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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Farewell 2013

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  • I have mixed feelings about the sudden closure of 2013. A lot of good and a lot of bad happened last year, in not only news, but in sports as well. After publishing a short year in review for local sports in last week’s edition, I thought I’d recap the professional sporting world.
     
    The good: The year 2013, started off with the Baltimore Ravens defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl 47. From the battle of the Harbaugh brothers to the power outage, this game was pretty epic. I’m glad the Ravens ended up with the win, because it was only their second Super Bowl win in history, not to mention I have a lot of distaste toward the Niners.
     
    Next up, the Miami Heat claimed its second straight NBA Championship with a 4-3 series victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Star LeBron James earned his second straight MVP as well. The finals are pretty fun to watch, especially when it comes down to the seventh and final game. The Heat set numerous records from this season, but the most notable one to me is the 27 game winning streak they were able to put together. It was the second longest streak in history, behind the Lakers in 1971-72. I’m a Milwaukee Bucks fan, so I was happy to find out that the Bucks are tied for the fourth longest winning streak in history with a 20 game run in 1970-71.
     
    Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks won a final of their own, after defeating the Boston Bruins 4-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Finally, the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in the 2013 World Series. It was the first championship at Boston’s Fenway Park since 1918, which is somewhat note-worthy.
     
    The bad: I have two moments in mind, and both have to do with performance-enhancing drugs. The first, is the Alex Rodriguez suspension. The second, is Lance Armstrong admitting to doping himself. It’s just unfortunate that some of the all-star athletes that kids look up to, end up being steroid users.
     
    In the end, in my opinion the good out-weigh the bad. Let’s hope for another great year for sports in 2014.

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