We Discus the Best of 2015!!
Every Week Back Sports Page asks Five Questions to staff and experts. The questions and answers are posted throughout this week on Backsportspage.com.
This week we put the focus around the world of sports!! Check out BSP for this week’s questions We have multiple Back Sports Page Contributors to give their insights to our questions.
Tim Dimas (Back Sports Page): As a New Yorker, championships are hard to come by over the last few years or so but this October, the New York Mets, the last team anyone imagined to go to the World Series, made it to the big game.
Being a Met fan for as long as I could remember, the motto became "next year". 2000 was a good year, '06-08 were some good years but everything in between and after had fans exhaling loudly and calling for the Wilpons heads.
2015, the team had the fans exhaling loudly at every pitch in the postseason. Body shaking, hands sweating just wanting to hear "Annnnnd the Mets win" over the PA system.
Though they didn't come up against the Royals as we all hoped, I can definitely say the New York Mets made my 2015 a year to remember as a sports fan.
Nicole Monique (That's What She Said Sports):2015 was definitely the year where women rocked and dominated the sports world.
First who was hotter than Serena Williams in 2015? Not only was she was breaking records and ruling women’s tennis – she was (and is) the biggest athlete of the year. Women were making strides as coaches and referees (NBA and NFL) and we had the women’s world cup. A woman was the top draw for when it came to UFC fights (a sport where at one time the President said he would never have a woman fighter) All of these women are smart, tough and pure athletes. They showed everyone that playing like a girl is not as easy as it looks.
I can’t wait to see what happens in 2016.
Jason Leach(Harlem Times):My favorite sports memory was the end of Super Bowl XLIX when the Seahawks decided to pass instead of giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch. They had back to back Super Bowl titles in their hands and literally threw it away. The Patriots victory also means that the Giants are still the only team to beat Belichick and Brady in a Super Bowl
Matt Berka (Back Sports Page): 2015 certainly did not disappoint. There exists a tremendous amount of legitimate options for the favorite sports memory of the year. Some examples of such options are: the Super Bowl interception heard ‘round the world, deflategate, the first Triple Crown victory in nearly 40 years, Golden State’s success, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, Rhonda Rousey (and her defeat), and Kobe’s farewell.
My personal favorite sports memory of 2015, though, is Team USA’s championship in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. A finals rematch is always exciting, and it’s that much sweeter that USA came out on top the second time around; they happened to demolish the opposing team (Japan) in the process, too. It was also nice to see a women’s sporting (soccer, at that) event receive the coverage and popularity that it did. The way in which a nation can rally around an event or game when the nation itself is being represented is astounding.
Will I ever be caught watching Curling outside of the Winter Olympics? Absolutely not. But will I watch every Curling match I can when team USA is playing? You bet I will. I saw this happen during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Team USA became the pride of the nation for that span of time. You couldn’t avoid hearing about it if you tried. I was in New York City during the victory parade, and the city was chaotic; people were doing whatever they could to catch a glimpse of the world champions. This moment in sports was powerful and important in many ways, and it easily gains the repute of my favorite moment in sports in 2015.
Ashley Mayle (Back Sports Page): I would say the most memorable sports moment of 2015 for me occurred during the Browns vs. Ravens game. I mean it was another “same story different day” moment and “business as usual” for the Cleveland Browns. On November 30th the game was tied and the Browns go for a 50 yard plus field goal. Instead of missing the field goal and sending the game into overtime (possibly giving the CLE a chance to win), the field goal was blocked and returned for a winning touchdown by the Ravens. This is my favorite moment because although the scenario was on trend for how most Cleveland Browns games go, the blocked field goal still managed to be unbelievable.
Scott Thompson (Beats of the East Sports) : By far my favorite sports moment of the year was being able to sit up in the skybox at the Bradley Center at Ramapo College and call the Women's Volleyball ECAC final. You may think that women's volleyball was no fun and boring, but that was a very special day as myself and my co-commentator, Ryan Morik, called our first game together on the school's live stream. It was truly a surreal moment as all of our hard work came together for this one day. Though tiring, It was the first of many broadcasts to come and I will forever remember calling the championship point giving the Roadrunners the title. Ryan and I are chasing the dream and it all truly started on that making it not only my favorite memory of 2015, but one of my favorite sports memories of all time.
