Ok, I've posted "the bad" and "the ugly" of 2010, so I guess all that's left is "the good".
This one is easy considering I've always been a huge fan of teams who are first-time champions and of long-suffering teams who finally end their championship droughts. So my three "good" moments of 2010 feature a first-time champion and 2 long-sufferers who finally eased their own pain.
3. The Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup
It was a long time coming for the Blackhawks, 49 years to be exact. Prior to winning the 2010 Cup, the Blackhawks had held the longest drought of all the members of the unique fraternity known as the "Original Six".
For those unfamiliar with the term, the "Original Six" is a nickname given to the 6 remaining original teams of the NHL. The other current 24 teams all came after the 1967 expansion season, so the 6 old-schoolers are considered NHL royalty. They are: The Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers.
Prior to 2010, the Blackhawks last won the Stanley Cup in 1960-1961, so kudos to them for finally ending their long and exhausting drought. Now the "drought-distinction" belongs to the Maple Leafs who last won the Cup in 1966-1967, the year before the expansion era began. If my math is correct, that's 43 years and counting for Toronto.
2. The New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl.
1. The San Francisco Giants win the World Series
Anyway, there it is. In 2010, the Blackhawks, Saints and Giants combined to erase 146 years of misery and disappointment, give and take a year. So the lesson learned in 2010 is that long droughts do eventually come to an end.
Um, did you hear that Chicago Cubs and city of Cleveland? Droughts do come to an end! I just hope the Cubs and any of Cleveland's 3 teams does it during my lifetime.