SCREAMIN’ FROM THE CHEAP SEATS – DECEMBER 31
By Leo Haggerty

2020 SPORTS IN REVIEW

As we close the door on, arguably, the most chaotic calendar year in sports, let’s me take you on a quick recap of what transpired in the 2020 year of the pandemic.  Some sports had to be postponed and rescheduled at a later date but many sporting events had to be cancelled completely.

Some of the most notable that were not even played or had to stop play are as follows: NCAA basketball’s March Madness, XFL football, Little League World Series, Tokyo Olympics, CFL football, NCAA World Series, Wimbledon tennis, The Open in golf, X Games and The Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Even, for the first time in its 124-year history, The Boston Marathon was cancelled.  Wow.

So, without further adieu, here’s what we saw in a extremely limited 2020 sports calendar.  Enjoy.

FOOTBALL
The Kansas City Chiefs secured The Lombardi Trophy by winning their second Super Bowl beating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.  The first one came 50 years ago when KC bested the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in the last AFL-NFL Super Bowl before the merger giving each league two wins each.

The LSU Tigers were victorious over the defending champion Clemson Tigers 42-25.  The win was the first College Football Playoff championship for the Bayou Bengals.

BASKETBALL
After being forced to relocate to Orlando to complete a truncated season, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 4 games to 2 to take The O’Brien Trophy back to the West Coast.  It was the 17th time LA has captured the title and that ties them with the Boston Celtics for the most championships in NBA history.

BASEBALL
With the regular season limited to 60 games, the Los Angeles Dodgers eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays 4 games to 2 in The World Series with all games being played in Texas at Globe Life Field in Arlington.  This marked the 7th time LA has captured The Commissioner’s Trophy and their first since 1988 when they beat the Oakland Athletics in five games.

HOCKEY
With the cancellation of the rest of the regular season in March, the National Hockey League went to an elaborate system to determine the 16 teams that would compete in the playoffs with all contests being played in Canada.  After the ice melted, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 4 games to 2 to bring The Stanley Cup to Florida.  It was the Bolts 2nd NHL championship with the first being in 2004.

SOCCER
In a match played on the pitch in Portugal, Bayern Munich was victorious over Paris St. Germain 1-nil in Lisbon.  That secured the 6th UEFA Champions League title for German football club which is one better than Barcelona.

Well, there you have it.  I know I missed some 2020 team and individual champions and I apologize profusely for that oversight.

Here’s one way of ensuring that 2021 is not a repeat of 2020.  Mask up everyone because it’s the right thing to do.

Happy New Year.  Above all, when in doubt, err on the safe side.