Welcome to– and a Happy New Year from– the 90th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I’m blogging for the last time in 2014. Let’s get into it… .
Tomorrow is the last day of the year. 2014 has come and gone and in doing so provided 52 weeks– and 52 posts– of sports and pop culture content. It’s time to reminisce on all that we’ve taken in this year so I went back and reviewed each of the last 51 posts and pulled out all of my favorite things.
Let’s look back at the year that was. Sports highlights, sports lowlights, news bloopers, funny videos, moving pictures… Here are some of my favorites. The best, the worst, the most memorable. Vines, GIFs, videos, posts, pictures, tweets, moments and other stuff from 2014. (This post got so big, I split it up into two sections. Part Two will be out next week.)
I present: Your Tuesdays With Mitch 2014 Year in Review (Part One):
The close of college football season is always an important staple of the year’s first month. The Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Oklahoma gave us one of the best videos of the year right off the bat.
Yeah… that’s gotta be the video of the year.
And the BCS National Championship wasn’t bad either.
The biggest thing from January ’round these parts was the AFC Championship game that saw the Broncos pound the Patriots.
Leading up to the game, I wrote this “Why We Should All Hate the Patriots” post that lots of you enjoyed. This could come in useful again in a couple weeks (although apparently some of the GIFs and pictures are no longer “active”).
The AFC Championship is when we learned that pretend horses ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DRUM!
This still cracks me up.
The Broncos won 26-16, but the game wasn’t as close as the score indicates. It was 23-3 with under ten minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Broncos were heading to the Super Bowl. They were favored. Optimism was high. Things were good.
…The Super Bowl happened. 43-8. The Broncos were completely overmatched in every aspect of the game against an impressive Seahawks team. Has to be considered one of the worst days in Colorado sports history. Probably the worst sports day for anyone in or around my generation.
What a nightmare. I did, however write this post that lots of you enjoyed on “The Annoying People At Your Football Party.”
Next we have the I-kind-of-like-the-Broncos-but-really-I-just-want-to-get-wasted guy. “Dude, we gotta do shots for every Broncos’ touchdown!” on Sunday quickly faded into “Alright dude, we gotta do shots every time the Seahawks score or the Broncos turn it over or they show Richard Sherman on the sidelines or a Bronco gets tackled or they go to commercial!” Again, these guys are pretty standard for most sporting events. Comes with the territory. No big deal.
After the Super Bowl came the Olympics, but before that, let’s check in on Jacoby Jones attending a Pelicans game. This might be the best interview of the year.
Okay, back to the Olympics. The biggest early story was obviously Bob Costas’ freaking eyes, which both looked like they might fall out of his head at any moment.
Ashley Wagner’s reaction to a judges’ scoring was all the rage for about 24 hours:
After the Olympics, one of my favorite pictures of the year made its rounds. The first 2014 Heisman candidate:
In March we transitioned to basketball and hockey. I wondered if the Nuggets would be better off tanking their season away and laughed at Jan Vesley jab-stepping even though nobody was covering him.
Spring training also started up, which provided this awesome picture from an Indians’ exhibition game.
In mid-March, the Broncos released Champ Bailey, which just depressed the hell out of me. I wrote about that situation here. Even though some of the outlooks have become outdated after nine months, it’s probably one of the better pieces of writing I produced this year.
…(W)hen I look back at Champ’s days as a Bronco, I think I’ll remember the week-in, week-out excellence more than anything. Without hyperbole, I can say that for several years, Champ was, hands-down, the best football player on the field every single week.
I’ve never seen a cornerback that defended the run like Champ. He was the best cover corner in the game, but he was also the best tackler on the Broncos.
I remember Champ used to track the number of balls his receivers caught on him for a whole season. After an All-Pro year, Champ would lament that that number wasn’t zero. That’s a serious indication of greatness.
So here’s to Champ Bailey, who was just a pleasure to watch and root for over the course of ten seasons in Denver.
For my generation of Broncos fans, there will never be another Champ Bailey.
In the college basketball world, the Buffs were trying to win just enough games to get off the bubble and secure an NCAA tournament bid, while the Rams, Falcons and Cowboys floundered. Even though the Border War didn’t mean much, this dunk from Josh Adams was sick.
March also saw the One-Year anniversary of this blog, which I celebrated by half-assing a post because I was down and out with strep throat.
But the basketball season rolled on, leading to this really insightful tweet from the always insightful Magic Johnson:
Then came March Madness, which produced possibly the best sports weekend of the year (and one of my better posts). The antics of March Madness will never get old.
CU did, indeed build up a good enough resume to hear their name called on selection Sunday. They received an 8-seed and played against Pittsburgh. Things went poorly.
I felt the need to clarify that last tweet.
“In the game referenced in that last tweet, Michigan won by 30 and was the 8-seed. This means Colorado just had the WORST PERFORMANCE EVER from an 8-seed. Historically awfu! They had a good year, but damn, it did not end well.”
April meant baseball, which meant a long winter officially coming to an end. It was time to make ill-fated Rockies predictions and head out to the ball yard. I predicted the Rockies would go 85-77. Optimism was high. I was wrong.
Opening Day also provided perhaps my favorite sports media piece all year (definitely my favorite from the local media). Benjamin Hochman’s colorful account of the Opening Day festivities at Coors Field.
Early April also brought us the national championship that saw Connecticut beat Kentucky. Kentucky lost, but I love this picture of James Young’s amazing dunk.
