Top 10 Best Years for Sports

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1 1979

A year for milestones and championships. NASCAR saw Richard Petty become a 7-time national champion, The NFL saw The Pittsburgh Steelers become a 3-time Super Bowl champion. The NHL saw The Montreal Canadiens repeat as World Champions for the 4th straight year, The NBA saw The Seattle Supersonics as Seattle's first Professional Sports championship, the MLB saw The Pittsburgh Pirates as World Champions for the 5th time. While Carl Yastrzemski and Lou Brock achieve baseball milestones, and The WHA was folded but saw 4 of its teams moved to the NHL, one of its teams we're the Edmonton Oilers and its rookie named Wayne Gretzky.
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2 2014 2014 (MMXIV) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2014th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 14th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2010s decade.

Yeah we miss 2014 too with the greatest champions of all time starting off with The Seattle Seahawks and their legendary Legion of Boom defense capturing a world championship, the NHL saw the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers to once again become Stanley Cup Champions. Major League Baseball saw those San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 to become its champions, and Tim Duncan exits the NBA but only after he lead the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA crown, but the big story is LeBron James coming back home to play again for Cleveland.
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3 1908
4 1987 The Next Generation" television series premiered, carrying on the legacy of the original franchise. The Montreal Protocol was adopted to address ozone layer depletion, showcasing international cooperation on environmental issues.

1987 is best remembered for the Giants winning the Super Bowl and became the toast of New York City, Indiana we're crowned national basketball championship, while Mike Tyson is the ruler of boxing heavyweights, The Edmonton Oilers came back as these boys on the bus became Stanley Cup Champions, while Al Unser Sr. captured the greatest epic Indianapolis 500 race ever. The greatest NBA team ever The Los Angeles Lakers captured another NBA Championship, and Dale Earnhardt Sr. once again was NASCAR champion, and the Minnesota Twins brought Minnesota a world championship.
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5 2005 2005 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2005th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations. It was the 6th year of the 2000s decade.

A year for happy and sad moments. First the good times as The New England Patriots have build a dynasty with their third world championship in four years, while the San Antonio Spurs without a retired David Robinson prevented a potential Detroit Pistons dynasty in Game 7 to become NBA Champions. While Tony Stewart grabbed the NASCAR championship. The sad moment occured when the NHL lockout prevent a season from ever happening. Finally The Chicago White Sox we're World Champions for the first time since 1917.
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6 2007 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2007th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 7th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2000s decade.

2007 saw the Indianapolis Colts finally getting their monkey off their back to win the Super Bowl and Peyton Manning's first championship, meanwhile in basketball the Florida Gators repeat as National Champions. The NBA saw The San Antonio Spurs became champions and denied Lebron James of a championship.The Anaheim Ducks became Stanley Cup Champions. While in NASCAR's world Jimmie Johnson repeat as a Cup champion, and in Baseball's world, a tainted home run record by Barry Bonds was overshadowed by the return of Red Sox nation as The Boston Red Sox became once again the World Champions.
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7 2004 2004 was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2004th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations

2004 saw a malfunction at a Super Bowl Halftime Show but nothing malfunction with The New England Patriots winning the big one again, while the Tampa Bay Lightning captured their first ever Stanley Cup Championship, The Los Angeles Lakers tried to buy an NBA Championship with an ALL-Star Team, BUT the Detroit Pistons brought back that Bad Boys image of the past and became NBA Champions. While Smarty Jones fell short of becoming a Triple Crown Champion. But the BIGGEST story of the year is The Boston Red Sox, after 86 years of chokes, collapses and the ghosts of Babe Ruth's trade. The Red Sox first made the biggest baseball comeback ever in the American League Championship Series over the Yankees and then captured their world championship over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
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8 1971

1971 was also a year of baseball milestones. For one, The San Francisco Giants made the postseason for the first time since their appearance in the 1962 World Series, for the 500 home run club, 2 legends reached that mark 1) Harmon Killebrew hit that milestone while as a member of the Minnesota Twins on August 10,1971 and 2) Frank Robinson hit that milestone while as a member of the Baltimore Orioles on September 13, 1971.
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9 1985

A year of revenge: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals in 6 games. A year for Rookies: a young Mike Tyson and William Perry of the Bears and Michael Jordan. A year of champions: San Francisco 49ers, Edmonton Oilers, NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip and the Kansas City Royals A year of milestones: Pete Rose's 4192nd hit and Tom Seaver and Phil Niekro's 300th win and Eddie Robinson as Colege football's winningest head coach.
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10 2002 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2002nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 2nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2000s decade.

