Well, Bleacher Report faithful, we have finally reached the end of 2008. It has been a great year, filled with many memories. We've seen guys like Michael Phelps, Paul Pierce, Mario Chalmers, and many others reach new heights.
We've seen the Celtics rebound to their former glory and the Tampa Bay Rays come onto the stage. Let's recapitulate (yeah, that's long for recap, look it up) some of these great moments.
The LSU Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes for their second title of the decade, while the Bucks lost their second straight title game.
David Tyree's miracle catch helped lift the Giants to a monumental upset of the 18-0 Patriots in the Super Bowl. Plaxico Burress caught a fade from Eli Manning late in the fourth quarter, which proved to be the highlight of a year for Burress, that, well, didn't end so well.
Mario Chalmers hit a jumper with seconds remaining to tie the title game against the one-loss Memphis Tigers and future No. 1 pick Derrick Rose. Kansas went on to beat the Tigers in overtime to win its first title since the late 80s with Danny Manning.
Candance Parker led her Tennessee Lady Vols to their second straight title before being picked first in the WNBA draft. She then went ahead and won the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards.
One more thing: She led the U.S. Women's Basketball team to a gold medal. Quite a year for Ms. Parker.
Paul Pierce and new teammates Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett led the resurgent Boston Celtics past the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, a title that is a first for all three teammates. A rivalry is renewed, and a Golden Era is ushered into to 21st century basketball.
Fresno State wins the College World Series, becoming the lowest seed to win a college baseball title. As a regional fourth seed that was unranked entering the Series, the Bulldogs were the equivalent of a 13 or 14 seed in the basketball tournament.
Josh Hamilton hit 28 home runs in the first round of the All-Star showcase, including a few mammoth shots that will never leave the memory of those watching.
This was the a capping of a comeback year for Hamilton, who reestablished himself as a premier star in baseball after years of struggles. His story is arguably the most heartwarming of any this year.
The Summer Olympics was a fascinating show, with stars born like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, B/R favorite Alicia Sacramone and the rest of her gymnastics teammates, and many others.
The Philadelphia Philles defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in five games for the first major championship in Cheesesteak Town since 1980.
Controversy arose when the fifth game was suspended on the 27th in the sixth inning at 2-2 because of rain, and the series finished on the 29th.
This rain issue led to baseball ruling all postseason games must be played to their entirety, taking precedence over the regular season rule of games being official after the fifth inning.
Problems also came up in the viewership, with games starting as late as 8:30 ET, and many fans around the U.S. unable to watch the games. This has not been addressed as of yet.
Sam Bradford of Oklahoma wins the Heisman Trophy after putting up numbers that usually take about three QBs to get—combined.
His Sooners will take on the Florida Gators and Heisman Finalist Tim Tebow in the BCS National Championship game in early January.
This should help.