Contenders: Michael Vick and his return to prominence, The sixers getting Evan Turner (at number 2), Roy Halladay (specifically, the post season no-no), or the Fly Guys dramatic comeback from down 3-0 (games, and down 3-0 in game 7), to advance past Boston. . .
Vick: This has been rehashed since the beginning of October, but for those of you who don't know, Michael Vick has become a much more complete quarterback, to the point of having the highest passer rating in the NFC, having the most Probowl votes in the NFC (not always indicative of performance on the field), and being the leader of the leagues most dynamic offense. He has an outside shot at winning the league MVP, and this just 18 months after being released form jail for dogfighting.
Sixers get Turner: Somehow, the 76ers managed to defeat all statistical odds and land Evan Turner in the NBA draft because they managed to get the 2 spot in the lottery. They had a 6% chance of getting the 2nd pick, as they were the 6th worst team in 2009-2010. Somehow, they lucked out and got Turner. Personally, I don't feel like this is that big of a deal right now, b/c there is little way to know how a draft will turn out only a few months into the first season. We can look back in 4 years to decide how important this wound up being (some are already calling turner a draft bust)
Halladay: Not even going to recap this. All you need to know is Halladay shut down the highest-scoring offense in the NL, allowing no hits, in his post season debut (I realize this is actually a mini-recap). This was only the 2nd no-hitter in post season history. We have discussed it at length. Halladay no-no.
Flyers: Playing for their season in the last game against the rangers, the Flyers managed to win, getting into the playoffs. From there, they dominated the Devils. Then, they lost games 1, 2, and 3 to boston. However, the next four games go down in NHL history as the Flyers managed to scratch back to 3-3 in the series. In game 7, they were down 3-0, yet managed to pull out a stunning victory, on the Bruins ice nonetheless, to do what had been done (IIRC) only 2 other times in 80+ years of the NHL, and 8 times in professional sports in general. Video here. "History will be made"
Personally, I think that the greatest story should be between Halladay and the Flyers, but that's just me. I feel as though the Vick situation is amazing, but he has done this with the best young offense in the league, and contrary to what people like to say about him, a coach that knows what he's doing. Michael Vick finally decided to apply himself to his craft, and he's getting results.
Seeing all of these "best of the year" lists, it is disappointing to not see the flyers even mentioned. What do you think?
HM: A certain someone on our blog catching a foul ball with his son, Cliffmas, Andy Reid look-alike
If I missed something, please add it in. This may not be the best post, but there has been little action here recently, and I don't know what to do with the hour of my life I used to spend on this blog every day.
Best Philly Sports story of 2010
Michael Vick "Redemption" (10 votes)
Sixers get Turner (0 votes)
Halladay post season No-no (26 votes)
Flyers historic comeback (37 votes)
73 total votes