Top 50 Sports Moments Of 2016

The Biggest Sports Moments Of 2016

The year in sports 2016 will go down as historically significant for a variety of reasons. We may never have had a year that featured so many legends leaving the sports world and doing it in so many different ways: quietly, record-setting, with a fairwell tour and without, and triumphantly for some legends. Curses were ended, demons exercised, underdogs stunned, and buzzers were beaten. There were also plenty of silly moments, dumb mistakes, and controversial decisions that ignited fiery conversations. I do this piece to look back at it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Life and death sports is not, but so many on this list inspired us in both. This is my list, some of it keeping Orlando in mind as it is where we do our radio show. I present the difference-makers, the earth-shakers, and one of the greatest Lakers. These people, games, plays both inside the lines, and outside them stand out to me as the 50 biggest sports moments of 2016.

50. Father Knows Best

Adam LaRoche retires after White Sox ban his son from clubhouse

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49. Ice Ice Baby

Iceland shocks the soccer world in Euros

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48. Mr. Met

Tim Tebow plays baseball

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47. My Buddy and Me

College POY Buddy Hield scores 46 in 109-106 3OT loss at Kansas

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46. Unbearable

Baylor Investigation reveals covered up assaults, Art Briles fired

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45. Punchout

Rougned Odor exacts some bat-flipping revenge on Jose Bautista

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44. Photo Finish

Denny Hamlin edges Martin Truex Jr. by .011 in closest Daytona 500 ever

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43. Fairy Tale Roosters

Cinderella Coastal Carolina wins College World Series

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42. A Rose by another Name

Ichiro becomes “World’s” hit king

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41. Brown-Out

Johnny Manziel out of football after arrest

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40. Not in the Cards

Hail Mary not enough for Green Bay in Arizona in Wild Card thriller

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39. Long Shot

Leicester City beats 5000-1 odds, wins Premier League

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38. Great Scott!

Hockey fans vote John Scott in, goon then traded, demoted to AHL, scored twice, voted MVP

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37. Bungled

Bengals have epic playoff meltdown against the Steelers

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36. Only in Hollywood 

D’Angelo Russell records teammate Nick Young bragging about cheating on Iggy

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35. If you can’t take the Heat…

D-Wade leaves Miami for Chicago

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34. Lightning Bolt

Usain Bolt puts exclamation point on greatest sprinter ever label

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33. Movin’ on Up

Rams, Eagles trade up for Goff and Wentz

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32. Rookie Rodeo

Cowboys carried to NFC top seed by a pair of rookies

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31. A Dios Mio Rio

Zika Virus, dirty pools/water, Russian doping scandal (119 sent home)

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30. Alabama special team(s)

Tide win another title with a surprise onside kick and a kick return for 6

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29. Notorious Surprise

Connor McGregor loses and retires, unretires, wins back title

28. Sorry Soccer

Orlando City fires coach, USA fires Jurgon Klinsmann, USWNT upset at Olympics

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27. Sore Loser

Cam Newton Super Bowl post game goes worse than the actual game

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26. Ladies First

Simone Biles, Final 5 gymnists, Katie Ledecky steal the show at the Rio Games

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25. Prob City

Blake Griffin breaks hand punching equipment manager

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24. Lapping The Field

Jimmie Johnson wins 7th Cup championship tying Earnhardt, Petty for most ever

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23. Disappearing Act

Scott Skiles quits suddenly, Frank Vogel hired, roster shaken up

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22. #SagerStrong

TNT sideline reporter battles terminal cancer on the job

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21. Heading back to Cali

Rams move back to Los Angeles

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20. At the Buzzer

Greatest opening weekend ever in the NCAA tournament

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19. Thunderstruck

Thunder lose 3-1 lead to Golden State, and then Durant joins Warriors

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18. BSGA

Dustin Johnson plays through terrible USGA rules penalty and wins US Open

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17. Out of Air

Deflategate wraps up with Tom Brady serving a 4-game suspension

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16. American Horror Story

Big 12 Expansion talk flips and flops all year

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15. Low Blows

Draymond Green is nuts about kicking and punching in the playoffs

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14. Legends Leave

Arnold Palmer, Gordie Howe, Muhammad Ali, and Pat Summitt die

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13. Air Gordon

Aaron Gordon-Zach LaVine dunk contest one for the ages

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12. Heavenly Homer

Jose Fernandez dies and Dee Gordon hits HR to honor him

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11. 60!

Kobe has the greatest send-off game we’ve ever seen

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10. The Sherrif Rides off in the sunset

Peyton Manning emulates John Elway winning title with Broncos and retiring

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9. Almost Famous

Steph Curry becomes first ever unanimous MVP as Warriors win record 73 games

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8. Super Nova

Nova wins the national title at the buzzer with Kris Jenkins’ 3

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7. It’s so hard to say good-bye to yesterday

Retirements of Duncan, KG, Papi, A-Rod, Kobe, Manning, Woodson, Megatron, Vin Scully, Dick Enberg, and Verne Lundquist

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6. Up in Smoke

Laremy Tunsil draft night social media disaster causes him to tumble down the board

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5. Swimming Laps Around The Competition

Michael Phelps death stares his way to 5 more gold medals

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4. Taking a knee

Colin Kaepernick raises awareness and causes anger by protesting National Anthem

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3. Cleveland rocks!

Cavs win first title with first ever 3-1 comeback in the Finals

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2. Fish Story

Ryan Lochte makes up robbery story

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1. Cubs Win!

Cubs win first World Series since 1908

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