We all know the running jokes about how awful 2016 was…because it was. Those sick sons of bitches stole Harambe from us. Stupid Idiots. Remember this New Years, take a shot for Harambe…he took one for you. Don’t be a selfish prick. However, I am not here to focus on the bad. Instead, I want to focus on some pretty kick ass things that happened in 2016, at least in the sports world.
5. Dee Gordon honors Jose Fernandez with Home Run
I know this isn’t necessarily awesome because it pertains to a terrible boating accident that killed Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was loved around the league. But when his teammate Dee Gordon blasted a lead off home run into the stands, you can’t help but get the feels. I get chills and tear up just thinking about it. All the Marlins wore No. 16 to honor their teammate. Gordon took the first pitch right handed to honor Fernandez. Then, switched back to the left hand side. Gordon is not a home run hitter. That was his ninth career home run in over 500 games. You can’t make this shit up.
4. Katie Ledecky 800 m Free Win
She is not a human being. If you did not watch the Olympics, I feel sorry for you. The Olympics had some amazing moments, but this one takes the cake. Ledecky beat the person in second place by 12 seconds. Some genius on Twitter put Vanessa Carlton’s 1000 miles over the race and said “she literally had until making my way downtown to win.” It was incredible. I was blowing up my friends’ phones during the race because that just doesn’t happen.
3. Kevin Harlan with the greatest call ever
I am not going to do this one any justices by trying to explain this one…click here to listen. As someone who has done play-by-play and color commentary, I know how hard the job is. So for Harlan to pull that kind of magic, good for him. That will go down as an all time great call for radio.
2. LeBron leads the Cavs to first NBA Title
Bring home the gold. LeBron went from hero to villain to hero again. We all know the story of how he left Cleveland and people had their poor feelings hurt as a result. Cry me a river. He returned home to Cleveland and won a title in two years. It was awesome. He continues to chase the legacy as the greatest of all time. The more LeBron wins, the happier I am.
1. Chicago Cubs Win World Series
Was there another option? 108 years is a long fucking time. The Cubs winning was my favorite thing to ever happen in the sports world. This Cubs team is awesome from top to bottom and those fans (despite how much I hate them for the treatment of Steve Bartman) deserved it. They are some of the most loyal in the world and have waited a long time for this. Many die hards had to watch this from the pearly gates. Where you are…Fly the W Baaabyyyy!