Another year is behind us. Journey with us as we look back at the Top 10 Sports Moments of 2016.
As we prepare to move into 2017, it’s only right that we take time to reflect on the year we are leaving behind. What a year 2016 has been! As always, there were plenty of memorable sports moments. However, 2016 may be hard for any year to top. There were retirements of legendary athletes, Peyton Manning, Tim Duncan and Bernard Hopkins. We witnessed Kevin Durant shocking the basketball world to join his nemesis, the Golden State Warriors. And then there were Draymond Green and Grayson Allen kicking everyone within pinky-toe’s reach! Did these moments make the list?
Let’s find out as we recapture our Top 10 Sports Moments of 2016!
-James Conner Beat Cancer To Return To Gridiron: University of Pittsburgh running back James Conner made a courageous return to the football field in 2016, after overcoming a bout with cancer.
-Colin Kaepernick Kneeling For National Anthem: Kaepernick set off a firestorm of controversy and awareness across the country by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Whether you agree with Kaepernick or not, his belief in his protest against civil inequality in the U.S. started an ongoing conversation about the treatment of minorities, particularly at the hands of police officers.
-Von Miller Takes Over Super Bowl 50: The Denver Broncos demolished the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, and Miller was the primary catalyst. Miller finished with six tackles, two quarterback hits, a pass defended and two forced fumbles as he took home Super Bowl MVP honors.
-Dee Gordon Hits Homerun To Honor José Fernandez: Dee Gordon, the second baseman for the Miami Marlins, was a teammate and close friend of ace pitcher José Fernández. Fernández, 24, died in a boating accident on September 25. The next day, Gordon hit a homerun in honor of his friend. Gordon stated after the game, “I ain’t never hit a ball that far, even in BP.”
It was Gordon’s first and only home run of the year.
10. Joe Thomas Sr. Becomes Oldest Man To Play In NCAA Football Game
9. Steph Curry Wins Unanimous NBA MVP
8. Bartolo Colón Hits First Career Homerun
The entire stadium went bananas — remember, this is Colon’s first career homer and he’s 42 years old — as he slowly made his way around the bases. It was amazing. It was glorious. It was beautiful. It was everything.
7. Simone Biles, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps Dominate Olympics
6. Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame Speech
Allen Iverson, arguably the best little man ever, was enshrined into the Basketball Hall Of Fame in 2016. Iverson graced the podium with a heartfelt, emotional speech that reminded us just why he was such a beloved figure to so many.
5. Kobe Bryant Goes Out With a Bang
Kobe Bryant capped off a Hall of Fame worthy career with a brilliant finale in 2016. Bryant dropped 60 on the Jazz in his last NBA game. #MambaOut
4. Villanova Beats North Carolina On Buzzer Beater
Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins answered a double-clutch, game-tying 3-pointer by North Carolina’s Marcus Paige with a buzzer-beating 3 of his own to lift the Wildcats to a 77-74 victory and the national championship.
3. The Legends We Lost
2. Cavs Comeback From 3-1 Deficit In NBA Finals
The Cleveland Cavaliers made an improbable, and historic, comeback to win the 2016 NBA Finals. LeBron James led the Cavs back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors, bringing Cleveland its first ever NBA title.
1. Cubs Win World Series!
The Chicago Cubs won the franchise’s first World Series Championship in 108-years with a Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The Cubs first title since 1908 ended the longest championship drought in MLB…it also ended any supposed curse that was on the organization.