We have had quite an exciting year in sports as we get ready to close out 2012, and jump into 2013. Here are a few of the most exciting moments from this past year in sports.
Speaking of jumping…Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian pilot and skydiver, made history in October when he jumped out of his custom made Red Bull capsule and jumped from 128,097 feet above the Earth. Baumgartner set three world records in the process according to redbullusa.com.
World renowned American cyclist Lance Armstrong had a woe filled 2012 as it was officially announced that he would be stripped of all 7 of his Tour De France titles and also be banned from the sport for life. Armstrong has been charged with participating in the most sophisticated doping scandal ever seen by the sport according to CNN.
The World Series gave us a lot to cheer about, especially if you are a San Francisco Giants fan, the Giants had little trouble containing the Detroit Tigers and sweeping the series in 4 games. The Tigers bats were silenced as the Giants held them to a batting average of only .159, and achieved consecutive shut-outs in game 2 and 3 according to Wikipedia.
Football brought us another classic rematch in the Super Bowl as the New York Giants faced off against the New England Patriots. Eli Manning pulled off another great performance as he comes from behind to win the game and claim victory for the Giants and win 21-17 according to Itsonmytv.com
The 2012 NBA finals produced another great series as the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1. Of all The Oklahoma City Thunder players on the team, it was the first time anyone from that team had ever played in the NBA Finals.
The 2012 Olympic Games were held in London this year, The Americans once again dominated the games winning the most medals. The USA won a total of 104 medals followed by China 88 medals, Russia 82 medals, Great Britain 65 medals, and Germany reeled in 44 medals as the top five finishers by total count, according to www.london2012.com.
In college football the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are ranked number 1 as of Dec 2, 2012. They have not ended a regular season at number one since 1988 according to espn.go.com. The Irish has a long history of brilliance and tradition that goes along with their football program, Notre Dame will play No. 2 Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami on Jan. 7…Stay tuned.
I hate to finish an article on a sad note, but I could not forget about World famous boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho who passed away from a gunshot wound to the face on Nov 20th in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, he was 50 years old. Camacho finished his career with a record of 76-6-3 and won 3 different weight divisions during his storied career according to news.yahoo.com.
There were many other great headlines to mention for 2012, but no more room on the page, so I apologize to any fans if I missed your sport…I am only human after all.