time. They have sucked worse than a M. Night Shyamalan movie after 2002.
Ladies and Gentleman, meet Blake Griffin. He is not a savior nor is he the son of God but he is a start. He has many tools in his arsenal, one of them is his highlight dunking ability.
He brought the house down against the Knicks in November when he dunked like he was at the NBA All-Star game. It was just one of those nights. I had no choice but to honor that dunkfest.
As a sports fan, this was one of the greatest games I have ever watched live. It was a hard fought battle between two teams fighting for their NCAA Tournament lives. Neither team was going to give up, not even in two overtimes.
It is hard to describe what went on. You have to see it to believe it. So watch the video and enjoy the ending.
Side note: Gus Johnson calling the game made it that much better. The man could call out Bingo numbers and everybody would love it.
As I have said before, when Gus Johnson is doing the play by play for any game, something incredible shall happen.
In this case, the Houston Texans fall victim to one of the best game winning hail marys in recent NFL history and the Jaguars went on to win the...oh wait, not so fast Jags.
Anytime a game goes into overtime, both teams have to muster up enough strength to make it for another five minutes. They have to dig deep and force themselves to play at a much higher level.
But when you work hard and give yourself a two point lead with only three seconds remaining, the game should be won.
What happens next is near unreal. It was like Chandler Parson's decided to be superhuman for a day when he sunk a basket from 70 feet for the win.
Everyone can thank Major League Baseball for the lack of a video, they own the rights and will not lend the clip to me.
So, I shall begin to explain what happened, in case you missed it.
Mark Buehrle pitched, the ball was hit up the middle and bounced towards the first base line, off his ankle. As he charged at it to make the play, he could only pick it up with his glove, toss it between his legs (from behind his back), and hope it made it to first base in time.
It did. Not only was that one of the best plays of the year, it was on opening day and no other play over the course of the 163 game season could knock it off the top.
There was no phone quick enough to refresh and update me on what was happening during the Gold Medal game between USA and Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics. I was working and had no television to look at. I had to use my ESPN app to check the score.
With under 30 seconds left to play, USA scored a goal to tie the game at two. The incredible comeback from the Americans was overshadowed by the great goal made by Sidney Crosby.
For American hockey fans, I am sorry.
For Canadian hockey fans, congratulations on having your best player and team winning the Swag award for best hockey play of the year.
You could live in a box in Australia and still hear the cheers from America when Landon Donovan scored the game winning goal against Algeria at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
At first it was the feeling of bitter disappointment overcoming the fans but those feelings faded in the 91' when a play that can only be considered the greatest in USA soccer history was made.
There is no one even close to matching the greatness of the play. This was a walk away winner.
Phil Jackson - The Player
Two time NBA Champion (1970, 1973)
NBA All-Rookie First Team
5,428 career points
Phil Jackson - The Coach
11 Time NBA Champion (91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98, 00, 01, 02, 09, 10)
NBA Coach of the Year (1996)
Coach K was a close second place but in the end, the man with more rings than fingers, takes home the Swag!
All I Do is win win win no matter what - DJ Khaled
That song needs to be her theme song from here on out. She owns more National Championships than credit cards. She has won 9,000 straight games or something like that. She shows skills that have not been seen in the college game before, especially at her age.
Regardless of what people say about the winning streak of the University of Connecticut's women basketball team, they have still accomplished something that no other basketball team has done before them, win eighty-nine consecutive games, and counting.
Any athlete can win a football game. Any athlete can win two football games. For that matter, any athlete can win enough games to make it to the playoffs.
But Drew "Breesus" Brees, did more than that. He took an entire city with him on his journey. He did not win a Super Bowl for himself, he did it for his teammates and the city of New Orleans. He grew into an icon following the amazing Super Bowl victory in the city of New Orleans.
He went from paying for dinner to never having to buy a meal in the state of Louisiana for the rest of his life. Anywhere he goes, the people follow and ask for a chance to just give him a high five and a quick, "Who Dat!" Hell, I was like a 13 year old girl at a Justin Beiber concert when I ran into him at the Arizona game earlier this year. I got a chance to shout "Who Dat" and all he did was turn and nod giving me a quiet little "Who Dat" in return.
He did not win this award because I am a fan. He won it because he is lead his team to a Super Bowl championship, the first ever in Saints franchise history. He leads and teammates follow. What is a leader with no followers? Just a guy taking a walk. Drew Brees is not just a guy anymore.