It was the kind of year that makes you wish calendars came with director's cuts.
Another Tour de France title for Lance Armstrong. The Olympics return to Athens. The year begins -- and ends -- with controversy over championships on the college gridiron. No controversy in Connecticut, where the UConn Huskies take home a pair of hoops titles. The Patriots run off win after win after win. Oh, and did we mention the Boston Red Sox won a World Series for the first time since Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated in Germany... after rallying from a three-game, ninth-inning hole against the New York Yankees?
How can you possibly be expected to pick the best of the 2004 from across the spectrum of sports? Hey, you're SportsNation, you're up to the challenge. Who were the best athletes? The best teams? The best coaches? And don't forget the feuds.