What A Year It’s Been…

By Alex Strouf

Last Wednesday, a ton of us watched the Cubs win their first World Series title in 108 years in what became an instant classic game, series, and title drought.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Game 7 of this year’s World Series brought in a 25.2 rating. That means over 49 million households in the United States tuned into this phenomenal battle, making it the most watched baseball game since Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.

This game brought everything, home runs, comebacks, collapses, an extra inning, rain delays, and so much more.

It’s not very often that while I’m watching a professional sports game, I let the words, ‘Wow. That was incredible,’ come out of my mouth.

Except this calendar year.

Four times in 2016, we have been left with phenomenal championship games. Sports have never blessed us with this many instant classic games in the same calendar year.

In January, Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban locked his name among the greats, scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat top-ranked Clemson, 45-40, in a back-and-forth slobberknocker.

Then in April, college sports continued to amaze us. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige knocked down a clutch three-pointer with 4.7 seconds remaining to tie things up with Villanova. Then, the Wildcats responded as time expired, when Kris Jenkins nailed one from downtown to crown Villanova for the first time since 1985.

Then, if you have any connection to social media at all, you know what’s coming next. In June, the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, came back from a 3-1 series deficit to claim the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

And of course, the MLB World Series brought one of the best Game 7’s in the history of sports.

Sports are supposed to be fun, and occasionally we lose sight of that. Not that we can control the outcome of the games we watch, but it’s still fun to sit back, relax, and say, ‘Wow. That was incredible.’

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