Ryan Morik (Beast of The East Sports): 2015 was a great year in sports. As a fan, my favorite memory was being at the 2015 American League Wild Card Game. Even though my beloved Yankees lost, that night was the loudest crowd I've ever heard at a Yankee game, and I've been to several postseason games as well as Derek Jeter's last home game - this did not compare. The Yankee fans were ready for postseason baseball, something that was long overdue for them. We screamed our faces off, and despite the loss, we know that the future is bright, and it was still one of the funnest nights I've ever had as a Yankee fan.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone! Have a safe 2016, and let's sit back and enjoy the moments that sports gives us for the next 365 days.
Matt Berkson(Back Sports Page): For me, my best sports moment occurred on April 19th, 2015. Of all venues it took place at Nassau Coliseum, former home of the New York Islanders, which is about 20 minutes from where I grew up in Roslyn. I've been a fan of the Islanders for about 30 years, and if you know anything about hockey no other team in the sport, and maybe in any sport, has seen a greater disparity from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows during that period. I became a fan in the mid-1980's which is when the Islanders were finishing up their "dynasty" which included FOUR straight Stanley Cup championships from 1980-1983. They were still a good team for a few years after that, but nothing like the team that included Mike Bossy, Dennis Potvin, Briant Trottier, Clark Gillies, and Billy Smith among other superb talents.
However once that dynasty run was over, and not withstanding a magical run to the semifinals in 1993, the Islanders have been one of the most embarrassing franchise in the entire world. If I made up their resume from the late 80's through about a year ago you would have thought only Hollywood could dream it up. If you have the time and want to be entertained, you should look it up sometime, but if you need just one piece of knowledge to understand how bad it got, there's this…
One of their owners literally did not have the money to buy the team and yet defrauded the NHL into ownership and is now in jail.
I could go on with a list of complaints, but in the spirt of the holiday season and trying to
view the Islanders through a rose-colored lens, this year they provided me with a great moment. April 19th, 2015 was a Sunday and with NBC wanting to have a playoff triple-header, they aggressively scheduled the Islanders/Capitals game at noon that day. As you may/may not know, but you cannot serve beer until noon on Sundays, so needless to say a lot of people missed the opening puck drop.
At the end of the day the game went into overtime and the Islanders won 15 seconds in on a goal by John Tavares (one of the great superstars in the NHL). It was only game 3 of a 7 game series, but for me it was to be my last ever game at Nassau Coliseum, a beyond crappy venue, but the one I grew up on since I'm about 8 years old. So many memories in the literally hundreds of games I witnessed there live that I couldn't begin to name them all. They same "you can't go home again" and aside from the high of winning that game, I knew I was never ever coming back, and there would be no way to replicate all the special feelings I had over the years.
The feelings I have about the Islanders and Nassau Coliseum are why we get so attached to sports. And like life when things move on you cannot help but feel bittersweet. It will be missed.
Seth Kamens (Seth and Sean Sports):My favorite sports memories of 2015
1) Maryland beating Wisconsin in NCAA basketball when the Badgers were number 5 in the country. Shoot me, I am a diehard Terps alum.
2) The ridiculous football endings - Michigan State blocking Michigan's punt and returning it for a touchdown on the last play of the game. Georgia Tech blocking a field goal on the last play of the game and returning it for a touchdown to upset Florida State. The Ravens did the same thing to the Browns.
3) Carly Lloyd's hat trick in the Woman's World Cup final over Japan.
4) The shocking greatness of the Carolina Panthers.
5) The less shocking greatness of Serena Williams and Novak Djokavic.
Randy Zellea (Back Sports Page): When I think of my memories of the world of sports in 2015, two come to mind.
I think of an undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers team battling a run and gun Golden State Warriors franchise in the NBA finals. As much as I knocked LeBron James throughout the years, it was an amazing sight to see him carry the weight of a city, a fan base, and a franchise on his back and push a series to six games.
LeBron made others look great and made them household names during the series. At the end of the series LeBron and company fell short but built his legacy and changed the tune of some of his detractors.
The second memory makes me sad as this year saw me loose one of my favorites as Rowdy Roddy Piper passed away. Roddy was a lightning bolt of excitement and you never knew what he was going to say.
Piper was 61 years old and as witty as Jim Carrey. He made wrestling cool and fun to watch. He made what we know as Wrestlemania possible because they would not have cheered Hulk Hogan as mucha as they did if they didn’t hate Roddy. RIP Hot Rod..You will be missed!!