January 2, 2014
Another year has come to and end. The final BCS Championship Game is a few days away, the NFL playoffs are about to begin and 2014 predictions are on the way. But first let’s take one last look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the year that was 2013. (We’ll focus on the good.)
Super Bowl XLVII
It was one of the most memorable Super Bowls ever for many reasons…the 34-minute delay because the power went out, two brothers coaching against each other, the final game for Ray Lewis and a furious rally that fell seven yards short for the 49ers.
Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera both birdied the 18th hole on Sunday to get into a sudden-death playoff with Scott winning with a birdie on the second extra hole.
The British Open
Phil Mickelson finally won the major championship that nobody thought he would win and he did it with a final round 66 that included four birdies in the last six holes. He called it one of the greatest rounds of his career.
Auburn’s back-to-back miracles
The Tigers didn’t even receive a vote in the AP poll until week four and didn’t make the top 25 until week eight. But they kept climbing and the momentum kept building, culminating in November with a miraculus 43-38 win over Georgia thanks to a tipped pass that turned into a 73-yard touchdown on 4th-and-18 with 25 seconds left. But that was nothing compared to the finish two weeks later in the Iron Bowl when Auburn ended Alabama’s undefeated season and national championship hopes with a 109-yard field goal return on the final play of the game.
The Red Sox pulled off an unlikely run to a championship, beating the Cardinals in six games. This series will be one to remember because of two games that ended in bizarre ways. The Cardinals won Game 3 after an obstruction call at third base allowed the winning run to score, negating what appeared to be two outs at home plate on the same play that would have sent the game into extra innings. Then in In Game 4, Boston won 4-2 when Koji Uehara picked off Kolten Wong at first base for the final out with Carlos Beltran at the plate.
Burke’s big shot
Trey Burke hit a 30-footer to force overtime against No. 1 seed Kansas in the Sweet 16. Michigan would go on to play for the national championship, but come up short against Louisville.
Allen’s even bigger shot
The Miami Heat were just a few seconds away from losing Game 6 and the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs. That is, until Ray Allen hit a step-back despairation three to tie the game with just five seconds to play. The Heat would go on to win the game in overtime and the championship in Game 7.
Peyton is the Man
Peyton Manning’s 2013 started off poorly with a stunning overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. But he returned with a vengeance in September, putting together the greatest season a quarterback has ever had. He’s led the Broncos to the No. 1 seed in the playoffs while breaking the single-season record for passing yards and touchdowns.
Bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Kobe Bryant tears his Achilles tendon, returns for six games and then fractures his knee.
Officiating (2013 had its share of controversial endings and calls)
Derrick Rose sits out an entire season, returns for 10 games and then hurts the other knee.
Tiger Woods penalty controversies.
Denver Broncos lose Elvis Dumervil after fax machine screw up.
NBA Commissioner David Stern continually booed by crowd during his final NBA Draft.
Dwight Howard leaves Lakers.
Lance Armstrong finally admits cheating.
Manti Te’o gets pranked.
Tebowmania comes to an end.
That’s what I’m going to remember about 2013. What about you? Did I miss anything?