Top 11 D.C. Sports Moments of 2007
One year ago tomorrow, I published the Top 11 D.C. Sports Moments of 2006. This year, I had hoped to actually publish my list in 2007, which seems to be the approved method of doing such year-end frivolities, but since one of the Top 11 moments didn't happen until Dec. 30, I had to wait.
Here are the four criteria:
1) How well will people remember the event 10 years from now?
2) How much did the event register nationally?
3) How much did bloggers blog about said event?
4) Sports Bog wild-card enjoyment factor.
In related news, you should read the blogger-compiled Top 40 Sports Figures of 2007 list. Five of the 40 are D.C.-related, not including Norv Turner or Kevin Durant. That proves either that D.C. is the center of the sports universe, or that the brains behind the list grew up here.
Anyhow, the Top 11:
1. Sean Taylor. Not funny. No jokes. Nothing cool. Nice to see everyone finally liking each other: Cowboys fans and Redskins fans, (some) media persons and team officials, media persons and Redskins fans. Nice to see the team playing for what they see as a larger cause. Nice to see everyone saying that football isn't life-or-death. Nice to see why people love Joe Gibbs. But death = bad, depressing, sad, and ugly.
2. This wouldn't be as high without No. 1, but the Redskins making the playoffs has to be No. 2. The debate is raging online as to whether things turned around because of the playing-for-Sean thing, or because Todd Collins is the best QB in league history, but either way, the last few weeks have been very, very bizarre. And to cap things off by beating the Cowboys, in the rain, in front of a record crowd and lots of Jessica Simpson heads, on New Year's Eve Eve, with Ryan Seacrest in the house and Cowboys fans beating each other over the head....well, it was memorable anyhow.
3. Georgetown makes the Final Four. My daughter was something like a month old, so I don't have many memories of this, other than an annoying debate about whether or not Jeff Green traveled, elation over tallness, and an Easter Bunny. But I'm sure it was swell, and it preceded a 2007-08 season in which the Hoyas will never leave the top spot in the Atlantic 11 Sports Bog Spectacular.
4. Obviously my heart wants this to be No. 1, but I'll attempt to be rational and slot Gilbert Arenas's 25th birthday party here. "Everybody get drunk and make bad decisions." I mean, advice like that can never be offered too frequently. Provided you're not driving. And the bad decisions are those of a non-deadly nature. And "drunk" is as in "drunk on life."
More generally, this will be 2007's touchstone moment of Gilbert's continued development into the premiere Internet-sports-entertainment figure in America, with the possible exception of Colin Cowherd. Think also of Gazo the Pranksta, and GilTV, and the Halo controversy, and all the rest.
5. Gilbert gets hurt. Twice. Despite frequent bike rides and bright-colored parachutes and Barry Farms appearances. Sure, the Wizards are maintaining this season, and they made the playoffs last season, and some might argue this team plays better without him, but we've been minus our region's top sports star for most of the past nine months, and the void has just not been filled.
6. This list is definitely biased in favor of recent events, because my memory doesn't work so good and a big chunk of this year only shows up as poopy diapers in my brain, but it's impossible to ignore the Nats' recent transformation from boring to crazy. Just to recap, we've added Elijah "You Dead Dawg" Dukes, Aaron "Playboy model wife" Boone, Paul "former Playboy wife current pop star girlfriend" Lo Duca and Lastings "Bend Ya Knees" Milledge, while still keeping Da Meat Hook. Not many baseball rosters can compare with this bunch. I honestly can't wait to go to Florida.
7. The guys at SportsTalk 980 were very big on Tiger's Tourney coming to
D.C. suburban Maryland during their end listations, and I suppose that one registers big nationally, but when you immediately resort to following around a guy named Cliff Kresge it's hard to put an event like this too much higher. Tiger is to Gilbert Arenas what Mitt Romney is to Ron Paul. The former say the right things, and look the part, and are richer than a Cake Love stick of butter, but the latter are sure a lot more fun.
8. This is less an event than a concept, but the arrival and subsequent MVP campaign of Luciano Emilio has to be on here, especially when bearing in mind his top-athlete-bad- locker-room-singing-of-2007 moment. With BobbyBoswell.com now out of the picture, here's hoping the Bog can figuratively milk a lot more content out of Emilio in 2008. Although, bearing in mind the Sports Bog D.C. United curse, maybe I should just back off.
9. Seriously, did anything happen before October? I say Bruce Boudreau's arrival was the No. 1 Caps moment of 2007, bigger than Backstrom, bigger than Poti or Nylander, bigger than the drafting of Karl Alzner. The only other Caps moment I considered was the new jerseys, but the new jerseys in last place weren't too much fun. Bruce Boudreau is fun. Plus, he wears glasses with a NASCAR logo.
"I have no idea," he said, when I asked why. "This is what my wife bought me, it's what I'm wearing. I didn't even know there was NASCAR on them until somebody asked me. I haven't seen a NASCAR."
10. Is VCU D.C.-area? Well, sort of. But Duke losing is D.C.-area, and carrying around a giant chain is weird, and Eric Maynor was a hero of the Bog Poll, and my visceral memory of Maynor ripping the bone marrow out of Duke is as strong as any 5-second sports moment from the past 12 months.
11. In the interest of having a media item on here, how about George Michael shutting down the Machine? As someone who didn't grow up here and never really watched his show, I'm trusting you all on this one.
Honorable mentions: Brandon Lloyd sheds his troubled reputation to become a fan favorite....DCU loses and Bobby Boswell leaves....American supplants Maryland as a Local basketball power....I get invited to the Eastern Motors shoot....The Capitals rebuild ends....Fred Smoot returns to D.C. and launches an energy bar....Caron Butler becomes an All-Star....The Wizards are cursed....Clinton Portis speaks about dogs....The End of RFK!!!!!! (for one sport)....Blog Show is launched.
Ok, what'd I miss? And how is the order wrong? And in what way have I slighted Georgetown and/or the Caps?
January 2, 2008; 11:46 AM ET
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