Sports: The Year in Review

As December draws to a close, we look forward to a New Year and what it may bring. However, as we look towards the future, it can also be fun to see what the past year gave us. So let’s see take a look back at some of the biggest stories and happenings of 2016:

Year in Review
(LA Times)

January 11- Alabama Slips by Clemson to Claim the College Football Championship

The Alabama Crimson Tide wrapped up the season with a narrow 45-40 victory over the Clemson Tigers. It was the teams 4th Championship in seven seasons. Deshaun Watson set the record for most total yards in a championship game with 478 yards.

(USA TODAY Sports)

February 7- Denver Broncos Win Super Bowl in Peyton Manning’s Last Game

It seemed only fitting that one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game end his career with a Super Bowl victory. The Super Bowl meant that Peyton was now even with little brother Eli. The Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10. Von Miller was name MVP of the game.

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April 4- Villanova Sinks Game Winner and UNC

In one of the more memorable moments of the season, the Villanova Wildcats hit a buzzer beater to win the National Championship. Marcus Paige tied the game for UNC with 4.7 seconds left, almost solidifying an overtime. Then Kris Jenkins hit a three-pointer of his own to give Villanova a 77-74 victory.

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April 5- UConn Remains Untouchable

The UConn Huskies women’s team solidified its legacy by winning its fourth straight championship as they beat Syracuse 82-51. In addition to their fourth straight title, it was also the 10th Championship in 16 years for UConn.

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April 7-10- Danny Willett Rises from Jordan Spieth’s Collapse

With Jordan Spieth on pace to become just the 4th golfer to claim back-to-back Masters, it was a race for 2nd place… until the last 9 holes. Spieth started off with two bogeys before shooting a quadruple-bogey on the Par 3, 12th hole. Out of that collapse, Willett rose to a three stroke lead and finished his first PGA major with a victory just days after celebrating the birth of his child.

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June 12- Penguins Ice the Sharks

Sidney Crosby claimed his second Stanley Cup as the Penguins defeated the Sharks four games to two. The Penguins held control a majority of the series, with their losses coming once in overtime and once in regular time. They won all four games that they scored three or more goals.

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June 19- Cavaliers Break Warriors Season and the Internet

Almost everyone with internet access or a friend who watches sports has heard the most popular phrase of the year, “Warriors Blew a 3-1 Lead”. After finishing the regular season with a new NBA record 73 wins, the Warriors seemed a sure thing to win the title. When they had taken a 3-1 lead, the Cavaliers seemed all but finished. However, a great combination of Kyrie’s energy and LeBron playing some of the best basketball of his career, gave the Cavaliers the momentum to win the first title for the City of Cleveland. “The Block”, “The Shot”, and “The Meme” will always be a significant part of NBA history.

(USA TODAY Sports)

November 2- Blast from the Past: Cubs Win World Series

The lovable losers of Chicago gave their patient and loyal fans a gift that was 108 years in the making as they defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games. As far as 2016 went in terms of great championship games, Game 7 did not disappoint. The Cleveland Indians had at one point led the series 3-1 (LeBron Jinx?) but could not get the fourth win to put the Cubs away. The Cubs scored right away in the first inning with a Dexter Fowler home run. By the 6th inning they were up 6-3. A home run by the Indians tied the game and set up one of the wildest finishes in MLB history. Not only did the game go to extra innings, but there was also a rain delay before the Cubs and their fans uncorked some of the most fermented champagne ever known to man.

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December 10- Sounders Hold Off Toronto FC for MLS Cup

Once again a 2016 championship game went down to the end. The Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC played to a 0-0 tie. So the game went to a shootout, which saw the Sounders pull out a 5-4 win.


2016 had so many huge moments, hopefully 2017 can provide just as much entertainment and excitement!

Happy New Year from all of us at MyFantasySportsTalk!
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