January 2, 2010 2:14 PM ET
If Friday was any indication, 2010 will be a phenomenal year in sports. With a captive audience, revelers crashed on the couch lazily working the remote, there was no way to bring it all in.
Tim Tebow's last game, and almost certainly his best. Bobby Bowden's last game, which ended with his wife nearly taking over his farewell news conference. "Time to go home baby!" as she covered him with kisses. The Winter Classic was a guaranteed success when the legendary Bobby Orr took the ice -- at Fenway. Then the home team rallies to win in overtime. The Knicks Nate Robinson buried on the bench for 14 games, goes from the doghouse to the penthouse as Mike D'Antoni finally decides enough is enough, and unleashes Robinson who pours in 41. Kobe hits another buzzer-beater to beat the Kings, his 3rd of the season which is as many as the rest of the league combined.
And yet.. It was the Outback Bowl, with the brunch time start, which stole the show. Mike Kafka threw the ball 78 times. Northwestern had the game won, but Stefan Demos missed the field goal as regulation ran out. Then Auburn won the game on a fumble, but officials overturned the call. Then Auburn won the game again on a missed Demos field goal in overtime (off the post by the way) but there was a flag. The topper - Northwestern goes for the win on a fumblerooskie on the final play of the game only to be denied. Read that sentence again: a fumblerooskie on the last play?! It was a great call by Pat Fitzgerald, a bowl season roll of the dice with his kicker hurt.
Toss in Mike Leach coming on ESPN and calling Craig James a meddling dad, and his son lazy, plus this evolving guns-drawn-locker room-scene between Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, and Josh McDaniels benching his Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall to revive their feud, and the New Year came barreling out of the blocks.
As we like to say when a player hits 7 home runs in the first 10 games, he's on pace to 132 homers, blah blah. Well, 1969 was a great sports year, as was 1984 but 2010 is on pace to be the greatest sports year OF ALL TIME!
If only the Papajohns.com bowl doesn't disappoint.