Good morning! Looking back at our newsletters from March and April we're just glad so many of you stuck around to read our writing each morning.
Today we're doing a recap on the biggest sports stories from 2021. Hope you enjoy.
– Nathan & Blake
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YEAR IN REVIEW
Run It Back
Giphy / Tom Brady
2021 may have felt like 2020 part two, but in the sports world fans packed stadiums and Tom Brady won a Super Bowl so things were basically back to normal.
Teamwork makes the dream work:
The Atlanta Braves took home their first World Series since 1995 after coming into the playoffs with +1100 odds, the worst among postseason teams. Even better, they won it in the same year Hank Aaron, legendary Braves player and icon, passed away.
The Tompa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in Brady’s first year with the team, his seventh. Having clinched the NFC South, the GOAT is chasing #8 in 2022.
Alabama won its eighth Natty under Nick Saban, having won a ridiculous half of all titles since 2009.
Giannis and the Bucks claimed the franchise's first NBA title since 1971.
Novak Djokovic nearly achieved a Golden slam, winning the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon, before missing out on an Olympic medal and losing in the US Open finals.
Suni Lee won the women’s gymnastics all-around gold medal in the Covid-impacted 2021 Tokyo Olympics. She’s the fifth straight US Olympic all-around winner.
Shohei Ohtani became an overnight sensation after he hit bombs and threw gas all season en route to a unanimous MLB MVP selection.
Max Verstappen won F1's World Championship, edging Lewis Hamilton in a controversial last lap of the last race to stop Hamilton's streak of world titles at six.
News that shook up the sports world:
Lionel Messi left Barcelona after over 20 years in a move to PSG. Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s other best player, reunited with Manchester United from Juventus later the same month.
12 top clubs tried to break away from European soccer to form their own Super League.
The Supreme Court bullied the NCAA into enacting sweeping changes to Name, Image, and Likeness rules, allowing college athletes to profit off of their NIL.
Tiger Woods completed a comeback to the course after a near-fatal car crash in February. Woods and his son Charlie finished second at the PNC Championship this month.
Neeraj Chopra won gold in the javelin, giving India its first gold medalist in the track and field category in Olympic history.