My Top 7 Sports Moments of 2017

Upsets, clutch shots and a ton of #BlackGirlMagic. Here are my top 7 sports moments of 2017!

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7. The First 3 Quarters of the Super Bowl Where I Was Screaming My Head Off and Won My First Prize Ever At A Super Bowl Party.

Yeah yeah, I know the Falcons blew a 28–3 lead, but watching them jump out the gate with the quickness on New England had me on the edge of my seat. Before the unfortunate comeback, the Patriots seemed to crumble under pressure with each passing minute. As a Giants fan, I am very aware that the Patriots have lost Super Bowls before  but there was something magical about the Falcons beating up on Brady and his crew. I also won a prize for predicting the score by the half, which was dope.

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6. Sloane Secures The Bag

After battling injuries, Sloane Stephens rediscovered her love for tennis and brought home a historic win during the U.S. Open. Stephens beat Madison Keys in a match against a Black woman whose names weren't Williams. Not only did she shake up the sport, but she had one of the best reactions to receiving her check for...wait for it... $3.7 million. That's a lot of tennis balls. 

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5. Westbrook Ties Record for Triple Doubles

Russell Westbrook pulled even with Oscar Robinson's single season record with his 41st triple-double in April. 

It’s one of those nights, a special night, and something I definitely will never forget. I’m just truly honored to do it here, especially in Oklahoma City.
— Russell Westbrook

The OKC guard finished the night with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists helping the thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks. Westbrook was putting up crazy numbers all season! We are all familiar with his outrageous fashion off the court, but it was his on court style that placed him in the MVP conversation. His raw grit, determination and averaging triple doubles lead to him win the award for the 2016-17 NBA season. 

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4. Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Gets Her Very Own Barbie

I never liked Barbie. When I was younger, every Barbie doll I got for Christmas or my birthday was put through hell. (Except for my Black 2000 Celebration Barbie. I never took that bad boy out of the box.)

For years Barbie only represented a certain demographic, making people who didn't fit that mold feeling left out. Now, we see Barbie representing women from all walks of life. The doll is part of the "Shero" Barbie line which honors some pretty bad a** women including Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay. Muhammad first made headlines during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio when she became the first Muslim-American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States.

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3. KD's Clutch 3 Over LeBron

No matter where you stand on the Kevin Durant debate, you have to admit that his performance during the NBA finals was one to remember. This go-ahead three right in front of LeBron James allowed Golden State an opportunity for a comeback and eventually winning game 3 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland.  

That was the best moment I ever had. I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f—king idol. Somebody that I really, really, really followed since I was a ninth-grade high schooler. I felt like he was passing the torch to me.
— Kevin Durant

Durant was named Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the series.

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2. Ballin' With A Baby On Board

2017 has been a poppin' yeah for Serena Williams. In January, she won the woman's title at the Australian Open. For the SEVENTH time if I might add. As though that wasn't a huge accomplishment on it's own, we later found out William's was pregnant during the time. (Never doubt the strength of a woman ya'll) #SuperWoman

Serena gave birth to baby girl, Alexis Olympia and had a bomb wedding!

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1. Colin Kaepernick: A Man Of Movement

Colin Kaepernick has had a roller coaster year. Who would of thought that him taking a knee during the national anthem and standing up for what's right would black-list him. Well, I guess it's not too much of a shocker. (Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith and John Carlos)

Colin jeopardized his job and his image to speak for those who were stripped of their voices. Every person in this country had Kaepernick's name on their lips. Whether you agree with him or not, people were guaranteed to talk about the former 49er's quarterback. 45, Dallas Cowboy's owner Jerry Jones, athletes on all evels and every day people were debating and discussing him. Protests spread across the country and even to the rest of the world. Even with the backlash, his hard work, selflessness, resilience and commitment to the cause and the community brought great triumphs.

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Kaepernick received the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali legacy award (presented to him by the one and only Queen B) and GQ named him Citizen on the Year.

Colin Kaepernick is a symbol for civil rights and a national treasure.

 


There were soooo many more moments in sports this year that appealed to me that didn't make my top list so here's some honorable mentions!

1. WNBA Goes Live

WNBA teams and players are playable in NBA LIVE 18! I guess it's time to give into my video game hiatus.

2. Shannon Sharp Talking Black & Milds and Cognac.

I'm just gonna leave this here.

3. Kyle Lowry On Trump's Muslim Ban

"You wanna try it again without swearing?" Nope.

4. LeBron James' "Equality" Sneakers

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Us as Americans, no matter the skin color, no matter the race, no matter who you are, we all have to understand having equal rights and being able to stand for something, speak for something and keeping the conversation going.”

”Obviously, I’ve been outspoken and well-spoken about what’s going on at the helm here. We’re never going to let one person dictate us Americans — how beautiful and how powerful we are as a people. Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men, as women, black or white, or Hispanic. It don’t matter your race, whatever the case may be. This is a beautiful country.
— LeBron James

5. San Antonio Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich On Trump and Racism

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I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”

”This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner–and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers–is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.
— Gregg Popovich