Happy New Year, everyone. I would argue that 2007 was the worst year that sports fans have seen in a long time.
In the NFL, there was the Vick story, which was the Story of the Year. Baseball had the Mitchell Report. The NBA had the Donaghy scandal. Yep, pretty close to rock-bottom.
But even the "good" stories were problematic:
The Pats going 16-0 was historic, but by comparison made the rest of the league look totally uncompelling. (And the fantasy season SUUUCKED.)
The Red Sox became the New Yankees, insufferably successful, poised for a decade of dominance -- sweeping away the Cinderella
The Spurs are the NBA dynasty no one seems to care about at all; a Finals vs. the league's marquee player led to the worst ratings ever.
(That's partially why I picked the
In 2007, two fan bases had make-the-rest-of-fandom-want-to-retch years:
Pretty shitty, actually.
Here's the thing: On the playing field, 2008 sizes up about the same as last year:*The Pats? Should go 19-0 en route to another Super Bowl title.
*The Red Sox? Will be the favorites to win another World Series (Go Tigers!)
*The Spurs? Will be the favorites to win another NBA title, over KG and the rejuvinated Celtics (at least offering temporary relief from Boston sports dominance)
*Florida football? Should enter and exit the 2008 season at No. 1, led by the reigning Heisman winner.
Yeesh. The common factor: Dominance. Dominance is not good for sports, no matter what the Patriots' TV ratings might be. Fans need to believe there's a chance another team (their team, or otherwise) can win. Otherwise, what's the point?
The only thing that will redeem 2008 is that it can't possibly match the all-time OFF-field lows of 2007: Vick, Donaghy, Mitchell. Can it?
What were your favorite sports memories of 2007? And what are your predictions for 2008?