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Sid’s Top Moments In Sports - 2016

January 5, 2017

There were many memorable moments in sports this past year. So many if fact that I forgot a few of them as I reviewed my notes from the year. Here are my favorite moments. I will start at number 14 and work down to the top moment of 2016.

Dak Prescott leads the Dallas Cowboys to best record in the NFC. Yes, the Cowboys are the top seed in the upcoming NFC Playoffs. Prescott, a rookie, stepped up when Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back during a preseason game in late August. Romo, if he returns in 2017, will likely be wearing a different uniform.

Kobe goes for 60 points in career finale. One of the NBA’s all-time scorers gave fans quite a send off in his final game. Kobe Bryant scored 60 points while firing up an astounding 50 shots in one of the greatest walk-off performances in sports history. A true Hollywood performance for the Los Angeles Lakers great.

Muhammad Ali

Leicester City defied the odds to win the Premier League Soccer title. Though I am a fan of the Premier League, I would not have included this in the list except for the fact that the Foxes entered the season with 5000 to 1 odds of winning the championship. Historically and worldwide, the feat can be called one of the most unlikely upsets in the history of sports.

Kevin Durant signed with Golden State. This came out of nowhere. Instead of leading his own team to a NBA title, he chose to join a Warriors team full of superstars. The ever-popular Durant became public enemy number one as most feel he is taking the easy road.

Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74. The Greatest died on June 3 at the age of 74 after a decades-long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. The three-time heavyweight champion was a figure of international significance far beyond boxing, an individual whose controversial stand against the Vietnam War and efforts as a humanitarian and advocate for justice touched the lives of millions.

The US Women’s Gymnastics Team put on a show at the Rio Games. Led by Simone Biles, the 4’ 8” gymnast with the powerful, high-scoring routines and huge smile, the American women dominated the Games.

Simone Biles

The Final Five—Biles, along with Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian—came into the 2016 Olympics as the women to beat, and they didn’t disappoint. Team USA easily won the team all-around. On top of that, an American medalled in each of the individual apparatus events. Biles and Raisman won gold and silver, respectively, in both the individual all-around event and the floor routine, and Biles locked up gold in the vault and bronze in the beam. Hernandez took silver in the beam, while Kocian took silver on the uneven bars. 

The Golden State Warriors made history with 73-9 regular-season record. Before there was heartbreak, there was triumph. The Warriors clinched the best record in NBA history on the season’s last night, and to ice the cake, Stephen Curry hit 10 three-pointers that night to give him an NBA record 402 for the season. Then came LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Katie Ledecky was most decorated female athlete at the Rio Olympics. The 19-year old swimmer won four gold medals—in the (200-meter, 400m, 800m free and 4x200m free relay along with one silver in the 4x100m free relay. What I remember most about Ledecky was the 12 second margin of victory she had in the 800m.

Peyton Manning goes out with a Super Bowl victory. He guided the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.

The Cubs win! November 2, 2016

Manning retired after the game and will enter the Hall of Fame soon as a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Usain Bolt dominated the track again at the Olympics. The world’s fastest human has been in three Olympics Games and has won every race he entered. Nine races, nine gold medals. The Jamaican sprinter again swept the 100 meters, 200 meters and the 4x100 relay in his last Olympics.

Villanova and Kris Jenkins win March Madness. Jenkins broke the hearts of North Carolina Tar Heel fans when he hit a buzzer-beater in the Finals to give the Wildcats a National Championship. The NCAA Basketball Tournament rarely lets us down when it comes to great moments.

Usain Bolt in Rio, 2016

Michael Phelps adds to his legacy at the Rio Olympics. Apparently, winning 22 Olympic medals wasn’t enough for the best swimmer in history. Phelps added five more gold medals and a silver to his stockpile, putting his career total at an eye-popping 28.

The Cleveland Cavaliers rally from 3-1 down to win NBA Finals. LeBron James led the Cavs to the improbable run. James came up huge when Cleveland won game 7 on the road against the winningest team in NBA history to cap off the comeback.

The Chicago Cubs finally did it. And doing it was my most incredible story in sports in 2016. The Cubs’ title was their first in 108 years. It came after a regular season in which they won 103 games and after they rallied from 3-games-to-1 against the Indians in the World Series.















































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Panthers Regain Winning Form

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Another Woods Letdown

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No Shortage Of Ego

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NFL Hypocrisy

Carolina Panthers Preview

Why To Watch College Football This Fall

Baseball Races Heating Up

A-Rod's Non-Descript Farewell

Medalists And Taxes

Let's Follow The Money

NBA Hypocrisy

Two At Troon

Duncan Hanging Them Up

Durant's Decision

Charlotte Hornets And Free Agency

Professional Sports Coming To Vegas?

