Sports Highs And Lows Of 2010
Posted by Nancy on December 28, 2010
2020 was certainly was an interesting year for sports. Tiger Woods experienced his fall from grace and the world watched as not only his personal life fell apart but also his golf game. He went from being the very best to not winning a single championship game. Ouch. Then there was another “comeback” attempt by Brett Favre which turned out to be utter disaster. He not only tainted the stellar legacy that he once had, but also added new injuries to his battle weary body. He might have taken the message from a verse in one of Kenny Roger’s songs, “you’ve got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them, know when to walk away and know when to run”. Favre has had a very difficult time walking away from the sport that has given him so much in the way of success and wealth. As it is, he is now being compelled to limp away from the game.
For many people, one of the year’s highs as far as sports is concerned is the story of the Michael Vick. He was a supremely gifted quarterback who was not making the most of his talents but who was involved in cruel and illegal activities which robbed him of his reputation and his career. His former life and success seemed a thing of the past as he served out a prison sentence. He paid his dues, however, returned to the football field and went on to play the greatest season of his life. Perhaps the lesson is that everyone deserves a second chance and that you can’t count anyone out until “the fat lady sings”.
Two more success stories involve players who sustained potentially career ending injuries or illnesses, conquered them and came back to games they love. Kevin Curtis missed over two seasons of football due to surgery and complications of testicular cancer and last week signed with the Miami Dolphins. Mehmet Okur of the Utah Jazz sustained a torn Achilles tendon late in the 2009-2020 season and was side-lined for over eight months. He is now back in action and improving with each game.