The national championship also meant the close of the college basketball season, which of course meant “One Shining Moment” was coming to give you goosebumps.
The best early-season baseball GIF still makes me laugh, eight months later.
Bubba Watson won the masters. His kid was not impressed.
The Avalanche completed an incredible regular season turnaround and strutted into the playoffs with swagger and confidence. Here was my “recap” of Game One:
“You know what happened. Roy pulls the goalie with three minutes to go (!). Erik Johnson saves an empty net goal by doing this (!) with less than two minutes left.
Then Stastny scores with 13 seconds (!) left. Then he scores again in overtime (!). It was awesome.
Regardless of what happens in the rest of this season and series, Game One will be one of the best sports moments of the year in Colorado. To welcome playoff hockey back to Denver in that manner was truly unbelievable.”
Indeed it was.
This time of year also introduced us to Bartolo Colon batting, which became a favorite around these parts.
I could still watch that Vine all day.
As April rolled on, the Avs series went seven games and produced the quote of the year from Patrick Roy when he said “”Now it’s our turn to — sorry for the words — put our balls on the table.”
The series was unbeliveably dramatic and entertaining. Here is the Game Five overtime winner from Nathan McKinnon.
Of course, the Avs lost Game Seven in overtime. It happened on a Tuesday night, so I apparently chose not to cover it seven days after the fact.
As we said goodbye to the Avalanche, April flowed into May and the Rockies were playing really good baseball. Troy Tulowitzki had one of the best months any of us had ever seen. He was the best player in the game.
The NBA Playoffs produced one of the great Vines of all-time, when Damian Lillard hit a walk-off three-pointer.
And I wrote one of my most-viewed and best-received post of the year: “How to Sneak In To Better Seats At Coors Field“.
- Don’t be too afraid to get caught and have a back up plan. If I get asked for a ticket when trying to enter a section, I generally say something along the lines of Oh yeah my buddy/mom/dad/whoever has mine they should be coming over soon. Then I stand there with a quizical look on my face scanning the fans for my pretend companion before slowly drifting back into the concourse crowd like Shoeless Joe in a cornfield. The usher leaves the park that night gazing at the moon and wondering if I even existed at all. Now, if I’m already seated and an usher comes to give me the boot I usuallly hand him or her my $4 Rockpile ticket with confidence and annoyance as if to say Yeah old man, I know what I’m doing. Here’s my ticket. I usually get quite a kick out of the usher shaking his head, turning and pointing across the stadium at the Rockpile. What? You mean this four dollar ticket doesn’t grant me access to this 2nd row aisle seat? Oh. I’m sorry. Honest mistake.
This real-life version of Andy from “Parks and Recreation” made an appearance.
Wes Welker passed out 100 dollar bills at the Kentucky Derby.
With the benefit of hindsight, we are left to wonder if Wes had consumed anything that might have made handing out money a little more fun that it should be.
The progression of baseball season provided us with a new Bad British Commentary video, which was welcome news.
This kid was one of our Studs of the Week:
So was HERO CAT! REMEMBER HERO CAT?!
And I really enjoyed watching an old fat dude smell his armpit and share it with his companion.
By June, the Rockies were falling apart after a 2-7 East Coast road trip. I was still a little bit optimistic at the beginning of June, because I’m an idiot.
The NBA Playoffs were slowly creeping along, and Lance Stephenson provided us with their most memorable moment when he blew in LeBron’s ear.
Mid-June also means the Spelling Bee freakshows come out to ESPN, which always makes me long for the days when I had summer vacations with nothing to do but laugh at home-schooled weirdos.
As June moved forward, I came to the sad realization that the Rockies, indeed, sucked. This quote from my June 10th post explains the state of affairs at the time…
At some point the injuries became too much to handle, specifically when Nolan Arenado went down. That dramatically changed the entire makeup of the Rockies, both offensively and defensively. And the horrible news just keeps coming. Yesterday three more injury related headlines were announced. Eddie Butler would hit the DL after just one start. Michael Cuddyer would hit the DL (again) and it sounds like he’ll be out for a long while. And Carlos Gonzalez would need surgery on that damn finger. So let’s take a look at the status of eight very important Rockies:
Tyler Chatwood60-Day DL
Brett Anderson60-Day DL
Jordan Lyles15-Day DL
Eddie Butler15-Day DL
Boone Logan15-Day DL
Nolan Arenado15-Day DL
Michael Cuddyer15-Day DL
Carlos Gonzalez15-Day DL
I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s hard to win without any players.
That pretty much summed it up for the Rox. By mid-June, half of their team was on the DL and their season was over.
The Spurs and Heat played in the NBA Finals. LeBron James set the internet ablaze with irrationality and hot takes when he was carried off the floor because of leg cramps.
Of course, the Spurs would go on to win the series in a relatively easy five games.
Yoenis Cespedes made the throw of the year.
The L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup. Naturally, the most important part of the series for me was a lady falling on her face behind a news broadcast.
By late June, the Rockies awfulness reached a remarkable crescendo with this amazing play:
The World Cup came and that was big news for a lot of people. It included a cannibal guy!
That wraps up June, which wraps up the first half of 2014.
Keep an eye out next week for Part Two.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. And happy Tuesday. Again, thanks for reading these each week. Here’s to a successful 2015 with more of the same fun posts. See ya next week.
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