by Eric Fulton
Best Team: Golden State Warriors
The Warriors won 67 games last year. Lose their coach Steve Kerr to an injury. Started with their undefeated run. They are the best team in sports, by far, and it is not even close.
Honorable Mention: Kansas City Royals
Best Athlete: Stephen Curry
Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry has surpassed LeBron James, at least temporarily, as the game’s best player. Leading the Golden State Warriors to the top of the NBA and it looks like they will stay there for a while.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Spieth
Best Coach: Ned Yost
Ned Yost led the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series championship in three decades. He really did a great job getting the best of his players and proved how great of a manager he was the last two years.
Honorable Mention: Steve Kerr
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth won two of golf’s four majors (Masters and U.S. Open). Almost won the calendar grand slam in golf. He’s far and away the best golfer and seems to have longevity if he can stay healthy and continue to play well.
Honorable Mention: Josh Donaldson
Best Game: World Series Game 1
Game one of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets was one of the longest games in World Series History. The game set the tone for the series. The Mets seemed to have the upper-hand early, but the Royals proved to be tougher than the previous year.
Honorable Mention: Super Bowl 49
Best Play: Francis Owusu’s no look touchdown catch
Stanford receiver Francis Owusu made a great play on a ball he could not see against UCLA during the college football season. It is a play that you can’t do over and over again.
Honorable Mention: Anthony Rizzo’s foul ball catch
Best Upset: Roberta Vinci over Serena Williams at the U.S. Open
Serena Williams was going for the calendar grand slam, but she was upset by little known Italian Roberta Vinci in the semifinals.
Honorable Mention: Holly Holm defeating Ronda Rousey
Best Moment: American Pharaoh winning the Triple Crown
For sports fans born after 1978, this was one of the top things to watch on our bucket list. The moment he won the race, all of us knew we witnessed history. Now the question is how long before we see another horse win the Triple Crown?
Honorable Mention: Jeff Gordon’s final race
Most Overrated Sporting Event: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacqiuao
This was supposed to be a fight for the ages. Some people said it may have saved boxing. It turned out to be a complete joke and may have killed boxing forever.
Honorable Mention: Women's World Cup
Most Overplayed Moment: “Deflate-gate”
This was a story that seemed to grab the attention at perhaps the wrong time. In the end, it never cost the Patriots a championship and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ended up not having to serve any type of punishment.
Honorable Mention: LeBron James being a one man show vs. Warriors in the NBA Finals