From Boston to China, 2008 was memorable. The Giants toppled the Patriots, the Celtics silenced the critics, and Michael Phelps stole the show at the Olympics. Jimmie Johnson did the unthinkable, and Tiger's year was cut short. The Phillies returned to World Series glory while the Kansas Jayhawks cut the nets. Nadal overcame Federer, and LSU handed Ohio State yet another Championship game loss.
These were some of the headlines. Now let us look back at the sights from the previous year in sports.
LSU defeated Ohio State to win its second National Championship in five years.
The New York Giants stunned the undefeated Patriots in the 42nd edition of the Super Bowl.
Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight retired from college basketball after a storied and sometimes controversial career.
Ryan Newman won the Daytona 500, giving Roger Penske, one of the most successful auto racing owners in history, his first Daytona crown.
After years of separation and struggles, the two American open wheel racing series finally joined under the IRL banner.
Kansas wins the NCAA Basketball National Championship over the Memphis Tigers.
Trevor Immelman wins the 2008 Masters. Tiger Woods finished second.
Danica Patrick became the first female to ever win a race in the Indy Racing League by winning the Indy Japan 300.
Big Brown won the 2008 Kentucky Derby.
Scott Dixon won the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
The Detroit Red Wings won the 2008 Stanley Cup in the NHL.
Tiger Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open and then ended his season due to injury.
The Boston Celtics defeated the LA Lakers to win their 17th NBA Championship.
Venus Williams defeated her sister Serena Williams for the 2008 Wimbledon crown.
Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final.
Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the Olympic games in China.
The Philadelphia Phillies defeated Tampa Bay in the World Series.
Jimmie Johnson becomes the first NASCAR driver since Cale Yarborough to win the Sprint Cup Title three times in a row.
Sam Bradford was picked as the 2008 Heisman trophy winner over Tim Tebow of the University of Florida and Colt McCoy of the University of Texas.