There’s just no way to deny how impactful and declaratively unifying the world of sports is for humanity. Seriously, there are probably only a handful of circumstances and events that have the ability to bring people together, to make them watch and engage with one another on a level that engenders the innate and purest form of potentiality within the human race. Sports. It has that power.
Yet, while there are so many ills that exist in the world, matters of social injustices that are constantly being addressed, argued, rallied around, and eventually decided upon, it is the innate and incessant competitive nature of humanity on display in sports that fosters a genuine sense of connectivity to others and things from those that watch it. It truly is miraculous. And you know what? There’s nothing like testing that and seeing its verity in the biggest and craziest moments in the sports world. So, let’s take a look at some — of the biggest and craziest sport moments of the past 2018:
Unity Between North & South Korea At The Olympics
Everyone knows the derision and the disconnect that has existed between North Korea and South Korea. It has been aged old and a separation of people that has also been long understood to be something of the never-ending. Well, that was until it did end – and part of that ending took place during the 2018 Olympics, where the two walked together. A truly monumental showing of change, something the world definitely needed to see.
First Woman To Interview For NBA Coaching Job
Long overdue is the only phrase that could be used for this: Becky Hammon, former basketball player extraordinaire, was the first woman to actually interview for a head coaching job. She did so with the Milwaukee Bucks after being brought on as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs under George Popovich. The pedigree is definitely there and it is only a matter of time before the next step is taken: a woman being hired as a head coach.
J.R. Smith Goes The Wrong Way
This very much could be the defining moment where LeBron James decided it was time to take his talents away from Cleveland once again. In the waning moments of the first game of the 2018 NBA Finals, when the game was on the line, J.R. Smith grabbed a rebound from a missed free throw and instead of scoring or passing the ball back out to LeBron James, or any player for that matter, Smith dribbled the ball around letting time expire and subsequently sending both teams — the Cavs and Warriors into overtime. The problem: He didn’t know the score and thought the Cavs were up.
Cheerleaders Strike Back
Fans can be tough. They can. There’s an unruliness about them at times that can be argued as borderline abusive and like an assault. Sport figures and player are forced to deal with this, but you know who else is? Cheerleaders. However, a group of NFL cheerleaders came together to shed light on an aspect of mistreatment that has not been given enough attention: the harassment and mistreatment from team executives. A lawsuit was filed citing that some cheerleaders were actually told to duct tape their waists before games. These lawsuits are still active.
The Big Signings/Trades
It may be unfair to put these all in one category, but if we didn't these could have dominated the whole list. John Tavares is a Maple Leaf, Erik Karlsson is a Shark, Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor, and LeBron James is a Laker. 2018 has been a wild year for big names changing markets, and there's no denying the impact these signings and one trade made on their respective sports. Only time will tell how it will play out, but at the very least, these moves turned some heads.
Philly Wins Super Bowl/Capitals Win Stanley Cup
Well, in sports it truly always comes down to winning, that’s the competitive nature of it, what onlookers and fans love about it. And finally in 2018, fans of two teams that hadn’t won ever and hadn’t one in a long time, finally got their just desserts. The Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl and the Washington Capitals ended a 42 year drought and won the Stanley Cup. They do say that patience is a virtue.