Firstly, a few quick points:
- Manchester United 1 – 0 Middlesborough. United haven’t allowed a Premier League goal in over eleven hours, but their wastefulness in front of the opposition’s net is troubling. For them, 2008 began the way it started, with a drab, uninspired 1-0 win over mediocre opposition. Tonight–today–they squandered chance after chance before Dimitar Berbatov stabbed home a late winner. And speaking of stabbed…
- Stevie Me G is in gaol following an altercation which, if The Guardian is to be trusted, might’ve stemmed from his awful taste in music. “One report suggested Gerrard and a group of his friends were involved in some sort of altercation after [a DJ] refused to allow the midfielder to play his favourite songs on the sound system. Gerrard is a big fan of Phil Collins and counts the singer’s greatest hits as his favourite album. He is also partial to Coldplay.” Brilliant story if true.
- The Minnesota Vikings, ten-game winners and NFC North division champions, are getting three points against the Philadelphia Eagles, nine-game winners and a wild card team by the skin of its teeth. Oh, and the game’s in Minneapolis; can you say “conspiracy?”
- I’ll be at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow and Thursday. Pray for me; more importantly, pray for the Leafs.
Secondly, as usual, Canada’s sports networks are busily churning out one awful year-end special after another (case in point: Sportsnet naming Georges St. Pierre its “athlete” of the year). Thus, I came up with an in-no-way-biased year-in-review of my own. You won’t find any fault whatsoever with this one!
- Manchester United’s Double. As if there was any other possible choice. May 21 was easily my best day of the year.
- Tiger Woods Winning the U.S. Open. His bum knee made it one for the ages.
- Nadal vs. Federer at Wimbeldon. John McEnroe called it the greatest tennis match ever played; who am I to disagree?
- Michael Phelps. What’ll he do for a repeat?
- Usain Bolt. He might yet break 9.5.
- Farewell to Yankee Stadium. Even if you were never there yourself (and I was, four times), you felt as though you knew the place. Not just a great sporting venue but an important historical building, as well.
- Flames vs. Sharks, Game #3. One of the wildest hockey games I’ve ever seen, let alone attended, with a Cujo cameo and a game-winning Owen “Silverback” Nolan goal making it extra-special.
- The Catch. It doesn’t matter how often you see it: David Tyree’s catch still doesn’t make any sense. Oh, and it led to one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
- Leafs vs. the Province of Alberta. Alright, so the 4-3 loss to the Flames was disheartening–but the road trip to Edmonton and back, which bookended a 5-2 win over the Oilers, was awesome.
- The God Squad Acquiring Jason Witten. Getting Witten for Boss, Williams, and the Vikings’ d won me $150.
- Minnesota Vikings, 2008 NFC North Division Champions. Like I said: no bias whatsoever.