The best reality television remains and always has been sports, especially and gratefully with the recent run of incredible championships we have been able to witness in 2016 and now 2017. Survivor? The Bachelor? American Idol? The Apprentice? No, no, no and ugh.
Monday’s College Football National Championship was just another reminder. Deshaun Watson delivered a touchdown pass to a former walk on, Hunter Renfrow, with :01 second remaining, lifting Clemson to an upset of vaunted Alabama. The winning coach Dabo Swinney was a former walk on at Alabama who grew up idolizing the Tide and Bear Bryant. Who writes these scripts?
Flash back to 2016. The Broncos headed down the regular season stretch with Brock Osweiler at quarterback until Peyton Manning resumed his position in time to lead the Denver Broncos to a win in Super Bowl 50, a 24-10 victory over Carolina. Former Aggie star Von Miller was the MVP, but Manning at age 39 was the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history and the first to win a Super Bowl with two teams. Again, who writes this stuff?
Houston had its own highlight and dose of March Madness in April. Villanova and North Carolina were tied at 74 with 4.7 seconds remaining. Wildcats head coach Jay Wright called for a play appropriately called, “Nova” resulting in a long game winning three-pointer from Kris Jenkins to win the national championship. 74,340 were on hand at NRG to witness basketball history. It was the first buzzer beater to win a title since Lorenzo Charles broke Houston Cougar fans hearts at the Pit in 1983.
In June, LeBron James lifted the Cavaliers to the NBA title, the first championship of any kind for the city of Cleveland since 1964. All the Cavs did was overcome a 3-1 deficit, the first time ever in NBA history and defeat the Golden State Warriors, a team that had produced a single season win record of 73.
Are you a golf fan? Jordan Spieth entered the back nine at Augusta Sunday afternoon with a five shot lead at The Masters. Spieth was on his way to becoming the first back to back, wire to wire major winner. He proceeded to shot a 41 and a man named Danny Willet walked away with the Green Jacket, presented by none other than Spieth. Willet almost didn’t enter the tournament because of his pregnant wife was so close to giving birth back in the U.K.
Dustin Johnson won his first ever major at the U.S. Open despite playing the back nine not knowing whether or not he was going to be assessed a penalty stroke. Eventually the USGA did levy a one stroke penalty because his ball “moved” on the green earlier in the round, but somehow it didn’t matter. Many of DJ’s final rounds provided vivid reminders of Greg Norman type failures but this time, he cruised to a win.
The U.S. also won the Ryder Cup in October ending Europe’s run of three straight victories and handing the Europeans the biggest route in 35 years.
I can’t slight the Cubs. Baseball’s lovable losers had not won a World Series since 1908 until November. Like the Cavaliers, the Cubs overcame a 3-1 deficit to hand Cleveland the newest, longest baseball title drought. It took ten innings before the Cubs claimed the 8-7 win in Game 7, while becoming the first team to win games 6 & 7 on the road since the 1979 “We are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates.
Clemson’s win Monday gave sports fans hope that 2017 would be no different than an amazing 2016. So Super Bowl 51, whatdoyougot? We can’t wait.
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