Review 2012: The Biggest Surprises In Sports In 2012
Sports are one of life’s greatest surprises. It offers you a myriad of possibilities. Even with years of training; it does not guarantee a hundred percent success. That is why athletes compete with each other to find out who really is the best. Surprises in sporting events never fail to impress sports fans. This year is no exception.
The staging of the Olympics and other regular sporting events around the world gave sports aficionados either a pleasant or a rude surprise on different events that shaped world sports this year. Let us take a look at some of them in a review of the year’s biggest sporting surprises.
Emergence of Lotus F1 – Again!
KimiRaikonnen’s victory in Abu Dhabi was one of the biggest surprises in Formula 1 this year. Raikonnen who came out of retirement to drive for Lotus was never expected to win. Excellent timing and a series of safety car instances, shoved the former world champion in front of the sport’s front runners Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and Red Bull Racing’s and defending world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Arizona Cardinals is the NFL’s surprise package
The Arizona Cardinals has taken the league by storm after a .500 season in 2011, the team started the season with an unblemished 3-0 win-loss slate slaying the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles early in the season.
Andy Murray takes the Tennis Gold in the Olympics
Not to take away from Andy Murray but who thought that Roger Federer would lose the gold. Federer was a 17-time Grand Slam winner and the way Murray demolished him was nothing short but shocking. Murray won the gold in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 and the hometown crowd could be the magic that lifted the Scotsman, which he failed to get during the Wimbledon finals.
Oklahoma City wins the Western Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder is without a doubt has the talent. However when it comes to championship poise and experience; they fail miserably—or so we thought. Oklahoma City proved that they belong to the big league when they upended a San Antonio Spurs team that could not lose for more than two months. En route to the Western Conference finals, the Thunder defused the Lakers which proved to be another shocker. The Thunder’s loss to the Miami Heat though was kinda expected.
Manny Pacquiao demolished his opponent and lost
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao clearly dominated unheralded Timothy Bradley during their fight in the spring this year only to lose in the judges’ scorecards. Pacquiao ran rings around a visibly injured Bradley lost via a decision that was later on subject of great debate.
Spain never scored a goal in London Olympic soccer
Spain is the top dog in world soccer but its Olympic stint is forgettable. The country that won the World Cup and the Euro 2012 went home without a goal and was unable to reach past the group stages. Spain’s coach Luis Milla said that the coaching staff wants to know what happened as fans told him that it is simple, the team did not score goals that led to their dismal performance.
Lakers worst start
Lakers fans were optimistic that 2012 will be a banner year after winning the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. Howard was a prized player during the off-season and the Lakers was able to snatch him to form a formidable line-up after towing star guard Steve Nash. As the 2012-2013 regular season started, Laker fans were shocked to find their team, despite having a powerhouse line-up, has a 1-4 win-loss card at the start of the season. The shaky start stirred the Lakers’ management and fired Coach Mike Brown in November.