Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 10 Moments of 2012

10. Kill the head and the body will die. What better way than to start off this list than putting a price on someone's head. The malicious bounty investigation was one headline that permeated quickly throughout every newsroom. The average viewer may have never heard or seen this style of play before, but it was no surprise to avid football aficionados. Football is a physical game. What did you expect? But nonetheless, the world had it's moment of clarity and suspensions were served. In the end, I still see Sean Payton as a saint. You can take that figuratively or literally lol.

9. Staying in the NFL, what more can I say about Tim Tebow. He's the guy owners will let date their daughters, but not lead their team out of the locker room on Sunday. Did you guys really think the whole Jets relationship was going to work out? Silly rabbits, tricks are for kids. My personal take was to give Tebow a shot if Mark Sanchez really stunk up the joint. And in typical Sanchez flair, he did that and a lot more, but Tebow was left hanging. Poor lil tink tink.

8. Not sure how much longer I can wait for the rebirth of Tiger Woods, but I was sent down memory lane when he earned his 73rd PGA victory. As Warner Wolf says, "let's go to the videotape."

7. Number seven goes goes to number seven himself. Jeremy Lin. This story took the NBA by storm, and it was fascinating to witness. From sleeping on couches to starting for the Houston Rockets. Say what you want about the man, but he gave a spark to the New York Knicks when they needed it most. As for if Lin was actually worth all that money is different topic, but his stint in NY during the Carmelo Anthony injury was one of the better agape basketball memories of the year.

6. Wasn't sure where to rank this, but my list wouldn't be complete without it. Boxing fans have been yearning for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather bout, but as time passes along, it seems more like a hopeless vision. But I could careless thanks to Juan Manuel Márquez. Need I say more.

5. That brings up to our Top 5. And this spot is goes to Robin Roberts' and Chuck Pagano's perseverance. Earlier in the year, Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant while the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts battled with leukemia. Don't know Pagano from a can of paint, but it was inspiring to see the overwhelming rally behind him during his time of remission. As for Ms. Roberts, I actually have had a chance to meet and speak with her when I interned with WABC-TV. One of the nicest ladies I have ever met, and I'm happy that both of these individuals beat out their diseases.

4. One of favorite numbers goes to my least favorite sport. Yup you guessed it right, baseball. Something about these Giant teams getting hot at the right team. New York and now San Francisco. Two unexpected World Series in three years. People can only call it luck for so long. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity, and the Giants behind Pablo Sandoval showed they were more than prepared by sweeping the Detroit Tigers.

3. King me. LeBron James finally got the monkey of his back and his "decision" paid off. I still to this day have no problem with his approach to free agency and deciding to take his talents to South Beach. The media repeatedly gave power to a gifted individual and he in return used it to his benefits. Maximus said it best, "are you not entertained?!"

2. There never really is a time in sports when we can ALL agree with the officials, but the NFL took this to a whole new meaning with the replacement officials. In other words, their play-calling was egregious. And the microcosm of their perpetual blunders occurred on Monday Night Football in Week 3. In retrospect, that may of been the best thing for everyone. It was the image that illustrated one of the NFL's greatest catastrophes. But we quickly became prisoners of the moment when the "real" refs returned and foot locker employees returned back to their regular duties.

1. And my most memorable moment of the year took place when I was given the opportunity to work for the 2012 London Olympics. Over 14 hours a day and seven days a week for about five weeks, but it was well worth it. To be this young and have any affiliation with the Olympics was a major blessing. To tell people that I covered the Summer Games that saw Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympian and Gabby Douglas become a star. Priceless. And for the last time, no I was not in London. I was stationed in Stamford, CT.

Happy Holidays everyone. Feel free to share the most cherished moments from your life/sports in 2012.


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