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I noticed a posting/poll on ESPN recently asking people to pick a kind of ‘ultimate’ sports moment from 2008.

With choices like Mike Phelps winning eight gold’s, Tiger winning on a broken leg and the Giants Superbowl win, a very tough choice to be sure, but I also heard it called the greatest sports year ever.

 

Hyperbole.
Look it up.

 

In this day of the 24-hour news cycle it’s easy to get carried away and short-sighted.

 

Ever?
No way.

 

Can anyone every really make that call? Isn’t that the beauty of the ‘list’?

Pretty subjective stuff.

 

I watched Linda Cohn (Cohen?) and some guy (unknown name) substitute for ‘Mike and Mike in the Morning’ on ESPN2 (the exact opposite of TV on the radio) and it was interesting to see the varied responses they gave while rating sporting events from the past year.

 

They were on opposite ends of the spectrum on many events like that dominant Olympic sprinter, name escapes me -Usane Bolt (phonetic spelling).

She gave it a 2 (on a 10 scale) and he a 10.

She said no one cares about track and field in the U. S. and he called any ‘10’ event something you would remember for the rest of your life.

Sprinting, me? Doubt it.

Proof of the subjective nature of rating anything like sporting events.

For anyone who cares, I find myself coming down on the ‘greatest’ tag being attached to the recent Giants Superbowl, not just because I don’t care for the Patriots, but because of what they overcame to do it and in such a dramatic fashion.

The most competitive Superbowl going back to maybe –what? – St. Louis/Tennessee?

 

I couldn’t sit, stand or do anything else until it was over. Very rare when televised sports can make your heart pound and that was one of those times.

 

Matt

 

 

 

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