2017 was a great year for sports. The greatest Superbowl comeback in history was made by the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Penguins won back to back Stanley cup Champions. And for those in America, the National team finally won the World Baseball Classic. And there are also those great plays that have the whole sports world go crazy.
Here’s my list of the top 10 greatest Sports plays of 2017
10. Erik Karlssons Saucer pass
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The Ottawa Senators had an incredible playoff run this year, being just a goal away from the Stanley cup final. And of all their moments this playoffs, none were as good as this one. Karlsson was in his own end of the ice, and somehow pass the puck and threw it 5 feet in the air all the way across the ice, and was picked up by Mike Hoffman, who then had a breakaway and scored.
9. Emre Cans goal of the year
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The BBC goal of the year award went to none other than Emre Can of Liverpool. And what a goal it was. Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, passed to Can, who saw the ball and fell on his back, facing the net sideways,and did a bicycle kick that went in the net.
8. Holy Toffoli
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There have been many time in NHL’s 100 year long history, that a player has scored a goal, but it is waived off because the time had expired. Somehow this goal was an exception. With 0.09 seconds left, the puck drooped, and the Kings Anze Kopitar who passed the puck back to Toffoli, who sniped it in the net. That goal might have been one of the fastest game winning goals in NHL History.
7. Feleipe Franks Hail Mary throw
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In College Football every season do we always see such great plays. This year was no exception with tons of amazing catches and throws headlined by this one. Division rivals Florida and Tennessee were seeded 23 and 24th, and were put in the same division, making this matchup a big one. With 24 seconds left the game was tied, and the Gators needed to score a touchdown to win, and Quaterback Felepie Franks threw the ball 10 feet in the air for a 63 yard touchdown, leading the Gators to victory.
6. 14 year old flips over the wall at the Junior League World Series
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Okay so in the Big Leagues, many amazing catches are made every year, but none might be comparable to this one, coming from 14 year old Jack Regenye in the Junior League World Series. A blast to centre was hit, and Regenye jumped over the fence, and caught the ball while he was leeping. This catch is now going down in history, and has been considered by many as the play of the year.
5. Julian Edelman’s catch that helped the Patriots make the biggest SuperBowl Comeback
Note: Was unable to upload a video of it on my website. Must be watched on YouTube.
The New England Patriots highlighted 2017 in Sports by making the biggest SuperBowl comeback ever. And one of the main reasons was because of this catch. With 4 minutes left, the Patriots needed to score a a touchdown to keep the game alive, and Brady made a passed that was initially intercepted by Keanu Neal, but he fumbled the ball, and it fell towards Julian Edelman, who caught the ball, and then got it kicked out of his hands by an Atlanta Defender, but he somehow grabbed it just before it Touched the ground. This possession would then lead to a touchdown, and the Patriots would go on to complete the greatest comeback in SuperBowl history.
4. Olivier Giroud Scorpion Kick
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Back at number 9. we had Emre Can score what was named the BBC goal of the season, however I personally think that award should have gone to Olivier Giroud. The ball was in Arsenals own end, and then they somehow got the ball out of their end. Right winger Alexis Sanchez had the ball at right, and was in front of all the other Arsenal players. Giroud somehow caught up to him, and was in front of the net. Sanchez passed to him, and he kicked the ball from the back of his foot and it went in. Who else thinks this should’ve been Goal of the Season?
3. Auston Jackson’s Catch of the year
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2017 MLB catch pf the year goes to Auston Jackson. No honestly, Fenway just seems to be the park of great catches. Hanley Ramirez hit a drive deep to center, And Auston Jackson ran after the ball, leaped at the fence to make the catch, and caught it while falling into the Red Sox bullpen. Man, there really should be a Catch of the year award, and if there was, it certainly would go to Auston Jackson, because no Catch this year was better than this one.
2. Jordan Speith’s putt of the year.
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Okay so Jordan Speith is only 24, but with the path hes taking, he might be the next Tiger, and none of his plays are better than this. Speith was in the bunker, and shot the ball, and it landed a top a hill, and rolled into the hole, giving Speith the win at the Traveler’s Championship. I dont know what was better about that: His putt or Celebration. What do you think?
1. Chris Coglan flips over the catcher.
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The play of the year in my opinion should be Chris Coghlan. Kevin Pillar hit a drive deep to right, and Stephen Piscotty who was playing rightfield for the Cardinals that game, didin’t make the catch. Coghlan was at first, and ran all the way to home, but the throw was in time, and Catcher Yadier Molina was waiting right in front of the home stretch, and Coghlan flipped over the catcher to score a run.
That’s my list of top 10 sports plays of the year in 2017. But what do you think? Did I miss any big plays, or do you think these should be in a different order. Please fell free to comment and tell me youre own list of top 10 sports plays of 2017. But until next time thanks for reading.