A Review of 2008: Tiger, and Lions, and Sooners, Oh My
With 2009 on the horizon, it is time that we look back on the good, the bad, and the ugly that was the 2008 sports world.
The LSU Tigers won the BCS, NY Giants won the Super Bowl, Kansas Jayhawks won March Madness, Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, and the Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship.
And the bad: Marion Jones, O.J, the Detroit Lions, Pacman, Plaxico et al.
Jan. 7: LSU Tigers Win BCS Championship
Glenn Dorsey, Matt Flynn, Jacob Hester, and the rest of the LSU Tigers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 38-24 to become the BCS National Champions.
The Tigers dominated the second and third quarters after a sluggish first quarter.
Jan. 8: "Goose" Gossage Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Richard "Goose" Gossage was finally elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving 86 percent of the total vote. Goose became eligible in 2000 after playing for 20-plus seasons for nine different teams.
He is the fifth reliever to be elected following Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley, and Bruce Sutter.
Jan. 10: Marion Jones Gets Six Months
Former U.S. Olympic hero Marion Jones is sentenced to six months in prison and 200 hours of community service for perjury and her involvement in a check-fraud scheme.
Janu 26: Sharapova wins Australian Open
Maria Sharapova defeated Ana Ivanovic to win the Australian Open. Novak Dokovic won the Men's title the next day.
I just wanted to show a picture!!
Feb. 3: Giants win Super Bowl XLII
The G-men defeated the then undefeated New England Patriots 17-14 after a terrific play by Eli Manning to avoid a tackle then throwing the ball downfield to David Tyree, who made an unbelievable catch to set up the winning touchdown by Plaxico Burress.
Feb. 17: Ryan Newman wins Daytona
In the first Daytona 500 using the Car of Tomorrow, Ryan Newman outlasted the rest of the field to win the 50th running of the Great American Race.
Mar. 5: Brett Favre Announces Retirement
After 17 seasons in the NFL and a record number of consecutive starts, Brett Favre retires from the Green Bay Packers. We all know how long that lasted.
Mar. 24: Olympic Flame is Lit Amongst Protesters
"Reporters Without Borders" disrupts the lighting of the Olympic Torch to protest the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
Apr. 7: Kansas wins NCAA Championship
The Kansas Jayhawks, led by MOP Mario Chalmers' three pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, defeated the Memphis Tigers 75-68 in overtime.
Apr. 13: South African wins 2008 Masters
Trevor Immelman of South Africa wins the 2008 Masters by three strokes over Tiger Woods.
May 21: Manchester United wins Champions League
Manchester United FC defeat Chelsea FC 6-5 in penalties to win the UEFA Champions League for the third time.
June 4: Hockeytown wins the Cup
The Detroit Red Wings defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game Six to win their fourth Cup in 11 years.
June 16: Tiger wins U.S. Open over Rocco
Tiger Woods, playing on an ailing left knee, defeats Rocco Mediate on the first sudden death playoff hole after playing 18 playoff holes in an even tie.
This is Tiger's third U.S. Open and 14th Major Championship
June 17: Celtics vs. Lakers
Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett lead the Boston Celtics over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 to win the franchise's 17th championship.
June 29: Spain - Euro 2008 Champions
Fernando Torres scores in the 33rd minute to lead Spain to the European title over Germany before 51, 000 fans in Vienna.
July 15: Yankees Host All-Star Festivities
The longest game in MLB All-Star Game history ended at about 1:40 AM on July 16 after Michael Young drove in the winning run in the 15th inning to give the American League the win at the last All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.
Aug. 8: Olympics Begin in Beijing
A record breaking two weeks begin at the Beijing Olympics.
Aug. 16: Usain Bolt is Fast
Jamaican Usain Bolt destroys the 100 meter World Record with a time of 9.69 seconds. He let up at the end!!
Aug. 17: Phelps Wins Eighth Gold
Michael Phelps finished what he set out to do, win eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Sept. 7: The Lions
The Detroit Lions begin their season with a convincing 34-21 loss at Atlanta. Fifteen weeks later, they are still looking for win No. 1.
Oct. 3: O.J. Found Guilty
O.J. Simpson is found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping, exactly 13 years to the day of his acquittal on murder charges. On Dec. 5, he is sentenced to at least nine years in prison.
Oct. 27 and 29: Game Five of World Series
The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the World Series despite a day off in the middle of it.
Bad weather delayed the game for a full day before the Phillies could celebrate their second championship in its 126 year history.
Nov. 2: F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton
England's Lewis Hamilton wins the F1 World Championship over Felipe Massa by one point to become the series' youngest winner ever at almost 24 years old.
Dec. 6: Oklahoma destroys Mizzou
The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Missouri Tigers 62-21 to win the Big 12 Championship and earn a birth in the BCS Championship on Jan. 8, 2009 versus the Florida Gators.
Dec. 13: Sam Bradford wins Heisman
Oklahoma's Sam Bradford wins the Heisman Trophy over Florida's Tim Tebow and Texas' Colt McCoy.
Dec. 18: CC and A.J. Join N.Y.
The Yankees signed CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett to new contracts worth a total of nearly $245 million.
Dec. 18: Mats Sundin Signs with Vancouver
Mats Sundin has agreed to a contract with the Vancouver Canucks following months of speculation.