7 Best From-Good-to-Bad Moments of 2015
Last week, I wrote an article for SportsIllustrated.com discussing the best athletic performances and moments of the past calendar year. From American Pharoah to the U.S. Women’s National Team winning the World Cup on Carli Lloyd’s hat trick, I handpicked a couple dozen of the best performances of 2015.
In doing so, I came across a bunch of not-so-great sports moments of 2015, but of course, they couldn’t use those. So I decided to post those on SportsGrid.com, which makes a lot of sense!
7 Best From-Good-to-Bad Moments of 2015
There are plenty of bad moments -– and plenty of great moments, but this is a list of things that started off great, only to turn around and bite people in the butt. Then again, some of these moments also turned some bad things into good things for others.
Peyton Manning Passes Favre as All-Time Passing Leader
In one of the weirdest days of Peyton Manning’s career, he broke the NFL passing record previously held by Brett Favre, against Kansas City in November. Unfortunately, throwing for more than Favre’s 71,838 yards wasn’t enough to make Manning forget about one of the worst games of his career, as he was benched midway through the third quarter after throwing four interceptions, finishing 5-of-20 passing for just 35 yards.
— Movie TV Tech Geeks (@movietvtechgeek) November 16, 2015
Dez Bryant’s Catch Becomes Incomplete Pass, Sending Cowboys Franchise Into Death Spiral
In last season’s NFL Playoffs at Lambeau Field, Dez Bryant came down with what he – and millions of others – thought was a fourth-down catch at the one-yard line with four minutes left, giving the Cowboys a chance to take a late lead. Packers coach Mike McCarthy challenged the call and officials overturned it upon review – making it an incomplete catch and ending the Cowboys’ chances of facing Seattle in the NFC Championship Game. Since that loss, the Cowboys have piled on nine more losses this season, giving them a shot at the first overall draft pick in 2016.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) July 21, 2015
Mayweather & Pacquiao Went to a Fight and a Dance Broke Out
In what was billed the “Fight of the Century” (just 15 years in, mind you), Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao danced around the ring for 12 rounds before Mayweather won by unamimous decision. After the fight, Pacquiao revealed he had a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, which inhibited his ability to throw harder punches. The fight has since been nicknamed the “Better Late Than Never Fight,” considering the ages of the boxers and the long wait for the event to finally occur.
By the way....Jamie Fox tried to sing the National Anthem before the Mayweather/Pacquaio fight...what the hell was that garbage? Worst ever!
— Mike Morris (@thesuperstar68) May 4, 2015
Michigan State Beats Michigan on ‘Punt Bunyan’ Play
With just 10 seconds left in the in-state rivalry game for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, Michigan held a 23-21 lead over Michigan State, and the Wolverines just had to punt the ball away. But their punter fumbled the snap, and the Spartans returned the ball for a touchdown to ruin Jim Harbaugh’s first rivalry game as Michigan head coach.
— John Skinz, Esq. (@MrConnorGrant) October 23, 2015
#Deflategate Joins Spygate on Tom Brady’s List of Most Hated Gates
The New England Patriots may have won their fourth Super Bowl in February, but their championship season will be remembered more for Tom Brady’s “deflategate” controversy, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s horrible goal-line call that clinched the Pats win. Whether or not Tom Brady knew the balls were being deflated, helping his grip, remains to be seen, but his four-game suspension by the league was overturned – which the NFL is appealing.
— greg bowen (@gbowen1791) December 13, 2015
Chip Kelly Trades Eagles’ All-Time Rushing Leader LeSean McCoy
The Eagles head coach didn’t endear himself to Philly faithful when he sent Shady McCoy packing to Buffalo in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso in March. Philly then signed free-agent RBs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, but neither has been able to replace his game-breaking ability.
Pro Bowl Players Chip Kelly Dumped: •DeSean Jackson •LeSean McCoy •Jeremy Maclin •Nick Foles •Evan Mathis •Mike Vick •Trent Cole
— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) December 23, 2015
DeAndre Jordan Breaks Mavs’ Hearts After Verbal Commitment
After an expensive courtship from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, center DeAndre Jordan agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks, only to back out on the deal and re-sign with the L.A. Clippers. The 7-foot defensive beast had a change of heart, only to return to the team that originally drafted him, but it sent off a shockwave of reactions on social media.
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) December 22, 2015
This list of seven ignominious moments is far from complete, so let us know which "from good-to-great" moments from 2015 you'd like to see on this list!
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