2015 was a great year in sports. Every year is great actually. There’s always great games every year. Was this year even better though? There really were a ton of great events in the world of sports. Some real letdowns too. Remember Mayweather vs. Pacquiao? But we only want to remember the good. Games like these ones:
San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers
NBA Playoffs, 1st Round, Game 7
Clippers 111, Spurs 109
Game 7 was the best NBA game of the year. The whole series between the Spurs and Clippers was great though. It was a fluke these two teams even met in the first round. Both teams won twice on the road. The first six games only set up the wonderful seventh. Game 7 had 31 lead changes and 19 ties. The Spurs lead late but the Clippers came back late and Chris Paul made the game winning shot.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
NFC Championship Game
Seahawks 28, Packers 22
This game sucked for most of it. Russell Wilson was terrible throwing four picks, allowing the Packers to jump out to a 16-0 lead. The Seahawks got on the board after their punter threw a touchdown. Then they scored late in the fourth but only two minutes remained. The Seahawks had to onside kick and they recovered it, thanks to a drop by a third string tight end. The Seahawks would score and then win the game in overtime.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers
ALDS, Game 5
Blue Jays 6, Rangers 3
This games was by far the wildest baseball game of the whole season, and it happened to be a very important one. The Rangers took the lead after a bizarre play where Russel Martin’s throw back to the mound bounced off the hitter’s bat. The Rangers had a runner at third who came home on the play. The Blue Jays fans went nuts and threw things on the field.
It all worked out fine as Jose Bautista hit a monster go ahead home run to take the lead and win the series.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
2015 Sugar Bowl
Ohio State 42, Alabama 35
No one gave Ohio State much of a chance down to their third string quarterback. After the Buckeyes struck first, Alabama roared back and took a 21-6 lead an everyone thought the game was over. Ohio State would score 28 straight points though to surprise everyone. Alabama wouldn’t die though and scored a touchdown to cut the lead to seven and then recovered the subsequent onside kick. They still ended up losing but it was a fantastic game.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2
Lightning 4. Blackhawks 3
This game featured a number of lead changes and a lot of scoring for a Stanley Cup game. Tampa scored first but the Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead. Tampa regained the lead 3-2 but then Chicago tied it early in the third period. Tampa goalie, Ben Bishop, then had to leave the game. The Lightning scored and the backup goalie got the win.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin 71, Kentucky 64
Wisconsin led most of the game but it was close. Everyone was waiting for Kentucky to turn it on and take the lead, as they had done so often that year. They did take the lead 60-56 but Wisconsin didn’t quit and finished the game on a 15-4 run to habd the Wildcats their first loss.
Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA Finals, Games 1 and 2
Warriors 108, Cavaliers 100 (OT)
Cavaliers 95, Warriors 93 (OT)
The Warriors ended up winning the championship pretty easily but the first two games were incredible, both going to overtime. In game 1, Golden State had the ball late with the game tied. Stephen Curry got past Kyrie Irving and had a free path to the basket. However, Irving tracked him down and blocked the shot from behind and the game went to overtime. In OT, Irving got hurt almost immediately and would miss the rest of the series. Also, Cleveland lost.
In game 2 everyone expected Cleveland to fold up. LeBron didn’t let that happen recording his fifth finals triple double. Cleveland won the game and would win game 3 as well but they would lose the next three.
Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots
Super Bowl XLIX
Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
What a Super Bowl, right? We’ve had some good ones recently but this was arguably the best Super Bowl of all time. The Seahawks led by ten entering the fourth, having shut down Tom Brady for most of the game. However, the all time great led the Patriots on two touchdown drives to take the lead.
Seattle got the ball back, needing a touchdown for the win. After a couple of first downs, Jermaine Kearse made a ridiculous catch to put Seattle inside the five. A first down run from Marshawn Lynch took the Seahawks to the 1. Then they threw the ball. This decision was one of our biggest uh oh moments of the year. The pass was intercepted and the Patriots won.