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Top 2011 Sports Moments, Good and Bad: A Fan’s Perspective
As 2011 comes to an end, we can look back at the many moments that will be remembered this year in sports. Some of these headlines and memories are great moments, while others mark scandal and tragedy.
Let's begin by taking a look at some of the good moments.
Last-Minute Broncos Wins
The Denver Broncos and new starting QB Tim Tebow have become the talk of the NFL world in 2011. Not because they are playing amazing football, because, in all honesty, their games are a mess. Yet, they keep managing to pull off win after win (and usually in the final minutes). Probably the best win happened on Dec. 11 against the Chicago Bears. With only 2 minutes left in the game, the Broncos managed to come back from a 10-0 deficit, tie the game up and win in overtime.
Packers' Super Bowl Win and Winning Streak
The Green Bay Packers started 2011 off with a Super Bowl win, and as the 2011 season started, they continued to prove that they are a winning team. With a 13-0 record, it seems there is no team that can stop the Packers this year.
After a 749-day slump, Tiger Woods managed to finally pull off a win at the Chevron World Challenge. I don't think this means the old Tiger is back, but it will be interesting to see what 2012 will bring.
Luke Donald Makes Money List Record
Luke Donald, playing for both the PGA and European Tour, proved that winning the money list in both tours was possible—and he accomplished it. He was also named PGA Player of the Year.
Rory McIlroy Breaks Records
Rory McIlroy showed us that records are made to be broken when he broke numerous records at the U.S. Open, including the 72-hole scoring record previously held by Jack Nicklaus, Lee Janzen, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk.
Ron Santo Makes Hall of Fame
In an event that was a long time coming, former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo was finally elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, he was not alive to see it as he passed away last year. Some accomplishments of this great Cubs player include four career 30-HR seasons, five-time Gold Glove winner and nine-time All-Star. He was also a broadcaster for the Cubs from 1990-2010.
Now, let's look at the not-so-pleasant sports moments in 2011.
Penn State Scandal
The world of college football and Penn State was hit with accusations of sexual abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Riots erupted on campus after legendary football coach Joe Paterno was fired for having knowledge of the abuse and doing nothing about it.
Chicago Bears Receiver Sam Hurd
On Dec. 15, Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd was taken into custody by undercover Homeland Security agents for his alleged role in drug trafficking. The story is still developing, but involves the purchase of large amounts of cocaine and marijuana. News of this arrest has shocked the Bears and Hurd's former team, the Dallas Cowboys.
This was probably the funniest sports moment in 2011. During the Fry.com Open, a fan ran towards Tiger Woods and threw a hot dog at him. Who knew hot dogs could be used as weapons?
Death at Indy
On Oct. 16, 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner and popular IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon was killed in a horrible multi-car crash during the season's final race in Las Vegas. He died when his car went airborne and slammed into the catch fence.
Deborah Braconnier is a former athlete and sports fan. She is a freelance writer and Featured Contributor for the NFL and Olympics. Follow her on Twitter at @fwcdeborah.
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