The Keira Knightley love in this blog is unmatched. We may not get the most views, but we certainly love Keira Knightley the most. That counts for something, right? Anyway, I feel like this is said every year, but damn a lot of stuff happened this year. Not wanting to miss anything, I thought I'd look up some of the notable events. According to ABC News, on January 23rd, "Fitness guru Jack LaLanne dies at 96." Who? If that's notable, then the uprising in Egypt, the tsunami in Japan, the Occupy Movement, the trial of the doctor of Michael Jackson, and Tim Tebow (one of these things is not like the other) must be enormous. Bottom line, a lot of crazy stuff happened this year.
Biggest Hero of 2011 - Jack Bauer
I know, I know, 24 ended in 2010. So technically, Jack Bauer was nonexistent in the year of 2011. However, on May 2, 2011 a Jack Bauer-esque human being was the biggest hero in America, and all around the country people were cheering for him. The death of Osama Bin Laden rocked the country like nothing else since the Miracle on Ice. Nothing could've raised the spirits of Americans more than not only recovering from his attacks stronger than ever, but putting a bullet through his brain. That's America for you.
Honorable Mentions - Harry Potter, Dirk Nowitzki
Dont worry, this will live on as one of the greatest scenes ever:
Biggest Villain(s) of 2011 - Casey Anthony and LeBron James
I caved. I took the easy way out and couldn't make a decision. Both Casey Anthony and LeBron James were targets of enormous negative media attention. How Casey Anthony got off, I have no idea. That verdict may be the only event of the year where I can remember precisely where I was when I heard/saw it. That was certainly one of the biggest news stories of the year, as millions of people were tuned in every day as the trial progressed. I was tempted to put in Juries rather than Casey, as I'm sure a significant amount of hatred has been aimed at that panel of twelve men and women, but Casey was just painted as the worst person alive, and probably rightfully so. "The Decision" was the biggest news in the sports world in the year of 2010. However, what I'm calling "The Reaction" was the biggest sports story of 2011. The media circus that surrounded the Miami Heat following LeBron's choice to go there in 2010 lived up to all it's hype and then some. Between the constant rumblings of a potential firing of Erik Spoelstra, the daily boos screamed at them, the microscope of the media on them 24/7, the crying in the locker room, and the expectations to be the best team to ever step on the court, the Miami Heat's 2011 was certainly eventful. And let me tell you, outside of Cleveland, there was nobody happier to see LeBron shrink to a minuscule fraction of himself when it mattered most than myself. That's what you get LeBron. You asked for the attention, here you go. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. He found a way to have everyone outside Miami to hate him. Not dislike, hate. That's tough to do.
On second thought, maybe he is worse than Casey...
Honorable Mentions - Occupiers, Harold Camping (Rapture Man), Jerry Sandusky
Biggest Loss of 2011 - Steve Jobs
The man built Apple from the ground up, was one of the greatest innovators ever, and modeled his business after The Beatles. Nothing else needs to be said, he was someone the world didn't want to lose.
Honorable Mentions - Dan Wheldon, Joe Frazier, Obama's Approval Rating
Biggest Chokes of 2011 - Boston Red Sox, LeBron James
The LeBron hate keeps coming, but its true. He choked. He stopped playing. It was almost like he didn't want to be in that spot, the spot all athletes dream of as kids. Who doesn't get up to play in the fourth quarter of the NBA Finals? You're not a kid anymore LeBron, you're not supposed to be scared of the situation. 18 points in the fourth quarter in six games just isn't gonna cut it from the best player in the game. The Red Sox on the other hand, had one of the biggest collapses in the history of professional sports, right up there with my Mets. The Red Sox took a 9 game lead into September 3rd, went 6-18 after that, and missed the playoffs. That's all bad, but the last day of the regular season was one of the most entertaining nights of sports I've ever seen. The Sox needed to beat Baltimore to guarantee at the very worst a one game playoff with Tampa. Jonathan Papelbon gave up the game winning hit in the ninth. Now, they needed the Rays to lose to the Yankees. The Rays were down 7-0 early in the game, only to come back to win 8-7 on a 12th inning solo home run by Evan Longoria. Move over Buckner, you've got company.
and last but not least:
Best Remix of 2011 - Can't Wait
I've got to relive the glory days, hope is hard to come by these days as a Mets and Jets fan.
Bold Predictions for 2012:
The Green Bay Packers will not win the Super Bowl.
RG3 will be the #1 pick in the NFL draft.
Andrew Luck will be significantly better than RG3.
The Wilpon's will not donate money to R.A. Dickey's cause for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Obama loses the 2012 election in a landslide.
Tim Tebow is killed, and rises from the dead on the third day.
LeBron doesn't get his ring.
2013 will come.