The Cubs ending a 108-year World Series drought, the 28-3 comeback in the Super Bowl, and Sergio’s not-blown Masters win have all happened since The Block.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals on Thursday night in the final series of the 2016-2017 NBA season.
Their last Finals meeting, which saw the Cavaliers storm back from a 3-1 series deficit, started a year in sports where the impossible became possible and the absurd became normal.
Here are the best moments from the year.
Cavs Overcome History: Four games into the Finals, the Cavaliers faced a 3-1 series deficit against the Warriors, who had set a record for regular season wins with 73. The city of Cleveland had not won a sports championship in 52 years, and no team had ever overcome a 3-1 hole in the finals. The Warriors and Cavaliers had faced each other in the 2015 finals, as well, with Golden State taking a 4-2 victory. Instead of acquiescing to history, Cleveland, led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, crawled back into the series, forcing a Game 7 in Oakland. James and Irving did not disappoint in the series’ final game. Irving hit a game-winning 3 pointer, while James blocked a potentially game-tying shot.
The Cubs Break the Curse: Before 2016, the world had seen two world wars, the rise and fall of empires, and the invention of television since the Chicago Cubs had last won the World Series. It took a Game 7 and extra innings for Chicago to alleviate the drought, but the Joe Maddon-led Cubs finally captured a World Series win. The Cubs’ secured their final out on a first-base force-out in the bottom of the 10th, and a well-deserved and long-awaited celebration commenced. The Cleveland Indians, the losers of the series, have a drought of their own, failing to win a World Series since 1948.
28-3: Tom Brady cemented his legacy as the greatest quarterback of all time with the Super Bowl’s largest come-from-behind win in history. Facing a 28-3 deficit with 8:31 left in the third quarter, Brady and the New England Patriots clawed their way back into the game against the Atlanta Falcons with four unanswered scores over the last 23 minutes. In overtime, the Patriots marched straight down the field on their first possession and won the game with a touchdown.
Sergio Blows It, But Doesn’t: Sergio García, a 37-year-old golfer who had come close, but never won a major championship, finally sealed the deal with the 2017 Masters Tournament. It almost didn’t happen, as García missed a relatively easy putt to win the championship. The Spanish golfer bounced back in the playoff, though, outlasting England’s Justin Rose to win the Green Jacket. García had previously been known for his on-course and off-course antics, but finally dispelled all the distractions with a major win.
As the Cavalier and Warriors prepare to face off again, we can only hope for a sports year as exciting as the last.
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