In my opinion, this has been one of the best sports years in recent memory. The last NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB seasons have all been one to remember. This all hit me after hearing the news of Favre, and i thought, "what a year".
The NFL this year is probably the biggest story in sports this year. I mean, you got a team in the New England Patriots who go 18-0 and have just to win that big one to make history. On the other hand, you got a team in the New York Giants that many considered to be in rebuilding and to not even make a run at the playoffs. Also, there coach was under fire, and was suposed to be on his way out after years of good starts and bad finishes, no playoff wins and players critzizing him. Then comes the Super Bowl, the day of history many say, and sure history was made. The scoreboard at the end of the game read: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - 14 NEW YORK GIANTS - 17. The history made was one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history, that was also clinched by a Touchdown pass with 52 seconds left on the clock from a quarterback that was not supposed to match his superstar brother, to a Receiver who guarenteed this victory earlier in the week. On to personal accolades, we had Tom Brady throwing 50 touchdown passes, breaking Peyton Mannings record of 49, and Randy Moss catching 23 of those 50 passes, passing the legendary Jerry Rice by one touchdown. We had four teams who finished with 13-3 records or better in the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and of course, the New England Patriots. This all included all these teams basically playing each other during the Regular Season, with a couple exceptions. Also, we had this rookie running back, the 7th overall pick, come out and have one of the best rookie seasons to date. Adrian Peterson finished leading virtually all rookie running back categories, even while missing some time and splitting carries with Chester Taylor. Ohh, and he also broke the single game rushing record, and this is only his first season. We also saw the longest play in NFL history with Antonio Cromartie's record 109 yard return. Speaking of Cromartie, he started 8 games and picked up 10 picks, and then 2 in the playoffs, and then 2 in the Pro Bowl. And one more note, we watched possibly the best quarterback, or even player of all-time break every record at his position imaginable with Brett Favre.
In the NBA so far this year, we have one of the most intriguing races in the West then we've seen from any sport in a long time. Think about it, a team like the Dallas Mavericks or the Phoniex Suns could potentially not make the playoffs. If you can find a person who would've said that at the beginning of the year, then you have met a genius, cause no one else has. There is 8 teams in the western conference with a record above .600 and 10 with a winning record. Also, the 9th place team is only 5.5 games behind the top team in the conference, and 5-6 teams have a legitimate shot at the conference title. We have a Rockets team that have won 15 games in a row, without there star centre, and a Lakers team that has finally gotten Kobe some help, and a team who looks like they are poised to make a run at another title. We've seen trades in the NBA this year, more of notible value then recent years with Gasol going to the Lakers, and Shaquille O'Neil and Shawn Marion switching teams in another block-buster. Were looking at one of the most intriguing MVP races, with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, probably the best 2 players in the NBA, fightning for it, with Sophmore Chris Paul and Kevin Garnett also in the running. On one last note, we have the Boston Celtics, who have the best 1-2-3 punch in Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Garnett then we've seen in a long time. They have also just added Cassell, and until he eases himself in, they have Rajon Rondo to man the offense.
In the latest MLB season, we also saw many storylines that were worth noting. Possibly the most notible would be one of the biggest collapses in MLB history. The Mets had a very comfortable 7 game lead in the NL East over the Philadelphia Phillies with 17 games to go. Many wrote the Phillies out, but going into the last day of the season, they needed a victory over the Washington Nationals, and a Florida Marlins victory over the Mets. Well, this exact thing happened and this was a perfect ending to one of the biggest breakdowns of all-time. Then, you have a Colorado Rockies team that got into the playoffs by 13 of there last 14 games during the regular season to get a tiebreaker with the San Diego Padres, and won it in extra innings on a close, and very controversial finish. They then went on and swept the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks to get to the World Series for the first time in there history, and posted the most impressive streak in MLB history, winning 22 of 23 games. All while this was happening, the AL was having an exciting wild card race that saw the Yankees get through to the playoffs. Then came Josh Beckett putting on a huge show in the Playoffs, solidifying himself as one of the best October pitchers of All-Time, and eventually, led his Boston Red Sox to a dominating sweep of the Rockies in the finals. On more of a scandalous note, Barry Bonds broke Hank Aarons historic home run record with a shot to deep left of Mike Bacsik of the Washington Nationals at his home town A&T Park on August 7th, 2007. What followed was a recorded, and somewhat dry speech by Hank Aaron "congratulating" speech. On the note of Home Runs, we watched Alex Rodriguez knock 50+ and become the fastest to 500 of All-Time. One last thing would have to be the already dangerous Mets picking up the best lefty, if not pitcher, in the game in Johan Santana from the Twins, solidifying them as the hands-down NL and maybe World Series favorites.
In the NHL this season, there have also been many things and events that have entertained fans around the world. For starters, the start the Ottawa Senators accomplished was looking like they were going to be one of the great teams of All-Time, going an astonishing 16-4-1 in there first 21 games, and on pace to beat the '76-'77 record of 132 points. Then we watched them go a very pedestrian, mediocure record of 24-20-5 since. This caused the firing of coach John Paddock, and got replaced by Brian Murray, who led them to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. The fans have watched the emergence of teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens and the downfall of teams such as the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers,Chicago Blackhawks and of course the Sens. Were currently in a race in the Eastern Conference that 3 points seperates the 5th place Senators, and the 1st place Penguins. Also, the Atlantic and Northeast division lead in separated by 1 point each and the Southeast, although not a strong division, is in quite a race in itself. Then, in the west, we have a 9th place team 5 points behind the 3rd place team, a Northwest division that a win here, and loss here can change the standings completly, and a Presidents Cup race that has been made dangerously close by the Dallas Stars recent surge to within 5 points of the first place Detriot Red Wings. Also, we watched possibly the best forward in the NHL, Sidney Crosby suffer a significant injury that put his team in somewhat of a jeopardous state, and also the best defensemen in Nick Lidstrom put his Detriot Red Wings in the same state. The deadline saw 3 top-tier players swap teams including Marian Hossa, Brad Richards and Brian Campbell. Hossa moving to the Penguins gives them possibly the best 1-2-3 punch in the NHL with him, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Then Richards goes to the Stars and give them a #1 centre they were looking for and gets 5 assists in his first game as a Star. Campbell went to a San Jose Sharks team who were desperatly looking for a puck-moving, powerplay specialist from the point, and got just that. All of this looks to make a great finish this year, and a playoff to remember.