The year 2012 has had a big impact on the sports world. Records have been broken, teams have been formed and fan favorite players have been idolized. Here I will take you through the top 5 sporting moments of the year 2012.
Starting off at number 5, we all must go back to the 2011-2012 NBA season and look at the New York Knicks. The Knicks were struggling and Carmelo Anthony went down. New York, fighting for a playoff spot, needed someone to step up in the place of the superstar. No one expected it, yet the man who stepped up was none other than the only Asian-American in the entire NBA, Jeremy Lin. With all the memorabilia sold with Lin’s name on it, Linsanity will never be forgotten.
Moving on to number 4, we have one of the biggest team turnarounds in NFL history. After future hall of fame quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning, goes down for the entire 2011-2012 season, the Colts had arguably their worst season with 2 wins and 14 losses since moving to Indianapolis from Baltimore. While every Sunday twitter feeds all through Indiana have “Suck for Luck” trending, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck prepares to be the number one pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Colts’ fans got the Luck they wished for, and Andrew Luck is currently leading them to a solid season with a record of 6-4 right now, 3 times as many wins as Indianapolis had all of last season.
At number 3 we have a feat that has only been accomplished by 16 athletes since the year 1894. This feat was none other than a 4 home run performance by Josh Hamilton to lead the Texas Rangers past the Baltimore Oriels in a regular season MLB game. You read that right. He hit 4 home runs in one game. Just this one performance could easily get him quite a large contract for the rest of Hamilton’s career.
Pushing forward to number 2 is of course the 2012 Summer London Olympics. The summer games of 2012 was loaded with impressive performances, from the return of Michael Phelps and his increase in personal medal count to the United States 156-73 victory over the Nigerian basketball team. The top 3 national performances were those of Great Britain, finishing with 65 medals, China with 88 medals, and the United States with 104 medals.
Leading the pack at the number one most memorable moments in sports of 2012 comes from a sporting world often forgotten about. While Division 3 basketball is often ignored, within hours, all of the United States had heard about the Division 3 basketball game in which Jack Taylor scored 138 points to lead Grinnell College past Faith Baptist Bible College 179-104. This 138 point performance by Taylor shattered the previous record of 113 set by Bevo Francis in 1954.