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2017 Sports Year in Review

Patrick Casas, Staff writer

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NFL

The Super Bowl 51 took place at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Feb. 2 and it was one of the best games that will go down in history. In the first three-quarters of the game, the Atlanta Falcons showed complete dominance. The New England Patriots were trailing the Falcons 21 points near the end of the third quarter, but Tom Brady and his team rallied to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in football history. This is Brady’s fifth Super Bowl championship victory and he has proven once again why he is one of the greatest football players

of all time.

NBA

During the NBA offseason, there was a huge splash in free agency. The Golden State Warriors added eight-time all-star Kevin Durant. The addition of Durant was worth it and with a load of stars such as Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson etc., The Warriors were going to be a force to reckon with in the NBA. On June 1 through June 12, the Warriors made their third straight NBA Finals appearance. The team facing them in the finals for the third time were the Cleveland Cavaliers led by Lebron James. Eventually, the Warriors were just overwhelming and by game five the Warriors took home another title. It was their second NBA championship in three years and most likely it won’t be their last.

NHL

On June 11, the Nashville Predators put up a great fight in the Stanley Cup Finals, but after six games they were not able to keep up with the victorious Pittsburgh Penguins. This is twice now that the Penguins have won the Stanley Cup, and it’s the second year in a row team captain Sidney Crosby earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP.

MLB

Baseball season was more exciting this year with the rise of New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, who brought a spark to the game by winning American League Rookie of the year. Also, the Houston Astros won their first World Series title for their organization with the help of a loaded roster such as Carlos Beltran, Jose Aluve, and Justin Verlander. Also with the championship heading for Houston, it made the city look past the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and helped keep the people of Texas strong.

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