Monday, January 01, 2007

2006 Year in Review

I am not one who loves to dwell over the past, but I do enjoy recalling some big stories...

January 22, 2006
NFL Championship Sunday features the Seahawks and Steelers winning their respective conferences.
Sonics 152, Suns 149 (2ot) - Ray Allen's three pointer at the buzzer wins a high scoring double overtime thriller
Lakers 122, Raptors 104 - Kobe Bryant: 81 points in 42 minutes, shooting 28 for 46 including 7 of 13 three pointers, and 18 for 20 from the free throw line, along with a whopping two assists.

Super Bowl XL - Refere-uh, I mean, Steelers 21, Seahawks 10.
Rose Bowl - Vince Young runs all over the Trojans snapping USC's 34-game winning streak in route to a national championship

Germany wins 29 medals at the Winter games in Italy, which are largely overshadowed by a series of illegal substance scandals.

Madness ensues as George Mason rides a Cinderalla season into the Final Four. Florida handily beats UCLA to win the national championship.

The NFL Draft makes big news as the Houston Texans pick Mario Williams first allowing New Orleans to pick Reggie Bush. Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Devin Hester, and Maurice Jones-Drew cap out a star-studded draft.

Perhaps the greatest NBA Playoffs of all time featured four seven game series': Raja Bell and Kobe go at it in the first round, Lebron James takes the Detroit Pistons to seven, Dallas Mavericks upset the banged up San Antonio Spurs in a series that came down to the final minute, and the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers provide another set of seven entertaining games.

NHL Stanley Cup - Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Edmonton Oilers in seven. No one cares.
NBA Finals - Down 0-2 to the Dallas Mavericks, the Miami Heat decide to turn it on winning four in a row as Dwyane Wade cements his name as a superstar.

The FIFA World Cup in Germany is considered a grand success but will always be remembered for Zinedine Zidane's heatbutt.

The excitement and anticipation for another NFL season peaks during training camp. How will Big Ben, Culpepper, Brees, and Pennington return from injuries? When will the rookie quarterbacks step in and which will be the best? Just how good are the Manning brothers? Who is not sick and tired of the T.O. circus? Will the Curses strike the Seahawks?

NFL kickoffs with the best moment being the Saints emotional homecoming to the New Orleans Superdome on Monday Night beating the Atlanta Falcons 23-3 in route to a surprising 10-6 season.

St. Louis Cardinals upset the Detroit Tigers in five games to win the World Series

NBA - The Utah Jazz emerge as the surprise team of the season, joining the ranks of San Antonio, Dallas, and Phoenix and reinforcing the western conference's superiority.

NBA - Allen Iverson is traded to the Denver Nuggets days after a New York and Denver brawl.
NFL - L.T. wins the rushing title and sets the touchdown record with 31.