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|New Orleans Saints!|
Thank goodness for the New Orleans Saints.
Well, besides for obvious reasons.
Otherwise, it was just the same ol' same ol' and looks to continue that way.
Looking back at 2009, it started with the Pittsburgh Steelers winning the Super Bowl.
The Steelers have been to the Super Bowl seven times, taking away six titles.
Moving along, we watched the Los Angeles Lakers defeat Orlando for the NBA title. The Lakers hold records for the most NBA Finals appearances (30), the second fewest non-playoff seasons with five (San Antonio Spurs have four), and the second-most NBA championships with 15, behind the Boston Celtics' 17. They also hold the record for compiling the longest win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971–72 season
Later that summer, one we won't complain about too much was LSU winning the College World Series. LSU has made 15 College World Series appearances, winning 6 national championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2009).
Then in the fall, the New York Yankees won their 27th World Series championship. The Yankees lead Major League Baseball in both revenue and titles, with 27 World Series championships and 40 American League Pennants. They have more championships than any other franchise in North American professional sports history, passing the 24 Stanley Cup championships by the Montreal Canadians in 1999.
On to football, we saw Alabama return to glory as Nick Saban led the Tide to their 13th national championships. Alabama is tied with Notre Dame with eight consensus wire (AP or Coaches) national titles.
Then the unimaginable happened as the New Orleans Saints won their first championship and captured the heart of a nation.
So is this the beginning of something new. No.
Just when I started feeling good about the underdogs, Duke pulled the plug on Butler's run for an improbable run, winning its fourth NCAA championship in making its 15th Final four appearance.
And now here we are winding down the NBA season and it looks like Los Angeles and Boston in the finals.
These two teams have met in the NBA Finals 11 times with the Celtics winning nine times and the Lakers twice. The teams met six more times in the sixties, with the Celtics winning each time. The teams renewed their Finals rivalry in the 1980s, meeting three times (1984, 1985, and 1987). The 1984 series was hyped by the media as Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson. Their most recent meeting in the finals was in 2008, where the Celtics defeated the Lakers in six games to clinch their 17th title.
So go ahead and mark it down - Texas winning the College World Series, Yankees (making their annual August run) against the Cardinals in the World Series, Alabama playing Oklahoma in the BCS game, the New England Patriots taking on Green Bay in the Super Bowl.
Oh well, the Saints and Butler at least brought hope for the other guys. Now back to the same ol' same ol'.