The year 2008 had has its share of memorable sports moments. From great performances to heinous acts, the year was filled with action. There were hundreds to choose from, but below we’ve listed those that were the most unforgettable.
Michael Phelps– This guy has to be the athlete of the year. He won a record 8 gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing catapulting him past the remarkable performance of the great Mark Spitz in the Munich games of 1972. He now stands alone as the Olympian with the most gold medals, 14.
Boston Celtics– The “Big 3” Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined forces to bring Boston its first NBA championship since 1986. The storied franchise now has 17 championship banners and are poised to make a run at another.
Detroit Lions– Who will ever forget the 2008 Detroit Lions? It’s a story we’ll be able to tell our children and their children. We got to see an NFL team go the entire 16-game season win less. 0-16 has a bad ring to it.
Plaxico Burress– AKA Harris Smith, the New York Giants WR has had a rough year professionally and personally. He’s missed team meetings, shot himself in the leg and got in an car accident, lets not forget he was driving without car insurance. I sure hope 2009 is a better year for Burress because 2008 had to be his worst year ever.
O.J. Simpson– The juice is officially locked up. Simpson was sentenced to serve at least 9-years in a Las Vegas courtroom in December. He was found guilty of armed robbery along with a host of others charges that took place in a Las Vegas hotel room in September of 2007.
Davis v. Kiffin– In one of the most bizarre occurrences in sports this year, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis fired the 33 year-old Lane Kiffin in September and refused to buy out his contract. Davis is the arguably the NFL’s worst owner, while Kiffin is a rising star and already has landed another gig as head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers. Good luck to Lane in 2009.