It might be the last day of 2020, but it still feels like March. With that being said, this cursed year is almost over. Here's who won this year's Sports Things of the Year Awards.
Team of the Year: Liverpool: No one ruled the Premier League like the Reds did. The Premier League champions had a vicious attack, with depth at the forward position. Led by the likes Mohamed Saleh (19 goals last season), Sadio Mane (18 goals last season), and Jordan Henderson, Liverpool bought its diehard fans their first Premier League trophy in club history. The group gave its hopefuls a friendly reminder that "you'll never walk alone."
Male Athlete of the Year: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: How can you hate Patrick Mahomes? Kansas City's star quarterback has already won an MVP, a Super Bowl MVP, and is favored to win another MVP this season. He already has 12,099 passing yards, a passer rating of 110.5, a career completion percentage of 66.1, 101 touchdown passes, and only 19 interceptions. One door's red and the other's blue, the Super Bowl is his to lose!
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Female Athlete of the Year: Naomi Osaka: Osaka has emerged as a dominant force in the tennis world. She also won the 2020 U.S. Open, her second title of the tournament in her career. She's even gone as far as obtaining the top ranking in women's tennis. She was the first Japanese athlete to ever win AP Female Athlete of the Year. She even has an anime based on her likeness coming out in the future! How awesome is that?
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Sports Moment of the Year: When the Coronavirus Struck: It was a moment that shook the sports world. When COVID-19 took its course in March, it caused postponements of every major league, ranging from the NHL to the NBA. You'll never see a moment like this in your lifetime again.
Sports Executive of the Year: Brett Veach: Veach constructed the dynamic Chiefs offense that dominated the NFL. With weapons such as Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Sammy Watkins, it was tough stopping Kansas City and it still is now. We could see a new dynasty in the NFL because of Veach's work.
Sports Owner(s) of the Year: Guggenheim Baseball Management (Los Angeles Dodgers): The group that built the well-rounded force known as the Dodgers finally won the team's first World Series title since 1988. By adding Mookie Betts and fortifying a solid rotation, the Dodgers rocked the competition. They are looking to repeat this season, with Clayton Kershaw and Betts returning to the field. MLB has been put on notice.
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In the past week, the San Diego Padres acquired Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, and signed Ha-Seong Kim. In short, the Padres had a productive off-season. However, there are some concerns the team has. For example, who's the closer? Can the Padres overcome the Dodgers not just in the NL West, but in the NL?
It's possible. San Diego has a productive lineup already, with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado making a nice 1-2 punch. The front of the rotation looks solid... on paper. Darvish is a nice addition with a wide repertoire of pitches. However, he did pitch well in a shortened season. How would Darvish have done in a 162-game season last year? The good news for the Padres is the NL West is weak aside from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona underachieved, Colorado always has pitching problems (must be the Coors), and San Francisco's almost done with their rebuild.
There are other teams that may cause problems for San Diego. Atlanta's got a staff reminiscent of the 1990's and you don't know what the Mets will do in the offseason. Speaking of which, we don't know how the rest of the offseason will shake out. Who will go where? It's too early to tell if San Diego will win the NL, even if they went all in during the offseason.
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It seems like Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines are coming to a head. What was once a star-studded relationship has soured, especially among fans. This is especially true after Michigan's disappointing 2020 campaign. Now, NFL teams have shown interest in Harbaugh. That begs the question: Should the Lions go after Harbaugh?
Here's the lowdown on the former "golden boy". Harbaugh has a knack for developing killer defenses. He did this in San Francisco and also did this with the Wolverines. He also hasn't developed a solid quarterback since Andrew Luck during his Stanford days. Matthew Stafford is on his way out in Detroit, which means the Lions will need a new man under center. Harbaugh's quarterback escapades should be a warning sign for Lion fans.
Does Harbaugh win you games? Yeah, he will. Does he win when it matters? No. This couldn't have been more true during his time with the Wolverines, losing big games to the likes of Michigan State, Wisconsin, and *GASP* Ohio State. The Lions can go for Harbaugh. Give it a shot. But his stay may not last for as long as you think, especially if he's planning on burning some bridges after.
When was the last time the Chicago Bears had a competent quarterback? I can't say offense because Walter Payton was a legendary running back. He was the Barry Sanders of Chicago, only he won a Super Bowl.
Speaking of which, how badly can one franchise milk one stellar season? Ever since that magical 1985 season, the team has double-doinked their way through the league. Also, as funny as the Super Fans are, they make every Polish-American in the midwest look like a bunch of idiots. That's why you should avoid the Bears at all costs. At least both baseball teams won a World Series each in the past 15 seasons...
...Is a new phone. Seriously, I'm sick of having so many dropped calls. That shit gets old fast. With that being said, here's what I would like for next Christmas.
...Is an F-Zero movie. Think about it. The action would be so intense. It would be like watching NASCAR, only with more dramatic scenes. How will Captain Falcon stop Black Shadow and his nefarious deeds? Also, I want to see a live action Captain Falcon. Maybe Chris Evans will play him? I think he'd be an awesome Captain Falcon. We're already getting a live action Metal Gear Solid movie, so we deserve a live action F-Zero movie. This is especially true since Nintendo won't make another F-Zero game.
Live action movies are all the rage right now and fans will eat up the garbage. Why not make one that won't be trash? Show me your moves, Hollywood. Put in an effort and make this happen. Also, I just wanted an excuse to use this picture. So, there you go!
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AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco criticized the college football playoff committee last week for placing Iowa State ahead of Cincinnati in their ranking. Aresco has a point; the Cyclones were 9-2 at the time and just lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship this week, while Cincinnati is undefeated and favored in the AAC Championship. Aresco's comments also proves the committee only cares about the bottom line for the Power Five Conferences, namely the SEC, Big Ten, and Big 12.
If the committee only cares about the bottom line, why not expand the playoff? This year's playoff would be ripe for such an expansion. Here's how it would work: each Power Five champion automatically gets in, with the highest-ranked Group of Five school and the two best at-large schools getting in. Here's how the format would look under the current format:
If you're wondering about what'll happen with the New Year Six bowl games, they'll be used as the playoff sites. The championship game will be played in a selected city separate from the New Year Six bowl games. Think about how much money would be generated from advertisements alone. Schools would also get a better purse from making the playoffs as well, with schools like Oklahoma and Texas A&M bringing in more revenue.
Expanding the playoff is a win-win for all sides. Big-name schools like Oklahoma and Florida would get a chance to bring in more revenue with their winning ways while the Group of Five finally gets some representation. So why isn't the NCAA jumping at this opportunity?
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