Brett Favre, who is battling multiple injuries from previous matches (Green Bay, New England, Buffalo), may miss his 1st game in over 20 years and put an end to his all-time Iron Man record of 297 consecutive starts, assuming he is deemed unfit to play against the giants on December 13, 2010. Did he already play in the final game of his pro career last week against Buffalo? And what of the Jen Sterger controversy which still looms overhead? Will the league ever take any disciplinary action against him? And will that taint his decorated legacy, his claim to fame as one of the most enthusiastic quarterbacks to ever play the game? I suppose only time will tell… but there is no doubt that he definitely was one of the funnest players to watch. Ever. Thanks for the great memories, Brett.
Here’s a quick recap of some of Brett Favre’s more notable, one-of-a-kind achievements throughout his 20 year pro football career:
The Lakers faced the Orlando Magic in this years NBA championship. The Magic had made some unbelievable comebacks to earn their spot as eastern conference champions, but they did not have what it took to overcome the Lakers, as they fell by a score of 4-1. However, in their defense, the series could have been more interesting and a lot closer had the Magic won game 2 off the last second alley-oop pass to rookie Courtney Lee, and had Dwight Howard made his free-throws/had Jameer Nelson fouled Derek Fisher before he sunk the biggest shot of his career.
With this victory, the Lakers secured their 15th NBA championship trophy (out of their 30 appearances) and trail the Celtics by two for the all-time record. This was also a historic day for Laker’s coach Phil Jackson, as he won his 10th championship (6 with the Bulls, 4 with the Lakers), the most championship wins for any coach in any sport.
With this win, Kobe Bryant was also able to silence critics for finally being able to win a championship without former teammate Shaquille O’Neal. He also won his first Finals MVP award, which he will add to his resume in application for the world’s best basketball player.
Now the Lakers face a new dilemma regarding guard Trevor Ariza and Forward Lamar Odom; which of these star players will they be more interested in re-signing, and which will they consider letting go? They both played vital roles in winning the championship and they will both will be expecting a big raise, something the Lakers may not be able to afford, as they are already way over their salary caps.
The Pittsburgh Penguins finally get their revenge as they came back from an 0-2 series defecit to finish the seasons as the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions. Prior to this final game, the home teams dominated, usually by a large margin, but the Penguins gave their all this game and took an early 2-0 lead, thanks to Max Talbot. During the middle of the second, the Penguins also lost their also Sydney Crosby to injury, making their task to secure the trophy even more difficult.
The Redwings battled back with fury in the third, scoring an early goal and out-shooting the Pens 7-1. This game came down to the wire, as Detroit flurried shot after shot in hopes of sending the game into overtime. Too bad for them it was too little, too late.
Laker guard Derek Fisher was having a quiet night, shooting just 0-5 from 3 point land, up until the final 5 seconds of regulation where he made the biggest shot of his career ever. That’s right, this shot was bigger than the one he made against the Spurs a few years back with only 0.4 seconds remaining. Because of this shot, the Lakers were able to tie the game and go into overtime where they won quite easily, Fisher hitting another big 3.
Check out the footage of this amazing piece of NBA history:
LeBron James was crowned MVP for the first time at age 24, the 3rd youngest player to win this prestigious award. As shown by the poll on this website, LeBron seemed like the clear winner to most people, and beat out rival Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade, who follow behind in 2nd and 3rd respectively. LeBron definitely earned it this year, helping his team to a season-best record and into the playoffs. Most people (including me) believe that the NBA finals will be the Lakers vs. Cavs, where there will be a thrilling showdown between the latest MVPs, Bryant and James.
Another disappointing year for the Sharks who ended the NHL regular season with the best record, only to lose in the first round to the 8th seeded Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks have never won the Stanley Cup and many people believed (including me) that this was the year they were going to go the distance. Too bad they lost by a wide margin in only 6 games.
The remaining teams that seem to be playing the best hockey are the Boston Bruins, Detroit Redwings, and the Vancouver Canucks. My money (after losing most of it on the Sharks) would be on the Redwings, a team with vast playoff experience that knows what it takes to win it all.
Today the New Orleans Hornets received the biggest beat-down ever recorded in NBA playoffs losing to the Denver Nuggets by a score of 121-63, a 58 point deficit. The worst part about it was that it happened on the Hornets come court in front of thousands of spectators. If I attended that game I would definitely be asking for a refund! Now the Nuggets hold a 3-1 lead over New Orleans and look to end the series on home court come Wednesday.
In other news, the Lakers finish off the Jazz with a 4-1 series, and the Cleveland Cavaliers sweep the Detroit Pistons.
The votes are in and the awards for the 2009 nba players have been distributed, all except the most coveted, the most valuable player (MVP) award. Taking home the Coach of the year award was Mike Brown, thanks to his stalwart Calves who ended the regular season with the best record in the NBA (66-16), only losing twice at home.
The rookie of the year award no doubtedly went to none other than Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. Almost everybody saw that one coming and there seemed to be little competition for that award.
Dwight Howard was able to take home the defensive player of the year award, leading the league in blocked shots with 231. In pursuit of that award was Dwayne Wade and Chris Paul, who led the league in steals (216 & 173). All that remains is the MVP award, which won’t be announced for another week or two. Most people believe it will go to LeBron James, although Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade remain in the runnings.
Surprisingly there have already been 4 of 8 possible upsets already and who knows how many more are on the way. Most people would not have foreseen these upsets, except for maybe the Rockets beating the Trailblazers (but not by 27 points). Check out this list of upsets so far:
Bulls over Celtics – [105-103]
Mavericks over Spurs [105-97]
76ers over Magic [100-98]
Rockets over Trailblazers [108-81]
As far as the series go with these upsets, I would still bet money that the celtics, magic, and rockets all win these rounds. I could see the Spurs falling to the Mavericks, since they are an older team with injured key players (Manu Ginobili). Lakers will take down the Jazz easy, Denver should beat the Hornets, Cleveland will sweep Detroit, and the Hawks will probably overpower the young Heat team, even though I’m pulling for my man D-Wade.
1. Tiger Woods – $115 million 1. Maria Sharapova – $26 million
2. David Beckham – $50 million 2. Serena Williams – $14 million
3. Michael Jordan – $45 million 3. Venus Williams – $13 million
4. Phil Mickelson – $45 million 4. Justine Henin – $12.5 million
5. Kimi Raikkonen – $44 million 5. Michelle Wie -$12 million
6. Kobe Bryant – $39 million 6. Annika Sorenstam – $11 million
7. LeBron James – $38 million 7. Lorena Ochoa – $10 million
8. Ronaldinho – $37 million 8. Danica Patrick – $8 million
9. Valentino Rossi – $35 million 9. Ana Ivanovic – $6 million
10. Roger Federer – $35 million 10. Paula Creamer – $6 million
Not Bad for a years worth of playing your favorite pastime sport in front of millions of viewers. I wouldn’t mind trading salaries with any of these athletes for a couple of years. Hell, I’d be down to do it for even a couple of weeks!