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2008 Sporting Event of the Year

Posted on: December 20, 2008 11:23 pm

The year of 2008 may not have been the best year in many of our lives, I know it wasn't for me personally, but 2008 did have some great events and achievements in the sporting world.   The purpose of this entry is to have people list their favorite, or several favorite sporting events of this year.  To help you all recall what took place in 2008, I'll go over many of the top events in sports.

  • LSU wins the National Championship Game against Ohio State 38-24.  It wasn't the most competitive or close championship game, but I imagine it was a blast for LSU fans
  • Tiger Woods wins the US Open in a 5th round playoff against Rocco Mediate.  The only time all season I spent more than 5 minutes of my time watching a golf tournament was this playoff round and I watched nearly every round of it.   I normally don't enjoy watching golf, but that round between Tiger and Rocco was probably the best time I've had watching golf.
  • New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14, 2008 Super Bowl.  Being a fan of neither team made this a great view.  I'm not a big fan of low scoring games, but a close, hard fought game will keep me on the edge of my seat.  The 3rd and 5 completion from Eli Manning to David Tyree for 34 yards is, in my opinion the best play I've ever seen in a Super Bowl.  Manning eluding what appeared to be a sure sack to throw an on target pass to Tyree, then Tyree's incredible ability to catch and control the ball pinned to his helmet was the real shizz.
  • Kansas 75, Memphis 68, OT.  Being a KU fan, this undoubtedly is my favorite of the year, but any objective viewer has to admit it was one of the best championship games ever.  Mario Chalmers 3-point prayer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation was every little boy's dream come true.  That only tied it and sent it to overtime.   KU only missed two shots from the field and none of their free throws in the final 2 minutes of the regulation and overtime.   
  • Phillies over the Rays 4 games to 1 in the World Series.  Most of the games were close, including the 3 day long 5th and final game.  The rain was unfortunate as was a shorter series, however, if I were a Philly phan, I'd be euphoric.
  • Michael Phelps wins 8 gold medals in the Summer Olympics. It was the most golds won by an Olympic athlete at any single Olympics game.   He's also American, who broke an American's record.  If Phelps doesn't win Sportsman of the Year or whatever they call the best athlete of the year, I'll boycott the damn voters. 
  • If you're a Men's Tennis fan, which I'm not, you may want to give a shout out for the 2008 Wimbledon.  Rafael Nadal's victory over Roger Federer in the finals is considered by many the best match ever.  The match play time lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes and total match time lasted over 7 hours with two rain delays included.   Three of the five sets went into extended play.  I know tennis has its own term for that, but its not overtime.  If I ever watch tennis its because its two cute chicks running with short skirts. 
  • Boston Celtics beat the Lakers 4 games to 2 in the NBA finals.  I must admit, I didn't watch much of the finals.  NBA isn't my thing, but I was happy for the Celtics because I'm a Paul Pierce fan and I don't really like Phil Jackson or Kobe.
  • NASCAR fans may want to give a shout out for Jimmie Johnson who won his 3rd consecutive Sprint Cup Title.  Or maybe we should just say title.  They change the primary sponsor so much, I have a hard time keeping it straight.   Anyway, Jimmie Johnson joined Cale Yarborough as the only two drivers to win the NASCAR title 3 consecutive times. 
Category: General

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2009 11:04 pm

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

dude. great blog.

homer answer: Sox 1 Twins 0, game 163

all around answer : Kansas - Memphis game by far most thrilling championship event, topped a good Super Bowl with ease

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 5:28 pm

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

Agreed that Phelp's accomplishments are one of the best athletic achievements ever.   He set either 6 or 7 World Records in the Olympics as well.  Mark Spitz's 7 gold medals in an Olympics helped him ride popularity for over 30 years.  Phelps may well enjoy such a ride for the rest of his life with 14 of them.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 12:38 pm

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

All of the mentioned sporting events were great and I am sure everyone can point out reasons why certain ones were better then others, but how can there not be more shut outs to Phelps and his accomplishment on here.  8 Gold Medals and several world records on top of the 6 golds he already has.  First off, the summer olympics only happen every 4 years.  No one has ever accomplished this before in the history of sports.  This just isn't a top event of the year it is one of the top events EVER. 

I was also going to add that US victory in the Ryder Cup should be mentioned, but i see the guy above me added it.  Nothing a like a good ole American butt kicking.   

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2008 7:50 pm

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

It wouldn't be at the top of the list, but somewhere would be the Americans winning the Ryder Cup without Tiger.

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2008 1:38 pm

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

The Chicago Blackhawks making one of the most prolific turnarounds in sports history this season. They are now in third place in the Western Conference, have the two top All-Star vote getting forwards and the highest vote getting defenseman, and are host to the Winter Classic in four days. All of this after not making the post season in quite a while.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2008 6:07 am

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

I agree that Josh Hamilton's display at the All-Star Game's Home Run Derby is a worthy candidate.  What made that story even cooler was him having his 71 year old high school coach pitching to him.  Its hard to imagine anyone will top 28 home runs in one round.  And will anyone remember that Justin Morneau actually won the derby?

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2008 3:43 am

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

thats a good start but i think there are some that were missed, like the little league world series, and the home run derby and allstar game for the final time ever at Yankee Stadium.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2008 6:59 am

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

Favregate.  Thats pretty true, I got sick of the 24/7 coverage of Favre during that spectacle.  To me, the low point of the year was watching Roger Clemens embarrass himself in front of Congress lying through his teeth and throwing his wife and his buddy, Andy Pettitte under the bus.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 3:48 pm

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

  The most entertaining to watch... I would say Federer and Nadal. I'm not much of a tennis fan but the match was captivating.  I'd like to add watching C.C. take the brewers into the playoffs through sheer will was amazing. 
   Finally, my least favorite moment of the sports year was the never ending saga of Favregate. Enjoy it this off season Jets fans.

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 2:33 am

2008 Sporting Event of the Year

There were many great sporting events this year. Being a KU fan I must say winning the National Championship, Orange Bowl, and sweeping Mizzou in basketball and football in 2008.

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