This year had some incredible stories – with three of the longest droughts coming to an end in Chicago, Cleveland and Leicester City. Below are 10 of my favorite moments from the year.
1. The Cubs Win!
Ending an 108-year drought, the Cubs won the World Series in dramatic fashion by overcoming a 3-1 deficit and then winning in an epic Game 7 battle.
2. March Madness Barn Burner
In one of the most exciting finishes in college basketball history, Villanova matched North Carolina’s amazing three-pointer to tie the game with a clutch game-winner as time expired to win the NCAA title.
3. LeBron Delivers for Cleveland
LeBron James was finally able to bring the Cleveland Cavaliers their first NBA title and end his hometown’s 62-year title drought after an amazing 3-1 comeback.
4 and 5. Olympic Gods
Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt ended their Olympics by once again proving they were the best ever in their sport.
6. Leicester City’s Impossible Dream
Leicester City, overcame 5000-1 odds and teetering on the brink of relegation, to win their first Premier League championship in 132 years.
7. Mamba Out
Future Hall-of-Famer Kobe Bryant ended his amazing NBA career with a 60-point tour de force.
8. Fitzgerald Carries Cardinals to NFC Championship Game in Shootout With Green Bay
In the NFC Divisional Playoffs, it took two Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary passes to put the game into overtime. Overtime, however, was all Larry Fitzgerald – literally. On the first play of overtime, he converted a 15-yard pass completion into a 75-yard gain and then scored the game winning touchdown two plays later.
9. Stefan Saves Seattle
The Seattle Sounders won their first MLS title over Toronto on penalty kicks. That they made it to penalty kicks despite not having a single shot on goal is due to this remarkable save by goalie Stefan Frei that deflected a header from Toronto forward Jozy Altidore in extra time.
10. Dodgers Send Off Vin Scully in Style
With Vin Scully broadcasting his last game at Dodger Stadium after 67-years as their play-by-play man, Charlie Culberson hit a walk-off home run to clinch the National League West division title.