One of the most attractive parts of
sports is the impact they have on people. 2010 was another great year on the
international stage as many nations were moved by 12 months of drama.
It all started in February with the
crowning of the New Orleans Saints as Super Bowl champions. The Saints beat the
Indianapolis Colts in Miami for the franchise’s first-ever championship. The
title was arguably a bigger deal to the residents of New Orleans who were still
devastated by the aftermath of the 2005 storm Hurricane Katrina. Quarterback
Drew Brees, who saw his mother commit suicide leading up to the 2009-2010
National Football League season, received Super Bowl Most Valuable Player
honours. The Super Bowl would be the most viewed program in TV history
attracting 153.4 million viewers.
Later that month Vancouver hosted
the 21st Winter Olympics. Approximately 2,600 athletes from 82 nations took
part. Among them was skier Dow Travers, who represented the Cayman Islands.
In April Tiger Woods made his
return to golf after taking four months off to deal with infidelity allegations.
He would compete at the Masters and finish tied for fourth. Woods would end the
year divorced and struggling in the sport.
Summer would prove to be the
busiest time of year. In early June the Los Angeles Lakers won their second
straight title over the Boston Celtics. The Lakers needed all seven games of
the National Basketball Association Finals for Kobe Bryant to claim his fifth
championship ring. It was the second time in three years the clubs faced off in
the Finals with Boston winning in 2008. Both teams are the most successful in
professional basketball history with the Celtics having nabbed 17 championships
and the Lakers laying claim to 16 titles.
Later that month the Chicago
Blackhawks would win their first Stanley Cup since 1961 over the Philadelphia
Flyers. Chicago broke the longest Stanley Cup drought in professional hockey
history with the title. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was awarded the Conn
Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. He became just the
second captain ever in hockey history to win both the Stanley Cup and an Olympic
gold medal in the same year (he won gold for Team Canada in the Winter
The 19th edition of the FIFA World
Cup started in mid-June and ended in mid-July. South Africa became the first
African country to host the football tournament, which saw Spain win its first
world title on a goal from Andres Iniesta.
Finally in November the San
Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers over five games in the World Series.
The victory marks the first Major League Baseball championship for the Giants
since 1954 and their first in San Francisco since moving to California in 1958.
Edgar Renteria was named World Series Most Valuable Player. Renteria had
previously guided the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 1997. Interestingly
he had the series-clinching hit on both occasions.
Ultimately sports holds great sway
over many people all over the world. With so many huge performances on big
stages, it’s easy to see why sports can impact everyone.