In our first throwback Thursday, we take a look back at one of the greatest years in sports, 2008. From the Olympics in Beijing to the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland, this year had everything to offer that sports fans love.
Giants End Pats Perfect Season and Win Super Bowl XLII
Seen as the top Super Bowl in our Top 21st Century big game countdown, Eli Manning saw Tom Brady's Patriots and the whole world in shock as his throw to David Tyree led to a GW-TD to see the New York Football Giants as the most surprising Super Bowl victors ever.
Manchester United Claim Best Team in Europe In Rainy PK Shootout
Manchester United and Chelsea gave us one of the most memorable penalty shootouts in soccer history. After 120 minutes, these 2 historic English clubs were tied at 1 and after the slipping and sliding, the Red Devils were crowned Champions of Europe.
Spain Begins Its Soccer Dynasty in Vienna
Back in the summer of 2008, people claimed that Spain were the best team to not win a World Cup, let alone a major trophy since 1964. Well, after a tremendous Euro tournament, Spain won it's first European trophy since 1964 and began its reign over world football.
Phillies win First World Series since 1980
In a season where we saw Griffey hit his 600th and Hamilton kill 28 balls in the old Yankee Stadium, we also saw the Phillies and Rays have to play the first World Series game that was paused in the middle from rain. But at the end, the city of brotherly love brought home the World Series trophy.
Chalmers Helps Kansas to Dramatic Basketball Title
In the first ever Final Four to have all four number one seeds, the lowest ranked number one seed claimed the nets. Thanks to Mario Chalmers game-tying three against Memphis, the Jayhawks upset the Tigers to win their third title.
Celtics Complete Greatest Turnaround in NBA History
2008 was a year that many successful franchises returned to former glories. None did it with a bigger exclamation point then the Celtics. Going from a 24 win season to a 17th NBA title over the Lakers. As KG said, "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!".
Tiger wins 14th Major at Torrey Pines
The 2008 U.S. Open in San Diego was a spectacle. After Tiger's 18th hole birdie to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate, the world's best golfer limped his way through 18 more holes to win another U.S. Open.
Valhalla Sees US Ryder Cup Team Finally defeat Europeans
After 3 straight dominant European victories in the Ryder Cup, the Americans finally prevailed to win its first Ryder Cup since 1999, even though Paul Azinger's side were without Tiger Woods.
Phelps wins 8 Gold Medals in Beijing Games
The Beijing Olympics truly brought the world together with many memorable moments and athletes. One stood above all others though as Michael Phelps became the 1st Olympian to win 8 Gold Medals in a single games.
Bolt Sprints his Way to 3 World Records in Bird's Nest
In 2007, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt announced himself to the world by running the 100 meters in a record 9.72 seconds. In Beijing, he stamped his mark as a household name by winning the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m Relay in world record time.
Nadal ousts Federer in Best Wimbldeon Final
Rafael Nadal claimed his first Wimbledon title over Roger Federer in the longest, most memorable tennis match in recent history. The match saw 2 rain delays and almost was stopped due to darkness. I ate breakfast when the match started and left for dinner when the match ended.