Top 5 Moments of the Year
2008 was probably one of the best years in sports.
The Giants ended perfection, Boston and LA returned to the top. The Western conference in the NBA. Even a Rock Chalk Championship.
From another Ohio State flop to the Wimbledon Final, there was much excitement. I was going to do 10, but ranking 10 would've been hard with so many great plays.
5. The Dual
The 2008 Wimbledon final was possibly the greatest tennis match ever.
Two fierce competitiors in Raphael Nadal and Roger Federer. Nadal jumped out to a two set lead, and seemed to be in control.
Federer came back to win the next two sets which included dazzling shots by both competitors. Both sets ended with a tiebreaker. In the fifth and deciding set, Raphael Nadal came out on top.
4. Tiger Woods...on one leg!!
Coming into the 2008 US Open, Tiger Woods was battling a knee injury. Throughout the tournament you could see how much pain Tiger was in, especially in the early rounds.
But everyone remembers the two eagles and a chip-in birdie in the third round, which was probably his best round ever.
On the 18th hole in the final round, we saw how tough and clutch Woods really is when he hit a birdie to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate. Tiger Woods went on to win the US Open...on one leg.
3. It's Me...Mario!!
It looked over for the Kansas Jayhawks. Down by nine late in the second half to Memphis, Kansas was on the brink of a defeat.
Unfortunately they had to shoot free throws. Memphis bricked away their championship when "Super" Mario Chalmers hit the game-tying three-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
The Jayhawks pulled away in overtime and it was a Rock Chalk Championship.
2. Rivalry Renewed
In June of 2008, we experienced a blast from the past when the two most storied franchises in the NBA faced off once again in the Finals.
The Boston Celtics returned to prominance when they acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007.
Alongside veteran all-star Paul Pierce, the Big 3 led Boston to an NBA championship over Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
1. The Scramble and Leap: Manning and Tyree
I guess when mom tells you to use your head, this is a way to do it. As a Giants' fan, I almost fainted after seeing this.
Giants' QB Eli Manning was scrambling for his life to get out of a potential sack, which he miracously did. When he did, Manning threw a bomb down field to a leaping David Tyree.
Tyree caught the ball using his helmet, while somehow fending off Rodney Harrison. This led to the game winning touchdown catch to Plaxico Burress to end perfection for the Patriots.
This is the best moment of 2008.