Welcome to 2019! A new year full to the brim with endless possibilities. I mean, did you see some of the things that happened this past year?
Milwaukee Brewers ended their seven year postseason absence
Behind an MVP caliber season from outfielder Christian Yelich the Brewers returned to the Playoffs for the first time since 2011 and the 5th time ever in franchise history.
Edwin Encarnacion seven year stretch as a top ten home run hitter ended
Total transparency here – I couldn’t pick Edwin out of a two person lineup but he is in the Athlete Name Hall of Fame and thus included on this list.
For the first time ever the MLB had more strikeouts than hits in a season
For being a team sport baseball often comes down to two individuals facing off quite literally against each other. One person is trying to strike out the other who is solely focused on hitting the ball into the field of play. For the first time – advantage pitchers.
The Red Sox won 100 games for the first time ever
Thank goodness a down on their luck franchise without a bright future finally has some success to hold onto. I for one will sleep better at night knowing the Boston fans have something to hang their hat on.
The Detroit Lions 70 games streak without a 100 yard rusher finally ended
This is one of the more absurd sports streaks that didn’t receive enough attention over the 4+ years it accumulated. Now the Lions entire team is built to throw the ball but still you would think the Lions would luck into a 100 yard rusher at some point right?
The New York Giants 36 game stretch without scoring 30 points
30 points is not necessarily a barometer for NFL teams but 36 games under it does tell a larger story of the Giants recent offensive incompetence. *Cough* Eli Manning is washed *Cough*
The Chicago Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first time in nine years
*Insert serious hockey analysis here*
The Washington Capitols won the Stanley Cup for the first time
USC Football’s 20 game home winning streak ended
For winning 20 straight home games USC football sure has done their best to stay out of the national conversation…
Penn State Football’s 16 game home winning streak ended
Friendly reminder that this loss came at the hands of Ohio State during a Penn State whiteout game in which at a key fourth down and five after not one, not two, but THREE total timeouts, Penn State ran a dive up the middle for 0 yards. Still unfathomable.
Florida State Football didn’t go to bowl game for the first time in 36 years
The 2017 Chick-Fil-A College Football kickoff game was between #1 Alabama and #3 Florida State. Florida State lost 24-7, their starting quarterback was injured and they finished the season 6-7 after a loss in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. Then their head coach left. The following year Seminoles went 5-7 and are not bowling. Moral of the story? Don’t play Alabama. Ever.
Army Football won 11 games for the first time
Army winning 11 games in a season is awesome and great for them but honestly the more impressive factoid is that they almost beat Oklahoma
The Buffalo Bills ended their postseason drought after 17 years
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback became a folk hero in Buffalo when a late season win helped secure a playoff spot for the Bills. Since then the Bills let their quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the man who orchestrated the teams first postseason appearance in the better half of two decades, leave in favor of Nathan Peterman and rookie running sensation Josh Allen.
The Minnesota Timberwolves made the postseason for the first time in 13 years
The best part of the Timberwolves return to the postseaon is that it almost didn’t happen. After 81 games in the regular season the basketball gods blessed us with a 82nd game between the Timberwolves and Nuggets with the winner going to the playoffs. The Wolves won 112-106 in overtime.
A 1-Seed in the NCAA Tournament lost to a 16-Seed for the first time
I didn’t trust Virginia during March Madness but never in my wildest dreams (S/O Taylor Swift) did I think they’d ever lose to a sixteen seed. Yet there I was at a sports bar watching the impossible happen in what became an instantly iconic sports moment not just of the year but for years to come.