10 Sports Moments We Can't Wait for in 2016

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2015

10 Sports Moments We Can't Wait for in 2016

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    Another year of sports is almost in the books. As we begin to say goodbye to 2015, we already have so much to look forward to in 2016.

    Immediately, there will be huge slate of college football games to salivate over. But the action doesn't stop there. Looking ahead to what we can expect in '16, the list is loaded with opportunities.

    We've chased down 10 memorable sports moments that are going to be can't-miss television. Check out the slideshow and as always, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Honorable Mentions

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    With so many options to choose from, dropping an honorable mentions slide was only fitting. Here are some other spectacular sports moments to look forward to.

    • Champions League final
    • Stanley Cup playoffs
    • NBA draft
    • NFL draft
    • MLB Opening Day
    • US Open (tennis)
    • Wimbledon

College Football Playoff

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    After celebrating the confetti-induced night that is New Year's Eve while watching the Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan State Spartans square off in the Orange Bowl and the Oklahoma Sooners and Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl, the national championship will take place January 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

    After witnessing a chaotic college football season, it's going to be refreshing watching the best teams in the country slug it out on a national stage. If last year's tournament was any indication, expect nothing short of the unexpected.

WrestleMania 32

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    WWE's annual WrestleMania program is an event fit for kings. The production behind the year's biggest pay-per-view is unmatched by any other sports conglomerate.

    Pyrotechnics aside, the match quality is usually superb at Mania. There's something about that night that gives off a must-see TV vibe. Each and every year, WWE tries to make a memorable show for its biggest fans.

    The 2016 edition of Mania takes place in Jerry's World—or as us commoners call it, AT&T Stadium. With Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones behind the production, expect WrestleMania 32 to be even more robust than its predecessor.

    Hopefully the storylines and in-ring work will also live up to the hype.

Super Bowl 50

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    On a global scale, is there a game bigger than the Super Bowl? This season's edition, played on February 7, is the 50th anniversary of the NFL's on-field extravaganza.

    We don't know which teams will play in it, but does it really matter? The Super Bowl has been a ratings bonanza. Last year's game was viewed by 114.4 million TV sets, according to NBC Sports. That total made it the most-viewed program in TV history.

    Because of the grandeur surrounding this 50th event, you'd expect Super Bowl 50 to top those totals.

    Sports fans will all get ready for a festive Sunday filled with friends, good food and beverages. That's what makes the Super Bowl such a ritual. It's become a holiday in sports circles.

NBA Finals

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    The Golden State Warriors are unbeaten at the time of this writing, and that makes the prospect of the NBA Finals so much sweeter. When June comes around, we should have another amazing series to slug popcorn back to.

    Odds are Stephen Curry's Warriors will be looking to repeat against LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers. A lot can change from now until June, but seeing a repeat of last year's Finals would be excellent for business.

    Pitting the two biggest superstars in pro hoops against one another is a great way to generate crossover, mass-market appeal.

Summer Olympics

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    Be honest with yourself for a second: Who doesn't love the Summer Olympics? We all know that the braggadocios opening ceremony will set the tone for weeks of excellent athletic competition, played under the hot Brazilian sun.

    Getting to watch so many great nations across the globe come to Rio de Janeiro and compete will be a thrill a minute. If the 2014 World Cup was any indication of the city and people, the Olympics should make for a spirited time.

National Signing Day

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    National signing day is the culmination of all of the hard work high school athletes have put in over the years. When these kids get to choose what collegiate programs they're going to play for, it turns into a media blitz.

    All of the sports media platforms lurking around out there are blanketed with coverage on this special day. Part of the reason why is that the art of recruiting has become a big business.

    February is the time to get focused for national signing day. And as long as you have your Twitter notifications flicked on, you won't miss a beat when it comes to your favorite collegiate team.

NHL Winter Classic

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    The NHL's Winter Classic on New Year's Day is a lovely affair. Whenever you get to see hockey played outdoors, in front of a loyal audience, few things are better in life.

    Teams frequently tend to change before each Winter Classic and that's good. This year's game features the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens, live from Gillette Stadium.

    Who wouldn't want to feast his or her eyes on two classic NHL franchises competing with the chilling winds and frigid temperatures of Massachusetts?

The Masters

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    The 2016 Masters will be mainly focused on Jordan Spieth and his quest to repeat as champion. Spieth's 2015 showing was admirable. He set all kinds of records, as Kyle Porter of CBS Sports harped on. 

    It's clear now that this young man is the future of the sport. He draws a certain kind of gusto or excitement that we haven't seen since Tiger Woods.

    Spieth's road back to the top of mountain won't be easy. There are countless golfers these days who are masterful performers in their own right. But without hesitation, Spieth will remain the headliner of the biggest golf tournament of the year: The Masters.

March Madness

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    The opening days of March Madness, the NCAA's premier tournament, are hard to top in terms of sheer excitement. Workdays get painfully slower, productivity goes down and we love every second of it.

    At this point in the college season, there's no telling what to expect. And that's the beauty of it. March Madness thrives off upsets and brackets being busted. The tournament field is way too deep to strictly let the favorites win every single contest.

    Like the case is every year, 2016 should provide all of us with another hectic chapter of NCAA hoops.

Indianapolis 500

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    Next year marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the creme de la creme of IndyCar races in the United States.

    A centennial event is a big deal on all fronts. Racing aficionados and even informal supporters should all be able to get down with this. Greats like Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal and defending champion Juan Pablo Montoya should all be in the mix.

    Seeing the Indianapolis 500 unleashed for the 100th time is pretty fantastic. It's further proof that great racing has a place in all of our hearts.

     All stats and information provided by Sports-Reference.com unless noted otherwise.


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