2010 provided many sports memories, including the good and the bad. From the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl for the first time to the Winter Olympics, to the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series for the first time since 1954.
Here are sports moments that have defined the year 2010:
Alabama wins the BCS National Title
In January, the Alabama Crimson Tide won the 2010 BCS National Championship against Texas with a pass efficient quarterback, Greg McElroy, a Heisman running back, Mark Ingram, and a stout defense led by Terrence Cody, and Marcel Dareus.
The Crimson Tide finished unbeaten, and continued the SEC dominance in college football.
New Orleans Saints Wins Super Bowl
The New Orleans Saints captured the hearts of the NFL the whole season. They finished it by winning Super Bowl for the city of New Orleans after all its gone through.
Drew Brees had an incredible season, and the defense stepped up as well. Most notably was Tracy Porter’s interception for a touchdown that all sealed the win. The game featured a lot of gutsy plays by Sean Payton, including an onside kick that the Saints started the game with and recovered that put the early momentum in their advantage.
Two weeks before the Super Bowl, Drew Brees and Garrett Hartley led the Saints to a win over the Vikings in the NFC Championship game that had everyone in New Orleans celebrating and rooting for the Saints.
The Winter Olympics in Vancouver
The Winter Olympics last February was exciting for Americans and for the rest of the world to watch. It provided lots of high flying action in skiing to the great hockey battle between USA and Canada that was one for the ages.
The United States led the Olympic field recording 37 medals.
The events that really stood out was Lindsey Vonn, USA, skier, winning the Ladies Downhill event and getting a silver medal in the Ladies Super G while battling shin injuries.
Probably, the most watched event was the gold medal hockey game between USA and Canada that was very exciting and gut wrenching for fans sitting in the crowd, and those at home watching on their televisions. Sidney Crosby ended up scoring the game winning goal for Canada in overtime, but the Americans didn’t go out with a fight. Zach Parise scored the game tying goal for the Americans that sent it to overtime.
American skier Bode Miller finally got a gold medal as well as a silver and bronze medal.
It was definitely an Olympics that many will remember for a long time.
Duke Men Win Title, As Do the Connecticut Women
The Duke Blue Devils got back on top of the college basketball world with a great title game against Butler. It was one for the ages. Butler’s Gordon Hayward almost won the game on a buzzer beater, but it bounced off the rim and gave Duke a 61-59 win for Coach Krzyzewski won his fourth title and Kyle Singer was name Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
On the women’s side, the Connecticut women won another title behind Maya Moore’s stellar play.
Phil Mickelson Wins the Masters
Phil Mickelson won the 2010 Masters for the third time in his career. It was a great win for him as his mom and grandmother battled cancer.
Mickelson would say about the win, “`We’ve been through a lot this year. It means a lot to share some joy together,” Mickelson said at the green jacket ceremony, his voice cracking has he struggled to keep control. “It’s been such an incredible week, an emotional week. And to cap it off with a victory is something I can’t put into words.
“It’s something we’ll share for the rest of our lives.”
It was a great way to start the golf season in 2010.
NBA Free Agency
Lebron James and his hour long “Decision” on ESPN changed the NBA and Cleveland. Cleveland became disgruntled toward the “Chosen One,” and the Miami fans embraced him. Miami also got Chris Bosh to go along with Dwayne Wade to form a three headed monster. The question was then how would the three perform and get along.
Amare Stoudemire went to the New York Knicks and made them a whole lot better, as the NBA has seen so far.
Carlos Boozer went to the Chicago Bulls and made them a lot better, as well.
Year of Pitcher in Major League Baseball
2010 was definitely the year of the pitcher in baseball. Roy Halladay threw a perfect game in the regular season against the Marlins and a no-hitter in the Phillies opening game of the playoffs against the Reds.
Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies threw the first no-hitter of the season against the Braves. Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics threw a perfect game on Mother’s Day, and shared a great moment with his grandmother after the game. Halladay threw the next one. Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter against his former team, the Rays during interleague play. Matt Garza would throw a no-hitter later in the year against the Tigers.
It was quite a year for pitchers, and can 2011 match that?
Giants Win World Series
The San Francisco Giants won the World Series against the Texas Rangers for the first time since moving west and since 1954. The Giants pitching led them to the title behind aces Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, and closer and beardman Brian Wilson. Catcher Buster Posey also emerged as one of the best young hitters and catchers in the league.
Who will win the title in 2011? Could the Giants repeat?
Lakers Win Second Straight Title
The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title for the second straight year in 2010 behind the Zen Master Phil Jackson, and Kobe Bryant, along with Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum, and Derek Fisher. It was a great series between the Lakers and Celtics, as the teams were tied 3-3 going into Game Seven. The Lakers know how to win in Game Seven’s and clinched another title in front of its home crowd.
Now can the Lakers do it again 2010, or will the Heat or Celtics win the title?
The World Cup In South Africa
The World Cup in South Africa was an exciting one. Spain won the title, but the United States had success in the tournament as well. Landon Donovan made USA’s trip memorable and they almost beat Ghana to make it to semifinals. The U.S. lost in two overtimes to the African country. They tied England and Slovenia and beat Algeria to make it to the quarterfinals.
What Will 2011 Bring in Sports?
What will 2011 bring to sports?
Well, there are a full slate of exciting bowl games on New Year’s Day, including a great Rose Bowl matchup between TCU and Wisconsin?
Then in a few days, the 2011 BCS National Championship will happen. Can Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton lead the Tigers over Oregon and LaMichael James? It will a high scoring affair and is a must watch game for fans across America.
Also later in January, the NFL playoffs will begin. What teams will make it the Super Bowl in Dallas? Will it be Tom Brady and Bill Belichick hoisting the Lombardi Trophy again?
Will Tiger Woods win an event in 2011?
Will the Phillies new rotation bring them another title, or will it be the Red Sox or Yankees or another team?
Will there be NBA or NFL lockouts?
Who will win the NBA or NHL this next year?
Will the Connecticut women win another basketball title?
Will the Duke men win another title?
Well now you just have to wait and see how all the action unfolds in 2011.