As we draw to the end of 2012, we can look back at the year that was in sports. There were a lot of great, dramatic and awesome moments. In no particular order, here are 5 moments that really stood out to me:
1) The Summer Olympics in London. Anytime the Olympics are involved, there are dramatic moments and highlights and this year was no exception. Some familiar names like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt & the US Men’s Basketball Team came back along with some new names and faces (Missy Franklin, the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team). For two weeks, there were a lot of great moments so I would say as a whole the games themselves were a top highlight
2)Perfection in Major League Baseball: There were 3 perfect games pitched in the MLB this season. That is the first time in history that had ever happened (for 2 perfect games in a season had only happened once before and that was in 2010). Seattle was on both ends of it as Philip Humber of the White Sox threw a no-hitter against them while Felix Hernandez threw one for the Mariners. The other? by Matt Cain of the eventual World Series Champs San Francisco Giants
3)The eventual push for a playoff in college football. It took a team that didn’t win its conference nor its own division in Alabama to do it but it finally happened. Sure it’s two years away and will only involve 4 teams but at least it’s something. It’s a definite start. And if the playoffs are in every single level of football, why not in division 1?
4) The 2012 QB Rookie class. This collection of quarterbacks is very impressive. From Andrew Luck to RGIII to Russell Wilson to even Ryan Tannehill & Brandon Weeden, they have come into the league on fire. If they keep it up, they could be on par with the 2004 QB class & the 1983 QB class.
5) Euro 2012. Yes soccer was a highlight of the year for me. Loved watching the games and glad for Poland that helped host the event. It made me excited for 2014 and the next World Cup
That’s five of my favorites. What’s yours?