Another great year, first up The Patriots starting a dynasty with a Super Bowl XXXVI victory over the Greatest Show on Turf The Rams. The Angels finally becoming baseball's world champions and their partner the famed Angels Rally Monkey. Tony Stewart became NASCAR champion. The LA Lakers did a 3peat and The Detroit Red Wings we're Stanley Cup Champions. But the year will forever be a WORLD CUP year as Ronaldo, a Soccer sensation that year scored 8 goals in the tournament including 2 in the final game as Brazil beat Germany 2-0 to become World Cup Champions. Other World Cup highlights: Turkey's Hakan Sukur scored the fastest goal to kick off a World Cup game (10.8 seconds). Defending champion France did not score a goal in the tournament and The United States led by youngster Landon Donovan made it to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1930.

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11 2016 2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

Well here are those broken streaks after I tell you that The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 and Peyton Manning drive off into the sunset as a winner. Now the streak enders. First the Stanley Cup saw The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their seven year wait to become champions. The NBA Finals saw an amazing comeback as The Cleveland Cavaliers came back from 3-1 deficit to bring Cleveland its first Pro Sports Championship in 52 years. Then it was the World Series and the Cubs who ended a big drought 108 years to call them selves world champions after too came back from a 3-1 deficit.
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12 1930

Life was so different then, but they we're champions like Bobby Jones' golf's Grand Slam, The Philadelphia Athletics repeat as World Champions, and The Montreal Canadiens as Stanley Cup Champions and The Green Bay Packers repeat as NFL Champions.
But the World Cup made headlines, and it was the first one as Uruguay we're the champs. Among many highlights in Soccer's inaugural event were, the first World Cup goal scored by Lucien Laurent. The United States finished 3rd place overall in a 13-team field and Guillermo Stabile scored 8 goals the most by any player in the World Cup. Oh, by the way Hack Wilson's 190 RBIS was a big thing in baseball that year.

13 1967

The Year that the first Super Bowl came and saw The Green Bay Packers emerged as champions. The Toronto Maple Leafs silenced The Montreal Canadiens and EXPO '67 to become Stanley Cup Champions, The Philadelphia 76ers briefly ended the Boston Celtics Dynasty and later crowned NBA Champions, The St. Louis Cardinals ended Boston Red Sox's Impossible Dream and won the World Series. Richard Petty was the NASCAR Champion in a dominant season, but the big news was Muhammad Ali being stripped as Heavyweight Champion for refusing to take part in an unwanted war called the Vietnam War.

14 1976 The United States celebrated its bicentennial in 1976, marking 200 years since the Declaration of Independence. The Summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Canada, featuring memorable moments like Nadia Com─âneci's perfect gymnastics score. The Viking 1 spacecraft successfully landed on Mars, providing... read more

the 200th year of the United States saw the Pittsburgh Steelers, a perfect symbol for America we're NFL Champions, Boston Celtics, playing in a blue collar city won the NBA Championship, while Richard Petty and Davis Pearson fought in an unforgettable Daytona 500 which was won by Pearson, and the Cincinnati Reds, America's oldest running professional sports team repeat as world champions. The Olympics saw America's best in Montreal with Edwin Moses, John Naber, Leon and Michael Spinks, Sugar Ray Leonard and a former guy Bruce Jenner all won gold in an unforgettable year in sports.
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15 1941

Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting Streak, Mauri Rose's Indianapolis 500 win. Ted Williams' .406, Whirlaway's Triple Crown, Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago Bears successfully defended their NFL Championship, The first Dodger-Yankees World Series which was won by The Yankees, and boxing saw Joe Louis beat Billy Conn in an all-time classic. All before that fateful December 7 day.

16 1970 1970 saw the first celebration of Earth Day, raising awareness about environmental conservation and sustainability. The Beatles officially disbanded, marking the end of an era in music history. The Apollo 13 mission faced a crisis but ultimately returned safely to Earth, demonstrating NASA's expertise... read more

The Age of Aquarius produced many earth shattering champions: NBA's New York Knicks, NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, Boxing's Joe Frazier, NASCAR's Bobby Isaac, NHL's Boston Bruins and MLB's Baltimore Orioles. But the World Cup was the biggest of them all as Pele and Brazil we're crowned champions for the 3rd time. Among other World Cup headlines: The first World Cup to be televised live in Color worldwide. The tournament average of 2.97 goals per game is still a record and the first world cup to use The Telstar ball from Adidas.

