Before we ring in 2008, let us take an over-the-shoulder backwards glance at the year that was 2007. We start off with the top 10 stories of the year...

10. Spurs win NBA title

It may not have been a vintage year for the NBA, but it did see the official crowning of its most recent dynasty. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, the Finals MVP, were important cogs in the San Antonio Spurs championship machine, which took the brooms to the Cleveland Cavaliers in June.

9. Florida dominates college sports

If 2006 was any indication, the past year would prove that Florida was a orce to be reckoned with in the realm of college football and college hoops. On January 8, the pigskin Gators ambushed Ohio State in the BCS title game. Almost three months later, Billy Donovan (who would later reject the Orlando Magic pro job as soon as he took it) guided the roundballers to a second consecutive NCAA championship, sending Joakim Noah and Al Horford into the sunset in grand fashion. Their opponents that night: the Buckeyes.

8. Duke lax players vindicated

2006 ended with David Evans, Colin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann getting ready to face the music for a slew of criminal charges involving the goings-on at a team function. Back in March, as Duke's lacrosse season was already underway, the three players were taken off the hook, mostly because of misconduct on the part of (now ex-)attorney Mike Nifong. The prosecutor and Durham County, NC attorney general would later be disbarred from practicing law in the aftermath.

7. Colts win Super Bowl XLI

As he headed through his career, many wondered if Peyton Manning was capable of delivering in the big game (metaphorically speaking, that is.) Well, February 4 saw Peyton play for (and win) his first Super Bowl. But, don't give Peyton all the credit; head coach Tony Dungy had to weather the New England Patriots in a memorable AFC title game two weeks earlier to get to the 41st Big Game.

6. A-Rod's offseason and Yankees upheaveal

Since his arrival in New York a few years ago, Alex Rodriguez has been the lynchpin for both adulation and criticism amonst both New York Yankees fans and the Big Apple media. Well, A-Rod managed to receive a good deal of negative pub for announcing that he had opted out of his big-money contract before Game 4 of the World Series. Eventually, A-Rod would shrug off any transgressions and re-sign with the Bronx Bombers in mid-December.

L'Affaire A-Rod came in the midst of a high-profile Bronx departure that was: Joe Torre stepped down a week and a half before A-Rod's announcement after the front-office turned speculation into a media circus.

5. Tom Brady, Patriots make history

Afther their undefeated season in 1972, the Miami Dolphins made it a point to give themselves a champagne toast each season after the last team was knocked from the ranks of the undefeated each season. When word came that the Patriots were on pace for the second undefeated regular season since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, Eugene "Mercury" Morris told Bill Belichick and company, "Don't call me when you're in my town, call me when you're on my block [...]"

If Morris is looking out his window as we go to press with this year-end wrap-up, he can see a U-Haul van pulling up to the driveway of the house next door. There's also a chance some videotaping equipment could be in there, too. ;-)

At any rate, we'll see in 2008 whether or not the Pats will be unloading anything from that moving van...

4. Red Sox win World Series

Between the Boston Celtics' resurgence and the Pats' run to history, the Hub of the Universe became the Hub of Sports Dominance in North America. The Boston Red Sox played a rather sizeable role in the ascent of New England to sports power; their fans didn't have to wait another 86 years to win their next World Series championship, thanks to a near-lockdown bullpen and timely hitting by youngsters Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury.

3. The Summer of Scandal

However, 2007 wasn't all fun and games. The summer saw scandals just like the weather outside: hot and sizzling. Michael Vick suffered a huge fall from grace thanks to his role in a dog-fighting ring – he helped to finance pretty much the whole deal. The Tour de France hit its biggest nadir in almost a decade with a myriad of drug scandals during the usually prestigious event. NBA referee Tim Donaghy was implicated in a game-fixing plot, as was Russian tennis star Nikolay Davydenko.

2. What would '07 have been like without this guy?

Of course, the sports world's biggest newsmaker was Barry Bonds. The San Francisco Giants' heavily-inflated slugger made history – for better of worse – when he clubbed his 756th home run on August 7. Many fans had wanted to have an asterisk put by that number, but the job was left to fashion designer Mark Ecko to fulfill the fans' wishes by branding one on the (in-)famous ball, an eternal reminder of the Steroid Era.

1. The Mitchell Report: Or, The S-Word redux

It seems that when look back at the aforementioned Steroid Era some 20 years from now, Bonds and steroids/HGH will likely to be mentioned in the same breath. However, Bonds was not named in Major League Baseball's report on a laborious investigation into the user of those drugs in the game known as the Mitchell Report. There were some other notable names on the list, such as Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite, which made the S-word the big story once again in 2007.

The Best of the Rest

  • Mixed martial arts goes mainstream
  • Don Imus-Rutgers women's basketball team scandal

AGM Readers' Poll Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in the polls; here are the results of same:

Best Performance of the Year

  • Tom Brady (in an undefeated season, Brady threw for 50 touchdowns, breaking Peyton Manning's record of 49 set back in 2004. Of those 50, 23 found Randy Moss, who set a record himself for most TDs in a season)
    • Honorable mention goes to Brett Favre, who took a dip in the Fountain of Youth in 2007 and broke some career records of his own in the process.

Worst Performance of the Year

  • The Miami Dolphins (one win doesn't spare you from the fans' wrath, guys)

Game of the Year

Surprise of the Year

Fresh Face of the Year

Coach of the Year

  • Clint Hurdle (Rox manager suprisingly edges out Donovan and Belichick)

Team of the Year

MVP of the Year

In Memoriam 2007

We now pay one last tribute to those in the sports world who left us in the past year. (Name, claim to fame/infamy; cause of death, age and date of death)

1198880976 Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson, 1954-2007

1198881948 Phil Rizzuto

Phil Rizzuto, 1917-2007

1198882514 Skip Prosser

George Edward "Skip" Prosser, 1951-2007

Player profile Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy, 1979-2007

1198882046 Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor, 1983-2007



Thanks to all our readers for their support during this past year; in 2008, let's all resolve to be good sports.

A happy New Year to one and to all...

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