LeBron's Legacy

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Braves Could Be The Worst Team Of All Time

Panthers' College Free Agent Signing

Curry Repeats As MVP

NFL Draft And The Carolina Panthers II

NFL Draft And The Carolina Panthers

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Saying Wow Was An Understatement

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Hornets Quietly Buzzing

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LeBron And The Cavs

UNC Asking What Just Happened

Clemson Tops List

Panthers Got Beat Up

Why I Like The Panthers

How This Super Bowl Team Was Built

Panthers Held On For Dear Life

NFL Playoffs Continue

NFL Wildcard Playoff Matchups

Panthers Did What?

Bowling For (fill in the blank)

Rose Still Outside Looking In

College Football Playoff Pairings

Be Careful What You Ask For

Cam Getting Some MVP Play

NFL Thoughts

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Relentless Royals

Another Week, Another Win

Panthers Gain Credibility

Pitfalls For USC

Panthers Got Defensive

Panthers Are Rolling

Panthers Win Again

Panthers Win Ugly

Can Panthers Three-Peat?

College Football Preview

Just What The NFL Needed

UNC Delaying Tactics

Some Refreshing News

Deflate-Gate Revisited

The Smoltz Story

Ty Lawson Needs A Wake Up Call

Florida State Police Blotter

World Cup Win For US Women

Hornets Select Kaminsky

Goodell/Brady Have Their Meeting

LeBron & The Cavs Fall Short

ESPN Taking Heat

NBA Finals

Edwards Back In Winners Circle

NFL To Change Football Rules

Deflate-Gate Hits Pats Hard

NFL Draft News

What’s Up With Deflate-Gate

What? Tebow Again

Get Used To Spieth

Duke Claims Title

The Familiar Four

NCAA Tournament Continues

March Madness

Tark The Shark

Duke Is Gearing Up For March Madness

I Don’t Get It

Yankee Hypocrisy

Honoring Dean Smith

Common Sense

Get Your Mind On The Game

NFL Championship Sunday

Panthers Eliminated

Panthers Move On

Panthers Playoff Bound

Sid’s 2014 Bowl Predictions

Kobe vs. Michael

Where Did That Come From?

Goodell Takes A Hit

Fragile Cavs

RG III Needs To Look In The Mirror

Heels AD Still Has Williams’ Back

Bumgarner Saves The Giants

Optimism Abounds With The Hornets

An Unlikely World Series

Winston Off Field Turmoil Continues

Panthers Rebound

October Baseball

Panthers Facing New Questions

Reality With Rice

Panthers Win, Panthers Win 

Carolina Panthers Preview

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When Will Manziel Show Some Poise?

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NCAA Football Talk

Got Off Easy

ACC Football Preseason Poll Is Out

LeBron Changes Image

LeBron Still Undecided

Game Effort By USA

The Decision II

Spurs Claim Dynasty Tag

Sour Grapes

Heat Make NBA Finals Again

Cavs Win Lottery (Again)


Panthers And The Draft

Not So Sterling

NBA Playoff Action

Phelps Diving Back Into It


Final Four Fodder

NCAA Hoop Madness

March Madness, 2014 Style

One and Done

Heels Heating Up

Setting The Record Straight

Martin And Incognito

Bobcats Appear To Be Moving Forward (This Time)

A Super Letdown

Super Bowl Preview

Broncos and Seahawks Reach Super Bowl

Panthers Were Not Ready

Seminoles End SEC Streak

2013 In Review

Sid’s Bowl Picks

Mack Brown Resigns

BCS Gets It Right

Did You See The Classic?

ACC Hoop Preview

NFL Coaching Hot Seats

Panthers Are The Talk Of The NFL

Ravens Not Flying So High These Days

A Jeff Gordon Sighting

World Series Preview

Craziness Within College Football

Dissension In Tar Heel Land

SEC Football Rules

Nickname Controversy

Panthers And Rivera Lose Another Close One


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Panthers Are Cam’s Team

Heels Sticking With Hairston

NCAA Hypocrisy

Does NASCAR Need Young Talent?

Crash & Burn?

PHIL-thy Good

An All Star Night

Charlotte Signs Jefferson

NBA Free Agency And Charlotte

LeBron vs. Michael

Major Problem For Tiger

Police Blotter Hits Tar Heel Hoop Program

NBA Finals Are Set

Irish Eyes Are Not Smiling

NBA Final Four

Tiger May Be Having His Best Season Ever

NBA Playoff Action

No Draft Buzz With The Panthers

NBA Playoff Preview

Tiger Should Have Been DQed

Baseball Is Back

Final Four Fodder

Sweet 16 Madness

March Madness

He’s Back

Kelly’s A Hero

Who Said Girls Can’t Race?

Danica Is On The Pole

King James

Flacco & The Ravens Hang On



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