2012 has been a year that has not disappointed the very least. From January to December have been riddled with story lines that will be talked about for years to come. With the moments this year that will be cherished, and also the ones greatly forgotten, I want to recognize certain things that made this year one to remember.
Athlete of the Year: Lebron James
The most polarizing figure in all of sports had a year so few could accomplish, but many could dream of. Winning the NBA Finals, becoming finals MVP, regular season MVP, and Olympic Gold Medalist, some would say he is on the fast track to legendary status. Then again, you still have those who still despise the very ground he walks on. Hate him or love him, his reputation as one of the NBA’s greats has gained a lot of stock this past year. Maybe he didn’t silence every critic, but I do guarantee this, he silenced many.
Team of the Year: L.A. Kings
You are reading this, and you are like, “Wah?”. But hear me out. Their playoff run was impressive to say the least. If I had a Delorean and could go back before the Stanley Cup finals start and put in a bet for the Kings to win it all, my Christmas would have been better. Ten fold. Not a popular pick through the playoffs, the Kings put together a legendary playoff record that would impress even the casual fan.
Game of the year: Georgia vs. Alabama (SEC Championship Game)
This game had everything you would want in a big game. High intensity, drama, big hits, big plays, emotion, and most importantly, they were playing for the right to go to the BCS National Championship in Miami. This was one of those games that left you overjoyed or highly pissed. Either way, somebody needed their blood pressure checked afterwards. I know Nick Saban did.
Moment of the Year: Fans expressing their opinions (Seahawks vs. Packers, Monday Night Football, Sept. 24, 2012)
By this time, everybody across the board was frustrated with the replacement officials. With the league and the referees in a labor dispute, we were all left to take it with no KY Jelly. And on this faithful night, the frustration hit a tipping point. What is now dubbed as, “Fail Mary”, the Seattle Seahawks came away with a win that would have done serious federal time for robbery. Believe it or not, this was not the straw that broke the camels back. In a Sunday Night game the night before, Baltimore Ravens fans could be heard clearly screaming, “Bullshit!!!”, live on the Sunday Night Football telecast. The line of the night came from Al Michaels when he said, “That’s the loudest manure chant I’ve ever heard”.
Play of the year: Blake Griffin over Pau Gasol (Twice)
We all remember the Mosgov dunk, and thought he couldn’t possibly top that. Then we seen him dunk on Kendrick Perkins and thought, that has to be the one. Then this happen. Not only did he get Gasol once with a put-back dunk, but he got him again with a facial that should have gave the Laker center a 5 game suspension for even trying to block it. I’m not assuming anymore. I am just waiting for the next victim.
Female Athlete of the Year: Gabby Douglas
To say she came into stardom overnight is pure blasphemy. She work just as hard as any her Gold Medal winning teammates, and also did it with grace. She left the London Olympics with high expectations for greatness. And she will bypass them by ginormous lengths. Did I say she is only 16.