What an interesting year it has been in sports.
2014 began with an outdoor game between the Maple Leafs and the Red Wings in Michigan. Throughout the year we’ve seen the Canadian Junior team finish the World Junior Hockey Championships without a medal for the second straight year, the Emerald City became home to a Super Bowl champion, Canadian athletes did well at the Sochi Olympics, the Men’s and Women’s hockey teams both won gold, the Maple Leafs suffered an utter collapse, and the Raptors turned some heads.
Spring began with a great start for the Toronto Blue Jays, Stanley went Hollywood once again, San Antonio won the NBA championship and helped end LeBron’s days in Miami, Canadians dominated the NBA draft, and the Leafs hired on a Stanley Cup champion, Olympic gold medalist and Hockey Hall of Famer to run the ship. During the summer the Blue Jays started getting hurt and falling fast from the division and wild card races, Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic let the tennis world at Wimbledon know that they are a force to be reckoned with.
The fall ushered in a new tradition in televised hockey in Canada, the Yankees captain called it a career, Giants got “Mad” and finished on top of the baseball world again, and Calgary stampeded all the way to the Grey Cup.
2014 saw the sports world say goodbye to likes of Pat Quinn, Jean Beliveau, Oscar Tavares, Tony Gwynn, Don Zimmer, Ralph Wilson, Jim Fergosi, and Chuck Noll.
2015 will begin in the U.S. Capital with Chicago and Washington meeting in the Winter Classic. Who knows what the new year will bring to sports fans. Merry Christmas everybody, talk to you again in the new year.