Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sports in 2010: The Good!

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.

Here goes:

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.

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What can I say about the Saints that hasn't already been said? Their agonizing championship drought ended after 42 long years. Ironically the Saints entered the NFL as an expansion team the same year the NHL started their expansion. All in all, there is no doubt the Super Bowl victory was a huge pick-me-up for the city of New Orleans and a sweet moment for the first-time champions Saints.

1. The San Francisco Giants win the World Series

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This was a big one! The Giants ended one of the longest championship droughts in all of sports, 55 long years. It was the first-ever championship for the Giants since moving to San Francisco in 1958. Their 5 other World Series titles (1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954) came as the New York Giants. Their win, however, came at the expense of the Texas Rangers, who themselves, are looking at 50 years and counting with no title. But that's how it goes, only one team can win. So kudos to the Giants for FINALLY getting it done.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for a great year of coverage! Looking forward to what will hopefully be another historic year ahead. Enjoy the holiday season!