We know 2021 had its ups and downs and is currently going out on a low note as we move towards the new year. But despite all the toughness, there were still some good moments. And we here at The Turf have put together a list of our top sports moments of 2021.
Enjoy, and Happy New Year!
Top Sports Moments of 2021
Jason Barash – All Things Ohtani
2021 hasn’t been the kindest to many of my sports teams but there’s one theme that sets itself apart from the rest for me. Shohei Ohtani was an anomaly that baseball hasn’t seen since babe Ruth. Compiling a stat sheet consisting of 46 home runs, 100 RBIs, and 26 steals was just the start. His pitching was equally as amazing with a 3.18 era and 156 strikeouts. He won the AL MVP award but he could have also taken home the Cy Young as well. I can’t wait to watch more of Ohtani over the years to see what else he can do.
Terry Cudmore – The Return of the Red Sox
I was a lone voice of optimism at The Turf for most of the 2020 debacle of a Red Sox season. When rumors of a Xander Bogaerts trade persisted, I was steadfast that Bogaerts was more valuable for future Red Sox teams than as a trade piece. My thought was as long as they didn’t get abysmal pitching performances, they had enough offensive talent to be in the playoff hunt. Well wouldn’t you know it, the Red Sox staff gave up the fewest home runs in the American League and had the 7th best ERA. Boston would finish 92-70 and make it to Game 6 of the ALCS. My favorite part of the season though was when Bogaerts, who was NOT traded away, hit a home run in the beginning of the Wild Card playoff game vs. the Yankees.
Justin Colombo – Canadiens Fight For Canadians
I know that I primarily write about baseball, but the one thing I cannot shake from 2021 was the Montreal Canadiens and their Stanley Cup Final appearance. I was lucky enough to get a job traveling all over North America during my first two years out of college, and a spent a large part of my time in Canada. The Canadian people are something else, in the best of ways. Kind, friendly, generous, and above all else, ferocious in their fandom.
Montreal was the fifth Canadian franchise to make a Stanley Cup Finals since the turn of the millennium, and the first in nearly a decade, after the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Bruins in 2011. In fact, the 1993 Canadiens were the last Canadian franchise to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup. Over the last two years, we’ve all sacrificed a lot, and here in the States we’ve had our own celebratory moments. But for Canada, it hasn’t been the same. However, for one brief moment, Canadians had the Canadiens, and while the result wasn’t what they had hoped for, it still gave Canada something to believe in again.
Katie Pierce – Michigan beating Ohio State and then winning the B1G Ten Championship
It might have only been a decade, but it’s easily felt like two, since the Michigan Wolverines were able to beat the Suckeyes and shut up their obnoxious fan base. This Wolverines season was what Michigan fans had been waiting for, and been promised since the Harbaugh hire.
Although he has still disappointed overall with his record in rivalry games, he finally slayed the biggest dragon of all, and did it with style. It finally felt like all the pieces came together. Whether it was the defensive combo of Hutchinson and Ojabo on defense or Haskins and Corum on offense, several players had breakout years. They rolled that confidence over into their first-ever B1G 10 Championship title and appearance in the College Football Playoff. They’ve also managed to pull some top recruits into Ann Arbor with their impressive performance this year. This is hopefully a sign of good things to come for the next few years in A2.
Happy New Year from all of us here at The Turf!
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