2016 started off with the underdog Cleveland Cavaliers lead by the gutsy performances of Kyrie Erving, and Lebron James. Down 3 games to 1 to the talented shooters on the Golden State Warriors squad they performed an incredible comeback. They became the only team in the history of the NBA to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals to win on the road.
Lebron James’ now-famous “block” against Iguoudala to keep the Cavs in it, along with his clutch shooting and defense now have King James in the conversation for greatest baller of all time. Cleveland even won it’s first national championship.
Fast forward to MLB baseball. The Chicago Cubs went big in the off-season, picking up Jon Lester and John Lackey for starting pitchers, along with Arolis Chapman the 102 mph capable bullpen closer. They go in the market for some big bats and big defense, with Jason Hayward among other big trades.
And then the Cubbies — a team who hadn’t won the NL Central let alone a playoffs series in decades — had the best regular season team in baseball in terms of winning. The postseason arrives. The Cub’s look comfortable winning the Divisional series against San Francisco, then whooping up on the Washington Nationals in the NL Championship. People in Chi-town are on pins and needles, the energy is palpable.
Guess who they take on from the AL? The Cleveland Indians, another team with a long World Series drought, second only to the Cubs. They’re hot too as Mike Napoli and Edguardo Sanchez have been crushing baseballs. So the series begins, Courtney Kluver from the Indians is untouchable, and they take an early lead.
Soon the Cubs are down 3-1 and it looks like the streak will continue. Then the baseball gods unleashed a pitching and hitting consistency in the Cubbies the likes of which we man never see again. They pull off the unthinkable down 3-1 and hoist the trophy capturing their first elusive World Series win in well over a century.
So can this get any better? Can the drama of the sporting world be one upped yet again? Recently the four best college football teams took part in the NCAA College football championship. In the end two power houses in #1 Clemson and #2 Alabama took part in the final game to decide the champion.
Clemson finds themselves down 28-31 to Alabama with a second left on the clock. Enter Coach Swinney from Clemson. Their team had been an underdog to the experience of Coach Nick Saban and Alabama all season. They went for broke for a thrilling touch down with a second left on the clock to become NCAA football champions.
This got me wondering — with all the high drama, razzle dazzle, 1-point finishes this season, will sports just forever be boring to us now? Let us know your thoughts below.