January 3, 2019
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS MOMENT/GAME/STORY OF 2018?
My favorite sports moment of 2018 was being contacted by The Basketball Tournament co-founder Jon Mugar in the spring to let me know that the Elam Ending (which had been implemented on an experimental basis in 2017) would be implemented for the full 71-game event in 2018. Seeing the format play out in a sound and exciting way on the court, and hearing praise from prominent players, coaches, officials, executives, broadcasters, writers and commentators, fans, TBT organizers themselves (who had taken a chance on the idea in the first place), and East Coast Basketball League organizers (who decided to adopt the Elam Ending format for 2019) brought a long-held vision to reality, and fuels momentum for the concept going forward.
Probably am not going to get a lot of agreement, but I DVR’d all the Braves games. One day when Dan Winkler was pitching well, I saw him strike out the side. That is when I realized I enjoyed watching the Braves more than practicing law so I retired. I am really enjoying retirement, and am still DVRing the Falcons for no apparent reason (other than skipping commercials).
Unlike most seasons, I find this to be a relatively easy one for me this year. New England Patriots vs the Miami Dolphins, Dec 9, 2018. Kenyon Drake’s completed 58 yd touchdown run after a series of razzle dazzle laterals for the 34 – 33 win over the Patriots. The looks on the faces of the folks on the sidelines, the announcer’s amazement and the fans reactions said it all.
I’m more of a soccer fan than anything else, these days, so my favorite sports story of 2018 was the Portland Timbers playoff run. They began the season with a new coach and finished fifth in the MLS western conference. When the playoffs began, they were the underdog in every series, but made it to the championship game, anyway.
As a Buckeye fan, this hurts. Cost us a shot at the championship game, but I have to pick Tyler Trent, the Purdue student who just this week died of cancer, and his passionate support of Purdue in a ridiculous upset of Ohio State.