The last year could very well go down as the greatest year in sports fandom for me. I truly care about 3 sports and 3 teams. The LA Kings, San Francisco Giants, and San Francisco 49ers.
The year started with a miraculous run for the Stanley Cup by the Kings. They changed head coaches mid-season, almost traded away their star captain, and looked doomed of ever making the playoffs. Then February and March happened. Then the playoffs and eventually the Stanley Cup Finals. It was a crazy run (going 16-4) and definitely not anything people predicted for their first ever franchise Stanley Cup Championship.
Then you move on to the Giants. They finished the year strong and looked poised for a tough playoffs but nothing to the extent that we got had to witness. There is constant talk around the Bay Area of the Giants playing what is called "Torture baseball" because of how they like to squeak out wins. The 2012 playoffs were a whole new level of torture. With them down in the first two series' and having to play (and win) 6 elimination games. After coming from behind both times to make it into the World Series, they went on to sweep the Tigers. It was absolutely amazing and again, totally against the odds and in no one's predictions.
Now onto the 49ers. They were expected to be a good team, possibly one of the better teams in the NFC but some strange losses to weak teams in the regular season put some doubt in people's minds heading into the playoffs. Thankfully a Viking win over the Packers gave the Niners a first round bye so it would only take 2 wins (with one being at home) to make it to the "Big Show." After a dismantling of the Packers in the first round, spirits were high, but going to Atlanta would be no easy feat. The first half proved thus as the Falcons got up by 17-0 without hesitation and the chances for the 49ers moving on seemed grim. After some battling and a tough 2nd quarter things were looking better but the 2nd half would prove the time when champions are made. They ended up shutting out the Falcons in the second half to win the game 28-24 and are moving on to the Superbowl.
The odds of any given team to win their respective "Championship" are pretty low to start with but some team has to win in each sport. Now couple that between two random teams of one fan and I'd say it's an excellent year to celebrate. But with one final game for the Niners to potentially make it three for three... now that will be truly unbelievable and I will more than likely never experience this ever again. I'm trying to slow down and enjoy this as much as I can because of that fact but as we all know too well, time flies by faster and faster the older we get. I will hopefully have this website and these posts to help me remember for years to come.
Cheers to one more win and one more Champion, to conquer what will be "The Greatest Year in Sports History (For Me)"