While I officially hit the century mark a couple of days ago with a tribute to Dennis Bergkamp, I've decided to celebrate with number 101. It's appropriate because celebrating at 101 is a little different, as are my plans for this article.
When I think of sports milestones, 100 is definitely not the first number I think of. I think of the 3,000 hit club, the 500 home run club, Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 2,632 consecutive games played, DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak, Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten run in the league, or Lance Armstrong's seven straight Tour De France victories.
The 100 mark doesn't come into the equation until I think about Wilt Chamberlain's great game.
But it seems to be a tradition around Bleacher Report for writers to celebrate their hundredth article. I'd like to do the same, but by spotlighting some of the finest articles I've read on this site in my time here so far.
Saraswathi Sirigina is a great voice. She's clever, witty and devoted to the exciting world of Formula One. And for those of you who haven't had an interaction with Sarah, she's also one of the kindest people around. Her article on the F1 Farce is a must-read. While F1 will probably never cure world hunger, we can all do our small part to make the world better. Go donate a few bucks to UNICEF.
September 11th was a huge day for many people across the world. This year, I read two articles that did a really great job of highlighting how people and sports were affected by the tragedy. First, even though Thomas is no longer writing here, his September 11 tribute was a deserving pick of the day for two days in a row.
Written from a more personal level was Kara Martin's story of NASCAR and healing. It didn't get a ton of exposure when it was first written but that doesn't detract from it one bit.
Keeping with the human interest side for a moment, Gray Ghost has written several stunning pieces. The Empty Chair is probably my favorite piece on the whole site. Next time you're watching a big game with a friend or beloved family member, give them a hug.
Zander's great tribute to Yankee Stadium, through the eyes of his grandmother was incredible. Even if you don't like the Yankees, you've got to give that one a read.
I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't mention two of my favorite series' here on Bleacher Report. First up is Andrew McNair's Hot or Not. It's witty, clever and entertaining. And, Andrew brings a very unique perspective on football to B/R, as a former professional.
I'd also like to give a mention to Tim Cary's Carrying On About...series. Right now, he's focusing on football but plans to expand to basketball as well. Tim puts a ton of info into that column every week and it's a great read. It gets better. Tim's column is interactive. So if you spend your weekend glued to the TV watching college football, you can make your way into the column.
As long as I'm discussing college football, I should mention Lisa Horne. She's not afraid to stick to her guns, no matter how controversial a stance she takes. Jimmy Clausen: Failure to Launch seemed to upset the entire Notre Dame fan base on BR, and it was a great read.
I also need to give a mention to my Point, Counterpoint partner Eric Gomez. That series was his brainchild, and I look forward to continuing it.
Lastly, I'd like to point you all in Alex Dimond's direction. He's a great editor, first of all. Most of us in the World Football section are indebted to him. He also writes some very thought-provoking and interesting articles. My favorites come from the And Another Thing...series.
Now, I definitely did not have the time or space to give a mention to every great article and writer that I've come across on this site. Shyam, Salaar, Babytate, LJ, Sean Crowe...the list could go on and on. We fans are passionate and knowledgeable which is why it's so much fun to read new pieces every day.
It's also been very enjoyable to write for such a diverse and passionate audience. It's been great fun so far, here's to hoping it continues!