FTW: 10 feel-good sports moments from dreary 2016 – Detroit Free Press
2016, as evidenced by the death of George Michael this week, has been a bit of a dumpster fire in many respects. But not all of it was bad. Here’s some great moments in sports that gave us a bit of faith in humanity that we’ll want to remember for a long time:
1. Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin
On the biggest stage, Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin got tangled up on the track and fell, mid-race. Instead of leaving the competition behind, the two helped each other up and took off again together.
2. A Ryder Cup heckler pulled a legendary move
After Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson missed a 12-foot putt in a practice round, a fan shouted that even he could make that putt. So, Stenson gave him a chance and he did it, fulfilling the dream of average golfers everywhere.
3. NHL rookie’s historic debut brought his parents to tears
Auston Matthews scored a four goals in his debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs and his mom, Ema, was caught on camera doing what every mom would do while watching their son live out his dreams.
4. Speaking of parents, this moment when JR Smith broke down thanking his parents
Because, even if you’re not a fan of the Cavaliers, how can you not smile (or get a tear in your eye) when seeing Smith grow incredibly emotional when speaking about his parents.
My dad is easily my biggest inspiration to play this game. To hear people talk bad about me it hurts me because I know it hurts him. It’s not who I am. And I know he raised better, and I know I want to do better. Everything I do is for my parents and my family. The cars nice, the houses is nice but none of this matters without them.”
5. Pittsburgh running back James Conner returning to the field after his battle with cancer
You can read more about Conner’s journey here from USA TODAY Sports’ Nicole Auerbach, but the short version: Conner overcame a serious knee injury in 2015 and two months later was diagnosed with cancer. He fought through both, led his team out of the tunnel for its first game in September and rushed for over 1,000 yards this season.
6. Messi finally meeting Afghan boy who made his jersey out of a plastic bag
Murtaza Ahmadi was hesitant to let go once he met his hero.
7. Marcus Willis’ run through Wimbledon
A tennis pro who lived with his parents and was ranked No. 772 in the world made a surprise run through Wimbledon and became an instant fan favorite – so much so that when he eventually lost to Roger Federer, it was Willis who received the ovation from the crowd – one that Federer was classy enough to let him enjoy.
8. The Cubs ditching their status as the lovable losers who are cursed by an angry tavern owner and his goat.
9. This moment when LeBron James brought home his title.
10. And Candace Parker captured hers in what was one of the most entertaining finals in history
She was left off the Olympic team in a surprise move. She lost her beloved college coach. But after a roller coaster of a game, Candace Parker finally got the one thing that’s been just out of reach for her long career: a WNBA title.
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