17 1988 The year 1988 witnessed the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to address global environmental challenges. The Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, Canada, showcasing world-class winter sports competition. NASA's space shuttle program continued with the launch of... read more

The Olympic Year saw many great champions. The Super Bowl saw Doug Williams throw 4 touchdown passes as if he was doing the Javelin Throw. The NBA Finals Saw The Lakers repeat as champions as if they ran in the 100 meters. The Stanley Cup saw the Edmonton Oilers repeat as champions and where Wayne Gretzky 14 years from now Helped Canada win a gold medal in hockey. The World Series saw The Los Angeles Dodgers and Kirk Gibson completed a Marathon season that won them World Champions. Finally the Summer Olympics saw the biggest asterisk in history when 9.79 got Ben Johnson in a couple days disqualified in the biggest sports scandal of 1988.
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18 2003 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2003rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 3rd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 4th year of the 2000s decade.

A year of curses, revenges and farewells. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers became World Champions by getting even with the Oakland Raiders, the team that one year earlier fired their head coach Jon Gruden, and Gruden successfully got even with his former team. The New Jersey Devils we're Stanley Cup champions. While David Robinson went out a winner as his San Antonio Spurs we're NBA Champions and Matt Kenseth captured the NASCAR championship in the final year known as the NASCAR Winston Cup. The Florida Marlins we're MLB champions, but the baseball world we're and still talking about how The Chicago Cubs we're 5 outs away from a pennant that never happened in one truly amazing year.
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19 1986

A year filled with mixed emotions of tragedies but also a year to celebrate with The Chicago Bears' Super Bowl Shuffle, the Montreal Canadiens' Stanley Cup season with rookie goaltender Patrick Roy, Dale Earnhardt Sr. became NASCAR champion, while The Boston Celtics grabbed another NBA Championship and The New York Mets the bad boys of baseball became world champions, but it was Diego Maradona and Argentina that grabbed the big headlines in Soccer's World Cup. In that World Cup, Canada, Denmark and Iraq debut in Soccer's ultimate showcase. Gary Lineker of England scored 6 goals, the most by any player in the World Cup and Diego scored the infamous "Hands of God" goal.

20 2010 2010 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2010th year based on Anno Domini/Common Era designations. It is the 10th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2010s decade.

Pro football saw The New Orleans Saints, after 43 years since it began after 5 years removed from their home being damaged by Hurricane Katrina, captured their first World Championship. Hockey saw The Chicago BlackHawks captured their first Stanley Cup since 1961, and like the Saints suffered through heartbreak before capturing championship glory. Jimmie Johnson captured The NASCAR Cup series title for the 5th straight year. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series for the first time since 1954, while the Los Angeles Lakers repeat as NBA CHampions, but THE story of the year was LeBron James who said he want to take his talents to the Miami Heat.
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21 1996

This was the year the New York Yankees return to glory (Just Like 1977) as world champions, while the Colorado Avalanche a team formerly known as the Quebec Nordiques became champions WITH Patrick Roy on the team, the Dallas Cowboys in the twilight of their dynasty we're world champions, while Tiger Woods began a historic pro golf career, and Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield saw a shocker when Holyfield knocked out Tyson to become champion again. But the big story was the Chicago Bulls go 72-10 and then go on to become NBA champions.
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22 1954

A year of firsts, wows and redemptions. In the NBA, the Minneapolis Lakers repeat as champions as George Mikan later announced he would retire, later the NBA changed the game forever by adding a 24 second shot clock. The NHL saw a dynasty brewing as The Detroit Red Wings repeat as world champions. Baseball saw the New York Giants and Willie Mays and THE Catch and a world championship,The NFL saw the Cleveland Browns returned as world champions as they revenged the 2 previous title losses to the Detroit Lions. But the biggest moment of the year was the debut of a Sports Magazine called Sports Illustrated. This magazine saw a whole new world of great sports photography and amazing stories that would make Sports Illustrated the place for everything and anything sports.
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23 1934
24 1998

In a year where Jeff Gordon became NASCAR champion, Dale Earnhardt Sr. made headlines by finally winning the Daytona 500, and John Elway finally won the big one as his Denver Broncos claimed victory in the Super Bowl. The Kentucky Wildcats took home the NCAA basketball championship, while the Detroit Red Wings repeated as Stanley Cup Champions. Mark O'Meara captured both the Masters and later the Open Golf Championship. The Chicago Bulls' final world championship season added to the excitement, but it was baseball that captured the sports year as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa put on a historic and successful home run chase to 61, and the New York Yankees secured another championship with a season to remember. All of this made for an exciting year in sports and will forever be remembered in the world of athletics.

25 1960

1960 will always be remembered for another great champion, the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that had no talent. Yet, despite their lack of talent, they were winning games, especially beating the New York Giants twice in two straight weeks. Then came the NFL Championship Game at their home against the Green Bay Packers. Norm Van Brocklin to Tommy McDonald became the most famous dynamic duo of 1960, and when Chuck Bednarik tackled Jim Taylor on the game's final play, the Eagles became the NFL champions.

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