Championship Glory: The Greatest Events in Sports

Clint BryantCorrespondent IISeptember 1, 2011

Championship Glory: The Greatest Events in Sports

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    No matter what sports you follow, there are those special days every year that you look forward to more than any other.  Whether it be a series, a three-day tournament, or a winner take all single game, every sport has a main event that all eyes follow, closely.

    There are numerous events that qualify but some stand out more than others as the greatest spectacles in sports.

10. The Stanley Cup

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    You will be hard pressed to find more passion or more history than what is found in winning the Stanley Cup. Since 1892, it has been one of sports most sought after prizes and draws passionate crowds and national interest.

    Recent Winners

    2011: Boston Bruins

    2010: Chicago Blackhawks

    2009: Pittsburgh Penguins

    2008: Detroit Red Wings

    2007: Anaheim Ducks

    2006: Carolina Hurricanes

    2005: Season Cancelled due to Lockout

    2004: Tampa Bay Lightening

    2003: New Jersey Devils

    2002: Detroit Red Wings

9. The World Cup

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    No event captures more international interest or participation than the World Cup. Every four years the world watches as countries across the globe sends their squads to capture this prestigious honor.

    Recent Winners

    2010: Spain

    2006: Italy

    2002: Brazil

    1998: France

    1994: Brazil

8. The Indianapolis 500

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    One of racing's oldest and most prestigious events, the Indianapolis 500 draws interest and participation from drivers across the ranks of all racing series. The winner "drinks the milk" and takes home a great achievement.

    Recent Winners

    2011: Dan Wheldon

    2010: Dario Franchitti

    2009: Helio Castroneves

    2008: Scott Dixon

    2007: Dario Franchitti

    2006: Sam Hornish Jr.

    2005: Dan Wheldon

    2004: Buddy Rice

    2003: Gil De Ferran

    2002: Helio Castroneves

7. The Masters

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    The chase for the green jacket ascends on Augusta every year and has the following of the Golf community and the world. This tournament has made some great and made some greats, fail.

    Recent Winners

    2011: Charl Schwartzel

    2010: Phil Mickelson

    2009: Angel Cabrera

    2008: Trevor Immelman

    2007: Zach Johnson

    2006: Phil Mickelson

    2005: Tiger Woods

    2004: Phil Mickelson

    2003: Mike Weir

    2002: Tiger Woods

6. The World Series

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    America's pastime meets every fall to decide its champion in one of sports most grand events.  The seven game series means nearly two glorious weeks of deciding the champion of baseball.

    Recent Winners

    2010: San Fransisco Giants

    2009: New York Yankees

    2008: Philadelphia Phillies

    2007: Boston Red Sox

    2006: St. Louis Cardinals

    2005: Chicago White Sox

    2004: Boston Red Sox

    2003: Florida Marlins

    2002: Anaheim Angels

    2001: Arizona Diamondbacks

5. NCAA Basketball: The Final Four

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    March Madness ends with some of the most exciting three games in sports called the Final Four.  The champion must survive a 68-team tournament to become the national champion of college basketball.

    Recent Winners

    2011: Connecticut

    2010: Duke

    2009: North Carolina

    2008: Kansas

    2007: Florida

    2006: Florida

    2005: North Carolina

    2004: Connecticut

    2003: Syracuse

    2002: Maryland

4. The NBA Finals

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    The NBA Finals are the prize for the two teams that survive the 82 game season and playoffs. This seven games series tests the ability to win at home and on the road to become the champ!

    Recent Winners

    2011: Dallas Mavericks

    2010: LA Lakers

    2009: LA Lakers

    2008: Boston Celtics

    2007: San Antonio Spurs

    2006: Miami Heat

    2005: San Antonio Spurs

    2004: Detroit Pistons

    2003: San Antonio Spurs

    2002: LA Lakers

3. The Daytona 500

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    The Great American Race... that says it all doesn't it? In this test of driving skill and motor muscle, 43 cars face off with manufacturer bragging rights and driver glory on the line.

    Recent Winners

    2011: Trevor Bayne

    2010: Jamie McMurray

    2009: Matt Kenseth

    2008: Ryan Newman

    2007: Kevin Harvick

    2006: Jimmie Johnson

    2005: Jeff Gordon

    2004: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    2003: Michael Waltrip

    2002: Ward Burton

2. The BCS National Championship

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    Few events bring out as much excitement and passion than college football. Though the process of deciding who plays in this game will always be controversial, the game itself is one of the best. Young men from around the country dream of bringing the national title to their school and it makes for one amazing sporting event.

    Recent Winners

    2010: Auburn

    2009: Alabama

    2008: Florida

    2007: LSU

    2006: Florida

    2005: Texas

    2004: Title Vacated by USC

    2003: LSU

    2002: Ohio State

    2001: Miami

1. The Super Bowl

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    Far and away, the number one sporting event in the world, the Super Bowl has captured our desire for sport and glory for 45 years and is only getting bigger. Two teams that survive the rigors of a 16 game season and playoffs face off in a winner take all spectacle that has become the greatest sporting event the world has even seen.

    Recent Winners

    Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers

    Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints

    Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers

    Super Bowl XLII:  New York Giants

    Super Bowl XLI:   Indianapolis Colts

    Super Bowl XL:   Pittsburgh Steelers

    Super Bowl XXXIX: New England Patriots

    Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England Patriots

    Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots